... I too doubt this is a virus. I would ask to be tested for autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. You probably need to be seen by a rheumatologistn rather than orthopedist, but depending on the Dr. ... (2 replies)
... will affect the outer most joints of the fingers but doesn't affect the hand knuckles as much and the base of the thumb and rarely the wrist. Rheumatoid arthritis doesn't affect the outer most joints but does affect the hand knuckles and the whole wrist. ... (3 replies)
... Yes your symptoms do sound familiar. It sounds like either your osteo arthritis is getting worse, or your arthritis is becoming Rheumatoid Arthritis. You do need to go and see a rheumatologist and make the appt. soon. ... (5 replies)
... of RA patients can have sero negative Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have been there for three years,where they said ...I have fibromayalgia. My symptoms got worst and worst and my joints are badly affected.... ... (8 replies)
... off the knee and ran cultures for bacteria for 48 hours. Had antibiotics for 48 hours and put on pain killers every 3 hours. Saw a rheumatologist and he suspects rheumatoid arthritis. Have had pain in my knees and feet and just recently into hip. Also had very sudden onset of carpal tunnel. ... (3 replies)
... my PCP said it is not rheumatoid arthritis because that is worse in the morning. She did blood work and my rheumatoid factor is 11. From what I gather that's not high. She doesn't see a need to refer me to a rheumatologist and everyone I've called requires a referral. ... (8 replies)
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