I Have Severe Swelling In My Hands, Elbows, Knee's, Feet And Ankles. Ra Has Not Shown In My Bloods.

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Asked by JanetteE

I Have Severe Swelling In My Hands, Elbows, Knee's, Feet And Ankles. Ra Has Not Shown In My Bloods.

I am taking orimorph, tramadol, paracetamol and pregabalin for the pain. I have raynairds, severe acid reflux and chronic uticeria. I am now losing the use of my hands and wrists due to the pain and swelling. And I am having severe pain standing or walking. No-one seems to know what it is and have refered me to a RA consultant in March. Can anyone help me? Just knowing the cause would ease my mind.

Answer

Even though the rheumatoid factor has not shown up in your blood tests doesn't necessarily mean you don't have RA. Rheumatoid factor is an antibody that often doesn't show up early in the disease process. You might want to check out our RA site for more information. They also have a Q & A section where you can ask questions.

There are also other conditions that have symptoms similar to RA, so seeing a rheumatologist is your best bet to get an accurate diagnosis. I hope you get some answers at your appointment this month.