Update: Seronegative RA

Vanessa Collins Health Guide
  • I saw a rheumatologist with a good reputation and educational background Tuesday. She has been practicing for 22 years, and I really like her.  She spent an hour and 15 minutes with me. I found that amazing, based on the previous experience I had with rheumatologist. Her diagnosis: Seronegative RA. She ordered xrays of my hands and feet.  Since I decided to take a more active role in my healthcare, I ran by the hospital today and picked up the report.  The Radiology Report states that I have "juxta-articular osteoporosis" at the "metacarpophalangeal joints" From what I have read, this is a "change that is consistent with the joint destroying course of RA".

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    This past year has been a roller coaster of pain, fatigue, frustration, and fear of the unknown.  I am not happy that I have RA, but I am happy to have a diagnosis and a doctor who is going to help me.  I am to start MTX as soon as I finish the Bactrim I am taking for a sinus infection.

     

    I want to thank you all for your support this past year. I appreciate it more than you could ever know. 

     

    A special thanks to Lene Andersen, who diagnosed me from way up north in Canada, without ever seeing me.  She really is an expert!  Wink

     

    Peace,

    V

     

     

Published On: May 12, 2011