“I told the doctor I saw myself in a walker in six months. He decided to treat my pain as if I had RA to see if it helped. It did.” — Francine
The journey to diagnosis starts at your family doctor. They will run a variety of tests, usually including the RF blood tests, but not often anti-CCP. If the RF is negative, this may be the end of it. Many GPs are not aware that RA can be present in even if the RF blood test is negative, so such cases may not be referred to a rheumatologist.