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How Doctors Diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Daria Shevtsova

Histopathology of the knee joint in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.
Histopathology of the knee joint in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.KGH

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They Ask Where You Ache


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Kinga Cichewicz

They Ask When You're Stiff


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They Review Your Risk Factors


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Lina Kivaka

They Ask About Other Symptoms


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They’ll Order Imaging Tests


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They’ll Run Labs


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Then They’ll Run More Tests


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They’ll Praise Your Proactivity!


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They’ll Get You on a Treatment Plan


Lisa Fields

Lisa Fields

Lisa Fields is a full-time freelance health writer based in South Jersey who writes about chronic diseases, sleep problems and ways that stress and emotions can impact health. She writes frequently for WebMD and Reader’s Digest. She has also been published by The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Redbook and many other publications.