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Old 11-20-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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Question 16 Year Old Daughter

Hi can someone please tell me if you can have a Positive Rheumatoid Factor and be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?

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Old 11-23-2010, 09:01 PM   #2
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Re: 16 Year Old Daughter

Well it doesn't really matter now, i guess they think it's a false positive, :/

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Re: 16 Year Old Daughter

Sorry....I've been out sick and I usually haunt this board to answer what I can.

Yes, you can have a positive Rheumatoid Factor and still have fibromyalgia. About 5% of the general population has a positive RF without having any of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It is only 1 of 7 criteria for RA of which you must have at least 4. A positive RF is diagnostic of nothing unless you have a whole bunch of other symptoms.

Glad she doesn't have RA.


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