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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/13/2006 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello - I am new here. I have a question for you all. I had a bakers cyst a few months ago and I went to the dr. and found out by an ultra sound it had burst. It was very painful. My blood tested positive for rheu. arthritis.
After my knee got better I was tested again, and my blood tested negative.
Once in awhile my knee aches and I get fatigued, can this type of arthritis not show up in my blood?
They won't treat me until it shows up in my blood! and I have seen a specialist.
Any advice?

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 7/13/2006 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there & welcome.  Great that you found HealingWell!  Glad to have you.

So this is tricky!  Once you show a positive RF it typically doesn't go can increase or decrease but it is a titer (like chicken pox) and once it's's there.

The doctor's are foolish if they are basing their diagnoses on RF alone.  Many people do not have the RF show up in their is positive in the majority of RA patients but not 100% of the time.

A more specific look would be to have your knee synovial fluid analyzed.

The docs should be looking at:

Morning stiffness lasting at least 1 hour for at least 6 weeks.

Swelling of bilateral joints.

WBC, RF and ANA and ESR bloodwork.

Fatigue, weight loss, fevers, loss of joint mobility.

Radiological changes evident in joints.

So when do you see the doc again?  It could be the labs fault with the bloodwork, it is possible for error.  I would have it repeated.  And keep a journal of your joints & how they act.

Do you take any NSAIDs or steroids?  Do they provide relief?

So many of us get the runaround for months and years before proper diagnoses & treatment.  Don't be afraid to speak up & voice your concerns especially if they are interfering with your life.

The very best to you. Write back soon.



Active, Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred 20mg prn; Pentasa 4G daily; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid 4mg; Diazepam 5mg; Avinza 30mg; Reglan; Meclizine; LidoDerm; MiraLax & too many others.

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