Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are similar to several other diseases, it is difficult to diagnose in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis.
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and several medical tests, such as blood tests and scans to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis.
A number of blood tests may show indications of rheumatoid arthritis, but could not confirm with certainty. Here are some blood tests that can be done.
C-reactive protein (CRP).
CRP is a protein produced by the liver while there is inflammation. This test is done to check the levels of CRP and see the potential diseases that can be generated.
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).
This test was also performed to detect the presence of inflammation in the body. The blood sample will be placed in a tube. When the inflammation is going on, then the red blood cells in blood samples taken will fall to the bottom of the tube more quickly than normal.
Rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies (anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide).
There are some people with rheumatoid arthritis tested positive when rheumatoidnya factor and / or anti-CCP antibodies examined. Those who tested positive for both these elements at risk for more severe cases.
Blood tests are complete. This test will measure the amount of red blood cells associated with anemia. The rheumatoid arthritis patients usually have anemia, but this does not work in reverse.
Some scanning tests such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance scanning (MRI), as well as X-Ray, can be done to check for damage and inflammation in the joints. These tests can also be used to monitor progression of the condition and to help determine the type of arthritis.