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    Being diagnosed with RA
    An_251142 posted:
    Hi, I have had severe pain in my right wrist for about 3 years now. I developed a lump right on the top of the wrist. I went to get it checked out. I was seen by a plastic surgeon who strongly believed it was a cyst and ordered an MRI to see how big it was and why it was causing so much pain. The MRI showed that there was blood flow, which exed out that it was a cyst. I was then ordered for blood tests.
    Later after the results came, I was then sent to a Rheumatologist. She told me that the results came back and although the Rheumatoid Arthritis Factor came out negative, my bone is severely chewed at. She said I have RA. She prescribed for me to go on MTX (5 tablets once a week). Maybe I'm just in denial, but I just don't know. I don't have any other joint pain besides the wrist. Unless it's only just beginning?

    So my question is: has anyone else been diagnosed with RA with small amount of joint pain and without the RA factor?
    xperky responded:
    Did she talk about other blood test results? It's pretty common for people to have RA and a negative RA Factor, and even other negative tests. Usually though, there is pain in multiple joints, very often fatigue, dry eyes, etc. I advise you do some reading about RA and other joint diseases. I also advise you to get a second opinion if you have doubts about starting mtx.

    Perhaps a doctor could draw some fluid out of that joint and analyze it.

    Sorry you have joint damage!
    An_251200 responded:
    I was diagnosed

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