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I'm 23 male my ra factor is 100 positive my ccp is 16 negative , sed rate 12 negative, and crp .13 negative can high blood fats cause + ra factor?

I'm 23 male my ra factor is 100 positive my ccp is 16 negative , sed rate 12 negative, and crp .13 negative can high blood fats cause + ra factor?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, rheumatoid factor is not a specific marker for rheumatoid arthritis. It can be positive in many situations, including recovery from infection. High blood fat per se is not a cause of +RA factor. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I am coughing up green lumpy stuff. I have a RA and see pulmonologist for issue I have some nodules and cough up infection everyday but caught flu?

I am coughing up green lumpy stuff. I have a RA and see pulmonologist for issue I have some nodules and cough up infection everyday but caught flu?

Influenza: Hopefully you're immunized yearly with flu vaccine. If you become ill and suspect influenza you should be tested and treated with an antiviral. If you have pulmonary nodules from RA and were previously asymptomatic and now coughing up exudate it would be wise to go back and see your pulmonologist. Ra and its treatments makes you immune suppressed and at risk of very severe infections. Go now. ...Read more

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I was on Humira for RA. I kept getting head colds and sinus infections so I stopped taking it. What side effects should I expect?

I was on Humira for RA. I kept getting head colds and sinus infections so I stopped taking it. What side effects should I expect?

RA worse. : First and foremost, your RA symptoms, both the joint pains and any extra-articular issues you may have, may worsen quite quickly. You need to discuss RA treatment plan B with your Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What can I do to keep my immune system up. I have Sarcoid of the liver and RA. I have 2 infections since being on prednisone taper for first time.

What can I do to keep my immune system up. I have Sarcoid of the liver and RA. I have 2 infections since being on prednisone taper for first time.

Immunosuppression: Having two chronic diseases, one is autoimmune, both need prednisone and other meds that cause immunosuppression, having two infections is not uncommon, at any rate you may want to wear a mask while in crowded places, you need to avoid anyhow, stay at a distance from people with colds, don't change diapers for kids who recently received oral polio vaccination, rest, fresh air, fluids,balanced diet ...Read more

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Is it true that people with RA can have chest pain with a kidney infection? I prob have a kidney infection, flank pain severe and chest pain severe.

Is it true that people with RA can have chest pain with a kidney infection? I prob have a kidney infection, flank pain severe and chest pain severe.

Anybody: You do not have to have rheumatoid arthritis. See a doctor asap and get this evaluated. Particularly since if you are receiving ustekinumab which is a monoclonal antibody against il 12 and 23 and can predispose to severe secondary infections. Go now and get evaluated. Hope you are better quickly. ...Read more

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Dx w/bad viral infection few days after knee arthroscopy. 27f-Enbrel 1yr for RA/SLE. How worried should I b about this infction? ER just sent me home.

Dx w/bad viral infection few days after knee arthroscopy. 27f-Enbrel 1yr for RA/SLE. How worried should I b about this infction? ER just sent me home.

Check with your Rheu: Check with your rheumatologist. Uncertain there is a link to the viral syndrome after the knee arthroscopy. You could have picked this up in many settings. Usually we advise to hold your enbrel (etanercept) until we are clear whether this is a viral infection or something else. ...Read more

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Why would one get an infection in an elbow a month after surgery there? Also has RA and many broken bones.

Why would one get an infection in an elbow a month after surgery there? Also has RA and many broken bones.

Immunosupression ?: Many medications that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can also suppress the immune system. That increases risk of infection or decreased wound healing. Prednisone can cause these side effects and it also can cause or worsen osteoporosis and lead to increased risk of fractures. ...Read more

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What are some causes of an over active immune system with a monoclonal T cell Beta gene receptor finding ? Have tested negative for Ana / RA / viruses

What are some causes of an over active immune system with a monoclonal T cell Beta gene receptor finding ? Have tested negative for Ana / RA / viruses

No simple answer.: t-cell receptor studies prove clonality, meaning an expansion of a single line of T-cells, a kind of immune system cell. The test is mainly used to confirm the presence of T-cell cancers, but is not sufficient for cancer diagnosis because it's too sensitive and not specific. Anything that stimulates the immune system, infections, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory states, will produce a positive. ...Read more

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I have ra.. How to differentiate between flares and hard working day that causes pain ?

I have ra.. How to differentiate between flares and hard working day that causes pain ?

Easy!: First, there are many types of "flares." for the patient, this usually means increased pain. A drop in barometric pressure will illicit pain. Overdoing it will too. But a true flare will usually be accompanied by several things: an increase in crp; visible joint inflammation with redness and warmth at a joint. A typical flare will involve more than one joint. Can be easily checked out! best! ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to Prednisone for RA flare ups?

Are there any alternatives to Prednisone for RA flare ups?

RA: If you have confirmed diagnosis of RA, then you should be on disease modifying drugs as deemed necessary by your rheumatologist. These prevent flares and disabling changes in the joints. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more