RA factor test results
Joann

Missouri City, TX

#127 Oct 6, 2011
Kim wrote:
I just got my rh factor from the dr he is sending me to a specialist. My rh number is 122 he told me normal is 1-20 what does this mean?
Kim....my RH factor was 486. I was told the higher the number pass 20, the more likely you have RA and more aggressive type medication was given to me. Your number is much lower than mine so you may not need the medications I needed to take.
jhazzie

Fairfield, CT

#128 Oct 8, 2011
My mother suffered for many years with RA so it's definitely in my genes. My RA symptoms began about 4 years ago when I was 48. It started in my shoulders but then affected the muscles and joints in my hands, hips, knees...and just about every area of my body. It was a new pain every other day. I went from doctor to doctor...being diagnosed with tendonitis, bursitis, fibromyalgia and arthritis. The first things doctors want to do is put you on medication. I've always gone to holistic doctors so I was totally against starting meds. It was a long journey to get where I am today, but I started reading every book on arthritis I could get my hands on. That was just the beginning because in one of those books, the concept of eating raw was introduced to me. I had been a vegetarian most of my life, but not a good one. I wouldn't eat meat, but my diet consisted of alot of junk food like cookies, candy and most all other carbs. That lead to a whole other issue of candida, but I won't get into that! I went raw slowly...making smoothies in the morning with organic fruit and lettuces and having salads during the day. I bought raw "cookbooks" and learned more. But the most amazing discovery were 2 movies that put it all in perspective. One is called "Food Matters" and the other is "Forks over Knives". Both excellent...and shows how what we eat gives us disease or takes it away. For me it's very difficult to eat raw 100% of the time, but now that my body feels like it used to when I was younger, I can cheat a little on weekends...and even had chicken a month ago, with no reaction. 2 years ago it would have had me laid up in bed with pains for a week. Anyway, I'm sorry for the long post, but I wanted to add my 2 cents. I know this way of eating can help anyone with arthritis (and diabetes, heart disease, etc)so I wanted to share my experience. Today, we have to be our own doctor. Many doctors just aren't that knowledgable in nutrition, they only know what they learned in school, which drugs for which disease. Be well everyone.
Joann

Missouri City, TX

#129 Oct 8, 2011
jhazzie wrote:
My mother suffered for many years with RA so it's definitely in my genes. My RA symptoms began about 4 years ago when I was 48. It started in my shoulders but then affected the muscles and joints in my hands, hips, knees...and just about every area of my body. It was a new pain every other day. I went from doctor to doctor...being diagnosed with tendonitis, bursitis, fibromyalgia and arthritis. The first things doctors want to do is put you on medication. I've always gone to holistic doctors so I was totally against starting meds. It was a long journey to get where I am today, but I started reading every book on arthritis I could get my hands on. That was just the beginning because in one of those books, the concept of eating raw was introduced to me. I had been a vegetarian most of my life, but not a good one. I wouldn't eat meat, but my diet consisted of alot of junk food like cookies, candy and most all other carbs. That lead to a whole other issue of candida, but I won't get into that! I went raw slowly...making smoothies in the morning with organic fruit and lettuces and having salads during the day. I bought raw "cookbooks" and learned more. But the most amazing discovery were 2 movies that put it all in perspective. One is called "Food Matters" and the other is "Forks over Knives". Both excellent...and shows how what we eat gives us disease or takes it away. For me it's very difficult to eat raw 100% of the time, but now that my body feels like it used to when I was younger, I can cheat a little on weekends...and even had chicken a month ago, with no reaction. 2 years ago it would have had me laid up in bed with pains for a week. Anyway, I'm sorry for the long post, but I wanted to add my 2 cents. I know this way of eating can help anyone with arthritis (and diabetes, heart disease, etc)so I wanted to share my experience. Today, we have to be our own doctor. Many doctors just aren't that knowledgable in nutrition, they only know what they learned in school, which drugs for which disease. Be well everyone.
Thanksjhazzie for the excellent information. I noticed that the 2 movies you mention above seem to be available in book form for purchase at Amazon. I am considering purchasing them.
jhazzie

Fairfield, CT

#130 Oct 8, 2011
You're welcome Joann. I wish I would have found these movies (or books) a few years ago. It would have saved me alot of pain and much trial and error in trying to figure out what the heck is wrong with me. But, I guess that was my journey. If I can help even one person get off of medication and feel normal again, it was worth it. At my worst, I could barely walk, I couldn't open my refrigerator door and forget about a car door. Once I went raw, things changed dramatically. Muscles and joints that ached all the time started feeling better. It took about 6 to 9 months to feel like I did before any of this happened. It's all about food and I know it works because I went through it. I'm glad you're thinking of giving it shot. Keep me posted! Good luck!!
Lisa

