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Possible RA????
Jul 7, 2009
Hi, I am new to this board and have a few questions about RA. I suffer from CIDP, which is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nerves in my hands and feet. I have numbness and pain in both hands and feet. Recently I have been having terrible pain and swelling of my hands and terrible pain in my feet. I was given an x-ray of my hands and it showed mild OA in my last two fingers on both hands. Now I have been getting more pain and swelling in between my knuckles on both hands. My doctor ran a blood test and it showed neg for RA, but I am really wondering if I may have it. I am very stiff in my hands and painful in the morning and it gets worse as the day goes on. I can hardly make a fist with both hands. My feet are painful also. Some mornings it feels like all my joints hurt. What is the best way to determine if this is RA? I know there is no certain blood test that will tell it. I am in such misery that I can hardly do anything during the day. Some days I don't have it as bad and other days are hell. Sorry for being so long. Best wishes to all.
Clare in Michigan

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