A 21-year-old member asked:
How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?
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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.
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Orthopedic Surgery 42 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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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!
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A 37-year-old member asked:
I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What can I expect?
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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.
5.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Palo Alto, CA
A 21-year-old female asked:
What is rheumatoid arthritis ?
4 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 19 years experience
4.8k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
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