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--- Quote from: Jeffreyj on April 30, 2007, 02:14:31 AM ---
He took one look and thought it was some form of Arthritis. He did a blood test for the 4 major ones. He said even if the tests were negative, I may have "Negative Zero" arthritis. (It may have been Zero Negative, sorry not too sure).

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Your doctor was referring to "seronegative arthritis" which is a term used to describe an arthritis that does not have a positive Rheumatoid Factor (one of the blood tests you had).  More specifically, it usually refers to rheumatoid arthritis in a person that is negative for the Rheumatoid Factor (which happens in 15-20% of rheumatoid arthritis patients).  Thus, the term seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.

Here's a link to a good summary:

As mentioned above, you probably should get a consultation from a rheumatologist to help with the diagnosis.


Thanks Gerry, that was very helpful. That is what he was trying to explain to me. It all makes sense know. What a weird strange pain it is.
Just when I thought I had everything...

Can't wait to see what is next LoL.

Well Gerry,
You hit the nail on the head. I was just diagnosed with Seronegative Arthritis.

I am going to a specialist as soon as they will take me.


I've had arthritis for about 3 years severely now. I know its expensive in US for healthcare but several things have helped me, namely a drug called naprosyn, and one called gabapentin/neurontin, (although the latter can be hard on your stomach). I've also found shiatsu helpful. I really empathise babe, its a bugger, but it IS normally controllable. Keep your hands (especially) moving by squeezing a squash ball (or any other spherical object that comes to hand), and just try and keep your joints flexible with low impact exercise.
Theres a UK organisation called arthrocare, and I'm wondering if theres something equivalent in US as they've been really useful, (and their idea of asking my partner to gently massage affected areas has been a bonus).
Seriously, i've got loads of information, so anything I can do to help...just ask
Yours creakily

Painful, swollen joints in the hands, wrists, feet and ankles would respond very well to paraffin bath. Immersion with several layers of paraffin wax evenly retains heat for a considerable amount of time which helps increase the blood flow to the involved areas.


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