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RA Or Fibromyalgia?

RA Or Fibromyalgia?

This is something I'm currently struggling with, as I haven't yet been formally diagnosed. I have all the tender points of Fibro, but also my joints click and hurt. I know a lot of the symptoms overlap, such as stiffness, pain and fatigue, but how do you go about getting a diagnosis of either one or the other?

My Rheumatology appointment is in 2 days, and I guess I'm just worried he isn't going to diagnose me with anything. Too many years of being fobbed off by doctors I guess!

posted over 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I was diagnoised with fibro right away, but showed negative for the RA factor, even though had other systems. Dr had me go off all anti inflammatory drugs for 3-4 days before next blood work up. Sure enough my sed rate and c reactive showed inflammation. (And the pain was through the roof, so NSAIDS apparently do work) So Dr is treating me as sero negative RA and fibro. Best of luck to all of you!!

posted about 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

It might take time but the doctor will figure out what's going on. They'll do blood work and check your joints and possibly send you for other tests. Be patient and let the doctor check you because you want an accurate diagnosis. It could be little of all three.

posted over 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have both. Still waiting on the official diagnosis for RA but I have fibromyalgia tender points all over.

posted over 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Agreed - unless someone has a chronic illness, they just don't get it, even doctors! I hope you get the right treatment soon.

posted over 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Yes I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
I was diagnosed with fibro 2-3 years before RA diagnosis Hopefully this Rhuematologist can help in diagnosing you.
It seemed to me that it has taken my doctors forever to figure anything out. I have been on and off of methotraxate between my surgeries. Not really has worked but will be going on a biologic Simponi aria infusion Don't know much about it. Today I feel wiped out from swimming yesterday. It's the feeling I got everyday when I was working. Still no one really understands.

posted over 6 years ago
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