• Alison Howlett

Rheumatoid Arthritis.......

As the season’s change and our country get COLDER, we may find our joints, bones, and bodies become a little bit less mobile?

However, the change in our climate might not always be the case, when having symptoms of joint or bone pain..... So what could this be?

Rheumatoid Factor (RF) is an autoantibody an (IgM) Protein that is produced by our body’s immune system.

Having an RF Blood test is a valuable test for helping to diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) about 80% of people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis, will receive a positive RF test, however RF may also be detected in people with a variety of other disorders such as:-

Sjogren Syndrome Autoimmune Disorders A persistent Bacterial, Viral & parasitic Infections and certain Cancers.

Having an RF Blood Test is one tool among others that can be used to help make diagnosis when Rheumatoid Arthritis is suspected. Symptoms of having Rheumatoid Arthritis may include:- Pain Swelling Morning Stiffness in your Joints.

Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (CCP) antibody blood test can also help diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis.

For someone who has joint inflammation with symptoms that suggests, but do not yet meet the criteria of Rheumatoid Arthritis this may be requested along with the RF, or if the RF is Negative when your Blood Test results are back.

CRP (C – Reactive Protein) is another blood test that works very well alongside the RF, CCP as this is an Inflammation marker.

Having a negative RF blood test does not rule out Rheumatoid Arthritis, having the other blood tests CCP antibody test,may be positive and then therefore used to confirm Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Bloods4you, can Privately provide you directly, in the privacy and comfort of your own home or workplace all the above blood tests, from as little as £47.00, our Private & Confidential Blood Test Services work around your busy schedules, so you choose the best date and time, you would like to have your Blood Tests carried out.

All Test Results are Strictly Private and Confidential; your results will be given back to you within 24 Hours.

To Book your Private Blood Test, please telephone or email us today!




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