U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules.
Dr. Ronald Krinick
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Blood tests: Blood tests and xray findings may be earliest tools.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 32-year-old member asked:

I've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What should I do?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Several things!: 1. Make sure the diagnosis is correct! 2. Make sure you get therapy to cause remission. This is best accomplished by seeing a rheumatology specialist in concert with your pcp!
A 37-year-old member asked:

I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What can I expect?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. David Bailie
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Wide variety: If you have a new diagnosis and you have positive blood work, it most likely will not be very aggressive and can be managed with medicines. Some people develop severe arthritis that require joint replacements but that is more common in those that develop RA at a young age. Be sure to find a good rheumatologist and an ortho specialist if surgery is needed.
Palo Alto, CA
A 21-year-old female asked:

What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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.

Related questions

A 33-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A member asked:
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Mar 27, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.