I would like to start by saying that I plan to get an appointment with my family doctor to discuss this matter but I would like to get some feedback from other people who have experienced the same symptoms and problem.
My symptoms started last summer when I was mowing (I do mowing and landscaping for a living) and my fingers started getting really swollen and stiff with mild pain and my fingers locked up and I couldn't move them. I just tallied it up to mowing too long and didn't think too much about it. After that, the swelling, stiffness, and mild pain came and went occasionally and I still didn't think too much about it. However, recently (about the last month) I noticed the symptoms getting worst. My hands get really swollen and are hard to move. Just so you know, I do have a strong family history of both RA and carpal tunnel syndrome. I do notice the symptoms do get worst when I am doing stuff with my hands but it also seems the symptoms sometimes occur when I wake up in the morning and randomly (even when I am not doing things with my hands).
Has anyone else experienced symptoms like this; and if so, what did you determine? It seems like to me I am probably experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome but I am concerned about being diagnosed with RA. Let me know what you think.
Thank you in advance.