Bat Cave, NC

#131 Oct 13, 2011
I started having hip and shoulder pain and my GP did an RA panel which came back negative and my SEDS rate was within normal limits. I went to see a rheumatologist because my symptoms continued in the form of crazy nodules on my inner elbows and at the base of my heels. Painful but tolerable. My RAF came back at 14 and my RA doctor told me that an RA factor of 6 or less is considered normal and i am "just barely" above normal. From what I am reading, "normal" can be anything from 10 to 20. He put me on Methotrexate and just this week increased the dose since it my symptoms were continuing. I also take Celebrex. Still, I am having such a hard time getting this thing under control. I haven't sought a second opinion yet because my doctor comes highly recommended with good success rates. I am 54 and really scared. When I think of RA I think of deformities and disability. What I believe is that stress has played a BIG part (I was a caregiver for my boyfriend for two years who died of brain cancer last Christmas) and during that time, I really didn't take care of myself and have a very stressful job. Prior to caregiving, I enjoyed a healthful lifestyle and was very active. I still work out and am able to do most things, but I can't seem to get the inflammation under control. i am looking for alternatives or adjunct treatments such as acupuncture, herbal remedies and dietary changes. Anyone have any information about alternatives or success with such things?
Joann

Missouri City, TX

#132 Oct 13, 2011
Lisa wrote:
I started having hip and shoulder pain and my GP did an RA panel which came back negative and my SEDS rate was within normal limits. I went to see a rheumatologist because my symptoms continued in the form of crazy nodules on my inner elbows and at the base of my heels. Painful but tolerable. My RAF came back at 14 and my RA doctor told me that an RA factor of 6 or less is considered normal and i am "just barely" above normal. From what I am reading, "normal" can be anything from 10 to 20. He put me on Methotrexate and just this week increased the dose since it my symptoms were continuing. I also take Celebrex. Still, I am having such a hard time getting this thing under control. I haven't sought a second opinion yet because my doctor comes highly recommended with good success rates. I am 54 and really scared. When I think of RA I think of deformities and disability. What I believe is that stress has played a BIG part (I was a caregiver for my boyfriend for two years who died of brain cancer last Christmas) and during that time, I really didn't take care of myself and have a very stressful job. Prior to caregiving, I enjoyed a healthful lifestyle and was very active. I still work out and am able to do most things, but I can't seem to get the inflammation under control. i am looking for alternatives or adjunct treatments such as acupuncture, herbal remedies and dietary changes. Anyone have any information about alternatives or success with such things?
Lisa.....I am so sorry to hear of the death of your boyfriend. Pertaining to your RA test results, my test scale showed that from 0 to 13.9 was normal. I would think you are too close to normal to be diagnosed with RA. I feel your 1st doctor was right and I suggest you get a 3rd opinion. After my diagnosis of RA, I discovered there are other illnesses that have symptoms that resemble symptoms of RA. I feel you should explore those other illnesses with another doctor. I once took Lipitor, a statin for high cholesterol and developed severe muscle weakness. I could not raise one arm one day which went away and next I knew it shift to the next arm. I later discovered that muscle weakness was a common side effect of this medication and I stopped it immediately. The symptoms went away within days of stopping the medication. I find it so strange that the RA symptoms started within a month after being off Lipitor. However, my RA test results are so far above normal, i.e. 486 along with a 2nd test, RA was a correct diagnosis. A combination of Methotrexate, Prednisone and Folic Acid are the 3 prescriptions that has made me feel better. Methotrexate is a slow acting medication, i.e., may take 3 to 5 months before it begins to work So, the Prednisone is prescribed to help with inflammation until the Methotrexate kicks in. Folic Acid is given to counteract the side effects of the Methotrexate. My doctor has slowly weaned me off the Prednisone and I took my last tablet today. However, I repeat, judging from what you have indicated here, you definitely should seek a 3rd opinion. Methotrexate can have strong side effects and I don't feel you should take it if you don't need it. I hope you begin feeling better soon.
Crystal

Los Angeles, CA

#133 Nov 7, 2011
I am age 55 women, I just got my lab results today, it shows my RA factor 388, normal is < 8 , and my ANA is weakly positive. My family doctor referred me to a Rheummy, but the wait time to see him need 3 month. I am worried, I got little/mild pains in all fingers, after I take Glucosamine/Chondroitin, the pains were gone. Do I have Rheumatoid Arthritis? is can be recover? What I should pay attention? Please any help would be greatly appreciated.
Joann

