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How Do You Test For Arthritis
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
See below: If the arthritis is confined to a single joint, maybe only an xray. If there is arthritis in multiple joints on both sides of the body, certain blood tests may be run looking for rheumatoid arthritis or similar conditions. These include, rheumatoid factor, antinuclear antibody, anti ccp antibody, sedimentation rate, c reactive protein, uric acid levels among others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: yes they can ,you need to see a reuhmatology specialist to order the appropriate tests and make the right diagnosis,and five you the proper treatment. test could start with X ray and will include blood test to check on your immune system,and the health of other organs that night effective with the treatment plan,like kidney,and liver. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on your insu: It depends on the lab, the lab test being performed, and the guidance and rules of your insurance company if you have insurance. We order tests that are appropriate for a rheumatology evaluation that is specific to you and your problems. Besides for lab tests there's also imaging, ultrasound, x-ray, mri. Because of that i can i give you a specific price, and this would have to be between your phy. ...Read more
Why won't my dr tell me what kind of arthritis i have? Have had all kinds of test, never received a diagnosis. Don't make since, not being treated.
Auto-immune tests: Many forms of arthritis, are auto-immune disorders, where the body mistakenly form antibodies against it's own cells or parts of the cell, such as the nucleus (ana=anton-nuclear antibody). There are now many very specific antibodies that can be measured that could suggest or clinch the diagnosis of a particular arthritis or autoimmune disease, including psoriasis. ...Read more
Clinical eval +++: The most important 'test' is--as usual--the diagnostic tool between the physician's ears. Any well versed specialist in the field of arthritis (rheumatology) knows that hearing exactly what the details are given by the pt (history) and a careful, thorough exam of all parts of the body, will yield a dx, or at least what tests to order. Some: esr, crp, antibodies to own cells, cbc, etc. ...Read more
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