... It is very common for people with arthritis early on to have negative blood test results, then have them turn positive later on, sometimes months or even years later. ... (6 replies)
... It is very common for test results to be negative early on in the rheumatic diseases. Symptoms may precede lab evidence for months or even years. This is always frustrating for people and doctor alike, so keep getting labs checked if symptoms continue. ... (12 replies)
... Hi everyone,
Has anyone with RA had early symptoms of joint pain in the wrists, hands and middle knuckles, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and the bottom of your feet without inflammation(red, hot and swollen)? Has the cold weather ever set off a flare for you and maybe even catching a cold around the same time?
Thank you for any input you can provide! (22 replies)
... I have to say I am glad I found this site. Just knowing that everyone feels some of the same symptoms as me has helped. ... (22 replies)
... and stopped taking all of my arthritis meds. It was months before my RA came back, but it did so quite fiercely. ... (22 replies)
... Does anyone else get muscle spasms? I'm not sure if it's a result of the RA, the meds, or something completely unrelated. I get them often during the day, mostly in my legs, but also at night as I'm trying to fall asleep. At night they can be pretty powerful, and seem to come just as I'm relaxing enough to drift off, waking me up again.
The one good thing about it, is if... (22 replies)
... Honey, I am on same meds too: I am on 20 mg of Meth by now and 1g or Folic Acid. She is planning to add a shot of some sort, but due to side effects of it, she wants me to have kind of very rare and new blood work and only when she sees results she can add this shot once a week (done in a office only).
I also am very tired, i can fall asleep in one minute sitting down, never... (22 replies)
... and been on antidepressants for a few years anyway, so I haven't been able to tell if the RA meds are making it worse or not. I know once I was given a name of what I've been suffering for 2 years I felt like a weight had been lifted. ... (22 replies)
... d to tell which arthritis is hitting which joints. I have osteoarthritis in my left hip, right knee and 3 vertebrae in my neck, so those almost always hurt. My RA seems to be hitting my ankles, wrists and fingers the most. I do have the same pain as you describe, but like you, no redness and little swelling. ... (22 replies)
... Hi there eveyone, l have just found out l have RA and am now on Methotrexate and folic acid plus as many painkillers as l can take. ... (22 replies)
... overwhelmed by all the things I read when I was first diagnosed 8 years ago. I'm okay, though. Not all those things happened to me, yet people that I've met with RA over the years have had varying degrees of problems and side effects and illness. ... (22 replies)
... I was just diagnosed a week ago with RA. My doctor actually called it Zero Negative Factor RA. My SED rate before a steroid trial was 49 and two days after the trial it was 1. That was his clue that something is not quite right.
I have a 22 year old and a 16 year old. I need to sit down and explain to them that things are going to have to change and I need more help. ... (22 replies)
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... Sometimes I think I have RA instead of fibro and osteoarthritis, or maybe I have all three. I get so much joint pain, even in my TMJ. ... (22 replies)
... I have not received a dx of RA or Lupus yet from my Rheumie because, unlike the previous two Rheumies, she isn't going to jump the gun and end up treating me incorrectly. ... (22 replies)
... like symptoms are very common also. ... (22 replies)
... I have been an RA patient for eight years now, and recently was told I have to go back for more bloodwork to determine if I also have, or if I only have lupus. ... (22 replies)
... Hi MellyMell. I have a thread somewhere on here giving the criteria for Ra as of 2006 and then another friend here posted the link to the latest criteria. ... (3 replies)
... Hi this is how my Arthritis started and is still going on.I feel like l have flu all the time and in pain with aches too. I also seem as though l have an high temp too
Good luck this week all xx (22 replies)
... I'm feeling the cold already too. I've been wearing two pairs of sweatsocks and it seems to help a little. (22 replies)