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   Posted 3/4/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Weird question.  I now have Scleritis and my Internist and my Opthamologist talked and decided I should see a Rheumatologist.  What exactly does a Rheumatologist do?  I have been blood tested for RA and it was negative.  Can you really have RA and have it not show up?  And what can a Rheumatologist do that my Internist cannot do?
Thanks a bunch!

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   Posted 3/4/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
You absolutely can have RA and not have it show up-ever-or have it show up a year after symptoms start.
A rhuematologist is an internest who went on to get an additional specialty in Rhuematology so he/she will have more expertise in autoimmune and inflamitory disorders. Also more experience in actually treating those conditions. If your internest wants you to see a Rhuemy then its probably a very good idea to do so. You especially want to get that eye inflamation under control before any damage is done.
Good luck and keep us informed about your Rhuemy if you decide to see one.

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   Posted 3/4/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Sj! 

I am waiting to hear back from the Rheumatologist to see when I can get in.  I asked my Internist's office to send over the required documentation.  I wonder how hard it will be to get into to see them?  When they did my scopes recently it took about 2 months afterwards to get into the GI!

Once I find out anything, I will let you know for sure!



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   Posted 3/6/2008 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
good luck indi, i agree it is good to go to the specialist. i always say if it were my heart i wouldnt think twice about seeing a specialist so dont think twice about your immune system either. RA factor is often alse reading. some people even test positive and dont have nay signs while others test negative and have all signs. it is jsut one factor to test for rA my doc goes by my c reactive protien and ana. i am RF neg. but have RA. keep us posted yaly
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