I have all the classic signs of RA. I have had numerous blood tests that show something inflammatory going on but the RA & anti CCP tests came back negative.
I have had X-Rays on my fingers & knees that shpw OA but Xrays Rhuemy did of both hands and feet which do not show any inflammatory arthropathy. So why am i in so much pain & diiscomfort? Wrists, fingers, fet & toes the worst & getting worse since i 1st saw my Rhuemy
Rheumy reluctant to say Sero Negative RA but inflammatoey ostoartheritis yet he also said that OA very rarly inflames. Rheumy states they treat both conditions the same. Have started on Hydroxychloroquine but takes 3-4 months to get in the systen si still waiting. I am relying on steroid injections every 4 weeks to keep me going as i find i then slow, down,stiffen up & become sooo exhusted if not kept topped up.
I feel that it is more Sero negative RA but can't understand the reluctance frrom my Rheumy. Do you think i shuld get a second opinion?