I am a 47 year old woman who has been diagnosed on and off for the last 30 years with RA. I have recently moved and started seeing a new internal medicine doctor who has done a plethera of blood test and tells me that I do not have RA. She isn't sure what I have but says that my R factor is not high.
I have had the same symptoms for a long time and they come and go. I have swollen joints that are very painful for hours if not days. My hands, finger joints will get so hot that when I touch people they will comment on how hot my hands are, but the rest of my body will be cool. I have on going flu like symptoms as well as fatigue and lethargy. I also have swollen lymph nodes under my arms, groin and neck areas. I have had to stop wearing my contacts because my eyes are severly dry. I have always been extremely thin (I am 5'1" and have always weighed less than 105) but have recently gained 35 pounds in less than 60 days. My diet did not change nor has my exercise routine. My physician suspected thyroid, but my thyroid was borderline low. Yet every physician I have been to lately has insisted I do not have RA.
This is a mystery to me. I was originally diagnosed in 1979 and then again in 1987 with RA. They mistakenly diagnosed it as lupus but when they ran the test a second time the doctors in Chapel Hill agreed it was RA. So why would these doctors now say it is not?