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Positive Ana Rheumatoid Arthritis
Yes: Ra is a systemic disease which causes an array of pathology. But there are other conditions which may also cause your laboratory findings. See your doctor for complete evaluation. ...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
What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?
I tested positive for the ANA screen, 1:160 titer, speckled pattern. Rheumatoid factor 21, SED rate 22. Does this indicate Rheumatoid arthritis?
I've had pain in my joints, I got blood tests related to autoimmune diseases I got a positive ANA and anti-rnp, is this found in rheumatoid arthritis?
Possible: You should ask your rheumatologist. ANA and anti-RNP are seeing in mixed connective tissue disease and can overlap with rheumatoid arthritis but more information is needed, talk to your rheumatologist about them. RA by itself usually have other 2 antibodies positive called RF (rheumatoid factor) and anti-CCP (citrullinated peptides). ...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
See rheumatologist: That blood test reports simply a protein in your blood that binds to certain other proteins called immunoglobulins. It is neither diagnostic of rheumatoid arthritis, nor does it necessarily even imply arthritis. The question is why the test was performed. If you have arthritis, a rheumatologist will be very helpful. ...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 tested positive for lupus and positive for rheumatoid arthritis. How likely is it that one of the results are false?
ANA and RA: Overlap. See prev answer.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have seropositive rheumatoid arthritis/anti-ccp strongly positive. What the heck does that mean?
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
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)
Can anything other than myositis cause elevated jo 1 antibody? Possible false positive? Could I have been wrongly diagnosed w/ rheumatoid arthritis?
Usually not RA.: Myositis can be associated with several types of autoantibodies: anti-jo1 antibodies are a type of anti-nuclear antibody. Anti-srp antibodies are mainly associated with, but are not specific for, polymyositis. The ccp antibody is most specific for ra. Keep in mind that certain meds for RA also work in myositis, such as Methotrexate and steroids. ...Read more
Should I be treated for rheumatoid arthritis if my RA factor is reactive, my ccp antibodies r a weak positive, my CRP is slightly elevated& pain?
See your doc: This is a decision that needs to be made by you and your rheumatologist. Nsaids are fine for the pain, but don't overdo it. See your doc to make sure of your diagnosis before considering any treatment regimen. There is a new medication on market called vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) check this out has naproxyn 375 with esmoprezole 20mg might be able to help your arthritic pain. ...Read more
I tested positive for rheumatoid arthritis. My level was at 10. I haven't spoken to my doctor yet. I have lots of pain in feet and hands?
Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common inflammatory arthritis. Most often presents with symmetric pain and inflammation of small joints of hands and feet. It is diagnosed clinically and laboratory and radiographic testing are done for stage of disease and prognostic information. See your doctor ASAP to discuss options for treatment. ...Read more
I have ANA testing speckeled pattern, titre 1.160 and suggesting either could that include rheumatoid arthritis?
Speckled ANA at 1:160 is generally associated with connective tissue disease. There is a better test for rheumatoid arthritis, namely anti-ccp antibody. Do you have any symptoms? Every lab test needs to interpreted in the clinical context as some tests are falsely positive. See this site for more info.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001467/. ...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
I want to know if people who have rheumatoid arthritis can have lupus even if ANA is negative? I have had a upperarm bruise since june.
Are a family of closely related disorders. They include: rheumatoid arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus polymyositis-dermatomyositis, scleroderma, sjogren's syndrome and various forms of vasculitis.
Although lupus most often occurs alone, many people with lupus also have symptoms characteristic of one or more of the other connective tissue diseases. ...Read more
Joints in my hands and feet lock up like a long charlie-horse. I have pain and weakness but am only 28! had a +ana. Rheumatoid arthritis? Mom has it
Certainly: Possible, why not see your mom's rheumatologist? ...Read more
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
Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. ...Read more
Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...Read more
No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it. It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process. ...Read more
Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read more
Symptoms&Signs/Tests: You have to have symptoms of pain and swelling in your joints like hands and fingers and others, and have been examined by your doctor who will order xrays and blood tests to confirm the diagnosis ...Read more
Impossible to answer: Every patient is different with differing degrees and intensity of disease and differing potentials for long term damage. Varied drugs are used includind anti inflammatory medications and low dose steroids. Disease modifying drugs like plaquenil, azulfidine (sulfasalazine) or Methotrexate are quite helpful the most recent additions, the biologics, like Enbrel or Humira are the most potent and trul;y inhibit diseu. ...Read more
Autoimmune: Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Yes: Without treatment end stage RA manifests with severe crippling deformities and loss of function in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and even in the neck. The most severe cases involve lung, eye, cardiac, skin, kidney, nerves, and intestines. All these organs can fail causing death. ...Read more
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
See rheumatologist: There are many meds. You need a comprehensive program to lessen the damage to your joints. Included are nsaids, prednisone, Methotrexate, embral and many others. These are only given by a doctor that will monitor you long term to help lessen the bad side effects and change drugs when response is not good. Find a good rheumatologist! ...Read more
An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number ...Read more