Not sure what my tests mean?!?!

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Pupsmom
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   Posted 6/14/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Hi, I am very new to all this.  Approximately six weeks ago the metatarsal in my left foot swelled, red and very painful...then it was in my right foot.  Two weeks ago I started having severe joint pain in my shoulders and knees and now my hands (the metatarsal joint).  I have been extremely frustrated, exhausted and just depressed.  I am 41 years old and love my life.  Thank God the pain is not always in every joint but it is pretty consistent in the hands and feet.  I finally went to my doctor  and he did all the blood work (ANA, RF, Sed Rate, Inflammatory, Lyme, etc)  He has some of my results but he doesn't want to give me a definite dx until I see the Rheumatologist next week.  I came back positive  for ANA and both the RF tests but, here is why I am confused.  He said even though they were positive they were only slightly positive.  I asked him does this mean I have RA or not?  He said it looks possible but he is still waiting for one more Lupus test to come back.  So, my question is can I be positive and not have RA? and if you have Lupus is your RF factor positive?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you!
CT Mom

elcamino
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   Posted 6/15/2007 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi CT mom,

Yes, you can have a positive RF for lupus; you can also have a positive ANA for rheumatoid arthritis.  These blood tests are only markers.  Actually, a positive rf is implicated in a lot of things besides RA, and many people have a positive ANA but are perfectly healthy.  Go figure?  It would be best if you see a rheumatologist, but a fair amount of clinical suspicion is also necessary for a dx.  I only have a slightly positive rf, but because of my young age, and symmetrical joint swellings, etc..., I was dx with RA and I've been treated for  about 4 years now. 

You can learn a lot more about rf if you search this site.  There were some earlier postings by Erin that had tons of great information on this antibody and what diseases it can be found in.

Elcamino


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


Pupsmom
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   Posted 6/15/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for replying Elcamino... my doctor is pretty sure that it is RA because both feet and hands are inflamed at the metatarsal but he is waiting on one blood test for Lupus to come back. Like you, I am only slightly positive but I am only 41 (I think that is young). I just want a dx so that I can get some relief. Just typing is difficult and I work in an office and have to wear sneakers because of my feet. Thank you for getting back to me... I am going to look for Erin's posts.

CT Mom

erin.K
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   Posted 6/16/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
i'll go lookin' for it and bump it to the top of the forum.
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   Posted 6/16/2007 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I found it.. and made a new thread about it.. click here.. Hope this helps.. let us know if you have any more questions!

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erin.K
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   Posted 9/26/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
BUMP!
this one's good too.
smurf  
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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 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Entocort; Meclizine; Azithromycin; Tigan; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Dilaudid; OxyContin. 

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