When I was diagnosed with RA they drew probably 2 dozen vials of blood. You need a rheumatologist that really knows what they are doing. Do not hesitate to get a second opinion with the same lab results.
I went on one of the biologics for close to a year. They are a godsend for people with crippling RA. Unfortunately, my blood pressure went so far out of control that long term joint damage was not my biggest problem. Not having a stroke took priority.
Been fighting bp control issues 2 years now with pcp, cardiologist, nephrologist, hypertension specialist and still have to have "emergency meds for when it goes to the stroke zone.
Recent checks of rfactor showed it was still high ( not surprised) but now I also have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I as look back, I wonder if they got the RA right or if the Hashimoto's was misinterpreted.
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