advertisement

Arthritis

Question
Posted by: Melia Stranathan | 2020/03/09

Q.

Positive RA negative ANA

I am 42 and just found out that I need a hip replacement. The other hip is degenerating as well. I have joint aches and pains most days and stiffness. I think that I may have something inflammatory going on that is causing the joint damage. My blood work shows positive RA but negative ANA and other inflammatory markers. Could I still have RA?

Expert's Reply

A.

Arthritis expert
- 2020/04/01

You are very young to have such severe disease of the hip due to primary osteo-arthritis. It is very likely that you may have RA. You should see a rheumatologist to make the diagnosis as you may need DMARD to prevent degenerative changes in your other joints.


The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.