My primary physician insist that I do not have RA. I see a new specialist next month, but I'm worried that I have already suffered some damage. He did Rx a pain cream, which helps very little. Has anybody else had this problem and did you find another physician?
Yep! Docs can be all about the blood tests. Keep moving on until you find someone to see YOU not the blood tests! It took me a long time and a lot of visible damage but I did find a rheumy who stuck with me. They are out there! Sometimes it just takes a while to find them!
All my blood tests came back normal but luckily I have one of the best dr in the states so he kept running tests. They did a X-ray that showed I had deterioration in my wrists. He also did a MRI on my right wrist because he saw a cysts in my carpal tunnel. The MRI showed bone cysts all in my knuckles which confirmed I had RA. After a year, I just had my first positive blood test showing my Sed rates was 43. Before it was 21 or 22. Had I not had a persistent dr, they probably would have missed my RA. Blood tests are not a reliable test for RA. Autoimmune diseases are hard to diagnose. Be persistent and find a dr that will take the time to go the extra mile. Good luck!
My primary argued when i asked for further blood tests. I told her i would see a rheumatologist for a second opinion. I didnt nave a referal, thankfully my insuramce is a ppo, so i didnt need one. Sure enough, i have RA