How do you confirm the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis?

There no one test. According to the american college of rheumatology if you have four of the seven symptoms listed below for more than 6 weeks morning stiffness that lasts over an hour arthritis in at least three joints arthritis of the joints of the hand arthritis on both sides of the body. A positive blood test (rf) the presence of rheumatoid nodules x-rays that show signs of rheumatoid arthritis.

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My wife asking : Can a patient with real confirmed Rheumatoid Arthritis has also Fibromyalgia? And if yes, what would be the added medicine to RA?

Yes, definitely. Fibromyalgia is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body, notably in the weight bearing muscles.Although fibromyalgia is a systemic pain syndrome which produces more general pain throughout the body, it can also be comorbid with other disorders (e.g. RA, IBS, CFS, etc.) Cymbalta (duloxetine) is one drug.. Read more...
Theoretically yes. Fibromyalgia is only beginning to be understood, because testing is very limited. It tends to involve muscles and associated tissues, rather than the joint pain of arthritis, or bone pain of Vitamin D deficiency. It seems to be caused by lack of deep sleep. Restorative sleep must be restored, and it is a slow process. Lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta, Neurontin have all been used. See a fibromyalg specialist. Read more...
Yes ra meds no help. 25% of RA pts also have fibro. Ra meds don't treat fibro. Need different meds for each. Read more...

Huge pain in left sholder, then swelling in the left knee, RA factor +ve, does. That confirm rheumatoid arthritis? If so, how should I go about it?

No. Many causes of joint pain and/or joint swelling (injury, infection). Rheumatoid factor (rf)is not very sensitive(not always positive in patients with ra)and is not very specific for RA in spite of its name.Rf can become positive from certain infections (hepatitis) or other autoimmune prob like sjögren's, but then returns to normal later. Anti-ccp antibody is much more specific.See a rheumatologist. Read more...
No. but trouble. You have migratory polyarthritis, of which rhematoid arthritis is one of the major players. Ou should cojsult with a rheumatologist, a specialist in these disorders. These arthritides are destructive; ie, they destroy the joint tissue is untreated. But we have good medications for them now. So save our joints, get a clear diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Read more...

My diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis changed to lupus because of my low white blood cell count. How do I know for sure?

Sometimes you can't. Sometimes you don't. There can be a lot of overlap and an absolute diagnosis may only be apparent over time. A low white count is only one factor. Without knowing your complete history and lab and x ray results it is impossible for me to be more specific. Read more...
Other information. There are several factors that go into making the diagnosis. The clinical findings can sometimes include a rash and arthritic changes that can be different from rheumatoid arthritis. There are also blood tests that may make the diagnosis more clear. You should ask the doctor and if you have other questions, ask for a second opinion, possibly from a rheumatologist. Read more...

I was diagnosis with arthritis when I was 16. is it JRA or adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Impossible to say. It really does not matter as the therapies are identical. Read more...
No. JRA is technically inflammatory arthritis diagnosed under the age of 16. Because you were diagnosed at the age of 16 this is considered adult rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, in my experience, most rheumatologists will see patients age 16 and older. Under age 16 patients with inflammatory arthritis are required to see a pediatric rheumatologist. Read more...

What questions should I ask the doctor for a new diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

How old? Rheumatoid arthritis is almost never seen before puberty, and rarely before 18. We now call jra "juveniule idiopathic arthritis, " because is not the same animal, even though drugs used may be similar! knowing if the patient is ccp antibody positive is the current best indicator that it is ra. I have not seen this in a child under 13. Treatment options need to be as benign as possible. It c. Read more...

@ 2yo, I was diagnosis w/juvenile rheumatoid arthritis w/no symptoms after 11yo. Now @ 37 I have been diagnosis w/diastolic heart failure. Is there a correlation?

Possible. Rs has been known to cause heart problems. Please consult with your cardiologist and rheumatologist very soon. Read more...
Probably not. It is possible that chronic inflammation from juvenile arthritis has led to a complication called amyloidosis, but it seems unlikely, especially if your arthritis was asymptomatic for many years. If your cardiologist is in doubt, special tests can be helpful. Read more...