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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

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