Hi! My diagnosis with RA took 2 weeks thanks to an alert Primary Care Physician and a caring Rheumatologist.
My PCP knows I don't complain so when I showed up in his office complaining of head to toe pain and stiffness, he immediately set put me on prednisone and sent me to a rheumatologist. My rheumatologist sized me up as a "stoic" and knew I was in pain. So even though the RF, ACCP and other tests were negative, she started me on RA medications.
That was in 1998 (20 years ago) when I was 40 years old. The disease remained very mild for 15 years and then suddenly flared out of control for the past 5 years.
To this day, the only test that shows the high levels of inflammation is the Vetra DA that puts me in the "High" category.
Going for early treatment with the right physician can make a tremendously positive contribution to staving off the effects of RA..
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