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Deacon Blues
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   Posted 9/21/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
     I have had arthritis since just before my Dx w/ UC. No blood tests have shown a positive for arthritis, but my body sure does. I get the kind where I get it on both sides of my body in the identical spot. Right now I have PAIN between my pointer finger and the next one on BOTH hands. I wanted to put this info to this Arth Forum as you dear folks are up to speed with Arth. Do you think I am looking at Rheumatoid because of the nature of my symptoms? ie- both sides of the body...
Diagnosed with UC in 1999
PANCOLITIS-mild to moderate
3-400mg Asacol 3x per day
44 yrs old

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   Posted 9/22/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Deacon,
I am just newish to RA as well. But from my experience and what rhuemy has told me RA does indeed affect both sides of the body.  When my symptoms started it started in my right hand pinky finger, progressed to whole hand and then my other hand....(then all my other joints,lucky me, one joint didnt want to feel left out I
Have you seen a Rhuemy?   I was told it takes up to about 12 weeks for the RA factor to show in your blood...maybe you need to get tested again as a double check?
Sorry Im not much help, but I hope you find out what you need to know to get the help with the pain. Take care and let us know what you find out.

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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there!
mmmmmmm  mirror pain, that does ring a bell.
Even so, pain in the small finger joints may not develop into anything more. Let's hope so......fingers crossed
I have a friend who shows RA in the blood, but to see her running around the basketball court and doing gymnastics you wouldn't think she had RA. And she is on no medications. 
What I am trying to say is that some RA's are thankfully only minor. I wouldn't be asking for the whole armour of pretty strong drugs to deal with a small area. Is the pain causing you real disability. Is it anywhere else other than your fingers affected?
I have had carpal tunnel (associated with RA) in both wrists and this seems to be the norm in even those without RA.
My Ra started in my middle toes. Sometime later I mused at a pain in my right hip getting better after 2 weeks to only turn up in my left hip. 
I hope this sensation will go away and leave you!

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   Posted 9/26/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi D,

Just a little more input.   I have psoriatic arthritis.  Don't have the psoriasis skin condition, although my Dad had it.  My arthritis is very similar to the RA symptoms everyone talks about.  I too have it in both knees, both feet and both hands.   Just a point of interest.  Good luck!


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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had symmetrical, migratory arthritis since about ten years before my UC diagnosis. All RA tests were always negative, but that's what my doctor thought I had. Now my GI and the Rheumy I saw for a while have both told me this type of arthritis is quite common in UC. Mine was first in the large joints - shoulders, hips, SI joints, knees, ankles, then developed in the hands later.

Mine is helped quite a bit by Remicade, but I still have to take regular NSAIDS to keep myself functioning. Fortunately they don't bother my UC.
Judy - Southern US 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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