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I was diagnosed with RA a few years ago and has been on Plaquenil and then methotrexate for 2 years. My Rhematoid factor was slightley elvated (24), normal sedmentation rate, CRP normal and anti citrullinated protien antibody, 68. I didn't have much pain in my joints, but my knuckles at the baseof my fingers keep getting bigger and I am getting deformity in my fingers. An MRI was done, but showed no active inflamation. I went to another rehumy and was told I don't have RA, but osteoarthrits. He told me to stop the meds. I am planning to go to a third doctor to verify, I stopped the meds, but I am concerned the deformity will continue. If I don't have pain, mostly normal labs and no active inflamation according to the MRI, why do
I get deformity? Any ideas?
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