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I’ve mentioned in previous posts that my diagnosis is a sero-negative type of RA, meaning that my R-factor and other serology indicators come back normal, although I certainly have the physical indications of the disease. I guess I’ve always had a secret thought that maybe it’s not RA. Besides being sero-negative, my symptoms have been vigorously unilateral. I had my right hip replaced first, but it was my left shoulder that was replaced second. My right knee would get stiff and swollen, but not my left. You get the picture.

Good news or bad news, things are starting to even up. Both of my knees, not just the right one, act up. My left hip and my right shoulder are starting to give me problems. Both hands and wrists get swollen and sore, and I’ve started getting matching “lumps” in my finger joints.

I suspect there are others like me who have this or that nagging pain and neither they or their doctors have necessarily considered RA because they only had issues on one side or the other – not bilaterally like textbook RA. Perhaps like me, it was the type of RA that they have, or in the earlier stages, it was just more prominent on one side than the other.

And everyone who thinks there is a textbook RA raise their hands. (Right, I thought so.)

Regardless of what my diagnosis is, I have the same symptoms as RA, and therefore the same treatment options should be effective. Which is why I feel fortunate that I had a clinician who understands there is a breadth and depth to the range of RA and related auto-immune diseases that are more square pegs than round holes.

I hope you have bi-lateral good things happen in your life and that you have smiles coming as well as going. Thanks for checking in.

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