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Why should I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: For remission

Don't ever assume you have this disease without being treated or evaluated .
If properly diagnosed and treated early remission can occurr before crip[pling deformities. Please seek medical evaluation

In brief: For remission

Don't ever assume you have this disease without being treated or evaluated .
If properly diagnosed and treated early remission can occurr before crip[pling deformities. Please seek medical evaluation
Dr. David Hicks
Dr. David Hicks
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Careful

You should not have random blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) unless you have symptoms of RA because the blood tests do not make the diagnosis by themselves.
The blood tests can be positive in normal individuals. On the other hand, if you have joint pain, stiffness, or swelling, it is important to have an accurate diagnosis as RA and other arthritides can be treated. Best if treated early.

In brief: Careful

You should not have random blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) unless you have symptoms of RA because the blood tests do not make the diagnosis by themselves.
The blood tests can be positive in normal individuals. On the other hand, if you have joint pain, stiffness, or swelling, it is important to have an accurate diagnosis as RA and other arthritides can be treated. Best if treated early.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Thank
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