i am wondering if this is a common symptom in chronic fatigue? about four months after i became sick, i developed really swollen finger joints, with these small subcutaneous, pink and EXTREMELY painful nodules on my fingers. this lasted for about two months, then i was left with some stiffness and fingers curled in for another month or so. then it seemed the problem went away. this seems to be an unusual symptom to my doctors, which is why they keep saying i had or have a virus. i have tested negative for all herpes, epstein barr, cmv and others. i had not been sick for several months prior to the onset of all my symptoms. i also don't understand why, if the arthritis had been caused by a virus, it came on so much later than all my other symptoms, especially if i tested negative for the "chronic" type of viruses. i am wondering if anyone else knows potential causes of this -- is it "normal" for cfs/autonomic dysfunction? i do not have fibromyalgia, and i honestly don't really know that i have cfs. i have been diagnosed with cfs from a cfs specialist, one who is often discussed on this forum, but i don't really have fatigue. i have been sick for over two years, and would not complain about fatigue nearly as much as the host of other symptoms. i have some brain fog, but find my fog and fatigue to be totally relieved with rest and exercise. i don't fit the cfs diagnostic criteria, i don't think. but, no doctors can find any other diagnosis. i was told i had POTS, but didn't have a positive tilt table test for it. i got sick about a month after returning from africa, but my doctors feel that they have ruled out all those possibilities (?) i feel the the arthritis i experienced could separate the cause of my illness from a genetic problem, for example, from a viral/bacterial issue, which i am inclined to think it is. but i am also wondering if anyone knows if one could expect such an acute arthritic reaction from a methylation dysfunction? and i am especially curious as to why, if a genetic problem (like methylation) or autoimmune problem could have caused the arthritis, why it would come and go, and not progress??? thank you all so much for any feedback. it's been two years, and i feel like i have NO answers, not even a diagnosis.