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All I Want for Christmas Is My CRP

I thought I’d finally gotten out of Rheumatoid Arthritis / CRP purgatory, but I was wrong. I got an early Christmas present after I got back from the ACR meeting, I got a certified letter from my rheum doc. It said I couldn’t have any more Actemra infusions because my insurance company would not pay properly. It...Continue reading      35 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Test: Some Funny Factors

Oh finally, the real "RA test”! The other day, I picked up my lab test results. Because of new insurance, I’d been sent to a new lab. New procedures. New forms. New nightmare parking lot. I’m such an RA geek I start reading my blood test results the minute they are handed to me while walking out the...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Factor Test: Should We Rely on Rheumatoid Factor Levels?

The Rheumatoid factor test is not the only way to diagnose RA It can be frustrating to read about the different ways that people interpret a Rheumatoid factor test. It seems there are still some doctors who think Rheumatoid factor levels are sufficient to diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you meet an RA specialist like that, I...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

Blood Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis, part 2

Many people with active RA have “normal” test results In my last post, I posed the question: Is There a Blood Test for Rheumatoid Arthritis? I told you that the answer is yes – and no. I went on to describe the “yes” by summarizing four principal blood tests used in diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now it...Continue reading      79 Comments » Read more

Is there a blood test for Rheumatoid Arthritis? Part 1

Yes and no. There are at least four. But, actually, there is none.  Allow me to explain… Do the Rheumatoid Arthritis tests pass the tests? What are the tests? 1) Rheumatoid Factor (RF) For the last few decades, Rheumatologists have relied heavily enough upon the Rheumatoid factor test that it is part of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)...Continue reading      38 Comments » Read more
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