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Are Fibromyalgia Wars & Rheumatoid Arthritis Related?

This past weekend, I spent several hours catching up on what’s called the “Fibromyalgia Wars.” Many Rheumatoid Arthritis patients do state that they have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This is the first post on Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior on the topic of fibromyalgia. Deep breath.  What are Fibromyalgia Wars? There is argument from a number of doctors...Continue reading      118 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

American College of Rheumatology Redefines Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 3

Will the enthusiasm of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients be short-lived? Reactions have varied to the new diagnosis guidelines which the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released this week for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is it good news for RA'ers? People who have Rheumatoid Arthritis often feel such a need for change that any news is good news. But I...Continue reading      21 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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