what is the best way to check all the joints?

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   Posted 4/16/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
can anybody tell me what is the best way to check all the joints in the same time without so much iradiation?
bone scan or CT? have been on rheum they couldnt dx arhtritis . no synovitis no swelling.all blood test neg. no AS also they check sacroiliac joints. confused could be osteo in all the joints. seems so impossible. im so terrified.
i cant afford MRI is too expensive.

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   Posted 4/16/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Iris,

I've never had an x-ray, MRI, ct scan, etc... of any of my joints but I have an RA dx.  I am seropositive for rheumatoid factor, and I always assumed that my doctor found evidence of arthritis on physical examination 'cause he sure didn't order any tests except for bloodwork?  I do believe that you can have arthritis, but it won't show up as physical evidence in your imaging tests for years.


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Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
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Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan

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   Posted 4/16/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Iris,
from personal experience the bone scan was the quickest & easiest way to look at all of the joints. it' similar to a CT. they inject a calcium isotope IV & then you wait an hour....when you go for the bone scan it scans & takes pictures from head to toe. so in that aspect...it's a one shot deal.
no need to change positions, come back several days in a row...and you're not exposing yourself to radiation like with excess XRAYS.
a regular XRAY however will show osteo of a joint if it is there. like Elcamino said, it takes a while for the joint to deteriorate enough to show up on film....but if they take a good picture you can sometimes see the start of it.
osteoarthritis is basically "bone on bone" with little to no cartiladge of the joint...have you had any films done that show this?
i know you are having one difficult time. my sympathy to you, i wish the docs would have found something that they could help you with.
((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))) erin
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