Rheumatoid factor is 95

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Gia01
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   Posted 4/29/2007 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently had bloodwork done and my PCP said that the number was high.  Going to the Rheumatoid doctor in a few weeks.
 
Doctor said something is going on maybe Lupus or RA.
I do have pain in my thumbs, hip and lower back.
 
I just got over 2 broken ribs from a fall in my living room.  Fell and landed my ribs on corner of my coffee table.  Very painful for about 5 weeks.
 
Just wanted to know what some of your counts for RA are.
 
Thanks,
Gia 

Harley Diva
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   Posted 5/1/2007 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gia and welcome to the forum. I have a negative rheumatoid factor but still have rheumatoid arthritis. The RF is not the only tool in diagnosis and some people are never positive also other things can cause the RF to go up. I think the rheumatologist will be able to give you a better picture of what is going on. He or she will probably do more tests and may take x-rays. Sorry about your ribs.....the worst.
Harley Diva
 
....RA, HPT,  drugs: MTX Enbrel, bp meds,folic acid


erin.K
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   Posted 5/2/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Gia,
 
RF #'s vary greatly from patient to patient.  it's not a real deciding factor for disease and shouldn't be used to diagnose all by itself.
also...a RF won't "tell you" how bad say for example a person's RA is.
 
wheni was 20 y/o...my RF was well over 130...and my RA was not as bad as it was NOW.  recently, my last RF level was like 50 or 60 something, and the RA is at a disabling point.
 
a positive RF can be present in a SLEW of illnesses....even "normal" people can have an RF level (the ellderly usually do).
a pt. can also have an RF level after a broken bone as well.
 
please let us know how you're doing!  i wish you the best!
 
i will find a thread in which RF levels are discussed...it's quite handy! and i'll bump it up to the top of the forum or you.
 
take care Gia! {love that name!}
erin
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   Posted 6/5/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
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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 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
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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. 


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   Posted 6/16/2007 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
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