RF. ESR. Anti-CCP. ANA. CPR. No, these aren’t codes used by secret agents to communicate their missions. They’re names of blood tests used in diagnosing and managing rheumatoid arthritis. When you’re new to this disease, they can seem as mysterious and impenetrable as a secret language. What do they measure? What do the numbers mean? What’s normal, what isn’t? This post is all about demystifying RA blood tests .
RA Blood Tests
There are a number of blood tests that can be used when doctors are trying to find out if you have RA, as well as indicators of how the disease is managed. Some of the most common blood tests are:
Rheumatoid Factor (RF) . RF is a type of antibody that may be associated with inflammation. This is usually one of the first tests your family doctor will order if they suspect you might have inflammatory arthritis. However, it’s important to know that 20-30 percent of people with RA are negative for RF (also called seron...
For some of us who have migraines, the nausea that often occurs during migraine attacks can be the worst of our symptoms. It can be more severe and debilitating than the pain of a migraine attack. Moreover, it can truly wreak havoc with any oral medications we might take during a migraine. Many migraineurs have commented that keeping their meds down during a migraine is one of their biggest treatment challenges because of severe nausea and vomiting.
BUT, Here's a Vital Question:
Is the severe nausea and the accompanying vomiting truly making the meds, "not stay down?" The very, very important answer to that questions is, " Probably not entirely. " You may have read about gastric stasis and how it can keep oral medications from absorbing correctly and being optimally effective. That's not uncommon, but even if gastric stasis is a problem, SOME of the medication can enter our system within seconds of swallowing it.
Here's a Huge Problem:
Some of the same migraineurs who have commented t...
What Does PSA Mean? PSA is a blood test that is commonly used to help predict the presence of prostate cancer . It stands for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and refers to a protein first identified in 1979 that is made only by the prostate gland. It is currently used as a tumor marker and can also help monitor disease progression or lack of recurrent disease in patients who have previously undergone treatment for prostate cancer . A tremendous amount of confusion exists amongst patients and the popular press regarding PSA. Part of this lack of understanding has occurred because many think that an elevation in the PSA level means that one definitely has prostate cancer. In actuality, this is not true and this article should help clarify some of the confusion surrounding PSA testing. Most important is the “S” in PSA, which refers to the protein being specific to the prostate gland and not specific to cancer. Many conditions, both benign ...
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