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.
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