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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


Lene  Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen, MSW

@TheSeatedView

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View.

Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page, facebook.com/rahealthcentral. She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.