Subject: Re: negative results for 7 year old
From what I understand about RA is that you can have a sero negative diagnosis (that's when it doesn't show up in your blood tests) or a positive one when it does.
From what you say it sounds like it may be Rheumatoid Arthritis, in children it is called JRA, what with her swollen joints etc. Obviously I may be wrong but at least talking to someone about things might help. You may find the following telephone numbers helpful.
http://www.nras.org.uk/ (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
Helpline 0800 298 7650
If I was you I would also look on the Arthritis Care Site, they have an open forum and there is a section there for parents of children with arthritis, it is free to join. http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/forums/
Ring their helpine up 0808 800 4050
I've just re read what you put about her eyes. I too have had trouble with my eyes, they were so dry and ached, this too is part of having RA. I remember feeling so stupid telling my consultant about my eyes the first time I saw him but found out it is one of the symptoms.
Perhaps once you have rung the helplines up and have more information about things, go back and see your GP. RA according to my consultant is difficult for a GP to diagnose, they may of never seen anyone with it before.
Hope something gets sorted soon and please let me know how you get on.