We know that sometimes the diagnosis of a rheumatic disease is difficult. Symptoms may come and go and blood work can change. Given your description, it is advisable to stay in touch with your rheumatologist periodically. Sometimes treatment can still begin without a clear diagnosis. Tracking your symtoms will be helpful. Rheumatoid nodules can develop in different places. The elbow and back of the ankle are common areas for rheumatoid nodules. If these become large and bothersome, they can be injected with steroids or surgically removed. You should have your rheumatologist take a look at them at your next appointment.
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.