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RA yes or no?
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sparklybutterfly posted:
I have been having severe pain in both my thumbs (knuckles and joint area) as well as both feet for about 3 months now. Some days I can barely walk or move my thumbs. My thumbs often "lock up" and it takes hours or more to get to where I can actually move them. No matter what I do or painkillers I take, the pain in both my hands and feet never truly goes away. I was tested for RA and because my results came back normal, all my Dr had to say was "come back in 3 months." But I am in so much pain all day every day, I am very tired all the time, I run low-grade fevers usually every day, and I am becoming depressed due to all of this. Shouldn't my Dr have ordered additional tests, X-rays or SOMETHING? My RA Latex Turbi is 6.3, Sed Rate is 9. I understand they are in the normal range, but then why all my pain and other symptoms? I feel abandoned by my dr and so let down. Where to go from here? I'm going to seek a second opinion, but I'm actually not even sure where to go, or what it is I might have!
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sparklybutterfly responded:
I guess I should also mention I am a 44 yo female. My symptoms came on out of the blue and the pain worsened quite quickly. All signs point to RA, even the ER Dr who ordered my lab work felt sure I had that or fibromyalgia but was leaning toward RA. I am very confused at how to proceed and feeling like everyone thinks I'm making up my pain/symptoms since there is as yet, no clear medical evidence to say I have ANY problem at all. SIGH
 
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An_254980 responded:
That's how my rheumatoid arthritis started out! See a Rheumatologist as soon as you can and take blood tests to see if it's what you have. It took multiple blood tests to finally get diagnosed....
 
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sparklybutterfly replied to An_254980's response:
thank you, i appreciate your response. so even with my numbers being "normal" a rheumatologist would still be able to determine if i have RA or not? i'm feeling very discouraged at the moment.
 
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crystalscats replied to sparklybutterfly's response:
Yes a Rhuematologist will base on several things. Not everyone's blood work is the same with it. If you are just starting it may not show up as of yet. I think you will feel much better once you see a specialist like a Rhuematologist. I have both RA and FMS. The pain between the two can be overwhelming at times. He will know how to treat you as well. Good Luck!
 
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sparklybutterfly replied to crystalscats's response:
thank you...hope to see one soon, waiting on a referral from my dr, who is reluctant to give me one since my number was only 6.3. he doesn't have to live with the pain and fatigue that i do, so i'm pushing him to give me the referral.
i have been so discouraged by my own dr, but very encouraged by this forum. thanks all
 
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mariajohnson responded:
To manage your RA pain you have to be active. Have healthy food, take rest and get enough sleep. consider joining a support group of other people living with RA and find out the best rheumatologist.


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