I have also recently discovered when the pain is extreme I have a discoloration of the finger
joints. This is mainly on the joint
of the proximal and middle phalanges.
I originally felt that this could be RA because of my age, 41, and the sudden onset. Although, recently I have been wondering if SLE could be a possibility. I have history of it in my family and I have these patches of discolored, dry, scaly skin on my inner elbows and chest.