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A 30-year-old female asked:

My knee was swollen for yrs. rheumy drained/steroid shot it. lasted 8 months. went to sleep & woke up swollen again. neg bloods but is it ra or simila?

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Dr. Gustavo Carbone
21 years experience
Unlikely to be RA: RA ( rheumatoid arthritis) it is a chronic inflammatory destructive polyarthritis that affects mostly the smaller joints of hands and feet. Usually does not have periods of resolution or remission without proper treatment ( DMARDs and others that are taking every day). Monoarthritis like one knee usually can be due to Lyme or crystalline diseases like gout or pseudogout.
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