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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Painful Nodules in the Hands While Tested Negative for RA



I`m a 22 year old female. I have had 3 surgeries that have removed nodules from my fingers. The nodules are solid and painful. I have swelling and tingling in my hands. I have tested negative for everything. I am feel like I am at a dead end. I hope you can help.


From your symptoms, it sounds like you may have rheumatoid arthritis.  If testing for rheumatoid arthritis has been negative, then examining the contents of the nodules using a microscope may be most helpful in arriving at a diagnosis. You should ask the surgeons what the pathology of the nodules showed.

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Johnny  Su, MD Johnny Su, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University