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Date: 31.05.2015
From: Jacqui

Subject: Negative arthritis?

I have been suffering with pains in my fingers on my right hand. The index and middle fingers are swollen and the index finger has lumps on it, GP sent me for an xray and blood tests. Apparently there was nothing on the xray ad the blood tests came back saying I did not have rheumatoid arthiritis. However, GP has referred me to a rheumatologist as he is unsure but I have heard that you can get negative arthritis. I also have lumps - bunions ? which are a form of arthritis on both feet and my feet are quite painful as well. Can anyone give me some advice regarding the pain and what I can expect from the consultant
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Date: 13.06.2015
From: Lois

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

Hi Jacqui, sorry your post has been overlooked. There are CT MRI scans which are better than a normal x-ray. Yes you can get sero-negative RA(I think) This is not my forte but I am sure someone will come through for you.
The Consultant will give you more tests then make his/her decision.
OA is a very painful condition also. So maybe this is what your GP thinks it may be. Your Gp is doing everything he/she should be doing.

Good luck for the Consultation. Take Care.
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Date: 14.06.2015
From: Paula-R

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

Hello

Hope this might help.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3115960/Agony-arthritis-tests-t-spot-Thousands-told-ve-just-overdone-garden-miss-vital-treatment.html

Saw it the other day and put it in my favourities incase any questions popped up about it. You are lucky in some respects because I've read on numerous occasions that GP don't refer people to consultants if test come back negative for RA.

Paula x
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Date: 14.06.2015
From: Paula-R

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

Silly me, just seen that the articles already been posted on here!!!!

Really must go to Spec Savers!

Paula
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Date: 14.06.2015
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

lol paula , I need to go to specsavers as well

Jacqui , good thing you have been refered & look at the link that paula posted
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Date: 26.06.2015
From: Linda

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

Hi Jacqui, Ive just seen this. not been on for a while. 2yrs ago I went to the Dr with same symptoms. Had x rays, nothing really showed up. however my bloods(esr) were high. To cut a long story short. they told me I had sero negative inflammatory arthritis. I did not have the rhuematoid marker. But it could develope. Have you seen the consultant? If you want to ask me anything, please dont hesitate to ask. This forum has helped me loads.
Linda
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Date: 28.06.2015
From: Jacqui

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

Thank you so much for your help, thought I was going mad! The appointment I have with the Rheumatologist is for 5th August. I have been taking codeine for the pain but it doesn't really help much when it is bad. fingers crossed (no pun intended) that I can get some help.
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Date: 28.06.2015
From: Jacqui

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

I have read the article suggested and it was very helpful = thank you.
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Date: 28.06.2015
From: Linda

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

No problem, you could also try some glucosamine gel to rub on your joints. Or some anti inflammatory pills.
Linda
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Date: 07.07.2015
From: Jacqui

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

Hi, I had to go to the gp the other day for something else and he mentioned the seronegative arthritis and he thought that is what I have. My hands and feet have been quite painful and I have been taking codeine an naproxen which doesn't really help. Any suggestions?
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Date: 07.07.2015
From: sleek fox

Subject: Re: Negative arthritis?

There's not a lot you can do until you see the Rheumy team, I'm afraid. However, you can try using heat or cold on your joints if they are swollen and not using them too much i.e. walking. Go and check out Arthritis Research, they have some tips on there.
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