Does this sound like RA?

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Hi - I have have had some pain and trouble but my local doctor is no help and thinks it's tennis elbow.


- Both Elbows VERY painful to lean on for about 3 years, getting worse so now even on a mattress I feel discomfort. Impossible to lean on anything.

- Both elbows very painful if I knock them even lightly

- Wrist pain on/off for no reason

- Pretty sure bones in elbows are gtting bigger / pointy.

- Aching from elbow to my wrist inc forearm after light activity - moderate activity = lots of days of pain.

- Wake at night and feel pain in wrist joint and elbows sometimes.

- Blood tests show markers for rheumatoid arthritis

What I don't have is any stiffness, which is why docs not interested.

What I don't have i

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    Also enlarged spleen, and tiredness.
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    My probs started with Tennis Elbow about 5 yrs ago then spread to wrists and ankles, all in all spread to all joints about 20 months ago. Since been diagnosed with Rheumatoid and now stable with Meds. You need GP visit for futher testing to rule out/investigate Rheumatoid Arthritis/Autoimmune disease. Ask GP to refer you to a Rheumatoid Clinic in your local Hospital. 

    Good Luck!

    Ask your GP


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    Well you need to insist on seeing a rheumatologist to rule things out, it does sound like RA I have to say, but there again I am no expert, don't let your doctor fob you off no more
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    What are the chances of tennis elbow in both arms? Slim, I reckon.

    The bilateral nature of your pain is definitely an RA marker. Plus your RA factor.... How can your doc ignore that?

    Ask him to refer you to a rheumatologist.

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