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Q: I’m hoping someone has some personal experience to give me because I am kind of freaking out. I had a mass seen on MRI on the far joint of my thumb. When the surgeon cut it out, he said to my husband it had rice bodies. I had a normal ANA panel and normal RF done this summer (primary ordered it because of the swollen joint). No markers for inflammation. No pain. The joint that was swollen wasn’t even painful. I have no fatigue. I don’t get headaches. I get TB tests done every year because of my job, and the most recent one was normal. Is it still possible I could have RA even without any symptoms? I know my doctor will give me more info, but I have to get through the next two weeks before the stuff comes back from pathology and I go to a follow up.

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You can not have Rheumatoid Arthritis without swollen joints but some people have different pain thresholds. Some people with Rheumatoid Arthritis who have high pain thresholds and joint swelling are referred to as having ”Robust Rheumatoid Arthritis.” The biopsy will give you the answer.
-Dr.Amal Mehta

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