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Maumelle, AR
A 25-year-old female asked:

My rheumatoid factor was negative. severe joint pain and morning stiffness with numb hands and feet. should i now be concerned about lupus?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Rheumatoid arthritis: A negative rheumatoid factor does not rule out rheumatoid arthritis. Of course, the differential should include autoimmune diseases, postviral syndromes or metabolic diseases, thyroid specifically, given your history. Talk to your doctor about the next step in managing your symptoms.
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