PCP said "RA Factor is 584". Local RAs not avail until 12/2017. Steroids and NSAIDs until then?

What r ur symptoms? You just mentioned a lab result, though high, not enough to diagnose RA. You need to see a specialist for further management, meanwhile your PCP would decide what treatment to take, best wishes .

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Ra is out of control, I can barely walk. Had spinal fusion 9wks ago so can't take nsaids or steroids. I need help with the pain, but want fusion to he?

Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen up to 4000 mg/day shall help pain but would not interfere with healing may need to tramadol etc if needed. Read more...
See a rheumatologist. You're right, you shouldn't take nsaids or steroids, but those are lousy treatments for genuine rheumatoid arthritis. You need dmards (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs) like Methotrexate or plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) although "biologics" work better. This treatment must be administered by a rheumatologist. One or more of these won't interfere with healing the fusion. The rheumatologist will know which ones. Read more...
RA flare. prednisone in the short term may help and not compromise healing of your fusion 9 weeks out. Virtual consult me so we can figure out how to help. Read more...

Question for rheumatologists : we can give nsaids and low dose corticostiroids together for patient on RA waiting for dmards to take its efficacy?

Yes and no. This type of combination is common, but since each class of medication increases risk for GI side effects, caution is important. Using a medication such as Omeprazole to protect the stomach is a good idea, and minimizing the dose and duration of the corticosteroid is very important. Read more...
Sometimes. Unfortunately even those 3 are not enough together. Keep in mind long time side effects. Read more...

My wife has RA and ALL NSAIDS cause Hives whenever she take any. And despite the chronic hives. If she insist on taking them. Will she suffer any harm?

Stop them. NSAIDs are a poor choice to treat RA. Continued use by a person who is allergic to them may lead to more serious and even life threatening allergic reactions. I hope she is under the care of a rheumatologist. Read more...

Pain in hand joints, they pop a lot, and hurt worse when typing, could this be RA or OA? The NSAID I'm on is not curing the pain. Thanks! :)

Could be but. Based on your age OA is not as likely but still possible. This is something that needs a physical exam. there are both neurologic and rheumatologic causes of this type of pain including RA, PA, Carpal tunnel syndrome etc. You need to see your primary care MD. Read more...

Ra factor@17, crp@5.7, co2@20, s.Albumin@4.2, alt (gpt)@59, vitb12@1189, vitd@16.7, iron sat.@16%. Waiting on ANA & ccp. My pcps only concern is vitd.

Medical history. Unfortunately, the most important information, the history and reason for all of these tests is not included. These are not, for the most part, routine tests. Please provide more info so we can better respond. Read more...