Does rheumatoid arthritis always show up in blood work?
Yes. Blood work can be noral with RA.
Thanks for posting your query.
Yes. It is not necessary for rheumatoid arthritis to show up in the blood work. Your clinical symptoms are suggestive of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
You need pain killers, hot fomentation, lubricating agents like glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin , dycerin, etc and some life style modifications and physiotherapy. Disease modifying drugs will also help you.
Right now you can continue with your pain medications and start taking calcium supplements 500mg each twice daily. This will take care of your symptoms in 3-5 days.
You can start with walking and aerobic fitness exercises, quadriceps strengthening, patellar tapping, lateral heel wedges, etc- under the guidance of your physiotherapist.
A Big No to Stair case, squatting postures, any chair which has a sitting platform lower than your knees.
Other investigations needed are Serum B12 and Serum Vit D levels and start supplements according to the levels.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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