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What blood test results symbolize rheumatoid arthritis?

What blood test results symbolize rheumatoid arthritis?

There are several: Rheumatoid arthritis is a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms and physical findings. Lab tests that are helpful/confirmatory include a blood count(cbc) , ESR or crp, rheumatopid factor and ccp antibodies. These would serve as good screening tests at first. ...Read more

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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Who can I go to to explain my blood test results for rheumatoid arthritis?

Your doctor : Your test results should be explained to you by the doctor who ordered the tests, he knows the reason the test were ordered and he can explain to you in detail what the interprtation of the test is. ...Read more

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I have had arthritis since I was 2 but i don't have rheumatoid arthritis since I had a blood test done. Help?

I have had arthritis since I was 2 but i don't have rheumatoid arthritis since I had a blood test done. Help?

Rheumatologist: You need to see a board certified rheumatologist for an examination and testing and advice. There are several kinds of arthritis in childhood and a negative test for rheumatoid arthritis doesn't have as much meaning as in adults. And even in adults you can see rheumatoid arthritis with a negative e Rheumatoi Factor. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

Is there a blood test to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

Sometimes : The rheumatoid factor and ccp can help diagnose ra, but these lab tests are not perfect. A rheumatologist can diagnose you however. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis without blood test?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis without blood test?

Arthritis: 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.. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive later?

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

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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?

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

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When a doctor does a routine blood test, do they look for rheumatoid arthritis as well?

When a doctor does a routine blood test, do they look for rheumatoid arthritis as well?

No!: Routine blood tests should not include the rheumatoid factor nor the ANA (test for lupus) as positive results do not make a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus. These tests should be run only if the patient has signs (physical exam) and symptoms (history) of RA or lupus. I consult on about two patients a week who have been mistakenly diagnosed based on blood tests. ...Read more

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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

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

Need more info: What areas are involved? How long have you had symptoms? Have you been on a higher dose of methotrexate ever. Maybe add another drug--plaquenil. Sounds like you need to revisit your rheumatologist. Feel better ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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