Diagnosing RA

Diagnosing RA

Can someone please tell me how to communicate to my family doctor - he is new, young, not so friendly :( that I would like to have the RA blood test done?

I suspect RA due to continuing and worsening pain down my arms from the elbow down as well as in the right foot big toe joint (with swelling) and around both sides of my hip joints.

It takes me at least an hour to get to a point of feeling like moving a bit faster in the morning then again after I get out of my car at work 1/2 hour later. Always… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

The others are right about just asking. I would also suggest having him do a blood test for gout, too...just because of your note about your big toe. As a caution, if your test come back negative, it doesn't mean you don't have inflammatory arthritis (there are multiple including RA, psoriatic arthritis, and gout). Mine were negative, but my MRI showed inflammation and erosion on my hand. My doctor suggested I see a hand surgeon because he was convinced I didn't have RA. I went to a rheumatologist on my own and I'm glad I did. She diagnosed me with seronegative (negative RF) RA, but she keeps toying with me having psoriatic arthritis.

If he won't do it, then just go to a rheumatologist, if your insurance/system will allow it. He/she will get you sorted.

edited, originally posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

@A myRAteam Member. Your body is telling you something is wrong. Trust that, trust in yourself and know we’re here for you! I am married to a wonderful man who happens to be a neurosurgeon. Trust me, he is as human as you and me. Especially as women, I feel we need to feel genuinely listened to. It is our right❤️

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I guess my first thought is this: the Dr. you have referred to seems to be your primary physician. You describe an uncomfortable relationship. Do you think this can change over time and if not, do you have options to change Drs. and choose by positive word of mouth?
As to your question at hand, I always recommend you go in with a list describing exactly what you are experiencing, any inflammation, any history of autoimmune disorders by blood relatives. I would ask his opinion and then be clear that your concern is RA and you would like the appropriate blood work.

Remember, you are your best advocate and you want to establish a co-operative relationship with him wherein you don’t feel intimidated or subservient. Go girl, go💐

edited, originally posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

If you ask they should do it. He should have already done it. However, you can be negative for the R factor as i am and still have it. They just call it seronegative arthritis

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Does your PCP doctor do blood tests. They may help in determining RA but not always as sometimes doesn't show up or takes time. Took several years for me. He should recommend a rheumatologist.
As to the toe, if you can't bend a good chance it is a form of gout..either gout with uric acid prob lems or pseudo gout with calcium in the synovial fluid. Uric acid gout can be handled by diet and meds & pseudo just by meds. I have pseudo gout. I take Colcicine which is the only Gout drug I have been told. I'd recommend comfortable shoes that are larger so they don't hurt...I went to payless and bought inserts as I have plantar fasciitis also.
Something is going on,maybe osteo, fibro, RA.
I just hope it is manageable. These are all very challenging.
I hope you feel better soon. Take care.

posted over 1 year ago
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