Fade- what do you think of the Vectra DA lab test?
With all my RA lab tests showing normal despite pain- the Vectra DA showed that I had moderate disease activity with a score of 39.
As a scientist, a former medical lab scientist, and someone who has gone through extensive genetic testing, I firmly believe in genetic testing. There’s only so much that serological testing can accomplish. Doctors and patients alike are perplexed why their labs are “normal,” when the expectation is for them to show abnormalities; just as I started with in this thread. My brain, damaged by more than 19 years of parasitic toxins, wasn’t allowing me to think beyond serology when I posed the question I did.
I’ve read over some of the scientific research of the Vectra genetic testing for RA, and beyond an initial RF, ANA, CRP, and sed rate, these labs, while expensive, most certainly are a better gauge for how RA treatment is progressing or not progressing, keeping in mind that at best it can only be kept under some amount of control.
I have several chronic illnesses and now 3 autoimmune diseases. The complexity of balancing all of these and treating to get into remission and cured from the chronic illnesses that are curable, is so great that my doctor treating me is whole heartedly against me seeing a rheumatologist and being treated with biologics.
But, as a former medical lab scientist, and since I can’t take biologics, I don’t rely too much on lab tests. I will be frank and state that doctors are extremely dependent upon the work I did in the lab to “diagnose” or write off patients as hypochondriacs. They don’t focus on symptoms anymore, and frankly they’re not taught anything much more than pharmaceuticals in med schools. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t go into it. There’s a place for labs, but they’re overused and pricey.
With that being said, You brought up an excellent question for those who rely on biologics for treatment. If one can afford the genetic labs, I do believe that they are a great way to test the efficacy of treatment.