Without a thorough examination and blood work it is impossible to make a diagnosis. Remember you do not have to have a positive rheumatoid factor in your blood work to have RA, but you do have to meet some other criteria. You should start with your primary care doctor to determine if a referral to rheumatology is appropriate. Remember , even if this is RA, they are many effective treatments available.
About Victoria Ruffing, RN
Ms. Ruffing has been a member of the Arthritis Center since 2000, currently serving as the Nurse Manager. She is a critical member of our patient care team.