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Does Rheumatoid arthritis cause inflamation?

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  • Posted By: jeanill
  • May 6, 2008
  • 08:03 PM

Does Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) ALWAYS cause inflamation? I have real bad stiffness in the mornings, and I have trouble walking (my legs hurt when I stand up and get very heavy and sore.) My joints in both hands, knees and ankles are stiff and sore, too!:( But I do not have any swelling, except at the outer corners of my ankles...(the doctor said it was boggy edema). I get itchy pink rashes on my chest that last about a half-hour. And I feel very sick and tired, all the time. A nurse told me I had symptoms of an autoimmune disease. But my doctor is very mean and is about to retire, and he said my RF test was negative, and ignores me.:mad: Could I have RA and still have a negative Rheumatoid Factor test and a negative SED rate? I was thinking I might have sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis? Does anyone know what rests are done to diagnose this?:confused:

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