As a rheumatologist, this is the most common question that Dr. Humeira Badsha encounters. Many people are afraid that the pain they have in their joints will cripple them.
If you have joint pains it is very important to have this checked early by the right specialist. When treated early arthritis can be completely controlled!
When you consult a Rheumatologist, he or she will take a full history and do a thorough examination to determine the cause of your pain. Often people say that they do not have rheumatoid arthritis because their blood test did not show it or they are wrongly diagnosed with this condition on the basis of a false test. But the fact is, only 70% of people with rheumatoid arthritis have a positive blood test. Sometimes the test is positive in the absence of arthritis. This is why it is so important to have the diagnosis made by a qualified expert.