By Editorial Team - June 14, 2013
... that your doctor will use in diagnosing the disease. These include: Medical history Physical examination Diagnostic testing (laboratory testing and imaging)   RA diagnostic criteria Diagnosis of RA is made primarily using... will use the results from your assessment to see if you satisfy the diagnostic criteria for RA. RA cannot be diagnosed on the basis of a single test or symptom. Two key medical organizations involved in RA diagnosis...

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By Jennifer Mason - July 22, 2015
... a 3 & 1 oil can! Imagine that? After haggling with the ‘white coat society’, I’ve finally been properly diagnosed as having RA. Sign up for emails from RheumatoidArthritis.net: Thanks! You're all set...

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By Steve - February 27, 2015
... deformed pinky fingers and I pointed that out to him. I also had knots on the joints of my hands and severe “trigger finger” in both index fingers. “Too much video game playing!” was his diagnosis.... Despite these “diagnoses” I still felt that “something wasn’t quite right” in my body. Finally at my wife’s insistence, I visited a Rheumatologist who’s office happens to be next to mine...

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By Cat Martin - June 9, 2015
...I’m a 20yr old diagnosed with RA beginning of this year. I was always sick with something when I was at college never thought much of it. But when you get shingles at 18, and again at 19, you begin to wonder about your... symptoms getting worse. Id been waiting four months by now for my hospital appointment as I’m not priority, is that even fair to say. Priority. Anyway, back to the doctors again. Literally a month ago I then got diagnosed...

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By Lupe - February 20, 2015
...I gave birth to a beautiful little girl on August 2014. Unfortunately after labor my left hand started hurting, my middle finger was shaking and little by little my risk was getting swollen. I mentioned it to the nurses in the hospital but they didn’t do much only gave me ice packs. A few weeks later I went to my primary doctor for a check up and mentioned the pain I was feeling on my left hand she said it was normal for first time moms...

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By Kelly Mack - October 7, 2013
... the room said “this girl is very sick.” He admitted me overnight for more tests, which confirmed a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. That day I met my rheumatologist who followed me until adulthood and one of many..., but this child was very sick with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It scared my mother and resonated with her even before I was diagnosed. Finally, after about a year, my parents found a new pediatrician who the moment he entered...

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By Andrew Lumpe, PhD - December 31, 2013
...There are several blood tests that rheumatologists currently use to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis disease activity. Rheumatoid factor (RF) is an antibody identified with RA and other autoimmune diseases. A newer... and joint damage resulting in several surgeries. Only sometime later did I display positive RF and c-reactive protein tests. Fortunately, my rheumatologist understood the problem with these tests and proceeded to diagnose...

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By Editorial Team - June 10, 2014
... members would find interesting. Please note that the opinions represented here are solely those of their authors. Unfortunately, there is currently no single blood test or physical test that is used to confirm a diagnosis...), complete blood count (CBC) as part of a patient’s assessment. In addition to laboratory testing, the diagnostic process includes imaging, physical examination, and recording information about family history. One of our...

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By Juliet (DJ) Johnson - December 15, 2014
...Well I have been sick off and on since I was 10 years old. That’s right TEN. Fainting in the heat, lack of flexibility, bowing the ankles, stiffness, unexplained illnesses, fatigue that lasted days at a time, chronic dry skin and sometimes the mouth, shortness of breath, unslakable thirst, times of hair loss for no reason, random ulcers that wouldn’t clear up. Does any of this sound familiar? I saw a total of 19 different doctors up...

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By tckrd - January 26, 2018
... were negative so I could not get in to a rheumatologist for 6 months. My primary doctor had an MRI done of wrist. It showed synovitis in all carpal joints. I was in to rheumatologist in 2 weeks. First diagnosis June 2015...

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By Annie49 - January 10, 2018
...Hi I started to get symmetrical joint pain at the end of last summer! My hands would ache so much that I’d have quite happily have chopped them off. My knees were aching and swollen, my feet hurt so much first thing in the morning that I could hardly stand up but my worse pain was on the inner side of my elbows (the bit nearest the body). I had bloods test done before Christmas which showed no trace of RA and now I am waiting on the results of X...

By Editorial Team - August 25, 2013
... people were diagnosed, what type of diagnosis (both initially and currently) what symptoms are experienced, what tests were used and whether they have zero-positive or zero-negative RA (hint: most don’t know). NEXT...

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By Editorial Team - January 2, 2018
... through our initial diagnosis or the day to day of living with RA. What tests were taken to diagnose your RA ? Answer HERE We want to hear about your diagnosis story!! Share yours here Related articles- A Diagnosis Story By Kelly...Getting an RA diagnosis can be frustrating. While it may take days, months or years to get an official diagnosis, the process can be overwhelming. Over the month of January we hope to support each other as we navigate...

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By Amanda65 - October 13, 2017
... diagnosed with RA although my mother and my sister were diagnosed with RA. We have lupus also that runs in our family. I’m really not sure if I have RA or if I don’t! I know some days the pain in my hands and fingers...

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By BarbO - October 3, 2016
...I’m 77 years old and have had sore fingers off and on for years but just lately the pain extended to my wrists so went to the Dr.. After all the blood tests, X-rays,and physical exam I got the diagnosis of RA. All...

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By Ellibelle - September 28, 2015
...Two years ago I was diagnosed with RA, when my first baby was born. At first I thought I was just stressed out from the hardships of having a new baby, but when my stiff neck and the pain in my shoulders, arms, legs, feet...

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By mmljztaa6 - December 5, 2017
...My mum had rheumatoid arthritis her mum had rheumatoid arthritis but my doctor said it’s not genetic. A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After my blood test for rheumatoid factor came back negative... to diagnose and should I ask for a referral to a rheumatologist to finally give me a yes or no answer. I remember as a child seeing my mum with her hands in hot water crying with the pain and her hands deformed and bent inwards so...

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By Carla Kienast - June 7, 2017
... door frames in the house. It was a true rollercoaster of emotions. Finally, I got my life back. A lot happened the first couple of months after my diagnosis. I was prescribed methotrexate which I immediately had to go off.... But I have to tell you that having a diagnosis and actually putting a name to what was wrong with me was a blessing. Instead of bouncing from doctor to doctor and having pain and symptoms that continued to get worse – I had...

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By Broken73 - May 31, 2016
...My story starts in January of 2013. I had noticed some swelling in my hands, which quickly spread up my arms, then my legs, ankles, and feet. In the course of 12 hours I had put on 20lbs of swelling. It was concerning enough that my family Dr. sent me to the E.D. where they had admitted for heart problems. After testing my heart, I was discharged, because they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. I was still swollen, so back to my family...

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By 117ne50 - November 2, 2015
...My daughter has been diagnosed and I want to understand what she is going through and how to help… Sign up for emails from RheumatoidArthritis.net: Thanks! You're all set! Good news - you're already subscribed! Need...