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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 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 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 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 Guadalupe Razon - 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 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 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. ...

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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...

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 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 Andrew Lumpe, PhD - October 14, 2014
... subclinical evidence of RA including subtle changes in joint tissues.9 Researchers recently demonstrated that MRI findings could improve RA diagnosis.10 MRIs are quite expensive compared to x-rays and ultrasound. Computerized... for RA diagnosis and tend to more applicable to spine joints.12 It is generally recommended that the use of CT scans be limited during a given time period since they contribute substantial doses of ionizing radiation although...

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By Editorial Team - July 29, 2014
...As is the case with many conditions, rheumatoid arthritis cannot be diagnosed with a single test. A diagnosis of RA is made primarily using results from the physical examination. However, your doctor will also likely conduct... testing for rheumatoid factor during the initial diagnosis process, while many also provided a medical history and X-rays. Unfortunately, the process of diagnosing RA can take some time, and although sometimes a person may...

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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...

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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… ...

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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... RA. 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...

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 RhuemerGirl64 - November 16, 2015
... head to Mayo because I want a second opinion and a definitive diagnosis. It seems that I have no swollen joints but I show inflammation in the ultrasounds of my wrists and some of my fingers but the xrays show no erosion... father went thru with this disease. He had to retire early and was basically crippled up all over. I don’t want to live that way. How long does it take to get a true diagnosis. I just want to start feeling like my old self...

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By Micheal Ambrose Lee - June 2, 2015
...Hi everyone, I joined rheumatoidarthritis.net very recently. I hope to have some useful exchange of knowledge and experience with you as a RA patient. I am 61 years of age. I was diagnosed with RA in 2013, or more...

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