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Hand/wrist pain but negative rh blood test. Raynauds diagnosed but is it secondary?

Hi there,

A few years back I was diagnosed with Raynauds however I have noticed over the past 6 months or so I’ve started to struggle with everyday jobs using my right hand. Hoovering causing cramp and feeling weakness in my wrist when holding a mug so I’ve been using my left hand more often. I started my taking my nifedipine in the autumn and Since the start of the winter I’ve experienced increased numbness and pain overnight. Along with this I’m experiencing my index finger on my right hand regularly slides across the top of my hand which causes huge amount of pain. Any sudden jerk or movement and my knuckles seem to come away from my fingers- this happens on both hands but more obvious on my right. Could this be my tendons slipping? I’ve had a blood test and I’ve had a negative for rh factor. I’ve been for X-rays today but I’m clueless what to expect....my teenage son has recently been diagnosed with JIA polytype rh positive factor. Any help/ words of wisdom will be greatfully received.

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Oh là là, confusedkatie. 😳 Found cluster of autoimmune ailments (to include Raynaud's) to decrease/ dissipate as inflammation decreased, nutrients & absorption increased, etc.. overall health gradually improving over time. 👍👍 Don’t know if the experiences of JIAers (Katy healthunlocked.com/jia/post... ; Joesph Encinia, Cole, Jenn, healthunlocked.com/nras/pos... ) would interest you & your teenage son? 🤔 Maybe sitting down & watching (& discussing) videos together would reveal abundant realistic hope for both your boy & you, confusedkatie? ☺️ Wishing you both the very best. 😌 🙏 🍀 🌺 🌞

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Thanks for replying Kai. I’ll look over those links and this gives me something to focus on meantime. I’m so glad I’ve found this forum! 😊

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You can still have rheumatoid arthritis without a positive blood test

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Hi gabasul, thanks for replying I’ve read the links mhairi54 gave below which are a good read. Hoping to get X-ray results back mid week but not sure if the reason my finger slipping and sliding would be shown on X-rays?

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Sorry to hear about your son. It's a scary time when you are in pain but don't have any answers. As Gabasul says you can still get a diagnosis of RA even though your rh test is negative. It's called seronegative RA.

This link might be worth reading:

nras.org.uk/seropositive-se...

Best wishes.

Mhairi.

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Thanks mhairi, thanks for the link. It’s really nice to have the support from you all. 😊

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It's a fab forum. I was so glad when I found it too! There's always someone on here who can relate to how you're feeling. Take care. x

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