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Can You Still Have Rheumatoid Arthritis With A Negative Rheumatoid Factor Test
Yes: While the vast majority of patients with RA have a positive rf, a certain percentage do not. Typically, the younger the patient, the better the chance the rf may be negative, depsite a clinical diagnosis of ra. ...Read more
A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Great question!: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that generally causes stiffness, swelling, and pain of the small joints of the body (wrists, fingers) in a symmetric manner. For the majority of patients with RA, rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies are found in the blood. However, these tests are not required to make the diagnosis if there are other findings on exam that are consistent with RA. ...Read more
I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean? < 10 kU/L (range)
My Rheumatoid Factor went from 29 to. 53. Could this be mild start to rheumatoid Arthritis, have severe painful feet red hot & swollen.
I tested positive for the ANA screen, 1:160 titer, speckled pattern. Rheumatoid factor 21, SED rate 22. Does this indicate Rheumatoid arthritis?
My ESR is 34, rf, aso &ana tests all are negative. I have joint pain in my finger, knee & toe. Mild swelling in 3 fingers at dip joint. Can I still have rheumatoid arthritis?
Possible: It is possible to have sero- negative ra, in which the rheumatoid factor assay is negative. It is also possible that you have another autoimmune illness, there are some overlaps in these conditions and the lab work doesn't always give an exact diagnosis. You should see a rheumatologist if your joint inflammation persists. ...Read more
What does RA Factor negative and ANA TEST - NEGATIVE 1:40 substrate HEP2 cells mean? Does it rule out rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disord
How often should one be tested for rheumatoid arthritis after negative test, though having symptoms?
There are negative test and there are additional tests that may be followed for a now symptomatic person with rheumatoid or infalmmatory as much as at a certain level.
Talk to your doctor about this especially if you are taking medications. ...Read more
There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis.
Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. ...Read more
Tests are accurate: If you have the right tests theses are quite accurate. You should discuss with your doctor who ordered the tests, because he knows your clinical history and will be able to explain the results to you. I can not answer without knowing the tests which were done. ...Read more
I have negative test results on rheumatoid arthritis but I did a biopsy and its positif is that conclusive? Or it could be a false negative?
Inconclusive: These symptoms need to be directly observed by your doctor for a precise diagnosis. ...Read more
Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive later?
Yes: Yes, there can be periods of increased as well as decreased synovial & soft tissue activity. Some immune testing may be more sensitive than others, with results varying with time as well. ...Read more
Since one year it take 15 mg methotrexate tablet weekly for rheumatoid arthritis so when I can stop it now my blood test is normal but still have pain?
Which blood test etc: Methotrexate is a good medication for rheumatoid arthritis but it doesn't cure your arthritis - it works as long as you take it. If you still have pain, it may because of active disease (inflammation), or damage that the arthritis has already caused. You should follow up with a rheumatologist if possible. ...Read more
What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?
Ra factor very high, but not rheumatoid arthritis? I am 56 women, my RA factor result is super high, is 380, but other testes of related rheumatoid arthritis all normal (including blood testes and x ray). After three month I did all test again, the resul
Rheumatoid: Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that requires certain criteria for it s diagnosis. We automatically think that if a test for a disease is positive you have to have the disease, but that is not how it goes. For example there are to types of anti-globulins, igg and igm, they may be positive in different situations for the same disease so one is positive for the acute phase and the other becomes positive later, this is only an example. So things need to be proven to be valid. An is not an automatic concept, if is positive I have it and if not what do I have. There are many things we still need to learn about many diseases and many laboratory results. Rheumatoid factor can go up, with age, with certain infection etc etc if you google it, you will find the complete list. You saw the rheumatologist, and obviously he did a diagnosis based on your clinical picture and is not rheumatoid arthritis, in the same manner he will consider other possibilities for that findings, he would have order additional test if there was a suspicion of another entity that may give a positive rheumatoid factor. Since he evaluated you he would be the best person to ask, rather than to figured out the other way oround, doctors see patients and suspect diseases, and then request labs to confirm the diagnosis or ruled them out, the other way around is difficult and is not how it is usually done. ...Read more
My ESR in blood test is 8 mm/h CRP 1.5 mg/L so why still pain in all my body? . 15 mg methotrexate weekly one year for rheumatoid arthritis
Possible for large doses of ibuprofen to affect blood test for rheumatoid arthritis/inflammation? My rf factor is in normal range as is ESR test.
Had a bad flare. Doc put me on prednisone cause X-ray showed inflamation. Waiting on blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. Is it norm to still feel bad?
Yes: RA is not diagnosed be a blood test or X- Ray. The diagnostic criterea include lab as well as the duration of symptoms and the features on your physical examination. Make sure you are diagnosed by someone with experience in this disease. ...Read more
Negative results for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, kidneys disease, thyroid disease, no protein in urine still having mild headache joint pain. Etc?
Yes: I still mostly rely on the patient’s history and physical exam. A few blood tests can help support a diagnosis of RA: anti CCP antibody, RF for example. If these are present it suggests a worse prognosis. Joint x rays with early symptoms are often normal. More studies are defining the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI of the joints in helping us diagnose rheumatoid arthritis early. ...Read more
RF and CCP: The most important element in diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is your history. The duration of your symptoms and pattern of joint involvement are important. Having someone experienced in examining your joints is critical. Although the blood tests (rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies), can help make a diagnosis, they must be interpreted in the context of your symptoms and exam. ...Read more
See details: The answer is much too long to fit in the space provided. If you have RA, discuss the meds with your rheumatologist. If not, Google the topic and read for yourself. ...Read more
Rheumatoid factor (rf) is a test that is often sent to evaluate a person with joint pain and stiffness. A positive rf has to be interpreted in the context of the patients symptoms. Sometimes the + rf is false, and not clinically related to the patients symptoms. Rf can be +ve in other conditions such as infections and certain cancers. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis ...Read more