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Attention medical GTers/arthritis questions

So, my doctor is doing some blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis/autoimmune weirdness. I hadn't considered that as a possibility until he suggested it after noticing that I had gout about 6 years ago (or what my doctor at the time thought was gout - which is apparently pretty rare in young women?)

Anyway. Does anyone here have experience with autoimmune diseases/joint issues? What symptoms did you have before you got diagnosed? Did you have an unexplained joint problem only to be later diagnosed with some kind of rheumatic condition? Thinking back on my history now with hurty joints it's making me kind of nervous. I definitely don't need more stress in my life right now!


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