Thanks for writing in.
Your mother's symptoms are very suggestive of a condition called rheumatoid arthritis
. This is a condition where the body starts destroying its own joint tissue by producing antibodies against this tissue. She needs to be seeing a rheumatologist
and the following tests need to be done:
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
Complete blood cell (CBC) count
Rheumatoid factor (RF) assay
Antinuclear antibody (ANA) assay
Anticyclic citrullinated peptide antibody (anti-CCP) assay
Anti-RA33 antibody assay
She would be fine. The disease can be well controlled by medication.
Hope this helps