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rheumatoid factor vs ichthyosis?

I have been experiencing joint pain in my ankles for about a year but passed it off as the after-effects of spending 10 years as a dance skater in my youth. It got very bad 2 weeks ago and between the time I made the appointment with my primary doc and the time I saw her, my wrists , knees, hips, and shoulders joined the party.

My doctor didn't think it was anything too major, but did a rheumatoid factor 'just to be on the safe side'. It came back with a result of 174. I just finished a week of prednisone and painkillers (yuck), and am also no on thyroid medication. I have an appointment with a Rheumatologist in 2 weeks.

Having said all that, I'm wondering if the fact that I have Ichthyosis vulgaris has anything to do with a high rheumatoid factor or if I really might have more than one autoimmume disorder at once. (seems a little unfair to me).

I have done a fair amount of research on Ichthyosis but haven't found anything really relating to joint disorders or other autoimmune disorders.  Is there a chance that this is just a side effect of the ichthyosis?
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