Sunday, April 18, 2010 familyof5, Community Member, asks

Q: Elevated RA factor, Neg ANA, normal CBC..Advice?

 I am a 31 yr old woman.My Dr. sent me an e-mail on a Friday night saying I had elevated RA levels. I was just going to see her because I had been feeling ill and this is one of many tests she did. To be honest, I didnt really know what RA was until this happened.  then of course I looked things up online and the other things it could be were pretty serious too:(

I would have never suspected it. I've been achy for a bit with my sickness, but have never been achy or had pain in any joints at any other time.If I do have it, I hear it can be triggered by a virus which I think is what Ive been trying to fight off. I'm also 10 months postpartum so that might not have helped matters. 

Anyway I know that the RA factor can be a sign of other things. I've just had a hard weekend, because she just sent an e-mail without any levels after hours telling me to contact a rheumatologist(which I cant do until tomorrow). I'm just wondering if this has happened to anyone with sim results Elevated RA, Neg ANA, Normal CBC count, Normal Thyroid. I know it doesnt help to speculate but it's so hard not to. Thanks in advance!

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
4/21/10 12:19pm

What on earth was your doctor thinking, e-mailing you on a Friday with test results like that? That's a recipe for a weekend-long panic attack, for heaven's sake!

 

We have a terrific article about blood test results and what they mean that may give you some of the answers you're looking for. As well, I recommend you check out our section about the basics of our RA to see how much of it rings a bell. Being informed about your disease is the first up to feeling in control and it's also a really good idea to be prepared for your first visit to the rheumatologist - it can help you ask better questions and leave the appointment feeling better about the whole thing. However, keep in mind that there is a fine line between informed and reading too many scary things that convince you that you're going to die. You haven't received the diagnosis, so it's possible you don't have RA. You'll see a rheumatologist to do further exploration and testing to find an answer to why your blood tests are unusual and you're not feeling well.

 

If you do end up getting a diagnosis, don't panic. There are many treatment options these days that can help you live a relatively normal life and because of these treatment options, the new approach to RA is to treat early and aggressively to make sure your joints are protected and you can live your life. If the rheumatologist gives you a diagnosis of RA, we have a lot of resources on the site that can help you stay informed about all the aspects of living well with this disease and a wonderful supportive community of users who help you through it, as well.

 

Hang in there.

 

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ronie, Community Member
4/19/10 8:37pm

everyone has an RA factor.  the main concern is to find out how elevated.  my first test was way out there but I had been having symptoms for a while. 

 

Main thing to remember at this point is that you have not symptoms.  Don't let information give you symptoms..lol.  No symptoms is a very good thing.  Also get checked for other things like Lupus and such that are in the autoimmune family. 

 

Don't get overwhelmed with info and scare yourself.

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