RA 101!!!! If you have questions read this first! :) :) :)

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Ducky
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   Posted 6/16/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok.. Here we go.. So we dont have to keep bumping the 2 different threads to the top.. I cut and pasted the info into one post..
 
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.
 
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.

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Ducky
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   Posted 6/16/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I also cut and pasted this to the "Arthritis Resources" Thread that is on top of this forum.. It is "sticky" so it will always be at the top.. no more bumping! :) :) :)
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   Posted 6/19/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
you're so PC savvy.
i've yet to correctly cut/paste/link...i'm a lost cause...time to pray to St.Jude i guess?
LOL
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   Posted 1/7/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
bump
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   Posted 5/11/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
BUMP...for wolftrades & lori
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