Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Diagnosis
- Q How is rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosed?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyTo diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor will conduct a physical examination to check for joint swelling, pain, and warmth; affected joints tend to be warm to touch due to inflammation. He or she will perform tests to determine your... Full Answer
- Q What do the blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis reveal?
In diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor may order some blood tests to confirm what is discovered during the physical exam. There are several different tests that the doctor may choose from: ESR-erythrocyte sedimentation rate. This shows that... Full Answer
- Q How should I prepare for an appointment to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?
When going to an appointment to diagnosis or evaluate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, be prepared with your medical history and a list of questions. Your doctor will need to know details about your symptoms, such as when they started and when they occur.... Full Answer