Hi all. I'm just a few days away from my first rheumatologist appt (FINALLY!) and just got my most recent lab results. My ANA was negative before, now Avery low positive, speckled at 1:40. Also, I have strong antibodies to B19 parvovirus IGG, but negative IGM. My creatine kinase is actually really low, below normal range. RF is still negative at 10 (<14 range), and ESR and ccp are still low. Has anyone had labs like this?
I'm glad your appointment went well! I'm relieved to say mine did too. My rheumatologist was great, and I got labs and xrays done while I was there. Next week she'll either diagnose RA or Lupus, but 90% sure it will be RA. So relieved to finally be on my way toward treatment!
I feel your fear. I felt exactly the same way on Tuesday, well several days before Tuesday when I had my appointment. I don't have much swelling except in my left wrist on both sides. My hand looks like it is growing off sideways but it is really an illusion because of the swelling on both sides. It is really the only thing swollen right now except my hands. I haven't had much swelling, redness or heat spots either. I was terrified I would get the "oh, nothing is wrong, we can't find a thing". Thankfully my new doctor believes me and most of my bloodwork showed nothing. My inflammation markers were elevated while on Predinsone so that meant something. I have learned a LOT of people negative blood test results but still have RA. Hang in there and let us know what you learn.
Sometimes, but never huge. Honestly, I've never been one to swell up in my life, even with sports injuries or anything. My fingers swell a little around the middle joint, my knees a tiny bit, and my wrist sometimes. Never anything crazy or huge. My mom and my grandmother both had RA as well.