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Inflammatory Arthritis vs. RA diagnosis....

I have question (for those who might be able to help)...i just saw another RA doc for my 2nd opinion on Tuesday and after almost an hour with us, he said that he wanted to watch me and not "put me in a box" as far as saying it's definitely RA...instead he said i have "sero-negative inflammatory arthritis" particularly in my hands, elbows and hips. The first doc said it was RA and although the second doc did rule OA, he didn't rule RA - he said he wanted to re-do all of my bloodwork in January as well as do some genetic test for arthritis (HLA-B27) He put me on Celebrex (which i'm already on from the first doc) and Plaquenil. My hips hurt so bad right now from his physical exam 2 days ago that i can hardly get up from a sitting position and my hands just throb from all his joint squeezing and bending of the fingers. I feel worse now than i did the day i saw him! I guess i'm frustrated b/c i didn't get a "real" diagnosis from him but he suggested that although he thinks it is RA, it's too early for him to confirm it since he's only seen my once for the initial consultation. Any thoughts?? Did your doc wait to give you a diagnosis?? I looked up the various types of inflammatory arthritis (Lupus, Reiter's Syndrome, Psoriatic, etc) and i don't have any of those - the only one that "fits" is RA. Anyway, just looking for some thoughts on my visit. THANK YOU!
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