I have not been formally diagnosed with RA, but have had hand/wrist pain for over 6 months. My hands swell in the morning and I have trigger finger in both middle fingers. I went to my GP, who thought it was no big deal. After two months, she sent me to an ortho, who gave me a cortisone shot in each hand and stated that he saw some changes in my fingers on xrays. He indicated I might want to see a Rheumatologist. Instead, my GP sent me to a neurologist, who ran a bunch of blood test and has me set up for a nerve test for carpal tunnel. My blood tests were negative for rheumatoid factor, but my SED rate was slightly elevated and high gamma globulin levels. I also have Raynaud's Syndrome in both hands and feet. Has anyone had a problem with their GP taking them seriously (especially with a negative Rheumatoid factor)?
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