... I was diagnosed with patella-femoral syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome when I was 21 years old, so arthritic pain is not new to me. I am now 38 years old and the normal meds and methods for dealing with the pain were no longer working and the knuckle on my right hand had gotten swollen and painful . I had my primary care phys run a general blood test which came up normal.... (2 replies)
... There are no local Rheum docs where I live and it is very difficult to talk to one, because the ones that come to my neck of the plains (occasionally) see a lot of patients, so when I do see someone I get rushed in and rushed out. I was diagnosed in January 2015 so I do not have much experience with any of this. Thank you! I appreciate the response. (2 replies)
... It seems your diagnosis thus far is accurate-rheumatoid arthritis causes these symptoms. The only other question is if you have lupus as well (you can have both). However your treatment on hydroxychloroquine is good for both lupus and RA, so I would continue that, and if it doesn't help enough in 3-4 months, then ask the rheum about adding another med, such methotrexate, which... (2 replies)
... Thanks so much for taking the time! I can't describe how it feels to connect outside of docs and family. The physical "anxiety" symptoms started in 2007 and have evolved over the years with nothing ever found except these blood tests over last couple years.
I did not see the blood test reports and will request them. She took over 20 panels and I'm not even sure what they... (2 replies)
... Thanks for that. It is primarily the ANA + that is worrying me because I am not aware of any family illness or medications that would cause it. Apart from vitamins and anti-oxidants, glucosamine+chondroitin, the only prescribed medications I am taking are Nexiam and Crestor.
I showed the blood test results to the rheumatologist who injected my thumb and he did not react so I... (2 replies)
... The homogeneous (aka diffuse or smooth) pattern is seen in lupus and mixed connective tissue diseases, in people taking certain medications (like blood pressure pills, heart medications or anti-convulsants) and is the one found most often in healthy people who test positive for ANA. Your negative ENA is pointing in that direction.
Thirty percent of healthy relatives of... (2 replies)
... I recently had very painful tenosynovitis in my right thumb. X-rays showed osteo-arthritis of the upper phalanx with a visible bone protrusion just above the top joint and triggering in the evenings. Blood tests showed:
RF <20 (0-20),
ANA positive, homogenous, titre 1/160
ENA screening negative
After three months of wearing a brace and taking Celebrex (which didn't... (2 replies)
... Welcome to the boards. Glad you got up the nerve. First of all, with positive ANA, RF and elevated sed rate, no one should be telling you your symptoms are from anxiety! ... (2 replies)
... visit to my primary doc for similar issues, I tested positive for rf, esr, and ana. Sent to another rheumy, and all blood work and all tests negative except for rf again. ... (2 replies)
... Hi All
I am having symptoms of Knee pain with little swelling and stiffness, Fatigue, White spots on tonsils , Muscle aches , ankle pain, big toe pain, elbow pain, arm muscle pain.
I got my results for the autoimmune panel and everything looked fine except for the
RF - 9.8 Threshold is 12
Anti- CCP - 17 Threshold is 17 OR 19 (labcorp is 19 but i have seen 17... (0 replies)
... Not only can an ANA be positive now, it can go negative in another month. All of these tests are notorious for changing. ... (4 replies)
... I'm new on the boards. My primary doctor ordered me an ANA Test on 2009 that came negative. ... (4 replies)
... I'm having a terrible time trying to get a diagnosis here. I'm a 49 yo female and I started out with autonomic nervous system dysfunction about a year ago that has now progressed to pain in multiple joints, most prominently in my hips/pelvic girdle that gets worse with walking and is really bad climbing/descending stairs and inclines and makes me walk with a waddling/shuffling... (2 replies)
... Hi, I'm trying to understand my test results for RA... the test reads... ANA - negative...and RF is >20 .... does this number mean it's negative.
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... Reactive Protein continues to run very high and this indicates inflammation, possibly Rhuematory Arthritis even though my RF was negative. ... (5 replies)
... Darvocet for pain. So no i don't feel i'm being treated for RA. My blood will be tested in Nov. again also. After reading posts here, i'll have to look at my ana levels and such. If my rheumy thinks i am a candidate for RA, i sure wish i could get on some right meds to help me out. ... (5 replies)
... for about two years...all started from some unexplained aches and pains in my joints and funky bloodwork. My primary doctor originally thought lupus becasue my ANA was high as well as my ESR and CRP. I also had a strange rash on my face. ... (5 replies)
... Yes, RF and a positive ANA can be present in people with no health problems. They are frequently present in autoimmune diseases. ... (2 replies)
... Could this high of an RF factor just be present without an autoimmune disease? ... (2 replies)
... Hi kathie
I have psoriatic arthritis and I have hair loss because of the related rash called psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis is a form of inflamitory arthritis like rhumatoid arthritis (both are auto-immune diseases). I did not have a positive RF. I do however have a positive ANA test everytime (this is a test for Lupus) but I do not have Lupus-I have Fibromyalgia and this can... (7 replies)