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Can a person have a negative RA titre have rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a person have a negative RA titre have rheumatoid arthritis?

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. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

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


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Can you still have rheumatoid arthritis with a negative rheumatoid factor test?

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

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How is it possible for someone to have rheumatoid arthritis with a negative rheumatoid factor?

How is it possible for someone to have rheumatoid arthritis with a negative rheumatoid factor?

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

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What are common meds for rheumatoid arthritis and their positives/negatives?

What are common meds for rheumatoid arthritis and their positives/negatives?

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

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How often should one be tested for rheumatoid arthritis after negative test, though having symptoms?

How often should one be tested for rheumatoid arthritis after negative test, though having symptoms?

Arthritis: 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

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I tested positive for lupus and negative for rheumatoid arthritis. How accurate are these tests?

I tested positive for lupus and negative for rheumatoid arthritis. How accurate are these tests?

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

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Is it possible for someone who's 50 to have rheumatoid arthritis even if the blood work n X-ray was negative..??

Is it possible for someone who's 50 to have rheumatoid arthritis even if the blood work n X-ray was negative..??

No: There is a group of diseases called "seronegative arthritis." In this case, the lab tests do not demonstrate rheumatoid arthritis but do often show elevated levels of inflammation in the body. These diseases can have some similar symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis and are often treated using the same medications. ...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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What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?

What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?

Need more testing: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed. The speckled portion of the result is not very helpful on its own. About 5% of humans (1 in 20) have a positive ANA for no reason. ...Read more

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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.

Connective Tissue : Diseases. 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

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Right eye appears to bulge, suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Negative MRI ?

Right eye appears to bulge,  suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Negative MRI ?

Hard to say: The fact that you saw an MD & an MRI was recommended makes me wonder about your clinical findings. Was there an explanation as to why the proptosis? Do you have double vision, or decreased vision? Perhaps your eyelid have asymmetrical age related changes. The RA is likely unrelated. An ophthalmologic exam would be valuable to ascertain wether there is something wrong. A review of the MRI is impt. ...Read more

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Can Rheumatoid arthritis cause thrush on tongue? I am HIV negative and take aciphex, (rabeprazole) carafate, and arthrotec.

Can Rheumatoid arthritis cause thrush on tongue?  I am HIV negative and take aciphex, (rabeprazole) carafate, and arthrotec.

Not a cause: There are multiple interactions between rheumatology and oral pathology. Oral thrush is common in rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with high-dose corticosteroids. However, it is not a direct cause. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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