So I will give a brief history. I am 24 and was bitten by two deer ticks within three weeks of each other in may and June and got sick in July. I got a fever, aches, sever stiffness and tightness in my hands (couldn't even flatten my hands for a good four months after much physical therapy), and inflammation in most joints. Standard lyme symptoms and cdc positive lyme test. Took the month of antibiotics and soon my symptoms came back. So about
a month after the antibiotics I went to a llnd and a couple months later went to an id doctor because it was totally covered by insurance. We tried iv rocephin but only got 10 days in when I had a very bad reaction and had to go to the hospital for 4 days. So they switched me to a low dose of doxy for two months which I did along with the natural products I use. I'm pretty much done going to her now and may have the money to go to a llmd for more antibiotics if I choose to go that route because I finally feel well enough to take some part time jobs I was offered.
When I first went to the id doc she tested me for anything that may be causing my symptoms and everything was normal. One thing she tested me for was rheumatoid factor for rheumatoid arthritis and it came completely normal, right in the middle of the normal range. But they just tested it a second time because they said that sometimes it takes a little while to show up when you get it. Now my rheumatoid factor says <20 which is right at the top very top of the normal range the blood test listed and means that it has gone up quite a bit from what it was in November. I was just reading the result from the internet so it was a little confusing. I can't remember right now what the exact number was in November. I will have to try to find it but I think it was about
9. My physical therapist said that sometimes a disease like lyme can cause your immune system to active something like arthritis. My father has developed all of the standard rheumatoid arthritis symptoms over the past five years as he has gotten older so I am wondering if I was predisposed for it already and could that be causing my symptoms. I really hope not because at least Lyme disease can go away. Does anyone know if lyme can affect the rheumatoid factor and make it go up? I am still in the normal range but barely and it has risen significantly and now I'm just worried that I'm treating the wrong thing or will have arthritis the rest of my life. I did have a positive lyme test and rash at the site of a tick bite and everything. Before the lyme I had no joint problems whatsoever.
Post Edited (Green33) : 4/2/2015 5:35:52 PM (GMT-6)