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Incredibly Lucky

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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  • Daniel Malito moderator
    8 months ago

    Becky, you should ask for an ESR – erythrocyte sedimentation rate. It usually shows any inflammation in the body. See what your doctor says after he sees that (if you haven’t already). Usually the current methodoly for treatment is to get on biologics or dmards early, and save prednisone for last, so hopefully you will find one that controls your disease enough for your to continue to enjoy a good quality of life. Keep on keepin’ on, Daniel P. Maltio ( Team Member)

  • Mary Sophia Hawks moderator
    8 months ago

    I also only show positive on the Vectra DA test. My rheumatologist also started treating me without lab “proof”. Grateful you are getting the care you need.

  • prqueen01
    1 year ago

    Thank you for this story!! I was diagnosed friday and i am 41 years old. It gives me hope. I am on prednisone currently for two weeks and making plans for the next steps after the two weeks on this medicine.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks so much for sharing a part of your story with the community, BeckyKay! I am so glad your diagnosis was relatively quick. As you stated, early diagnosis and treatment can be a critical part of managing your RA well. And having a good doctor is even better! A story like yours is a good reminder for people that might think “Do I really need to treat my RA right now?”. Research has shown that yes, early treatment is critically important.

    Thank you again for sharing! We’re very glad to have you here!

    Best, Erin, Team Member.

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