wow do I know how you are feeling with the pain. it is so overwhelming at times. I did go to a Rheumy, and he gave me 6 months of vicadin at 4 per day until I could get the appointment with the pain management Dr. Maybe you should get to a pain management Dr as well. I am going to one who treats a lot of cancer patients and I am hoping sh will understand the pain and help me with meds for the anxiety as well. I seriously hope you get some relief somewhere. the pain meds don't cure the pain but they sure help dull it!
Question: What is Anti-CCP? What Does Anti-CCP Indicate?
What is anti-CCP? What does anti-CCP indicate? When is it appropriate to have this test? Does anti-CCP determine if a patient has rheumatoid arthritis?
Anti-CCP, which stands for anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody, is a new and exciting blood test to help doctors confirm a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
Guide To Rheumatoid Arthritis
Anti-CCP is a very useful test to order during the diagnostic evaluation of a person who may have rheumatoid arthritis. If present in such a patient at a moderate to high level, it not only confirms the diagnosis but also may indicate that the patient is at increased risk for damage to the joints. (Low levels of this antibody are less significant.) In the past, doctors relied on another antibody, the rheumatoid factor (RF) to help confirm a diagnosis.
Citrulline antibody is present in the blood of most patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It is used in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis when evaluating patients with unexplained joint inflammation. A test for citrulline antibodies is most helpful in looking for the cause of previously undiagnosed inflammatory arthritis when the substance detected by the traditional blood test for rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid factor, is not present. Citrulline antibodies have been felt to represent the earlier stages of rheumatoid arthritis in this setting.