Hello Peter, I happened across your post. My guess is the dr referred your wife to a rheumatologist is that correct? If so, that type of dr works with all kinds of arthritis conditions. There is a chance she does not have RA, that is up to the specialist to determine. He will do his own exam & order lots of lab work before making a diagnosis. At this time until she gets diagnosed with whatever, I would not worry about what treatment may or may not be necessary. I know you probably, well that is easier said than done. My point is don't stress yourselves out it will not help either of you. There is a lot of treatment available to treat RA without starting on the more aggressive medications.
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