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    Old 03-26-2018, 07:34 AM   #1
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    Seeking a diagnosis?

    I just wanted to share with those stuck in never-never land of no definite diagnosis. For 5 years Iíve exhibited clinical signs of inflammatory arthritis but with the exception of a significantly positive ANA, all other tests have been normal. I consistently had joint swelling and warmth and debilitating fatigue.

    I lucked up and got a good rheumy who began treatment right away based on clinical symptoms. Recently he did a joint fluid analysis from my chronically swollen knee. It showed Inflammatory Arthritis in every category. While he didnít do a culture, it still showed without a doubt that I have a form of inflammatory arthritis. Heís leaning toward RA but PsA is not out of the realm of possibility since my dad had psoriasis.

    I literally cried like a baby from relief to finally have my symptoms validated. Just wanted to share in the hope that some of you who are where I have been can ask for this diagnostic tool. Not knowing is HELL. Not to mention that I now can be put on a biologic (Orencia) which insurance balked at with no ďdiagnosisĒ acceptable to them. While I still donít know which arthritis I have, I canít tell you how relieved I am!

    I really hope this post can help someone else.

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