Rheumatologist Questions Arthritis

I have pain in my finger joints when I wake up. Could it be arthritis?

I have a lot of pain in the joints of my fingers especially waking up and into the morning. Can this be arthritis?

1 Answer

Great question! There are over 100 types of arthritis, so to further determine what type you might have, you need further evaluation. Historically, a key blood test to determine whether a person has rheumatoid arthritis checked for the presence of rheumatoid factor (RF): antibodies produced by the immune system that can attack healthy joints and tissues. More recently, an additional antibody called the anti-cyclic citrillunated protein (ACPA) has been considered a marker. In either case, I would advise you to follow up with a rheumatologist for further evaluation, as there can be many different causes for your symptoms and it should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.