RA in America 2014
Given the challenges with diagnosing RA, it’s not surprising that many respondents experienced RA symptoms years before receiving an official diagnosis. Many members of the RheumatoidArthritis.net community have even found themselves wondering if childhood health issues previously considered to be unrelated to their RA could have been early signs of the condition.
Because there is no single test to diagnose RA, a majority of respondents underwent a series of tests before receiving their diagnosis. Over 40% required 5 or more physician visits.