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Facts About a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

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Woman talking to her doctor about her diagnosis and treatment plan.
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Woman experiencing hand pain at work on computer.
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RA has some hallmark signs


Blood test tubes of blood.
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The role of blood tests in RA diagnosis


Negative blood test.
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But blood tests aren't definitive


Hand x-rays.
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Imaging tests can help with diagnosis


Doctor examining female patient's neck.
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RA diagnosis isn’t just about tests


Doctor making an arthritis diagnosis on smartboard.
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Other disorders have similar symptoms


Woman free with arms raised, broken chains.
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Early diagnosis is critical


Delayed on travel board.
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RA can be difficult to diagnose


Complicated or straightforward from Point A to Point B.
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Why does it take so long to get diagnosed?


Putting puzzle pieces together to see the big picture.
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What to do if you can’t get diagnosed