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waiting for a diagnosis

nearlybionicnearlybionic Posts: 2,204
I have seen my GP this week, after a lot of putting it off, about my painful hands and wrists. She has sent me for xrays, and I have had lots of bloods done today (rheumatoid factor, esr, full blood count, bone, vit D etc..) She has asked me to go back in a week for the results, and she will either treat me herself or refer to a Rheumatologist.
Will these bloods be able to tell if it is RA or any other type of arthritis? What will happen if the bloods and x rays don`t show anything? I am really struggling with the pain and loss of grip and am feeling really low.
I have OA in my hip/back and have had a LTHR due to OA.


  • valvalvalval Posts: 15,897
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    the blood results are only a part of it as the help line will tell you it also goes on examination of joints and movement there are 200 types of artheritis so can take a while to work out which you have(am a forum poster with no medical training) but you will get help if bloods show anything then rhummy best place to go i know scary but they very good and early treatment stops joint dammage val
  • nearlybionicnearlybionic Posts: 2,204
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks Val
    I am trying to keep an open mind about what is causing my pain and problems, and am keen to see a Rheumy if I need to .
  • helpline_teamhelpline_team Posts: 1,930
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I've replied to this thread - it's appeared twice!

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