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How do doctors diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

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No single test can show if  you have rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor will look at a number of things, including:

• The location of painful joints, especially in your hand

• Joint stiffness in the morning

• Bumps and nodules under the skin (rheumatoid nodules)

• Results of X-rays and blood tests

SOURCES: The Mayo Clinic. The Arthritis Foundation. National Library of Medicine. Food and Drug Administration

Reviewed by Tracy C. Shuman on August 01, 2005

SOURCES: The Mayo Clinic. The Arthritis Foundation. National Library of Medicine. Food and Drug Administration

Reviewed by Tracy C. Shuman on August 01, 2005

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