I'm new to the site and joined hoping all you guys with knowledge and experience can help someone like me.
I have been having problems with joints in my toes and fingers for 5 years. My RF at last count was only 48 and CCP was negative.
I was told I have inflammatory arthritis a couple of years ago by a rheumatologist and that treatment side effects out weigh the benefits at this stage. My podiatrist has been helpful as my toes are so painful I can't walk properly. He said it arthritis and one MTP joint is so damaged it needs replacing. I'm having the surgery in July. I have been ill for most of the last year with one infection after the other and am so tired I'm struggling to function. Yet I still don't know if I have RA. I had infection in my chest last week and was hospitalised, on the discharge notes were some medical records that stated Chronic arthritis or Connective tissue disease. How after 5 years is there no final diagnosis? Also if I do have RA surely early treatment is key.
Any help or advise would be great, thanks in advance