Looking for advice
I'm just wondering how an RA diagnosis is confirmed? How can you tell you definitely have it and you haven't been misdiagnosed? Will an MRI confirm it?
My mother was diagnosed about 10 years ago. She has never had an MRI.
First she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease and then came the RA diagnosis.
She was on various medications for a while and then they put her on sulfasalazine for years. Two years ago she got ovarian cancer and her oncologist wanted her off the drug because of the risk of covid. My mother had successful treatment for cancer and didn't experience any arthritis flare-ups. However, since she started a parp inhibitor called Niriparib she has had a lot of joint pain and sometimes her hands swell up. Joint swelling can be a side effect of Niriparib. However, they have decided it's caused by arthritis and want to put her back on sulfasalazine. I guess I wonder how they know it's an arthritis flare-up and how do they know she definitely has RA?
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