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For about 2 months my index finger has been swollen and i have

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For about 2 months my index finger has been swollen and i have done series of test including Full blood count, Uric acid test, xray and MRI.

My doctor suspects Rheumatoid Arthritis but i need a second opinion.

The pain is sometimes intense and i no longer have full range of motion on my finger. Prior to this development i have been having wrist pain on and off for about 18 months. Now they kinda like work hand in hand. Anytime the finger pain is intense the wrist pain also gets intense.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 11 months ago.
Hi--does this involve the entire finger or just one or more joints in it? Have you had a rheumatoid arthritis screen?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

I haven't had a screen and it affects only one joint

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 11 months ago.
OK. Given your symptoms and some--albeit subtle changes--shown in the MRI, I think it is likely you have RA and you need an initial screen that includes sed rate, C reactive protein, Rheumatoid Factor, and Antinuclear Antibody. Even if that screening were indeterminate, I would have you see a rheumatologist for further testing
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Customer: replied 11 months ago.

so am i to see a rheumatologist before doing a screen or should i do a screen and get back to you with the results.


 


 

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 11 months ago.
Your doctor can do the screen first and you can let me know the results on a new question page
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

A new question page implies additional payment right?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 11 months ago.
Well, we can continue on this page when you get the results but I would ask that you rate my answer above
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

i would prefer to keep this page open.


 


I will definitely rate your answer

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 11 months ago.
No problem--just come back to this page when you can

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