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  • 1 day ago

    All bloodtests for RA are normal; is it really RA?

    My CRP, Ab tests, SED rate - all are normal. But I have typical symptoms and the drugs help (some). So worried it is something else (worse). And that I'm on immunossupressants for nothing. Anyone else? My doctor says it's unusual but not impossible.
  • 2 days ago

    Swelling of ankles wrists knees; discoloration

    Early January I had an episode of swelling with a very red coloration in my lower joints. My MD put me on prednisone — all swelling went away An “RA” panel was negative for RA and Lupus. The prednisone round is finished, but the swelling and pain is back. The only clue I have is that I had a massage two days before the first episode. My doctor seems “stumped” as to the cause of this. I have to do something about this though. It is not going away. Any thoughts?
  • 25 days ago

    Can you have Ankylosing Spondylitis symptoms but NOT have AS?

    Hello! And thank you for checking out my post. Two months ago, I awoke with severe lower back pain. Enough to wake me up. Since then I’ve had some degree of back pain which either A) wakes me up around 5am or 6am or B) gives me pain when I get up. Stiffness in the morning. Since this began I’ve noticed these little bubbles on the side of my finger tips. I’ve had this before but they seem a bit more pronounced the last 2 months. Today they’re gone. But my skin looks older where they were. I’m only....
  • 1 month ago

    Living w/ RA

    I've been living with Rheumatoid Arthritis for 14 years. Just recently my doctor did the Vectra DA testing to see were I was and the results were not good. The new medicine that I have been taking for a year is not working like we have expected. My doctor thinks we should try another medicine but I have taken almost everything. The only two RA drugs that I have not done is Rituxan and Kineret. I've been trying to go the holistic way because I'm tired of taking all this medicine. Most....
  • 1 month ago

    Rheumatoid arthritis without joint pain or swelling.

    I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 10 years ago in the first rheumatoid doctor I saw told me I just had the ra Factor and with taking Methotrexate it had put me into remission. He took me off medication sent me home and told me to call him back when I needed him. 2 years later I went to another rheumatologist having issues in my wrists and the ra Factor was back up in full force the new doctor put me back on methotrexate. My question is is it possible to have this disease that affects your....
  • 1 month ago

    Lab tests results

    Hello, my WBC is running around 12. something and leukocytes are running around 8.4 for the past year. I get tested every 3 months by my doctor. Even though my WBC's are a little high does this mean I should be okay with where my leukocytes are running?
  • 1 month ago

    Arthritis

    I played basketball and jammed my thumb. The bottom of my thumb (knuckle) gets painful if significant pressure is added. It has not been cured for over two months. I tried an ice pack and aspirin to see if that works. It hasn't worked. There is no pain at all if I don't apply any pressure to the thumb. Any suggestions would be great. Thank you.
  • Do you take Methotrexate for RA?

    Do you have negative side effects (nausea, intense stomach pain, hair loss, etc.) when you take methotrexate for RA? Are they so severe that you wish there was a different type of treatment? I'd love to learn more about your experiences. I am on a team looking to develop a new way to deliver methotrexate to treat RA. First, we have to understand the side effects of this treatment type. That's where you come in. Any information would be super helpful for us! Thank you in advance.
  • 2 months ago

    20 year old months of joint pain

    Hello,  This is the first time using this forum so i am still trying to figure it out. I am a 20 year old student who was an active weight lifter. I have not been able to lift for approximatly 6 months now due to knee and elbow pain on both my knees and both my elbows. My knee issues started roughly 1.5 years before i stopped lifting. They would hurt 1-3 days after leg days depending on how hard I worked out but would always go away. My elbows started hurting only about 2 months before i stopped....
  • 2 months ago

    Rheumatoid Arthritis? Or something else?

    Hi! I am a 29 year old guy who is experiencing some strange symptoms right now and i'm wondering if anyone thinks that this may be arthritis? Not sure what else it could be... I am still at the very early onset of my symptoms. This all happened very suddenly. A couple of days ago I was sitting on the couch and I noticed that my left wrist would feel pain when moving it. I didn't think anything of it and went off to bed. Woke up in the morning and again it would hurt when moving it. This time....