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    Old 04-02-2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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    lots of pain, RF factor <7 what it means??

    hi, lately i have been having lots of pain in my knees, ankles, then in my back and all of my joints have been cracking and poping excessivly. went to have blood work and mostly came back ok, my question is i see the RF factor normal range is below 14 but if i have 7 does that mean its not there at all, hence normal, or does it mean some signs of RA are present? thank you very much.

     
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    Old 04-05-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
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    Re: lots of pain, RF factor <7 what it means??

    Your RF is normal but that doesn't mean you can't have rheumatoid. All of the tests for inflammatory arthritis are non-specific - they can only "suggest" one way or the other, not prove or disprove. A rheumatologist has to put all the puzzle pieces together to get a diagnosis.

    X-rays may be more telling, although in early disease they may look normal.


    Here's an info page on RF:
    [url]http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/003548.htm[/url]

     
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