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I thought for sure I had RA. I got into a teaching hospital and met with the rheumatologist today. He did a history work up, and some physical examinations, and then said he believes me to be symptomatic for osteoarthritis. He will still test me for RF and ANA, but claimed that because I have PCOS I may "false positive" or "false negative" as that condition can affect blood work. He also said that they send the blood tests to be hand spun (whatever that means) for more accuracy. He took XRays of my hands, shoulders, hips/low back, and knees. I see him again on Nov. 15. What are your thoughts about this diagnosis and such? I didn't get any pain relief even though I stated that Alleve doesn't touch the pain.
Is he going to test me for osteoporosis? What else should I expect? He said he would support a sleep study (no thanks). He said he would support me going to a PT for training on how to workout. (I told him I had to quit because of the pain and residual pain days after working out). But no pain management drugs, not discussion yet on halting the progression, no discussion on prognosis, etc.