Greetings, everyone. First, I already greatly appreciate any responses - I feel VERY alone.
I'm not sure the purpose of my first post. I'm a 28 year old male, healthy (or at least thought I was), enjoy running and outdoors activities. Started having swollen joints and joint pain over a year ago. Took about 3-4 months to eventually get to a rheumatologist. I'm positive ANA with mildly positive Anti-Ro/SSA.
Symptoms so far have included two swollen toes last year and one swollen finger this year, intermittent joint pain and minimal tingling sensations in hands and feet. I also have Raynauds, and have also had that for about a year. So my doctor is positive that i have some sort of autoimmune problem. Right now, he's considering it Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disorder.
I recently had my first pulmonary function test, which showed some sort of mild abnormality (sorry, I can't remember exactly what it is), but that was the straw that broke the camels back on my level of anxiety. I've had the symptoms for over a year, so i'm confident in saying that i've been undifferentiated for over a year now. From what i've read, the longer I go without definitive symptoms, the better chances I have of a fairly mild condition. But the pessimist in me (which is most of me) is afraid that i'm just trying to make myself feel better.
I guess that's it for my first post. In a way, this has almost been a blessing. I was very self-centered and greedy before these things started. Now i can appreciate every day, the good and the bad, and i guess in that sense this has been a freeing experience. I just hope every day that my disease is mild - and i can't help but wonder how much longer until I can rest at night.