I have RA and my husband has been having blood tests for RA unfortunately. When he saw a consultant at his first appointment it was very visible as his hands were so swollen and painful.. At his second appointment he was told he definitely had a inflammatory arthritis, but they didn't no which one as most of the blood tests were contaminated! He was put on steroids at his first appointment and given a steroid injection at the second appointment and had the repeat blood tests done later that week. Saw the consultant last week only to be told the blood tests were all negative and the hand X-ray showed no inflammation. I'm really confused now and looking at some of his blood tests result ( we were given a copy by our GP) two of them say above range ( Monocytes count 0.9 and Eosinophil count 0.7) does anyone know what they mean. Also, considering he was on steroids and the extra steroid injection, would that mask his blood test results. The swelling went down but he is still in a lot of pain. We are in the process of transferring over to my rheumatologist in a different hospital but that will takes about 12 weeks . Can anyone help please. I was lucky as my blood test showed the rf factor.