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  • By kae1104

    I haven’t been officially diagnosed by a Rheumatologist, my appt is next Tuesday. But, my Rheumatoid Factor was 280??? That sounds crazy high to me. Does the higher number mean that my RA is progressing faster?

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  • By Richard Faust Moderator

    Hi kae1104. Sorry you are having difficulties, but glad you are seeking information. A high rheumatoid factor can mean more severe symptoms, but not necessarily so. Some people have severe symptoms and don’t have a positive RF. It is called seronegative. This article looks at what RA factor means at diagnosis: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/what-ra-factor-diagnosis-mean/. As you prepare for your first rheumatologist appointment, thought you might be interested in this article from one of our contributors on what to expect from your first appointment: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/what-to-expect-at-your-first-rheumatologist-appointment/. Also, this article offers some ideas for questions for the doctor: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/questions-for-the-doctor/. Wishing you the best and, if you like, feel free to keep us posted on how you are doing. Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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    • By Daniel Malito Moderator

      @arne RA is notorious for affecting only one joint out of a pair. One wrist, one ankle, one hip. It moves around from place to place and no one is really sure what triggers it in different joints. It’s common and it might even move one day to another joint. Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

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