A short version of my history :
Middle finger swelled up early last year, saw rheumatologist in May & was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & prescribed Methotrexate but due to a complete lack of communication regarding the potential seriousness of this disease I chose not to take them.
Fast forward to early this year -- I now have pain in my right knee, both ankles, left elbow & right thumb/middle finger. I don't have any visible swelling.
Saw a new rheumatologist early this month & he too said I had PA. I had blood tests done & they came back as follows :
ESR - 13mm/hour
CRP - 6.6mg/L
And my Xrays showed 'mild degenerative change' to my big toe but no change in the initial middle finger even though I can still only bend it halfway!
The confusing thing & the point of my enquiry is as follows : my RF was negative but I showed a weak positive for anti-ccp antibodies with a score of 21
From what I've read this is indicative of Rheumatoid Arthritis & also is an indicator that the type of disease will be more damaging to joints.
I'm kinda confused over my diagnosis & also whether I'm heading for a super destructive course of the disease.
I'm 3rd week into a course of Sulfasalazine.
Any info gratefully received.