Patient Comments: Rheumatoid Factor - Testing


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Comment from: Nannykat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I've had rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years now. I was treated with Enbrel, it slowed the progression and I felt extremely better. I retired 2 years ago and Medicare won't pay for Enbrel so I've been treated with shots of methotrexate and other drugs. My recent rheumatoid factor titer was 1880 and my anti-CCP was 250 (both extremely high). No wonder I hurt all the time. Guess I'll be going on infusions next since Medicare will pay for them.

Comment from: evltwini, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I just got my results, of somewhat over 500. After reading some of the comments, and ranges on this site I must admit to being confused. One claims to have been measured at a rheumatoid factor of over 12000, and if the factor indicates pain, that would kill a person. I have an appointment with a rheumatologist in a few days. Hope to find out something.

Comment from: RobinDereka, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I've been fighting to get a positive rheumatoid factor (RF) for almost 3 years now. I'm stubborn so when onset started I waited almost a month to be tested. My RF was a 14. I was told that was borderline positive. I was referred to a rheumatologist where they wrote it off as fibromyalgia. I also see a hematologist. I'm extremely anemic and have to get iron infusions. I've been so lethargic he said my primary physician needed to retest me for autoimmune disease because he believes I have rheumatoid arthritis. My RF now is 66.

Comment from: Soozen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

Three years ago my rheumatoid factor score was 12000. I have a rare form of arthritis called palindromic rheumatism which attacks the tendons and joints, but doesn't cause joint damage. My rheumatologist treats it the same as rheumatoid arthritis and I take Plaquenil and methotrexate. I have been mostly symptom free for 2 years.

Comment from: Brenda , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

My whole body aches so I asked for a few blood tests. My rheumatoid factor came back as 17.4 but the doctor is not going to do anything about it. Feeling a bit lost.

Comment from: Lynette, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

The result shows RF Immunoturbidometric: 564 IU/mL. I am not sure what this means, when I've just tested positive for rheumatoid factor. This is even higher than 6 months ago.

Comment from: Mandy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I went to the doctors feeling run down. When I was always active, I'd often have stiff and sore knees, hands, elbows swollen, ankle with pain, heat and redness on my legs, and swollen feet. Doctor said I have osteoarthritis in my joints. She did a full blood count with rheumatoid arthritis test. She ran back next evening and said rheumatoid factor was positive. I have seen a consultant and they said my rheumatoid factor is 16; normal. So I don’t know what about my awful symptoms. I don't want it to be rheumatoid but need to know if I do have it or if it does progress.

Comment from: Accentric, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

My rheumatoid factor is 14 and my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) Vectra score is 31. My fingers had started getting stiff especially at night and I developed trigger fingers where I had to get a shot. The outsides of my toes hurt, are tender and sore, and my big thumb and wrist ache. I now get rashes on my arms and different parts of my body. I went to the eye doctor two days ago because of severe eye pain and headache, and I was told I was having inflammation in my eyes from the RA. My RA doctor told me she doesn't think I have RA put I have fibromyalgia.

Comment from: baysmom247, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

My rheumatoid factor is 1605! It was in the 1300s a few years ago. I'm a rheumatoid arthritis and lupus patient and have been on Enbrel injections for several years.

Comment from: Winter, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

Three years ago I had a rheumatoid factor of 39, now it's 1730 and I have joint pain. I have a specialist appointment in February 2019. I am on prescribed and anti-inflammatory drug and it helps.

Comment from: Pam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and my rheumatoid factor count was 724. I have a shoulder replacement surgery coming up soon. I am on Plaquenil and am hoping it works and helps all my joint pain. In the mornings I can barely move and have no grip in my hands, so am definitely hoping the medicine does its job and helps. I sure don’t want to keep have joint replacement surgeries!


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Comment from: eva, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

My rheumatoid factor (RF) has been in the high 400s (now 580) for the past 16 years, with no symptoms of any sort. I am a female, 65 years old, and have no information on my family history. I am afraid that this abnormally high RF could be masking something and I don't know what to do. All the doctors I've seen are truly baffled and have no explanation or idea as to the next step. Surely there must be a specialist that can help me understand what is going on! Any help as to the direction I should take would be appreciated. I have thought about genetic testing but don't know how to begin.

Comment from: Edward, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

One year ago my rheumatoid factor was 196. All the drugs and shots seemed not to work! So I stopped by the health food store the last doctor visit and bought a bottle of turmeric-bromelain! Boy! It works well on inflammation, and now I also take turmeric-boswellia, it is great!

Comment from: Chrissy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I was diagnosed with arthritis (not RA) about 22 years ago. Recently, I had a routine blood test and it showed my rheumatoid factor to be 190. I was referred to a rheumatologist who repeated the test. It was 206. She tested me for any other illnesses that would cause a high rheumatoid factor and all tests were negative. Aside from some edema in the lower legs, I have no symptoms and no treatment has been prescribed. A follow up is scheduled with the rheumatologist in 4 months.

Comment from: Ebelleboo2, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

My RF is 40, positive. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. I am on biologic and other medications, including prednisone, to control flares.

Comment from: Hira, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. My report says my rheumatoid factor is 13.70. I wonder if I should be worried with that result.

Comment from: RG3, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I just went through the tests. My rheumatoid factor is in the 60s. The medication side effects seem worse than the disease although it has settled in my right wrist. I wonder if anyone has tried the homeopathic treatments with success. I am just starting to get my arms around this, thank you.

