how many of you have had an elevated rheumatoid arthritis factor test result?

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   Posted 2/3/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering.
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   Posted 2/3/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
i have had elevated rumatoidal factors for years and the rhumatoligists said it was from HEP C . the last doctor I went to actually did a test that could prove that it was not official rhumatoidal arthritis and that hep c was reason. either way i still have that pain but I don't know and i doubt if they can make a distinction like that with lyme.
the whole blood work thing makes no sense to me sometimes. Then the same rhumatoligist who said that about hep c said to me that the pain was fibromyalgia. 2 weeks later I had all my test results back from 3 labs that it is LYME.
I called to leave the rhumatologist that message thinking next time she tells someone it's not rhumie and it is Ribro to send them to LLMD. I hope she does.

hep c , lyme
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   Posted 2/5/2010 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
MY BLOOD WORK SHOWS A RA FACTOR OF 96 WHICH THEY SAY IS OFF THE CHARTS.  i am wondering the same thing.... do I really have rhuematoid or is the lyme disease creating it? ... will be a question for my lldr. @ next weeks appointment.
i am currently taking prednisone & methotrexate ( 1 shot per week)... prescribed by the rhuematoid doctor.
My ra pain has improved greatly.  I am also taking biaxin &  mepron for lyme and babeosis.  I have been on all meds for over a month now and am feeling much better.  My ra pain was so intense I couldn't even lift my hand even an inch .  Good luck to you... sometimes I feel like I am going round & round and the doctors are not  coordinating!
 Hang in there and be your own advocate.

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   Posted 2/5/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I just did blood work to have mine checked. I'll let you know the results when I get them back.

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   Posted 2/5/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
What does your lyme doc say about the prednisone and methaltrexate? how many mg are in those shots.

i have been on 20 mg a day of prednisone and am down to about 12 ish now and trying to get off of it.

does your rhumie doc know you have lyme?

all my lyme docs and a rhumie doc told me the prednisone is way not kool. the rhumie doc said my factors were high because of hep c but it may be from lyme and they haven't figured that out yet.

hep c , lyme
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