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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 16 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
43 years experience
Blood tests: Blood tests and xray findings may be earliest tools.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 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!
Palo Alto, CA
A 21-year-old female asked:

What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 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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