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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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 »
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 add M... Read Full »
Why do I have trigger problems in the middle finger of both hands?
Query: Hi doctor, I am having trigger problem in the middle finger of my left hand over a year. But, the same finger of my right hand has now developed the same problem. They are especially bad in the morning and it is difficult to straighten them. I can feel a very heavy click when I do it. I had blood te... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most important information to know would be x-ray of your hands. There are different types of arthritis like autoimmune, osteoarthritis and gout. It could also become worse with your new medications as they can cause bone loss and pain. It may also occur if you... 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 »
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 »
What is the importance of rhesus during pregnancy?
Query: Hi doctor, What is Rhesus? My wife is pregnant and started clinic today. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. At first visit, the pregnant lady's blood group needs to be checked. There are many blood groups like A, B, O, AB and another thing which we need to know is rhesus positive or rhesus negative. So on the basis of rhesus, it is A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-, AB+, AB -. So, ever... Read Full »
I have ankle and calf muscle pain. Could it be RA?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38-year-old male, suffering from RA from the last two years and recently started the treatment with an orthopedic doctor for AVN of the hip. I have been told by my orthopedician at icliniq to consult a rheumatologist for my ankle and calf muscle pain, and for my RA medication an... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After going through the details of your query, there are a few things to be clarified first. You have not mentioned any involvement of the small joints of hands, wrists or feet. The joints you have mentioned only include large joints. If it is really so, then the li... Read Full »
What medicines can be taken for pain in the joints of fingers, knees, and toes?
Query: Hello doctor, I had very mild pain in my finger joints about 10 days ago. But, with due course of time, I also developed pain in my knee joints which is mild to severe, and also a mild pain in the toes of the foot. I also have a headache. Further, I took Sinarest last night, and in the morning, I wa... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are a number of causes that clinically present with symptoms like joint pains and fever. The few conditions are chikungunya and rheumatic fever. A detailed history needs to be obtained, and I advise you to go for blood investigation like CBP (complete blood pr... Read Full »
What can be the diagnosis if granulomas are found on pancreas and lungs?
Query: Hello doctor, My husband is 31 years old and has severe anxiety. He was told that granulomas were found on his pancreas and possibly his lungs. They believe it is due to some sort of an autoimmune disorder. Is there anything that can be done to prolong his life? Should we be worried? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. An autoimmune disorder does not necessarily mean his life will be shortened. There arenumerous types of autoimmune diseases which are pathologically neutral and do not endanger life. So, please see a rheumatologist and get him investigated. Regards. Read Full »
I am suffering from severe pain in my right arm and joints. It started when I developed thyroid goiter. Kindly suggest a remedy.
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26-year-old woman, and I am suffering from severe pain in my right arm, especially in the joints from the shoulder to the elbow and near my thumb. The doctor gave me arthritis medications, and it does not work for me. It all started when I developed thyroid goiter. The goiter is ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have morning stiffness? Do the small joints of your hand feel swollen in the morning? Do you respond to arthritis medications? Which medications have you been taking? Please get erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), RA (rheu... Read Full »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »