Rheumatoid Arthritis blood test

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Parakeet88 Tue 31-Mar-20 20:18:29

I posted on here yesterday about my swollen finger, and had a video appointment with my doctor this evening. As soon as he saw my finger he said he thought it was probably rheumatoid arthritis, which was a bit of a shock. I'm 35, and thought I was too young for arthritis (a quick Google has told me otherwise)

Anyway he's told me I need to book a blood test to confirm it. I was a bit surprised as I thought all non-urgent tests were being postponed. I'm also not that keen on going to a hospital at the moment for obvious reasons and certainly don't want to burden the NHS.

I'm not sure whether to put it on hold for a few weeks. I'm not in pain and it's currently just in one finger. Any advice?

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Binglebong Tue 31-Mar-20 20:58:04

Please get it done. The sooner you get started on treatment the better the results.

To put it in perspective: I have RA markers. At my last rheumatologist appointment I was told even if I have no symptoms i will stay on his books for at least 3 years so that if I do get symptoms I won't need to ho through referrals and can get treated immediately. So until that point the nhs will cover the cost and time of me visiting a consultant twice a year just to speed it up if I do need it.

Please, get the blood test.

TheFutureMrsHardy Tue 31-Mar-20 21:01:23

My Dad has RA. His came from having a flu, pneumonia and shingles jab all in one session - his immune system went into overdrive. His RA markers were through the roof, and he's had a lot of medical appointments.

It isn't something you want to progress - early treatment will stop longer term damage. It can be horribly quick to progress.

Parakeet88 Tue 31-Mar-20 21:17:57

Gosh that's scary sad

Ok, I'll get the blood test, just amazed they're continuing with them at the moment.

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Parakeet88 Tue 31-Mar-20 21:18:41

Thanks for your replies by the way

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Binglebong Wed 01-Apr-20 00:53:44

Don't be scared, just be aware that it's one where you need to start the treatment sooner rather than later. smile

Iona3419 Sun 25-Jul-21 22:12:07

Parakeet 98 - I have just read this thread as I also had a swollen finger and have a doc appointment booked. Can I ask, was it rheumatoid arthritis?


Parakeet88 Mon 26-Jul-21 10:15:17

Hi @Iona3419

It's been a long road since I posted this! All my blood tests have been negative for RA (although you can have 'seronegative' RA which doesn't show up in blood tests). I've also had a few ultrasounds and x-rays which have shown some effusion (fluid between joints) and 'wear and tear' arthritis, but it's apparently not RA.

I don't think it's always that straightforward to get diagnosed unfortunately but you're doing the right thing by going to the doctor. You'll probably be referred to a rheumatologist if RA is suspected - make sure you chase if so because waiting times are long at the moment!

Good luck.

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Iona3419 Mon 26-Jul-21 13:17:46

Thank you for getting back to me. I'm afraid I've been googling far too much and scared myself silly. Glad that your. Loods were negative and fingers crossed (unswollen😂🤞) that you have no more issues.

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