Missouri City, TX

#134 Nov 8, 2011
Crystal wrote:
I am age 55 women, I just got my lab results today, it shows my RA factor 388, normal is < 8 , and my ANA is weakly positive. My family doctor referred me to a Rheummy, but the wait time to see him need 3 month. I am worried, I got little/mild pains in all fingers, after I take Glucosamine/Chondroitin, the pains were gone. Do I have Rheumatoid Arthritis? is can be recover? What I should pay attention? Please any help would be greatly appreciated.
Crystal,
My RF was 486.6, Normal is 0.0-13.9. My CCP Antibodies test was >250, Normal is 0-19. I was told that these 2 test combined are what confirmed my RA diagnosis. I don't know if an RA 388 test alone indicates you have RA. If the Glucosamine/Chondroitin is working for you, I would think you should continue it. But, I would suggest keeping the Rheummy appt. too.
Angie

Midvale, UT

#135 Nov 9, 2011
I am scared I am 29 years old. I have been in pain for so many many years now. They say I have ra In 2004 RF was 29 2010 was 33 From last year until current 2011 I am now a RF 55.7 so it has doubled and I feel like it has as well. I feel like I cant even funtion anymore and I cry because of the great pain. pain meds I still feel more pain then most people being on them. I cant just keep taking pain meds but I cant function without them. They want to put me on something in the lines of methatrexate. I am scared.
I feel that some doctors look at me and laugh I am 110 5'tall. But I have ultrasounds and mris to show severity. But I feel doctors still look at me and say your too young. I wish that you can be hooked up to a machine to measure the pain. I feel that my disease is out of control. I am so scared to be on methatrexate or something like that. I have two children eight and four. I want to be there for them. Can I eat certain foods, do something. Please help me? What should I do?
Angie

Midvale, UT

#136 Nov 9, 2011
I cant imagine being in any more pain then I am in so seeing other peoples numbers in hundreds and thousands even scares me more. I am very helpless and depressed severely over this!
November 9, 2011
Joann

Missouri City, TX

#137 Nov 10, 2011
Angie wrote:
I cant imagine being in any more pain then I am in so seeing other peoples numbers in hundreds and thousands even scares me more. I am very helpless and depressed severely over this!
November 9, 2011
Angie,

Please don't allow yourself to become so depressed over your condition. My RF was nearly 500 and I am doing well and eating everything I have always eaten. There are good medications out there that can help you. But, I feel you have not seen good doctors. Before I was diagnosed with RA, I was given a series of blood test. It was a combination of these blood test that confirmed my diagnoses. I don't feel an RF test with your results alone qualifies for an RA diagnosis. You may have Fibromyalgia. This is what the WebMD website says about fibromyalgia:

What Is Fibromyalgia-Related Pain?

Fibromyalgia-related pain is pain that causes you to ache all over. You may have painful "trigger points," places on your body that hurt no matter what medication you take. Your muscles may feel like they have been overworked or pulled even though you haven't exercised. Sometimes, your muscles will twitch. Other times they will burn or ache with deep stabbing pain. Some patients with fibromyalgia have pain and achiness around the joints in their neck, shoulders, back, and hips. This kind of pain makes it difficult to sleep or exercise.

So my advice to you is to not allow your current medical situation get you down. You have 2-wonderful children to take care of and you can still do that. You just need the right diagnosis after which you can begin receiving the right medication. Ask you current doctor to pursue other illnesses you may have or just go to another doctor. Take care of yourself and keep a positive outlook....relief is on the way.
Toni

La Quinta, CA

#138 Nov 27, 2011
I have been going to the doctor back and forth for a year with joint and muscle pains. One doctor says I have RA the specialist says I have RA factors due to Hep C. I am currently at another rhumatologist that just order a new set of test. Can anyone tell me what the results mean. RA Factor-11, complement C3-174and C4-29' the C- reactive protein 131,ESR western green 42, and Vitamin D-25 Hydroxy 14,D3-14,D2-<4
Joann

