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    Newly diagnosed
    larkep posted:
    I would appreciate any help and guidance you may offer: my Doctor just told me today that I have RA. She also said, "if the pain gets worse, let me know and I'll refer you to a rheumatologist." I've been thinking about that and I wonder if I shouldn't be referred right away rather than waiting till it gets worse. From what I have read on this site, it is better for treatment should begin right away. Anyway, despite the stiffness and joint discomfort, I never thought of RA as a possibility. By the way, the doctor said my RA factor was 88. Sigh.
    Thanks for 'listening!'
    mariajohnson responded:
    Well I think you should visit a rheumatologist. He will start the treatment soon. Don't wait till pain gets worse.

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