Reading so many posts for diagnosing problems makes me wonder why it is so hard for docs to acknowledge a diagnosis, but easy for others. I am sero negative, but my symptom first started in the base of my thumb and I went to see a hand specialists who at first appt xrayed it and immediately said I have an imflammatory arthritis (without blood work) and based on the swelling, heat, progression etc. and then sent me to a Primary for referral to Rheumy. The Primary then agreed that the length of time I had been dealing with symptoms was consistent and areas of pain, stiffness, etc. was consistent with sero negative RA. When I had my first appt. w/Rheumy, she did a thorough evaluation, x-rays which show no damage yet and negative blood work, but she said I have very active disease and we need to work agressively to get it under control and so that has been my treatment. I am responding a little to the meds, (not as much as I would like), but enough to see it is the right course, so I wonder why other doctors don't see if their patients will respond similarly. Perhaps where there is smoke, there is fire?
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