Rheumatoid Arthritis Isn't What You Think

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Sandra Edwards

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Sandra Edwards has rheumatoid arthritis. She sits on the Leadership Council of the Arthritis Foundation.

Back in February 2010, excruciating pain in my wrists and fingers prompted me to see a hand specialist. The doctor listened as I described my symptoms; she examined my hands and even took X-rays, but she couldn’t identify the problem. As a last-ditch effort, she suggested we run a blood test to rule out the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis. 

My immediate thought: There’s no way I have rheumatoid arthritis. I was a runner who exercised regularly; apart from my hands, I felt really good. 

W. Hayes Wilson, MD, discusses the basics of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and treatment.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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