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My rheumatoid factor was only slightly raised. The upper limit if normal is 20, mine is 22. I have had a painful shoulder for almost 3 years which I presume is rheumatoid arthritis. However in the last few weeks I've started to experience lower back pain which has not been relieved by Naproxen 250 mgs and Codeine Phosphate. Over the last few days the pain, which is severe is radiating down my left leg. I can't seem to get any relief. Could this also be due to RA? My GP hasn't referred me to a rheumatologist. She said she didn't think he/she would do anything differently. However my GP isn't aware of the back and leg pain. I hate to trouble her as I just feel as though I'm complaining unnecessarily as I've not heard of RA_in the spine and the leg pain seems unusual and I think it could be something entirely different. Has_anyone else had experience of similar symptoms?
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