Post Edited (erin kachmar) : 2/17/2006 5:54:50 PM (GMT-7)
Hi Curley,I just read that the treatments for high cholesterol lower the chance of lymphoma in RA patients. It was thought that the new biologic drugs caused an increase in lymphoma occurance but now it seems to be more likely that the inflammation in autoimmune diseases is what causes the increase chance of lymphoma. Apparently, cholesterol lowering drugs decrease the incidence of lymphoma. You might want to look into that and treating your high cholesterol would be beneficial for two reasons.
From what I understand, ANA is not a test implicated in RA. Only the rheumatoid factor (RF) is important. In fact, if you have a positive ANA, you probably either don't have RA, or you have some connective tissue disease (.e.g, SLE, Scleroderma, etc...) in addition to RA.