pain, but blood work clear

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enough
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   Posted 5/27/2009 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning,

I had a bunch of blood work done when I went to the doctors a month ago with pain in my hands, wrists, feet and ankles. All came back clear for ra, arthritis, lymes, lupus, etc. I have bumps between my knuckles, on the fingers and the palm of my hand under the pointer finger gets swollen and red. I have arthritis in my jaw and osteo in my knees.

My question is this, could I still have ra or other arthritis with negative blood work. It is rainy by me today and was yesterday and boy do I feel it. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

sjkly
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   Posted 5/27/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes you could still have RA even with negative blood work.

momto3
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   Posted 5/28/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
At my first vist almost four years ago, I was also tested for all of those things and tested negative and have ever since.  So yes, you can and still have RA.

enough
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   Posted 5/28/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies, I guess I should go back to the doctor. I really dont' want to start any meds, so I am avoiding it at all cost. I hope you are both doing well.
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