Is it REALLY RA???
By September 1 at 1:56 am 260 3
I guess I have been in a bit of denial or disbelief over my RA diagnosis which I received a year ago. My initial blood test didn't show the markers, just some inflammation. X-Rays showed a little inflammation in a finger I wasn't complaining about. I only had pain in my hands starting at the pinkeys and in one to two fingers. I didn't notice stiffness in the morning, just sometimes during the day. But they diagnosed me as RA based on tender spots all over my body (which is what I thought they did for Fibromyalgia). They put me on Prednisone and Plaquenil. Of course my face swelled up and my weight started going up. Then he added Methotrexate and the hand pain went away. Eventually he took me off the Prednisone and my face went back to normal and i started losing weight. I stayed without pain in my hands. Lately I have noticed not being able to fully stand up straight after getting up, so is that the stiffness he was asking about?
I was thinking I was misdiagnosed, but then thinking about the fact that if it wasn't RA then why did the meds help? These meds wouldn't help normal arthritis would they?
Also does RA cause pains that are fleeting but keep coming back over a few days in joints?
I really have had a hard time learning about RA. I'm pretty clueless. I'm also all confused about Sjogren's as well, as I mentioned in a different post.