First, I would like to thank everyone on this site. It has helped carry me through the last 3 months of insomnia due to pain.
It has also helped me learn how to address my Drs. And prepare for my appointment with my Rheumatologist, so that I could understand what to ask as well as what I was asking. No I have not been diagnosed with RA as my blood work does not show RA, however, I do have the physical symptoms. Swollen hot red joints, fingers toes feet hands wrists and shoulders.
I will be starting Methotrexate tomorrow, with folate as well.
It seems as though a lot of people have symptoms without diagnosis. But I have to say knowing and growing up with my Mom and Grandmother having RA at middle age, I always thought crooked fingers limbs and toes were just part of growing older. I learned how debilitating it can get by helping both my grandmother and now my Mom through dialysis. Funny thing or not so funny....they like myself did not have blood work that showed RA, only physical symptoms. I am TRULY blessed to have a Rheumatologist who is observant, thorough, knowledgeable. And caring to actually look at the whole picture and help me prevent the suffering my Mom and her Mother went through because it didn't show up in their blood work.