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What tests were taken to diagnose your RA ?

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  • northlake
    11 months ago

    I have copies of my blood tests. Nowhere is there one named RA factor. What else would it be called?

  • DJ-B
    1 year ago

    Out of nowhere a massive onset resulted in my becoming nearly paralyzed within weeks. My GP ordered a Rheumatoid Factor test It came in at 343. Referred me to a rheumatologist. Final diagnosis: Seropositive Rheumatoid Polyarthritis.

  • tckrd
    1 year ago

    Rf, CCP were negative ESR showed inflamation
    MRI showed synovitis in all carpal joints
    Diagnosed with poly arthritis and started on methotrexate added plaquenil then sulfasalazine and prednisone
    One year later had first major flare. Biologics were added and the diagnosis was changed to sero negative rheumatoid arthritis of multiple joints.
    I still use the triple therapy and am on my third biologic 1.5 years after ra diagnosis.

  • DALE
    1 year ago

    Vectra DAS My IL-6 =360,,, CRP=89 yes, 89 not 8.9,,,SED Rate=66 Vectra score =71…got my docs attention

  • Marilyn
    1 year ago

    Had severe pain and immobility for 3 days so went to see primary doc. He immediately palpated my finger joints and I asked him if I might have arthritis and he said “Yes”. He ordered blood tests: RF, CRP, ESR, and some others. I am seropositive for RA. He also did not wait for the tests to come back but immediately referred me to a rheumatologist. I see from other’s posts how very lucky I was to have such a fantastic diagnostician for my primary doc.

  • filetgirl
    1 year ago

    all blood work was normal. it still is. i was sent to a neck specialist thinking my pain and problems were from a bulging disk. he decided there was more going on. he did blood work himself, checking for everything under the sun, and the anti-ccp test came back moderate positive.

  • kingkatekong
    1 year ago

    I started having neuropathy in my hands and feet. Neurology diagnosed me with idiopathic neuopathy and sent me on my way. All my lab works was completely normal. Few months later I had a minor trauma to my finger and it triggered an inflammation response in my hands–bilaterally. More normal labs. Started on Enbrel to no avail. Joint damage in fingers progressed–x-rays and MRIs were the key to the diagnosis. To this day, I have totally normal labs and take methotrexte and inflictra with success.

  • Libby
    1 year ago

    Full antibody screen ra factor was 546 straight to rhumy

  • crna@ummc
    1 year ago

    Other than a very elevated CRP and anemia, my lab work too was normal. History and physical revealed inflammed joints all fingers and toes and, 15+ year history of joint and back pain. What really triggered rheumatology seeing me was a recurrent trip to the ER for an episode of pericarditis (first episode of pericarditis was in my early 30s with no underlying heart disease). Immediately hospitalized in ICU and diagnosed by rheumatology within the hour with SLE vs RA. I had then, and still do today, a butterfly rash. Officially diagnosed RA 3 months later for insurance paperwork, but we’re still unclear on differentiating the two. Personally, I thinks it’s SLE because of the frequent bouts of pericarditis. Rheumatology leans towards RA, but privately won’t rule out SLE. He’s recognized internationally as an arthritis specialist based at the University of Minnesota and says to not obsess about which it is but rather on the treatment, which is the same for both. I often read in medical journals about the cardiac effects of RA but have not read on this site or seen in my practice any patients presenting with pericarditis or other cardiac involvement. I hope my unusual diagnosis story will be of help to others out there.

  • QTPie
    1 year ago

    Full Antibody screen initially ra Rate came back high so referred to rheumy then :
    Sedimentation Rate
    Joint Exam
    Symptom check

  • pasparry1
    1 year ago

    All my blood work was more or less normal, but my Rheumatologist diagnosed me as a result of my history of joint pain, swelling and redness and stiffness, etc. However I had had joint problems for many years, and even though joints on each side would be involved, e.g. both shoulders at the same time, both hips at the same time, both knees at the same time, no one had suggested RA until my new PCP referred me immediately to my Rheumatologist, and the rest, as they say, is history! I was diagnosed in 2006 but had joint problems way back as far as 1995!

  • karenkaye
    1 year ago


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