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Do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Joint pain swelling: If you have joint pain, joint swelling. These are a start but other things can also occur. Your evaluation will help clarify the diagnosis.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Swelling in joints : There are a lot things you can have but not all are specific for RA alone. These can be swollen joints painful joints, morning stiffness to name some things. Your physician can help make the diagnosis.
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See a rheumatologist: You see a rheumatologist and have the issue evaluated. A history, physical exam, lab tests and x rays will tell you for certain.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Symptoms&Signs/Tests: You have to have symptoms of pain and swelling in your joints like hands and fingers and others,and have been examined by your doctor who will order xrays and blood tests to confirm the diagnosis

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What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, this occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues.

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