Hey Andrea, Sorry bout your frustration. It can be beyond irritating. I have Lupus and a 96ish rheumatoid factor if I remember correcttly. I also have PA. have you had your ANA done? I don't know, for me, I used to extremely interested in the bloodwork and what the changes meant and stuff. But, really there's so much info to wrap your head around when they're testing you for everything under the sun. The only thing I can recoomend is break out your 'Why do you say that?". I'm not sure why doctors can tell you you're fine when you aren't. I didn't go to med school or anything, but I know when I'm not fine, and having a doctor telling me I am doesn't really seem that they're being very I don't know, doctorish? So, when they say you're fine, say "Why do you say that?", they'll say because your bloodwork came back norml", you say "No it didn't my rheumatoid factor is elevated." They'll say "x% of the population has an elevated rheumatoid factor and no disease, it can be meaningless." Then you say "Could be, but since I'm here to get help with symptoms I'm having, and some of my symptoms relate to RA, shouldn't you see that and say there's more to look at here instead of saying I'm fine?" You can also throw out the "Why are you testing me for things that you will discount if they come back positive?" line as well. It can be a drag dealing with doctors when they are at their best, it's impossible when they aren't even willing to aspire to their best. Don't be afraid to move on to a different one if your doctor's office isn't giving you what you need. Good Luck!
-SLE, RA & PA....it's all about the acronyms!
-Current meds: Plaquenil, Sulfasalazine, and a little NSAID du jour for flavouring. Mmmmm NSAIDs.