RA factor Quantitative increased dangerously. What is to be done?

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   Posted 3/11/2017 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Visited the rheum today for my mom's RA and he got her RA factor (Quantitative) tested. Last time it was 38 IU/ml. This time it's 154.44. We're alarmed with by the speed it's getting worse at. How has been your experience with the quantitative RF thing? Can medicines lower it? My mom is on Methotrexate and NSAIDs but she was having stomach issues so she left Methotrexate for some time but is back on it now. The rheumy said this is the reason (leaving methotrexate) her rf raised so rapidly.

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   Posted 3/17/2017 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have had similar results as well. It is easy to think that a medication is not working well because we are in so much pain, so we are taken off of it and suddenly things become much much worse.

It is why I am patient with my Doctor and with medications, I know she is doing her best to try to help me and some of the meds can take months to reach their full potential for effectiveness. We have to give it time.

I am taking Methotrexate and Avara right now and my numbers have been getting better steadily. You can take MTX as an injection you know? I have been taking it this way for years because of my stomach problems. Otherwise, I would not be able to take it.

If NSAID's are no longer helping your mom have you asked about pain meds for her? She may need to go to a pain management clinic but it is well worth it versus being in pain all the time. There is a forum here dedicated to it that has been very helpful.

I hope that things get better and that your mother finds some relief.

Take care, -Don

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   Posted 3/18/2017 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried, or been offered, biologics?
I'm taking Enbrel injections which seemed to work for a while but now I think my body had built up a tolerance. I believe these medications need to by cycled. Each of these meds seem to take a while before we can see (and feel) the difference.
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