I had a little stiffness in my fingers in the morning. Nothing else, no pain. My doctor took an ANA which was strongly positive and sent me to a rheumatologist who did an anti-CCP. It was over 200. From this she told me I had RA and put me on hydroxychloroquine which made me sick and I discontinued it. Just saw her again six months later, no symptoms. She repeated tests and anti-CCP was higher than before. She wants me to start sulfasalazine. My question is, has anyone been diagnosed with RA who has never been in an active stage, and how imperative is it that you take a DMARD? The meds make me far sicker than the disease so far. I understand why it is recommended – to keep the disease from progressing – but so far I have no signs of RA. Is that even possible??