RA factor test results
shameem riaz

Pakistan

#42 Oct 14, 2008
my age is 32 married with three kids. In 2005 I got little/mild pains and aching etc. I have do lot of tests my present ESR level is (80) and ANA Negative with the ESR as (91). I am facing lot of fatique, pains and itching etc. and not in a positon to look after my kids. Any one can help to find out what should I do apart from regular visiting my docotors.
Tammy

Kinston, NC

#43 Oct 31, 2008
My RA factor test was 36.7. What does this mean? Can anyone help. Thnaks
Senior in Pickering

Bracebridge, Canada

#44 Nov 11, 2008
At age 61 I started to have really severe pain in both hands and my RA factor was 112.My family doctor referred me to a Rhummy, but the wait time to see one was 4 months and RA can do a lot of damage to joints in the interim.
I did a lot of research and concluded that a gluten free diet (aka the Celiac diet) might be beneficial.
I began a GF diet and within a week my pain had deceased by 70%.
When I did get in to see the Rhummy, he put me on 400mg Hydroxy-chloroquinne per day.
That and the GF diet have almost eliminyaed the sysmptoms of the RA desease.
Has anyone else here tried a GF diet?
Rose Ireland

Ireland

#45 Nov 15, 2008
Hi everyone,
I've just been diagnosed with RA also, i am feeling worried and fearful for the future at the minute but it is comforting to know that other people have it too and it is something that can be lived with.
Kriquette

Black Canyon City, AZ

#46 Nov 17, 2008
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
Hi, just wanted to let you know, I also was told I have RA and am being treated for that. RA can affect your major organs, including your lungs. Unfortunatly the pain you are getting (from what I went through) is caused by a virus, infections or hormone changes within your body. I to just woke up from a nap and could not lift my arm, got a steroid shot and then all of a sudden it was in my whole body. I understand the pain you are going through. The only thing thats helping me is seroids. maybe we can chat bout this sometime. [email protected] e-mail me
still not sure

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#47 Nov 20, 2008
I have been in a lot pain since Mar 2008. My hands, shoulders, wrists, hips, knees,ankles and toes hurt constantly, with swelling in my knuckles. My blood tests are normal,but my rheumatologist says I have RA without the RA factor. How can that be? Do I have something else that their not finding? Or is that a true diagnosis? Have any of you been diagnosed like me?
Marie

San Francisco, CA

#48 Nov 29, 2008
Confused wrote:
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.
Hi, my sediment rate was also high and I was told I have Polymyalgia, an automunine disease, I am being given Prednisone seems it is the only thing that helps with the pain. I don't know how old you are, but from what I have read it affects after age 50. Anyway, hope this helps. Oh, yes when your sed rate is above 20 you have inflamation.
Frustrated

AOL

#49 Jan 31, 2009
I am in my early 50's and was diagnosed with discoid lupus about 12 years ago. My mother has systemic lupus. I have my ANA blood test every year to make sure I'm not systemic. About 3 months ago, it came back positive for the first time. My dermatologist sent me to a rheumatologist to have it repeated and to run a full ANA panel. The panel came back with also a positive rheumatoid factor of 19.4. However, they said I don't have rheumatoid disease or arthritis. They said that is was inconclusive for systemic lupus but that it is hard to diagnose. There are 11 criteria for systemic lupus and if you have 4 of them, you have it. I have 6 of them, however the results are inconclusive. I know that a normal rheumatoid factor is 1.20 and a positive factor is 1.80. I can't find anything that explains to me what 19.4 means other than "it is high." Can anyone out there help me understand what my number means?
Frustrated

AOL

#50 Feb 10, 2009
Apparently, no one uses this page anymore. And to think I felt encouragement when I found it. I thought, finally somewhere I can talk with people who share my dilemna. I guess my choice of the name of "Frustrated" was right on.
Cristy

Zanesville, OH

#51 Feb 10, 2009
I just got my lab results today, went last week due to kne pain, feet pain and swollen joints in my hands. I guess I need to see a specialist, I am 34 years old, my RA Latex number was 1615.1, which is way above the normal 0-13, Sedimentation Rate-Westergren was 23, which normal is 0-20, and my C-Reactive Protein was 9.4, normal is 0-4.9. The dr says I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. What do these high nnumbers mean. Kinda scaring me. All I know is I am in pain and hope I can get rid of this. Is it possible that my numbers ae high because I took a very high dose of Vitamin A Palimate last year? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
leslie

Dallas, TX

#52 Feb 15, 2009
mu RA Latex turbid came back <10.0 does that means it's goop? They just sent me the letter an I presume that it means it OK. What do you think?

