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In September I suffered pain in my index and middle finger knuckles for a couple of days and then one morning woke to swelling, they disappeared the following day but the pain continued on and off over the space of a couple of months with the pain going into all my finger joints on my right hand with stiffness too, my wrist and sometimes when it got bad, it felt like someone had put a blood pressure cuff on the top of my arm. The pain is now also in my left hand and my toes. I had bloods taken and called for the results a few days ago, the receptionist said my full blood count, ANA, CRP and thyroid were all ok but the doctor wants to speak to me about the result from my Rheumatoid factor.
My question is, if RA is an inflammatory disease and I tested positive for rheumatoid factor, how could the CRP be negative?
Also, I get really cold fingertips lately, is that normal for RA? My knees are also mildly painful and all my finger joints and shoulders sound creaky.
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