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    confused and overwhelmed re RA or Lupus diagnosis
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    wendybird65 posted:
    last year 3/2010 I was diagnosed with RA after being sick with all kinds of symptoms from stiffness to chest pains,swelling etc., for over 5yrs. Finally I was sent to a Rheumatologist who ran a myriad of test including xrays and her findings were that I have RA. I was placed on Methotraxate first orally then injectable in Oct.2010 when she wasnt getting the results she wanted. This particular Dr. and I didnt quite seem to connect she was kind of standoffish never really giving me any feed back. I changed to a new Rheumatologist in April 2011 who did a myriad of test on me as well, she now says that I do not have RA but that I have Lupus.
    My question is how can I test positive for it and then in one yr test negative for RA. I also still have the nodules on my finger joints and elbows some are larger than others, and my knuckles are deformed.
    If I dont have RA what damage can taking the Methatraxate cause me.
    I have persistant pain in my knees and calfs.My ankles,wrist,fingers and toes are always cramping, my fingers even get cramped in a position and I cant move them for minutes at a time.
    I wont even go into the other problems I am terribly confused and frustrated at this point.
    I have asked this new Dr. give me another appt.I am willing to pay her fees just to have the test done again to find what the problem is. UGGGGGH!
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    Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Wendybird,

    Just wondering how you are feeling?
    It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys. Emil Zatopek


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