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what were your early signs of ra?
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what were your early signs of ra?

how long did you have symptoms before blood results started becoming positive??

Thanks! =))
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Years - approx 4 - 5.
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Approximately 5-6 years for me.
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I cried from age 4-7.. i couldnt walk some days. The doctors just kept saying it was growing pains.. you dont have growing pains for three years. Finallt at age 7 they did blood work and used a big needle to draw fluid from behind my knee caps and i was finally diagnosed with jra. On top of that my cartilage is breaking down, so instead of a round flat disc of cartilage mine are like the white lifesavers candies, theres a hole in the middle so on top of swelling from my ra i have bone against bone in my joints..
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My legs hurt me throughout childhood in to adulthood. Then my hands and wrists started hurting in 1995. I am 61. I went to the doctor and a RH Factor test came back elevated. My knees burn if I have tight material tight across them. Also, I feel pain in the low back if tight clothes are worn. ):
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