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No Synovitis Or Joint Damage On Hand Ultrasounds. What's Going On?

No Synovitis Or Joint Damage On Hand Ultrasounds. What's Going On?

Hi all
I had a hand ultrasound done when I was first diagnosed 5 months ago, and another one a few weeks ago. Neither one of these showed any joint damage or swelling in the joints, even though my hands are visibly swollen. The ultrasound tech said it looks like the swelling is in other areas of my fingers, but not in the joint spaces. The radiologist said there is no evidence of synovitis both times. I have all other symptoms of RA minus this and methotrexate is helping me, not taking all the… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

@A myRAteam Member, my RA only shows up in MRIs where I have "synovial enhancement".
In this past year my pain in my hands started to get much worse, without much swelling, so it took awhile to convince my Rheumatologist to start me on Erelzi, after 3 months, the pain in my hands improved.

I have added you to my team.

posted about 2 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Same situation with me. All lab work came back fine. Dr. said that’s good as no systemic damage to my body. Currently titrating down my prednisone and started methotrexate. I can’t wait to be off the prednisone completely!

posted about 2 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

@A myRAteam Member. I wasn't told the results of my ESR and CCP re-test when I got the ultrasound result; I'll have to ask about that. Thank you so much for your help! I hope you're right-caught it early and maybe I'll be able to avoid joint damage all together as long as I can tolerate the drugs. I already have one chronic disease to manage (meniere's/migraine) and didn't need another one but maybe I'll be lucky enough to have a milder form of RA at least.

posted about 2 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I had exact same
Test and results I'm going in again tomorrow so weird

posted about 2 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Watch the Plaquenil. I was on it for 3 months and went to opthologist and I had MACULAR DEGENERATION! IT HAPPENNED THAT FAST!

posted about 2 years ago
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