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Posted by sue on March 18, 2000 at 14:27:47:

In Reply to: Re: Normal Test results and still in pain.. Can you have normal test results and have RA? posted by Kevin B. on March 01, 2000 at 19:09:52:

: : Hi:

: : I am really frustrated. My labs keep coming back normal and I have been give meds for Rheumatoid...
: : Vioxx, Prednisone, Plaquenil. This is soooo frustrating to me! My rhuematologist said that 20% of people
: : with RA have normal test results, she says I am probably one of those 20%.
: : I am really annoyed and exasperated by this. The only clue, lab wise, was that my RF factor was
: : elevated twice in three years-- all results were normal since.

: : Has anyone else had normal test results and had RA?

: : I appreciate any answers that you can provide.

: : Have a good day!

: : Ellen
: Hi Ellen, Yes you can have normal blood tests and have RA. When I was first diagnosed, my RF factor was almost negative. That was about 17 years ago and since then I have regressed badly. The fingers on both hands are angled over about 40-45 degrees, but I can still use my hands luckily. I have already had foot surgery to remove bone that was causing a lot of pain. Also had the other toes straightened out. I am on methotrexate, fluriprofen, folic acid, and occasionally prednisone. I took plaquenil at one time but you have to have a thorough eye exam and have an image taken of your retina. Very slight side effects, but still a precaution. I hated the exam that you need to have twice a year. Thay put drops in your eyes to dialate the pupil so they can see your retina easier. I quit taking it after about a year or so but it did help the RA.

I also have been diagnosed with RA and my labs wrer normal except for the "SED RATE" Don't know what it stands for but shows inflamation. I have osteoarthritis mildly in my hands as well as severe carpal tunnel with nerve damage and plantar fasciatis. At first I was diagnosed with reactivated epstein barr(mono). I am now taking Plaquenil(reacted to sulfasalazine) and Vioxx. Was taking Celebrex for 2 years for osteoarthritis.The joint swelling is just starting in my knees but the pain travels all over, ankles hands knees hips back neck.My internest is still taking care of me. Will probably ask for a referal soon. I don't know what to expect. Sue

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