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marian

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#1 Dec 9, 2006
I am 68 year old female. Went to the dr. for really bad congestion. While there I requested a blood tes for gout (which I have never had but have had muscle and joint pains that came overnight in August) This was caused by taking Crestor. I am still under care of an ART chiop (not your ordinary chiop) and he has really helped me with a hip problem but I have even though improved still have some joint pains so was just curious about bloodwork for gout. Well, I was told I did not have gout but the RA factor came back as 41 (13 being normal) I am reading that as we age this factor goes up. Also, since this bloodtest was done when I was really congested-wondering if this could have effect on the test results. Anyone that can share anything from my information, I would like to hear. Anyone have a 41 or there about factor? I am reading with RA pain it is on both sides and I do not have that symptom. This is all new to me so again would apprecite any information based on your experience with the factor, etc. email me [email protected] Thanks
Imran Abdool

Mauritius

#2 Dec 19, 2006
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Those interested may buy the herbal remedies, which a great majority will have satisfaction.
However, you may at least give a try to the diet which will help decrease the pain for those abusing on certain items.
Wish you all good luck and take care.
Imran Abdool

Vacoas, Mauritius

#3 Dec 19, 2006
marian wrote:
I am 68 year old female. Went to the dr. for really bad congestion. While there I requested a blood tes for gout (which I have never had but have had muscle and joint pains that came overnight in August) This was caused by taking Crestor. I am still under care of an ART chiop (not your ordinary chiop) and he has really helped me with a hip problem but I have even though improved still have some joint pains so was just curious about bloodwork for gout. Well, I was told I did not have gout but the RA factor came back as 41 (13 being normal) I am reading that as we age this factor goes up. Also, since this bloodtest was done when I was really congested-wondering if this could have effect on the test results. Anyone that can share anything from my information, I would like to hear. Anyone have a 41 or there about factor? I am reading with RA pain it is on both sides and I do not have that symptom. This is all new to me so again would apprecite any information based on your experience with the factor, etc. email me [email protected] Thanks
Please have a look at my website " www.elixirherbals.com ".
Those interested may buy the herbal remedies, which a great majority will have satisfaction.
However, you may at least give a try to the diet which will help decrease the pain for those abusing on certain items.
Wish you all good luck and take care.

Since: Mar 07

Ashburn, VA

#4 Mar 15, 2007
I was wondering the same thing I just had my blood test done & the RA Latex Turbid. H 59.1 Reference range: 0.0-13.9 All my doc said was yep you have RA. & all the meds they give you are worse for you then what the RA is. SO I went home without know anything to do about RA. It has hit me hard & fast!
myself

Mandeville, LA

#5 Apr 15, 2007
First, im sorry to hear of your RA Factor. Second, don't panic about the number.

All it does is measure inflammation type stuff in your system, it doesn't mean you have a horrible amount.

I had a number over 500 at the start with my first factor test and was full body RA, but a friend who only had her hands had a number over 1,500. So the number can get very very high.

My numbers have gone from 41 to over 500 with my tests, it changes all the time.

Please note, Rheumatoid ARthritis is a disease that gets worse when free raticals attack you which is why your rhummy will put you on all sorts of vitamines which have antioxidants to help you.

For me, they weren't enough and with my multiple chemical sensitivity, I can't just take any drug or vitamine and have horrible trouble when i take any. They had me on arava, prednisone, ultram, celebrex and all of them made me worse than being off.

What did work for me (didn't cure me but helps a ton) is that i take digestion enzymes and antioxidant suppliments. I have a new antioxidant one coming in the next few days, supposed to be one of the best called microhydrin.

Anyway, these are what I take that help me get better and ibuprofen for pain. It doesn't stop the pain, but makes it tolerable.

I have a rhummy appt in the morning at 9:30 and hope she doesn't yell at me because she doesn't know yet that i got off all my RA drugs.

My father was also diagnosed last month with RA in both hands. I don't know his RFactor, but I am told he can't dress himself like I was before.

I am 35 and my husband has to get my drinks when i am bad, make all my meals all the time, help me with my shower chair puting it in the shower etc.

RA is a hard thing to get used too, but in time it does get easier to tolerate.

Just remember, exercise (a exercise bike is perfect) the more activity you do, the better it helps to burn off those free raticals.

I wish you well and am so sorry you joined the RA Club.

