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Should I ask to see a Rheumatologist?

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:50 AM   #1
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Should I ask to see a Rheumatologist?

Hello I'm a newbie here.

I've been seeing a Hematologist for low iron serum/low iron saturation. After 5 iron infusions my iron is looking better. However my pain is not better. I have aches in my knees, elbows and fingers and a general feeling of fatigue. I am only 32 yrs old and I feel like I cannot keep up with my 82 yr old grandma.

My bloodwork shows
high neutrophils 74.2
low lymphocytes
RA factor is 13.8 range is (0.0-13.9)
Anti-daDNA Antibodies 2 (0-9)
ANA w/reflex: negative

My aunt has fibro and my other aunt has lupus. Thanks for the input!

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Re: Should I ask to see a Rheumatologist?

Rheumatologists treat all kinds of bone, muscle and joint problems and even if you just ache, it's fine to see one. I consider them the medical side of what an orthopedic surgeon does. but they treat a lot more auto-immune disorders.

But I was under the care of rheumies for years just from osteoarthritis. They had much better ways of treating my pain than my primary care doc did...worth going. Then I got RA and since I was already under care, it was found early and treated fast and aggressively.

I'd find one and see what he/she says about the blood work and the rest of you. Quite frankly, x-rays and MRI's tell far more than any blood work can.

Let me know what you do and if you go.


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