Missouri City, TX

#139 Nov 28, 2011
Toni wrote:
I have been going to the doctor back and forth for a year with joint and muscle pains. One doctor says I have RA the specialist says I have RA factors due to Hep C. I am currently at another rhumatologist that just order a new set of test. Can anyone tell me what the results mean. RA Factor-11, complement C3-174and C4-29' the C- reactive protein 131,ESR western green 42, and Vitamin D-25 Hydroxy 14,D3-14,D2-<4
Toni....I am not familiar with some of the test you have listed here. However, there are websites that provide all kinds of information on many test. Just goggle the type of test you had and the information is available for you. I suggest that if you trust your doctor, sit down with him and ask him what the test were for, what the results mean and what are his next recommended steps. If you don't trust your current doctor, find one that you do trust. I always feel friends recommendations are a good source for finding a good doctor.
RF: 486.6
C-REACTIVE PROTEIN: <1.0
SEDIMENTATION RATE: 19
CCP ANTIBODIES IGG/IGA: >250
The RF results are extremely frightening to me since the normal range is 0.0-13.9 and the normal range for the CCP Antibodies is 0 - 19.
Joann

Missouri City, TX

#140 Nov 28, 2011
Toni...At the end of my reply contains test results and an early comment I had copied/pasted a few months. Please disregard. I did not intend for that portion of my comment to be added to my reply to your comment. Sorry!!!
Peggy

Cypress, TX

#141 Nov 28, 2011
My advise to everyone is to get a good RA Dr. who is aggressive in treatment...I was diagnoised 8 yrs ago. Was declared 5 years cancer free one week and the next was told I had severe RA...my factor was over 600...over the years it has gone as low as 176 but is up to 386 again BUT my blood work looks great!!! usually I have 12-16 lines out of wack...either too high or too low...this time I had 3!!! WBC was a little low and RDW was a little high and then of course my RA factor...Dr. was thrilled...I started Humira two months ago..seems to be helping..I also take Methotrexate and have been for the past five years for RA. I also took methotrexate for my cancer treatment. so I have been on that for a long time...Dr. told me it was baby dose and not to worry...10mg a week.....took Mobic for 8 years but cuz bleeding in August..thus the switch to Humira....Also had Rhemicade for three months but had severe reaction...Was also on Arava but have been off that since August.
I take each day as it comes...some days I feel good and others not so great...I try to get out and walk everyday. You have to keep a positive attitude and don't let the numbers get to you...Also I advise that you keep a copy of your blood work for your records.
Joann

Missouri City, TX

#142 Nov 28, 2011
Peggy wrote:
My advise to everyone is to get a good RA Dr. who is aggressive in treatment...I was diagnoised 8 yrs ago. Was declared 5 years cancer free one week and the next was told I had severe RA...my factor was over 600...over the years it has gone as low as 176 but is up to 386 again BUT my blood work looks great!!! usually I have 12-16 lines out of wack...either too high or too low...this time I had 3!!! WBC was a little low and RDW was a little high and then of course my RA factor...Dr. was thrilled...I started Humira two months ago..seems to be helping..I also take Methotrexate and have been for the past five years for RA. I also took methotrexate for my cancer treatment. so I have been on that for a long time...Dr. told me it was baby dose and not to worry...10mg a week.....took Mobic for 8 years but cuz bleeding in August..thus the switch to Humira....Also had Rhemicade for three months but had severe reaction...Was also on Arava but have been off that since August.
I take each day as it comes...some days I feel good and others not so great...I try to get out and walk everyday. You have to keep a positive attitude and don't let the numbers get to you...Also I advise that you keep a copy of your blood work for your records.
Peggy....I enjoyed reading your comment. You provided excellent advice and I commend your positive attitude. I am a relatively new RA patient and was not aware the RA test results could go up/down. I am now curious as to whether mine have decreased and will ask my doctor during my next visit. I take 15mg of Methotrexate and Folic Acid. I was also initially placed on Prednisone but was fortunately weaned off a few weeks ago. Since the recent cooler weather in the Houston,Texas area, my joints in my hands have become painful. I just decided to order gloves for arthritic hands after reading their great online reviews. Their finger tips are exposed to allow continued activity while wearing them. I hope they help.
snober

Corona, NY

#143 Dec 6, 2011
my ANA TITER IS lessthan 1:40 and my RF is 14.2 plz tell me is this normal range
sonam

Sirhind, India

#144 Dec 14, 2011
hi sir meri mom ko jora di dard hai bhut taklif hoti hai koi specailist doctor btayo request hai
Purrsey

Dunn Loring, VA

#145 Dec 15, 2011
I was diagnosed with RA yesterday and prescribed methotrexate. My hands were swollen for 3 days in October, but I have had no other symptoms. I exercise 4 days a week (weights, advanced yoga, advanced pilates)and have not had any pain. My rheumatologist believes that the MX may cause remission in my disease. I will be taking 17 mg orally one day a week. Has anyone read or heard anything about the prognosis for early diagnosed RA?
manjula

Delhi, India

#146 Dec 28, 2011
my test result of ra factor is 155

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