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Vital Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis With Negative Blood Tests
My mother has swollen fingers. They are treating her for rheumatoid arthritis although they say the blood tests and x-rays showed no real signs of this. Steroids took away all the swelling and pain, but both are now back. Today she now has a stiff ne
Not complete...: The scenario above was not completed due to character restriction... But i would recommend bringing up your concerns with your mother's rheumatologist. ...Read more
A condition where there 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
Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. ...Read more
Basic two: Rheumatoid factor (rf) and cyclic citrinullated peptide (ccp) are the two tests that help confirm a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Other tests are done to measure inflammation, determine which drugs may be used, etc. Note: the rf and ccp only help confirm the diagnosis. The presence of an antibody does not definitively make the diagnosis. Also, persons may have RA and be rf and ccp negative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dx and activity: Screening tests for rheumatoid arthritis are acpa (anti-citrullinated protein antibodies) and rheumatoid factor. The activity of the disease may be monitored by ESR and CRP tests. Blood tests alone are not sufficient for the diagnosis, history and clinical examination are essential. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have osteoarthritis in my knee and am now having blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis. Could I have both kinds at the same time?
I've had pain in my joints, I got blood tests related to autoimmune diseases I got a positive ANA and anti-rnp, is this found in rheumatoid arthritis?
Possible: You should ask your rheumatologist. ANA and anti-RNP are seeing in mixed connective tissue disease and can overlap with rheumatoid arthritis but more information is needed, talk to your rheumatologist about them. RA by itself usually have other 2 antibodies positive called RF ( rheumatoid factor) and anti-CCP ( citrullinated peptides). ...Read more
Tests are accurate: If you have the right tests theses are quite accurate.You should discuss with your doctor who ordered the tests, because he knows your clinical history and will be able to explain the results to you.I can not answer without knowing the tests which were done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could be the vital signs and blood result and some physical examination of someone who has rheumatoid arthritis?
Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive later?
Yes: Yes, there can be periods of increased as well as decreased synovial & soft tissue activity. Some immune testing may be more sensitive than others, with results varying with time as well. ...Read more