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It can be a long and difficult road to getting an RA diagnosis. How long did it take you? How many health care providers did you have to see to become diagnosed?
I was diagnosed via symptoms and bloodwork just recently. My primary care physician suspected RA, but it was 3 months before I saw a rheumatologist and began aggressive treatment. I suspect that I started feeling the pain of RA over a year ago, but my career as a high school administrator is demanding, and requires me to be on the move. So I attributed the feet pain I was experiencing to my job. Over the summer I started feeling constant pain in my feet and legs, then my fingers, hands, wrists. It progressed very quickly causing me to see my primary care physician a few times before she landed on the diagnosis of RA and referred me to a rheumatologist.November 13, 2010 - 1:52pm