Sero Negative Arthritis and sulfasalazine tab

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can anyone tell me what  this form of arthritis  is,what is it ,on preds but told must take sulfasalazine tab , after one tab real ill only took 2 ,all symptons of flu and cough. been to doc no infections .So not to take for a few days and then retry.

Any advice dont seam to be getting nowhere .

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    So sorry about your condition, I have never heard of this form of arthritis .

    Did they say if it was a former of rheumatoid arthritis?

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      it seems a strange one ,where test show ,that its not showing a positive,

      i have been on preds 5 years and had been treated for PMR and GCA ,this mirrors sero neg A . shown up on a pet scan  .they wont rule out i have PMR or GCA

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    Hi Bri!

    Have you had blood testing at a Rheumotologist? There are MANY different forms of arthritis, and specific blood testing can be done to locate the markers in the blood which identify or rule out certain types of arthritis.

    Because the treatment for each type of arthritis is different, it is extremely important to get the blood testing done.

    I had this texting done a couple years ago. I got back a very detailed report identifying which markers were NOT present in my blood. This told me which forms of arthritis I DID NOT have.

    From that report they ruled out Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, and other forms of arthritis associated with the immune system.

    That left Osteoarthritis which was then identified through X-RAYS of my deteriorated cartilage and bone-on-bone situation in my knees.

    It was good to finally get a diagnosis and a path to doing something for my pain.

    My trip to the specialist who deals with OSTEOARTHRITIS confirmed that I was definitely a candidate for Total Knee Replacement surgery which I had in June and October of 2015.

    Because I got the accurate diagnosis I was able to find the proper treatment for my specific kind of arthritis.

    A real bonus was I take minimal pain medication for my Osteoarthritis now (have it in other joints of my body). My knees are pain-free after surgery and I take just Ibuprofen for other joint pain.

    It was a relief to discover an accurate diagnosis based on ruling out specific types of arthritis through specific blood tests which identify markers in the blood or the ABSENCE of those markers.

    I hope this helps you!

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      had a lot of test 5 years ago they said polymyalgia rheumatica ,put on steroids ,i started with bad heads ,then told gaint cell arthritas.put on 60 mg steroids. test did not confirm told due to high amount of steriods .On all other drugs one put me in hospitail another very ill ,had a pet scan. put on another drug none worked .another pet scan said not this ,may have had it ,but 5 years on all wrong meds .now it looks as they have caused problems .just started on sulfalazine. dont feel positive with any drugs at moment ,my crp and esr are high ,
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