I've had pretty bad joint pain for MONTHS that I've been trying to shrug off (well, realistically quite a bit longer than that, but it was never this bad). My thyroid meds were way out of whack last year which is what I had kind of been blaming it on.. I've been doing much better on a higher dose of synthroid but the joint pain lingers, and it's progressively gotten worse. I almost brought it up at my last Endo appointment, but I didn't... now I am starting to really think I should (and I don't have a GP, or I'd probably have gone in for this by now). I see my Endo Thursday, and plan on asking her to do some bloodwork, if not refer me to someone. I have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep because it's hard to find a position where I don't hurt (mostly in my shoulders, elbows, and hips). I dread getting up in the morning because I just don't want to have to move... I hurt all over, a burning, aching, miserable kind of pain (I was talking to my mom a while back and described it as heartburn in my joints). I can ignore it as long as I stay active, but as soon as I slow down, it starts all over again. Aside from my knees and maybe my wrists/hands I haven't noticed much joint swelling, but I am not sure how I'd really notice much in my shoulders and hips. But, to put that in perspective I haven't been able to wear my wedding ring since last summer.. I've kind of shrugged that off as having gained some weight when my thyroid meds were way off, but I am starting to think it's more than just that - I never had to take my ring off even while I was pregnant except to go to the hospital. Clearly I know this isn't normal, but realistically, what should I be worried about? RA? What would that really mean for me? I'm only 29.. which is a bit young for osteoarthritis (which my mom claims to have had for the past 25 years, yet has not been confirmed by any medical testing - but she'll be 64 in a few months, so it started when she was older), but honestly any of the other possibilities scare the crap out of me.