Rheumatoid Factor and Lupus?

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bigsanfer
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   Posted 1/25/2014 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone!

Wow it has been a long time since I've posted on here! Glad to see that this site is still doing well and helping others. I am in the process of switching from my pediatric rheumatologist (I'm 20 now) to an adult Rheumy. For the referral my primary requested me to do some bloodwork and I noticed that my Rheumatoid Factor was rather high. My RF was 247 when the normal range is 0-13. I wasn't sure if I should post this in the Lupus or RA form but I wanted to see what other lupies thought since I don't know how long I'll be without a dr.

Lately my joints have been super sensitive. Joint pain has always been one of my main problems. They hurt whenever I bang them against anything slightly, numbness in hands while sleeping, and recently I started to have severe cramping/spasms in my hands and feet. These are all symptoms I've had before but recently they have been getting progressively worse. I have also been bruising easier, but my blood counts are normal.

My IgG levels were also quite high (2160) That is also normal with lupus right?

Samantha
SLE, Raynauds Phenomenon, MCTD, GERD, TMJ, and Anxiety.

Post Edited (bigsanfer) : 1/24/2014 10:32:05 PM (GMT-7)


couchtater
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   Posted 1/25/2014 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back!
I don't know much about RA. I do experince tender joints like you mention, but mine according to my rhuemy, is from fibro.
If your factors are above normal you maybe developing RA???
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/25/2014 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Fortunately, a rheumotologist is the expert on both Lupus and RA! I would try to find one sooner rather than later, especially because of your recent changes in symptoms. My guess would be RA is bothering you, but you really need a full screening by a rheumy to figure out how best to approach things.

Let us know how it goes!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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oreo11
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   Posted 1/25/2014 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Samantha,

My IgG levels were also high when I was first diagnosed. They seem to go up and down depending on the status of my flares. I tend to bruise more because of Prednisone. Are you taking any meds that might be causing the increase in bruising?

Laura
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