I had blood tests recently which have come back abnormal - my rheumatoid factor has been increasing out of normal range to higher levels and I have iron deficiency anaemia, along with out of normal range ESR (low) and low lymphocyte count. Some of my other blood tests are out of range.
I have been feeling very lethargic and tired, with pains in the top joints of two of my fingers and thumb of my right hand, occasionally accompanied with bruising. The Doctor mentioned RA, but doesn't believe I have it as I have no visible problems with my hands such as swelling. My Doctor didn't seem overly concerned saying my blood test results weren't that out of range, but why bother calling me in to say that? I have other aches and pains too.
My Doctor prescribed iron tablets, but is not looking into the cause of my abnormal blood tests. She said if I did have arthritis, it is more likely to be osteoarthritis (because of the joints affected).
She asked if I have psoriasis. I replied that one of her colleagues believed I had psoriasis and possibly psoratic arthritis (my cousin has it), but then I saw a locum 2 weeks ago who said I don't have either; I have dermatitis instead.
Can you have RA without swelling? If not RA, any thoughts as to what it could be?