Leslie
Cathy -California

Edmond, OK

#53 Feb 25, 2009
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
Hi... I'm 59 and have had RA for 7years. I don't understand about the RA Factor either. My doc keeps checking it every year or so even though it's mostly used just for diagnosis. I think she's just curious because mine has never been under 1,250 (normal is 13 or less) and a few months ago it was back up to exceedingly high at 1,648 ! Nearly every year I'm tested for everything else ie liver disease that might explain it... always neg. I wonder if anybody else has this very very high RA Factor. I'm hoping it proves my terrible daily fatigue is real. But, back to you, sorry, I only know it's a diagnostic tool.
Cathy -California
kim

Raleigh, NC

#54 Mar 5, 2009
Help. I was just tested and my RA Latex Turbid came back as 101.6 I guess the norm is suppose to be 13.9 can anyone tell me what this means. I have an apt. with Rheumatoligist coming up
angie w

Indianapolis, IN

#55 Mar 12, 2009
Hi everyone,

I'm curious to see if my symtoms are what all of you have with your RA. It came on suddenly, my hands swell severely to the point I can't close them and my knuckles turn white. mostly my right one, mostly my right side actually. my feet and ankles get huge, the most severe pain I have is my right shoulder, right hand, right elbow, right side of my neck is excruciating. all joints painful. my rheumatoid test is at 101 at the beginning of the "flare up". my sed rate is normal at 17, by ana normal, and my crp is elevated to 4.75 should be less than 2.99. I feel like i'm going crazy. my hands hurt so much all of me hurst so much. my rhummy says it is ra but did a "better" test not sure which but said it is a definite diagnostic tool for ra and mine was negative. I've had cancer before and very concerned this is being misdiagnosed so wanted to know if my symptoms are what all of you have? would love some feedback feeling hopeless. i have a three year old at home and wow am i having problems moving let alone keeping up with her. thanks everyone hope you have a great day!
Angry all the time

Miami, FL

#56 Apr 2, 2009
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i could scream!i think my doc is a quack or something.he tells me i have ra that my test results came back at 17. i didnt hear anything about any of the rest. all i know is that i cant even tie my shoes anymore. it takes me 20 minutes to walk up the stairs in my home and i am gaining weigh tso fast because my mobility is limited. i go to the rheumatologist and he says i am too young for ra (28)and says i have elastic joints. whatever the heck that means... i hurt that i do know but i cant seem to find a doc that will tell me what i need to do besides take pain pills and they dont even help!!! plz any suggestions???
joann w

Philadelphia, PA

#58 Jun 5, 2009
I am 53 yrs old and have been in pain for the last 5/6yrs. My CRP is almost 30 and they tell me thats inflamation, but cant seem to find out whats wrong. Have been on prenidone for 5months now and tapering off so the pain is really getting bad again. any ideas????
Wally

Schaumburg, IL

#59 Jun 8, 2009
Blood tests for RA are NON-specific. You can have severe disease (at any age) and have negative rheumatoid factor AKA "latex turbid", low SED/ESR rate, CRP, etc. Rheumatoid factor can be positive in some healthy people.

A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is a screening test for heart disease and isn't used for RA or other autoimmune disorders.

If the doctor you're seeing isn't knowledgeable, find a new rheumy. Really, don't waste time with any doc who "rolls his eyes", even figuratively, at you when you speak.

Angry All The Time: "elastic joints" sounds like your rheumy might have been suggesting some form of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ehlersdanl...
Patty

Broadview Heights, OH

#60 Jun 8, 2009
I was having wrist pain for 6 months, though not severe. Finally told my doctor, he thought it was a strain, but ordered an x-ray. It came back showing bone erosion. I just got the RA factor test results, <10, so normal, not RA. So what's causing the erosin!? Can it be RA with such a low RA factor?
Wally

Schaumburg, IL

#61 Jun 11, 2009
Yes, you can have normal RF and have rheumatoid arthritis.

The joint erosion from osteoarthritis or injury and the erosions formed by RA are different. A rheumatologist or orthopedist should be able to tell the difference just by looking at the X-ray.

(in early RA there may not be any erosions at all)
Gail Henry

Houston, TX

#63 Jul 11, 2009
Angry all the time wrote:
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i could scream!i think my doc is a quack or something.he tells me i have ra that my test results came back at 17. i didnt hear anything about any of the rest. all i know is that i cant even tie my shoes anymore. it takes me 20 minutes to walk up the stairs in my home and i am gaining weigh tso fast because my mobility is limited. i go to the rheumatologist and he says i am too young for ra (28)and says i have elastic joints. whatever the heck that means... i hurt that i do know but i cant seem to find a doc that will tell me what i need to do besides take pain pills and they dont even help!!! plz any suggestions???
I am so sorry you are going through this. You can get RA at any age -- it is a disease that can attach any age group. I think you need to find another doctor. I have a wonderful aggressive doctor in Houston. Maybe you should check in places close by.

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