Tested because of inflamation and pain. tests came back, was expecting possibly Arthritis but RF factor is "less than 15" and listed as normal .....HOWEVER highlighted were these: Antinuclear Antibodies 1.7, Ezymes ALT 57.0 u/l. WBC 11.6x1000. Lymphocytes Absolute 3.6x1000. Neutrophils absolute 7.1x1000. CRP Quant 23.0mg/l . Sed Rate 40.0mm/hr ........so any idea what all that means? (or could mean?)
RF is not the only criterion for the diagnosis of RA i.e. one could have RA with a negative RF or not have RA with a positive RF as well. The other tests reported are rather non-specific and could indicate any systemic infection/ inflammation or an autoimmune condition. It would be difficult to comment on the situation without knowing the relevant clinical details. I would suggest discussing the situation and the further management suggested in detail with your treating doctor.
Hope this is helpful.
Blood tests never tell the whole story. It's only one piece of the puzzle. A good rheumatologist will prescribe treatment based on a broad range of evidence, which includes blood work, x-rays, maybe MRI, and most important, listening to you and laying hands and eyes on all your sore joints. If a doctor looks only at blood work and nothing else, find another doctor. Good luck!
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