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Hi everyone. I started showing my symptoms about 3 months ago, very sharp pains in my wrists, thumbs, fingers, feet, ankles and knees. Very stiff in a morning and feeling exhausted & flu like symptoms. I have fingers that swell and look like sausages & my feet/ankles swell too. My GP did initial blood test 4 weeks ago that show elevated inflammatory markers etc so referred me to a Rheumatologist as he suspects RA. Just to add to this.. in 2009 I went to Drs about my sausage fingers, blood tests showed an RF factor but not high enough for GP to refer me at that time (he didn't explain what RF factor was so I had no clue what he was going on about & forgot all about it) Last week I had my first appointment with the Rheumatologist who asked me lots of questions, lots of blood tests taken and chest X-ray. Then today I had to go for an ultrasound scan at the hospital which they did on my hand, looking for Synovitis. The ultrasound showed no signs of Synovitis, which I was told was
good..but he also said I could still have RA but it is in the very early stages. I still have not had my blood tests results back yet..how long do they take to come back? It's been 8 days since I had the bloods taken. I am also waiting for an MRI scan too. My pain is horrendous and just walking to the garden causes horrific sharp pains in my wrists, fingers, knees, feet etc and the swelling comes on. Does anyone know can you have RA and not have Synovitis show on ultrasounds?
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