Rheumatoid Factor - Testing

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What is rheumatoid factor?

Rheumatoid factor is an antibody that is measurable in the blood with a routine blood test. Rheumatoid factor is actually an antibody that can bind to other antibodies. Antibodies are normal proteins in our blood that are important parts of our immune system. Rheumatoid factor is an antibody that is not usually present in the normal individual. Because rheumatoid factor antibody binds to normal antibodies, it can be generally referred to as an autoantibody. Rheumatoid factor is sometimes abbreviated as "RF."

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Comment from: Chrissy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I was diagnosed with arthritis (not RA) about 22 years ago. Recently, I had a routine blood test and it showed my rheumatoid factor to be 190. I was referred to a rheumatologist who repeated the test. It was 206. She tested me for any other illnesses that would cause a high rheumatoid factor and all tests were negative. Aside from some edema in the lower legs, I have no symptoms and no treatment has been prescribed. A follow up is scheduled with the rheumatologist in 4 months.

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Comment from: Edward, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

One year ago my rheumatoid factor was 196. All the drugs and shots seemed not to work! So I stopped by the health food store the last doctor visit and bought a bottle of turmeric-bromelain! Boy! It works well on inflammation, and now I also take turmeric-boswellia, it is great!

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