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Does rheumatoid arthritis always show up in blood work?

Does rheumatoid arthritis always show up in blood work?

Possible negative: Rheumatoid factor (rf) and cyclic citrinullated peptide (ccp) are the two tests that help confirm a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Other tests are done to measure inflammation, determine which drugs may be used, etc. About 15% of people with RA are rf and ccp negative. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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


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Can it be possible to have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a kid but not have it show up in blood work as an adult?

Can it be possible to have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a kid but not have it show up in blood work as an adult?

Yes, no blood test..: There is no blood test for juvenile rheumatoid/idiopathic arthritis. Kids can have all completely normal labs and still have very active disease. It is a clinical diagnosis based on inflammation of the synovial cells lining the joints that can be seen as joint swelling much of the time on exam. Kids never "outgrow" jia/jra. They have it for life, even as adults with flares of arthritis (not ra). ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis take time to show in blood work?

Can rheumatoid arthritis take time to show in blood work?

Yes: In ~ 40% of people with bona fide Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) the RHEUMATOID FACOR (RF) test will never be positive. Non specific tests that measure inflammation (WESR/CRP) may also be normal in early RA. The CCP test, however, is very sensitive in early RA ; ~ 80/90% of the time it will be (+). One of the "best" tests is to see a doctor who can recognize the early signs of RA: synovitis of joints. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis and it not show up in any bloodwork?

Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis and it not show up in any bloodwork?

Yes but there are ot: other criteria and tests a rheumatologist has to use to assess. One other thing to ask about is a so called rheumatoid negative spondylarthrophy, that can accompany IBS, psoriasis, and other seemingly unrelated diseases. there are other tests for these too ...Read more

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Will an ANA test show if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Will an ANA test show if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

No: The ANA is a screening test for lupus. The ccp antibody is the test you want for ra. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis with a normal RA factor? My labs show my level was 12.6 but I have the symptoms of the condition.

Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis with a normal RA factor? My labs show my level was 12.6 but I have the symptoms of the condition.

Unlikely but possibl: Unlikely, but possibile. Get a ccp antibody, much more specific! but some rfs are of the igg class. Conventional assays miss these. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What work best to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying meds (dmards) are the meds of choice as their can prevent damage, deformity and disability. Rheumatologists usually start with Methotrexate and add other meds such as tnf agents if necessary. Early treatment is essential. ...Read more

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Which muscle relaxer works best for rheumatoid arthritis?

Hum: In rheumatoid arthritis you might have for other reason inflammation , but muscle contraction is really not a feature of rheumatoid arthritis , flexure contracture might occurs , that are reducciton on the lengh of the tendons with dys functionallity those have to be evaluated and specific therapy instituted. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis suffer of fybromyalgia, and have contractures. ...Read more

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Do tnf blockers work for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Do tnf blockers work for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes.: But other drugs should be tried first, and they usually work. Methotrexate failure is usually a requisite. ...Read more

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Does homeopathy work in treating psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis?

Does homeopathy work in treating psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis?

No, not alone: Both psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis have inflammation, which can be helped by homeopathy, but unlikely controlled enough to avoid the joint damage if things are not controlled. Smoking hurts both. Seek a homeopathic physician to guide you. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more