RA Symptoms Without Positive Blood Tests

I am 41 and have symptoms of RA though it does not show in my blood reports.I have pain and swelling in my fingers especially the right hand..it lasts for half an hour untll i take a hot water bath. I am on medication. Can physiotherapy help..please let me know an effective treatment as I am afraid of going into a depression .

Negative RA factor with a diagnosis if RA

I was just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I have a high SED rate and c reactive protein level, but a negative RA factor. I have had symptoms of joint swelling and pain in my wrists. I also have pretty significant joint damage already (by X-ray and MRI). Can I still have RA with a negative RA factor? Thanks

Effective Creams for Joint Pain and Swelling

I am 51 yo active female 5’2″ 118 lbs who developed RA in my fingers over the last 5 years. I am physically active every day, and I go to the gym. In the last few weeks I have developed painful swelling in my right knee joint. Are there any effective creams or diet that will help with the pain and the swelling?

Acute Onset of RA

My mother was recently stricken with the near crippling onset of RA that came on over a 2 week period. In November her rheumatoid factor antibody was 44; she was referred to specialist for treatment. My question has to do with understanding the RA test. She had it rechecked this week and it is now over 2000, is this normal, is this any indication of severity of disease or indication of efficacy ot this treatment? Do the test values help in monitoring therapy?