Hi All, I am looking for your expert opinion please. I have had intermittent small joint pain and back/pelvis pain for about 10 years. My blood work has always come back negative. My aunt has had RA for the past 20 years and has suffered badly with it. About a year ago my GP ran some more bloods as my finger joints started swelling and my rheumatoid factor finally was high (not sure by how much). She referred me to a rheumatologist as she said with family history and joint swelling it appeared to possibly be RA. When I saw the rheumatologist however she said it was not RA due to my top finger joints hurting and the pain in my hips/pelvis. It was more likely to be another form of inflammation possibly psoriatic arthritis as I have mild psoriasis on my scalp. I have just been on anti inflammatory meds for the past 4 months and am awaiting my next appointment. The joint pain is now getting worse and it is now in all my finger joints including base joints near thumbs which are really bad. My toes are throbbing, again joints closest to my foot. Wrists and ankles are also sore and stiff. The only thing the anti inflammatory meds seem to have calmed down is my sore back and pelvis. Sorry for the long post but I am wanting your opinions on how your RA started? Which joints? Did the joints at the ends of your fingers swell and hurt? I'm not sure why the rheumatologist ruled out RA immediately with no X Ray's or real examination of my joints?? Are the joints at the end of fingers and back/hips/pelvis less likely to be affected with RA?? As you can see I am very confused and would like some opinions/experiences before I go back and see the rheumatologist again. Thanks for reading xx
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