What Is The Difference Between Ra And Inflammatory Arthritis

Question

Asked by gma2

What Is The Difference Between Ra And Inflammatory Arthritis

My rheumatoid factor is always negative so my rheumatologist says I don't have RA but rather inflammatory arthritis. What's the difference please? I am on prednisone and injectable Methotrexate.

Answer

Approximately 20% of people who have RA are what is called seronegative - in other words, their RA factor tests negative. You can read more about lab results here.

As far as I can tell from a brief visit to Google, inflammatory arthritis involves the autoimmune system and therefore appears to be another word for rheumatoid arthritis (you can see more about that here). Both prednisone and methotrexate are common treatments off RA, so I'm not really sure where your doctor is coming from.

I would recommend that you ask for some more details about his diagnosis including an overview of the differences between RA and inflammatory arthritis as he sees it. You may also consider getting a second opinion.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW