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marion0323
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   Posted 3/2/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
  hi everyone  have a question if you can help me my level is 75 is that  high or medium? they say normal is 20?

elcamino
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   Posted 3/3/2007 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. I think 75 is probably in the middle somewhere. I'm usually on the low side (less than 30). But it also depends on the lab you used and how they measured it.

El
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


marion0323
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   Posted 3/3/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)   thanks for the reply, maybe i'll understand all this one day lol.

yalinda
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   Posted 3/4/2007 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
hi marion, numbers are nice to have and understand but i think it is more important to just listen to our bodies. i am told that the ra levels react differently to what we often feel. a person can have a high ra level and no symptoms and a nother person can have a low ra level and be in severe pain. go figure? i wish u the best of luck with everything and so glad u have joined our forum! u are very supportive in ur posts and i enjoyed just reading a few of them take care ~*yalinda ( sorry i forgot to type in color! i owe u a colorful post!) they make me happy!

erin.K
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   Posted 3/6/2007 4:08 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome to HEALINGWELL marion! :-) happy to have you & i hope you find a great deal of support here. :-)
 
"oh what the heck...let's do Rheumatoid Factor 101 again! get your notebooks out!"
 
your RF number is just an antibody that floats around in the blood of many people who do in fact have Rheumatory Arthritis.
*RF is not exclusive to just Rheumatoid Arthritis...a Rheumatoid Factor (RF) can show up in folks with: SLE, lupus; TB; scleroderma; endocarditis; Sjogrens syndrome; sarcoidsis; cancer; Syphylis & viral infections like Epstein-Barr.
 
in all, docs use the RF test in bloodwork because the values of RF is often quite higher in people who do have RA.
 
it's just useful in trying to get a diagnoses.  RF supports a tentative diagnoses of RA...but used alone, is not enough to make a diagnoses of RA.
 
*nomal values are usually 0-20 U/mL give or take a few depending on the lab (all labs have a tendency to vary a point or 2)
 
*an absent RF does not exclude Rheumatory Arthritis.
 
so they'll use this test, plus your statements of symptoms, pain levels in joints, swelling, symmetrical joint pain & swelling & stiffness, RA nodules if present, and XRAY changes of the joint or decalcifications/deformities, & family history.
 
:-)  aaaah, that was a good refresher course :-)
make any sense?????
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


erin.K
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   Posted 3/12/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
bump
 
for Zeek...about rheumatoid factor
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


zeekman
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   Posted 3/12/2007 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
ERIN!!!YOU'RE THE BEST!!!! I was searching for this thread because I saw it the other day...My RF level is 90 but I do not have much pain (yet) just really sore :(

erin.K
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   Posted 3/29/2007 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
bump
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


erin.K
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   Posted 6/5/2007 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  BUMP!
this is the good one.  the "RF 101"
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


Kibbles
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   Posted 6/5/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok..So fill me in. What does it mean when you say bump?  confused
Count your Blessings, Joy
 
 RA :  Meds: Prednisone, MTX


erin.K
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   Posted 6/5/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
oopsie....sorry sorry sorry! it's just a "bump" back up to the top. heehee...it took me like a year to figure that out! i never asked. LOL. umh...but i assume i'm right? LOL. yeah, i'm right. :)
i guess you can really put anything to get a post back up to the first thread.
you can even make a cat!

^..^
( >< )~

peace/love
erin
Arthritis Forum Moderator & Co-Pilot
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


erin.K
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   Posted 6/6/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
bump
 
for Holly! :-) RF levels and a bunch of stuff.

Ducky
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   Posted 6/16/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
bump
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Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
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erin.K
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   Posted 9/26/2007 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I'll bump up this one too for new members...still lookin' for some good threads about RF and labs and RA stuff.
:)
Arthritis Forum Moderator & Co-Pilot
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Entocort; Meclizine; Azithromycin; Tigan; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Dilaudid; OxyContin. 

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