I have had severe pain and stiffness over the last three months. Went to the dr they did blood work, but dr said it was fine. No explanation for pain and stiffness. The pain and stiffness occurs in my fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders and hips.
Erin Rush Admin
I hope this information is helpful for you and that you get a firm diagnosis very soon!
Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.
Monica Y. Sengupta Moderator
Thanks for reaching out. I am sorry you are going through this. I, personally, have seronegative RA. My blood work is pristine but I definitely have clinical symptoms of RA.
I wanted to share a couple of additional articles about seronegative: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/seronegative-ra-blood-tests-dont-tell-entire-story and https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/delayed-diagnosis (which is Lisa's experience with the seronegative diagnosis).
You are absolutely in your right to seek out a second opinion if you are not happy with your doctor. You know your body best and know when something is wrong. Your doctor should believe and support you!
Please reach out if you have any more questions or just need support. We are here for you! Best, Monica (team member)
Richard Faust Admin
Like Monica mentioned, getting a second opinion is definitely worth checking into. Not to mention some rheumatologists do not even require a referral so you might be able to schedule right away with one even if your PCP doesn't agree.
Did the original doctor you saw indicate anything at all that might point in the direction of a cause or a potential diagnosis or did they just leave you in the dark?
Until you are able to start some kind of treatment plan there are lots of over the counter things you can try to alleviate the pain. Heat/ice packs are nice (hot baths are nice too), lots of people use arthritis creams/gels such as bio-freeze, and of course there are other OTC meds like tylenol or even a brace to keep things like your wrist in place so as to not move it while its painful. Most importantly we are all here for you! Keep us updated on your journey!