I had a Rheumatoid Factor of 582 this spring, which sent me to the Rheumatologist. Couple this with swollen, sore joints in both hands (all knuckles and both wrists) and pain in feet, elbow and knees, I was given a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and I will be put on palqunil (sp) once the nurse gets ahold of me.
The doc did other lab work expecting abnormal results to indicate what is going on. Xrays too of hands and feet. Everything came back "normal". She did further lab work of my liver and such to see if that was the cuaed of the Rheumatoid Factor. Nope, normal results.
I am not making the joint pain up. I have "noticed" my knuckles and knees for years and years. They seem to be getting worse and worse faster and faster too. I would not do this "just for the attention" like some of my family think I am doing.
Why would the other labs be normal, with no indication of inflamation- even though you can see the mild swelling of the knuckles? How could the one lab say that something is up, and the others say that all is well- and me still be in pain?
I'm confused, and I'm not crazy.
When you cannot stand, on whom do you lean?