Comment from: Trina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I already have osteoarthritis, but blood test shows a rheumatoid factor of 32 that is quite high.

Comment from: Mel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

My rheumatoid factor shows negative and C-reactive protein in normal level but I was told that when you even have these tests negative it doesn't mean that you don't have rheumatoid arthritis. I wonder if this is true. I'm a bit confused.

Comment from: Mg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I have rheumatoid factor 162, CCP negative, deformity to toes, and I am unable to get in to see rheumatologist for at least 3 months.

Comment from: jennydm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I had blood test done recently for rheumatoid arthritis. My elbow and hand were really painful so I had blood tests done. I have osteoarthritis in both knees but had a test for rheumatoid factor. I rang the general physician but no appointments available, so I asked the reception what the results were. She said the rheumatoid came back at 15, and she said that was normal! I don't understand if I have rheumatoid arthritis or not.

Comment from: Fuck off, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 28

I have rheumatoid arthritis and all these medicines they are trying to give me is not working and they are trying to give less pain medicines. I've never felt so bad in my life.

Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I have been having joint pain and swelling my rheumatoid factor test came back as 600. I am seeing a specialist next month. I had part of my lung removed 50 years ago and worried that there may be more deep lying issues.


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Comment from: Cindi , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

My rheumatoid factor was 34, and I have numerous symptoms I had never known with anyone diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I have many painful symptoms and visible skin reactions. I’m very frightened about chronic fatigue, symmetrical pain symptoms down both sides of my legs, skin rashes in arms, and about 40 percent hair loss. I’m trying desperately to get an appointment with the best rheumatologist as soon as possible.

Comment from: RR, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I am 29 and autoimmune diseases run in my family. My mother and sister both have 2 different types each. I was tested and my rheumatoid factor came back 23.9. My doctor is scheduling me to see a specialist.

Comment from: Heat , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I just tested positive for rheumatoid factor at an 88, not sure if that is high or low. I’m a 34 year old female. From the other posts it seems pretty low. My first appointment with a rheumatologist is June 29.

Comment from: T M L, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 22

I found this printed on some of my son's doctor’s paperwork - nomenclature: rheumatoid arthritis, comments juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (RA); value: positive. So this means my 5 year has RA! This was never brought to my or my husband's attention. The blood work was completed 2 years ago!

Comment from: Robin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had been treated for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for over 20 years only to discover I do not have RA. I do, however, have rheumatoid factor (RF) of over 1500. I have gone through blood tests and am awaiting results, which I will find out in 2 weeks. I am totally confused as to what is going on. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) 27 years ago, but it has been fairly under control. I don’t know what to think anymore.

Comment from: Lizajane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at 43 years old. My mother had RA. I have tried 2 biologics but to no avail. My rheumatoid factor a year ago was 258, if that is possible. I am physically active.

Comment from: charles, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

My rheumatoid factor count was 736 IU/ml last year October and now May 2015, it is 1010 IU/ml. I have tried all types of medication also plasmoquine, the count seem to increase.

Comment from: Matthew, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

Nine months ago my rheumatoid factor was 250. A few days ago it was 682. I'm on Enbrel. I'm symptom free.

Comment from: J Kasule, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 23

My husband developed a severe joint pain (foot, ankle), unable to walk in 2007. He was given painkiller and he felt better. In 2008, the severe pain resurfaced, this time to waist joints. He was diagnosed positive with rheumatoid factor. The doctors in the camp (refugee camp, were he stays), empathized with him that the only treatment affordable was painkiller. His prescription since 2008 has been painkiller, he can now barely sit, turn or walk, the situation is worsening.

Comment from: GRR, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

After seven weeks of continuing joint pain aggravated by skiing and snow board spills, I took a blood test. The rheumatoid arthritis (RA) result was 226 and the ASO AB was 267. I am scheduled to see an arthritis specialist in three weeks. Conventional remedies like ice, ibuprofen, rest and Voltaren have been temporarily helpful but overall unsuccessful. The symptoms are worse in the early morning and bumping the sites can be quite painful.

Comment from: Marylee , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

Two years ago my rheumatoid factor was 25 and retested last week it was 6! I don’t know how that happened.

Comment from: Laa, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 21

My mother got 70 in serum rheumatoid factor test.

Comment from: Shirlei, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

My rheumatoid factor was 10. I don’t know if that is bad.

Comment from: mother, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 21

My mom has rheumatoid factor level 170.

Comment from: PB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

My rheumatoid factor (RF) is 42. Six months ago, it was 32. I don't have any indication of rheumatoid arthritis. Nervous as it says that RF can be elevated due to certain cancers and autoimmune diseases.

Comment from: Toi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

My range for rheumatoid factor is 13, I am not sure what that means.

Comment from: asma, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

My rheumatoid factor test report comes as 320, whereas I have found the normal range as 40.

Comment from: Jenn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

My rheumatoid factor has increased from 36 in 2008 to 238 in 2015. It is tested twice a year. It continues to grow. I have tested positive for Sjogren’s syndrome since 2009. I have the hallmark dry eyes and mouth. I do not have joint pains. I will not take prednisone.

Comment from: dadavis, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 30

I just found out I have a rheumatoid Factor of 218 and my doctor says I am at risk for the more severe symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. I am unsure of my future. I have very few symptoms now.

Comment from: sam, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 11

My rheumatoid (RA) factor is 94. I"m taking Remicade IV for 6 weeks.