RA Factor Level
Question about RA Factor Level ansered by Rusty on 02/12/08.
QUESTION: I was told my RA is 510 - I have not started taking
I will see a RA specialist this week.
What can I expect to happen?
Will this cripple me?
Answer to the RA level question.
As a two time survivor of cancer who also suffers from arthritis, I understand
the stress and worry associated with an unwanted diagnosis.
It is hard to say what you can expect to happen at this visit. It depends on how
much diagnostic work you have already had. I would expect that the
Rheumatologist is going want to do a couple of other test to make sure what type
of autoimmune disease you have as an elevated RA Factor can be associated with
more than Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Once he or she has a specific diagnosis then a treatment plan will be developed.
Over the next year you can expect to have several visits to the Rheumatologist
because most often a treatment plan needs to be monitored and adjusted to make
sure it is working for you.
To answer the main question, "Will this cripple me", I can not say for sure.
With modern treatments the answer is probably not any time soon. Autoimmune
diseases are complicated conditions that are still not fully understood.
Advancements are made every year. So you can expect that over the few years
treatments are only going to get better. So I expect that the odds are in your
favor that you will not see disability any time soon if ever.
I wish you the best with your up coming visit to the Rheumatologist and a long
and healthy life.
Follow up question
I am going to see the doctor on Weds. What should I ask him?
should I suggest
Not knowing what test you have already done it would be
impossible to suggest other test.
The Rheumatologist will ask you about your symptoms and look at the work you
have already had done and will make a decision on what test should be run.
Rheumatologist are experts in their fields and most are good doctors. He or she
should be able to work with you to come up with an exact diagnosis.
Here is an article about keeping a medical journal. Keeping a journal will help
you better communicate with your doctors.
I understand that this is a stressful time. I have been there myself.