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Waiting for diagnosis could RA

About 6 weeks ago really bad joint pain on top of foot and toes , toes stiff and hurt to walk , x ray shows inflammation now bk at docs with muscle aches , cold sores identical pain in other foot and toes ,very tired and rundown, shoulder pain and clumsy ,now doc wants bloods taken now rhemalogist referral appointment coming up , could I possibly have RA , feel like it's like I'm in a second flare up of something just trying to understand my body x recently passed year lost mum n uncle like my dad and other stresses that's lead to anxiety n depression ,was feeling better then all of this pain had started ,just wondering could it be RA because least it could explain stuff

  1. Hi . It is great that you have an appointment with a rheumatologist. The symptoms you describe may fit RA, but there are other conditions that also cause these and a rheumatologist is uniquely qualified/trained to do the diagnostics. For your protection, we cannot give medical advice over the internet. What I can share with you is this article on the diagnostic process: In addition, this article from one of our patient leaders offers some questions for the rheumatologist: Hoping you can get some answers and begin treatment soon. Please feel free to keep us posted on how it goes. Best, Richard ( Team)

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