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_Christina
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   Posted 4/3/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
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.
Christina
 
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sjkly
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   Posted 4/4/2008 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
My labs were normal too. My doctor insisted I was sick in fact she insisted I had RA though I had no swollen joints and normal labs. Right up until I did not have normal labs-they went nuts seds and CRP and RF all went wild and then my knee had a softball inside. Labs do not always tell us what is going on. You have to look at everything and a RF of over 500 is HIGH-mine has never been that high.
The important thing is to stay in touch with how you are feeling and keep looking for answers.
Sj

Ducky
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   Posted 4/6/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Christina.. at the top of the forum, is a thread on resources.. there is some good info on there, kinda goes into how all the tests can be negative, but you can still have arthritis.. all mine are normal as well, and I have it.. lots of people do.. when is you rnext appt with your rheumy?
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_Christina
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   Posted 4/6/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Not for a another 6 weeks. I havent gotten a call from the nurse either. She did call, but left a message, and I have called back 2 times and left messages. That was 5 days ago. I don't know what to do.
Christina
 
When you cannot stand, on whom do you lean?


indigosunrise
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   Posted 4/6/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christina,

I know you are not making it up! Some of my family members believe I am making my pain and possible Crohn's Disease up and it hurts to know they think such things. I even asked my Internist if it was all in my head and she said no.

My labs have also come back normal, for both the Crohn's testing and the RA testing. I did have new tests run last week, but with everything showing up as normal, I don't expect anything different. Honestly, I have stomach issues and I get horrible joint pain at times--there is no making that stuff up!

I wish you the best of luck and I hope they find an answer for you soon! Take care and keep us posted!

sjkly
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   Posted 4/6/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
An RF factor that high is not you making something up. My Xrays are still in the words of my doctor "unremarkable" after ten years-that does not mean my knees don't hurt when there is inflamation in them.
Don't let people give you a hard time about this the disease is difficult enough without putting up with other peoples attitudes.

Ducky
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   Posted 4/7/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
keep calling Christina.. is your rheumy good? Are you happy with him/her?
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Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots

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