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   Posted 11/20/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am from the Ulcerative Colitis board and My GI wants me to see a RA doctor due to my servere joint pain in my hands and wrists. Could anyone tell me what to expect when i go to the doctor for the first time. What tests are run to determine RA? Thanks
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   Posted 11/21/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi when I went to my rheumy doctor. She did a full exam of all my joints and the did a
blood draw. Then i got the results in a few days for RA. I also have Crohn's disease.
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I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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   Posted 11/21/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I have not had a confirmed diagnosis yet because all my testing came out negative, but I really have a feeling that I have RA mainly based on my symptoms. When I went to the rheumy, he checked all my joints, your doc may order Xrays and/or a MRI and do blood tests to find certain RA markers. It  was a couple years ago that I went and I think after the first of the year, I may be going back to see him to be retested since things have gotten much worse for me. I hope you find the answers to your hand pain. I know the feeling of not knowing what is going on.

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   Posted 11/24/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jano
I have Crohn's and AS. My AS was diagnosed by scans and xrays as my bllod results were inconclusive. Good luck and be persistant in getting a diagnosis.
Let us know how you go.
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Ankylosing Spondylitis
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   Posted 11/25/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Same as Jo. I had full xrays of my hands, hips and feet. Full blood work done and an examination of all my joints. Stood in my underwear while she went over my whole body, checking for swelling and stance etc. Weighed me, checked my gait, my range of movement and asked me lots of questions, type of pain, when it started etc.

Hope it goes well, a good rheumy is worth their weight in gold. You need someone who listens and is sympathetic, someone you can trust, I love mine but she seems stressed herself lately. Too many patients...
goodluck, golitho

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   Posted 11/25/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your info. Golitho, i think the reason for the stress in the doctors is because in my area there is only one. So she has a heavy load. I have a good 2 or 3 month wait to even see her.
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   Posted 11/26/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
i have colitis as well....and my rhuemy just checked my joints, talked to me, drew blood and then put me on humira after blood results. He said the majority of people with colitis tend not to have RA as well. The joint pain and swelling is from the colitis typically. so that might be good news. My joint pain and swelling was so bad I couldn't walk some days, and it made me vomit from all the pain. You would have thought it was RA, but mine was peripheral/reactive arthritis. good luck
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