Rheumatoid factor levels

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I just recieved a letter from my doctor staiting that my Rheumatoid Factor level was 224 units and anti-ccp was 253 units. He said these were very high and to take the prescribed  Methotrexate Immediately, Does any know how high these levels really are? Should I blow off the Meds again?

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    It's very high. Take the MTX.

    Why? If you don't you joint damage [which is already happening] will occur. It is NOT reversible. The MTX will prevent future joint damage.

    Didn't your doctor educate you on this disease?

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      Hi Lynn,

      I'm friustrated with them they did surgery to remove a suppossed ganglion cyst well it grew back twice as big in 3 months. There were RA nodules. I should have stayed and got my treatment at Dana Faber cancer institute in Boston. I also have hemochromatosis and I think that's whats effecting the readings. I do have something eating through a bone in my hand but not cancer. Just sick of all BS & surgeries and spinal injections. Cancer runs rampid in my family and taking a cancer  drug like metho... increases my chances as I obviously it's in the genes and no-one makes it to age 70 on both sides of the family and I'm 53. I can deal with the paIn it's just REALLY bad in my right hand. I don't have the normal right side has it so the left side does not me. I figured i've broken my hand and destryed my hands boxing so that's the reason. Yeah i've seen 4 doctors hoping for just one to say i don't need it. (I guess the RA factors are Really high???

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    Been also taking Doxicycline for the swelling and eating Oxcontins like jelly beans. (I do take prilosec to coat my stomach and don't drink....
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    Charlie....

    You need a DMARD such as MTX,

    I suspect you aren't aware that MTX is  drug to FIGHT cancer [though cancer patients take much higher doses]. MTX  isn't going to cause cancer.

    If you don't want the MTX, get on a biologic. But you need to do one or the other now. No waiting.

    Get a great rheumaologist.

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