Rheumatoid factor

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Can someone tell me what a rheumatoid factor

Of 2400 means. Is this high?

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    The exact figures vary from lab to lab but under about 20 IU/ml is about the usual. You do need to know what the local lab says though.

    So yes - that is high. It doesn't definitely mean that you have rheumatoid arthritis as a lot of other conditions can raise the level too. It is just part of a very much bigger picture in combination with symptoms and other tests and you will have to ask your doctor what it means for you.

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      Thank you Eileen, i do have rheumatoid was diagnose last year. The reason i asked is because my GP said he has never seen a result as high as that, he also said that it should be 20,but i just wanted to ask as their not always right in what they say.
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    Hi , have you got that right..? 2400, if so your off the scale, i thought i was high, normal RF i 5 or less, anything higher is in the range of RA.   You must be suffering i feel for you, i had mine very aggressive and came on very quickly.
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      Hello again,

      wow!  mine was 1115, and i was on the sofa in Portugal (where i used to live)for 2 weeks  untill my mom got me back to the UK back in March 2015, i was in a wheel chair for the first 2 months of diagnoses, the year year before in December 2014 i had just come back from Cambodia & Thailand , where i had been climbing mountains and temples whith no sign of anything wrong. And in Febuary of 2015 i started to feel a little unwell but carried on as normal, by March i was being carried to the bathroom and i lost over 8 kilos in weight......how ever i donot wish to dwell on the past, after a long time of trail and error my RA seems to be under control and i am more mobile now, but i still have to use my chair if i have to go out for long periods of time if i can not sit and rest.  Although i still have slightly high RF (47)  i think the last blood test showed, the pain is very little...it comes and goes and i still have stillness which i wake up with and last's all day. I have to admit i am better that i was and i can now walk and tinker around the Apartment, i know i will never be theperson i was....but at least i am in the right place, and recieve the best treatment.......sorry if i'v waffled a bit but it is good to let it all out some times.....thanks for reading, stay well.....Andy.

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      Hi Andy

      You havent had an easy time with this terrible disease! But im glad you finding a bit easier now. I hope you continue to improve.

      I havent resorted to wheelchair yet , although my meds are not working very well. But hey ho onwards & upwards.

      The only time im reasonably pain free is when i have a steroid shot, which lasts 5-6 weeks!

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