God bless.
harehollow

New Westminster, Canada

#6 Apr 27, 2007
Can anyone help me figure out my ra factor.The numbers came back <20 and i do not know what this means. Thanks
Confused

Bridgeport, CT

#7 May 20, 2007
Hi! I just got blood work results for Rhematiod Arthritis factor. The RA Latex Turbid was 16.3 and the Sedimentaion Rate-Westergren was 704. Does this just mean that my body is going through a lot of inflamation right now or is it definate that I have rheumatoid arthritis? Can anyone shed some light on this for me. I know my hands and feet have felt like they are on fire for some time now.
Deborah Lowe

Dillingham, AK

#8 May 21, 2007
I just got back a positive RA Latex, after battling for the last three months with pain in knee joints, hip, ankles and hands. Does the positive RA latex mean that I have RA?
Sandy Boulware

Barnesville, GA

#9 May 31, 2007
My RA factor was < 7.0 , my sed rate 5
my C Reactive Protein, Quant. was 10.7.
I know I have osteoarthritis, nor Rhem.
but am in so much pain when I walk, my
knees kill me and I sleep 12 hrs a day
most of the time? Do you know why?
susan

AOL

#10 Jun 6, 2007
rch w/ a factor of 950! My dr. thought it might be a mistake and had me go for another blood test which came back w/ same result. I don't understand what this # means. Does anyone really know? Thanks.
Confused

Bridgeport, CT

#11 Jun 14, 2007
My Dr. also made me get another blood test and my sedimentation rate was 7-6 and the RA factor was 16.3. He said this had to be a mistake and that if the test was right I would be in the Guiness Book of world records. He did another test that is supposed to be better for diagnosing RA. I don't find out the results of the second test for another week and a half. It seems to me that a lot of us are in a great deal of pain without a clear diagnosis or any real help from Drs. I have been dealing with this pain for years without any real answers or diagnosis.
Looking for answers

Mount Olive, NC

#12 Jun 20, 2007
Well I was told about 3 weeks ago by my GP that I have RA and that I needed to see a Rhaumatologist. So I have an appt today. Unfortunatly my GP did not give me any of my numbers all I know is that the pain in my knees, hips, ankles and sometimes wrists can be unbeable at times and not so bad at others. Does this sound normal. Also I did some reading and everything seemed to indicate that people with RA should stay active but avoid impact activities. So I started taking Water arobic classes and things seem to be getting worse? Any help there, I can't ride the bike it makes my knees hurt so bad I can't stand.
I guess I will get some info today, I will pass along what I can.
Scott

United States

#13 Jun 25, 2007
Hi I was diagnosed back in December with a RF of 55. When the RF test is done and it comes back with a high number don't get too worked up about it, the number doens't totally correlate to the severity of the disease, just that its much more of a positive trail to take for the doc. The specific test is the Anti-CCP which is supposed to be very accurate whether or not you have RA. Off the top of my head so don't quote me here but the tests run something like 0-20 normal/minimal, 21-60 moderate and over 60 is aggresive, mine was 121 so it turns out to be aggressive. Best thing to do if you diffently have RA is to stay active, educate yourself and stay positive.
Confused

Bridgeport, CT

#14 Jun 27, 2007
Dr. redid my bloodwork and the sedimentation rate changed from 705 to 5. He did not send in my blood with the same name as the first lab is the one that did the second test. My vitamin D levels are below normal and he is placing me on a supplement for one day a week for 4 weeks. He says low vit. D can cause my aches and pains.
peko

Vista, CA

#15 Aug 8, 2007
hi I have a Sed Rate of 1 What does that mean? Also, my ANA is 40 Is this normal or negative?
Thanks!
Wondering

Silver Spring, MD

#16 Sep 26, 2007
Dr. I just got my results from my blood work and my RA factor was 79.3 but I also have a lot of pain and I swell really bad. Help
molan

Elverta, CA

#17 Nov 27, 2007
Hi, new on this site. Have been reading all your messages. When I had my first appt my RA factor was negative but I have had RA for 20 years. The Rhummy I went to was very aggressive I have had quite a few athroscopic surgeries just about in every joint. but I am 63 and a new knee replacement and had a rupture tendon on pinky finger and had that fixed. I am on Arava ,Placqunil and Remicade treatments and doing very well now. Most of my damage was done at the very beginning of the desease. So talk to your doctors and see what they can do for you. There are things out there. My son has ankolosis spondolitis at 33 and it took him a long time before he found a dr to admit that a young person can have it. So keep on going til you are satisfied
Good luck to all and don't give up.
Sandy

United States

#18 Dec 6, 2007
Hi, I'm 26 yrs old and i just got my blood results yesterday and I was diagnosed with RA. I guess it's not that bad the RF was only 14. But I'm worried like hell, I never thought that someone so young can have that, especially me. I've read alot about it since then and it scares me. I'm really worried. Can the results ever go back to normal? I mean can it ever go back to under 13?
Paul

Glen Ellyn, IL

#19 Dec 20, 2007
I have had RA for 5 years (am 49 now). Formerly very active/competitive runner...my RA Latex hovers around 400-900. RA comes and goes and I still haven't been able to link lifestyle or diet to periods of flare/discomfort -- just count on it flaring at the worst possible times...and runners NO BEER! Alcohol will definitely cause flare-ups -- good luck guys...
ftr doc

Peoria, AZ

#20 Jan 10, 2008
Sed rate of 5-7 and a barely elevated Rh factor is of 16.3 is NOT off the charts or even remotely close to a "world record." I really, really wonder about your doctor. Look at any Laboratory Diagnostics book to see for yourself, as well as the other numbers people are getting. Labs don't mean everything, but consider yourself lucky you, in the grand scheme of things, are closer to normal!!!

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