Rheumatoid Factor

Rheumatoid factor, otherwise called RF, is an autoantibody (a protein) that is produced by the immune system. This autoantibody attacks healthy tissues and results in autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome. Sometimes, healthy people also have some levels of rheumatoid factor in the body.

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Can arthritis be the reason for ankle and wrist pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I get pain in my joints like ankle and wrist occasionally. It goes off when I take Mobizox but comes after a few days again. Also, it goes off when I do massage or when I use compression glove. My uric acid is 10 mg/dL, and it is in a higher range. Does this pain occur due to increased u...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have arthralgia, and it is not arthritis. This condition will have pain along with swelling. It is unlikely to occur due to uric acid. You need to do a few tests which include RF (rheumatoid factor), ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), CRP (C-reactive protein), an...  Read Full »

What can be the reason for swelling and pain in my right wrist?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 year old female, and I was diagnosed with RA late last year. It has been persistent in my wrists this year. I was told to take Zycel 200 mg, but I feel something else could be wrong, as the pain and swelling are only in the wrists, more in the right hand. In my country, we do n...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, then it is possible the swelling in the wrists is due to it. And moreover, we need to step up the treatment as only Zycel (Celecoxib) 200 mg is not enough to control it. It would be better if one could ...  Read Full »

I am suffering from joint pain after my delivery. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 33 and since having my baby a year ago I am suffering from joint pain, especially in my wrists and fingers. I have pins and needles sensation at times and writing is becoming difficult. I just got my reports and have elevated CRP and low folate. Any idea what could be wrong?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. You have pain in the small joints of your body with an elevated CRP (C-reactive protein) level. I suggest you go for an investigation to rule out rheumatoid arthritis. Do anti-CCP (anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide) and RF (Rheumatoid factor)...  Read Full »

I have rheumatoid arthritis with degenerative changes and reduced space between bones. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, my rheumatoid factor was above 200 IU/mL, and I was under treatment with HCQS for about six months. Now, my rheumatoid factor is 42 IU/mL. The x-ray that I took a couple of years ago suggests degenerative changes and reduced space between bones...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Rheumatoid arthritis cannot be cured entirely, but it can be well controlled. I would suggest you discuss with your doctor to start you on HCQS (Hydroxychloroquine), Etoricoxib, Calcium, vitamin D3, and Prednisolone. Based on your liver and kidney function tests, it is advi...  Read Full »

What is the cause for severe joint pain that increases day by day with white dots on legs?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old of weight 93 kg and height 181 cm. For almost 15 years, I have serious pain in all my joints. As I grow, these pains grow with me. I have a complete analysis done lately, but I do not think I had the best medication as I still live in pain daily. I have small white dot...  Read Full »


Dr. Nupoor Acharya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know about your joint symptoms in a little more detail. Which were the joints predominantly involved? Was the pain associated with swelling? Do you have stiffness in the morning that goes away with activity? Is the pain more after rest or work? An...  Read Full »

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause joint pain, anemia, swollen lymph node, and fever?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. My height is 5 feet 3 inches and my weight is 97 lbs. I started experiencing pain in my joints an year ago. The pain continued and increased in intensity. Before eight months I was told that my blood was a bit low. I fractured my arm very easily seven months ag...  Read Full »


Dr. Nischith

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you have been diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis through your blood and clinical parameters. You have been treated for anemia and arm fracture. Your blood reports say you have high inflammatory markers. To diagnose rheumatic arthritis, we need to have ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest the reason for my back pain after going through my MRI reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old unmarried male. I have back pain problem (stiffness) for more than three years, and everyone gives the feedback that my posture was not proper while walking. Two years before I consulted a doctor. He suspected ankylosing spondylitis, but HLA-B27 was negative. By seei...  Read Full »


Dr. Brungi Mahesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like spondyloarthropathy and right now no surgery is required. You do routine workup like complete blood picture, CRP (C-reactive protein), ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), RA factor (rheumatoid arthritis factor) and anti-CCP antibody (anti-cyclic citrullina...  Read Full »

Can I have a low platelet count due to arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor, About a month ago, I woke up with three of my fingers popping in the knuckles and fist. I put them under cool water, and it was better. When I went to my doctor, he said it as rheumatoid arthritis and prescribed some medicine. But, those medications did not work. My blood test came back n...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems like two of your joint sites (fingers and elbow) are involved, which could happen in the different type of arthritis. Some of the arthritis can cause low platelets. Kindly please give me the following extra information. How long do you have the finger poppin...  Read Full »

My grandfather suffers from shoulder pain and wrist pain. How to help him?

Query: Hi doctor,My grandfather is 75 years old. He has severe pain in his right shoulder joint and bilateral wrist joints, especially more at night for the past two months. Just before a month, he was diagnosed as diabetic. His C-reactive protein level is 64 (reference value 0-6). Is it possible to have s...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be either due to arthritis or as a consequence of viral infection in the recent past. I recommend him to get the following tests done and revert back with reports. CRP (C-reactive protein), ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), serum uric acid, serum RA factor (...  Read Full »

How to treat inflammatory arthritis with multiple joints involvement?

Query: Hello doctor, I have recurrent inflammatory arthritis with significant pain, tenderness, and restricted ROM on my right shoulder. The ortho gave steroid injections with minimal response. MRI of R shoulder shows AC inflammatory joint arthritis. I also have a TMJ problem with severe headaches. Occipi...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the information and history provided, you have inflammatory arthritis of multiple joints with neural involvement. I could see that you have the involvement of cartilages as well. Investigations suggest you have positive RF (rheumatic factor). There are a fe...  Read Full »

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