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i have a positive rheumatoid factor of 69 with no inflamation but i have nodules on my fingers and a swollen knee joint, what could this be?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Arthritis: There are many causes of arthritis. It sounds like you have had some medical care for this before. I would recommend seeing your physician or rheumatologist for more information.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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Rheumatology 15 years experience
Many: There are multiple causes for joint pain as well as positive rheumatoid factors other than ra. You need a good examination to determine what is the cause.

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4 months ago I had total knee replacements(both) and I still have swelling, burning, sharp needle like pains is this normal? What are the signs if one is allergic to the metal in the knee replacement (both)

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