« Fast Arthritis Pain Relief » 

 

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria


The American College of Rheumatology has defined (1987) the following criteria for the classification of rheumatoid arthritis:

Morning stiffness of >1 hour most mornings for at least 6 weeks.
Arthritis and soft-tissue swelling of >3 of 14 joints/joint groups
Arthritis of hand joints
Symmetric arthritis
Subcutaneous nodules in specific places
Rheumatoid factor at a level above the 95th percentile
Radiological changes suggestive of joint erosion
At least four criteria have to be met for classification as RA.

It is important to note that these criteria are not intended for the diagnosis of patients for routine clinical care. They were primarily intended to categorize patients, for research. For example: one of the criteria is the presence of bone erosion on X-Ray. Prevention of bone erosion is one of the main aims of treatment because it is generally irreversible. To wait until all of the ACR criteria for rheumatoid arthritis are met is therefore likely to result in a worse outcome for the patient. Most patients and rheumatologists would agree that it would be better to treat the patient as early as possible and prevent bone erosion from occurring, even if this means treating patients who don't fulfill the ACR criteria. The ACR criteria are, however, very useful for categorising patients with established rheumatoid arthritis, for example for epidemiological purposes.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Blood tests


When RA is being clinically suspected, immunological studies are required, such as rheumatoid factor (RF, a specific antibody). A negative RF does not rule out RA; rather, the arthritis is called seronegative. During the first year of illness, rheumatoid factor is frequently negative. 80% of patients eventually convert to seropositive status. RF is also seen in other illnesses, like Sjögren's syndrome, and in approximately 10% of the healthy population, therefore the test is not very specific.

Because of this low specificity, a new serological test has been developed in recent years, which tests for the presence of so called anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA). Like RF, this test can detect approximately 80% of all RA patients, but is rarely positive in non-RA patients, giving it a specificity of around 98%. In addition, ACP antibodies can be often detected in early stages of the disease, or even before disease onset. Currently, most common test for ACP antibodies is the anti-CCP (cyclic citrullinated peptide) test.

Also, several other blood tests are usually done to allow for other causes of arthritis, such as lupus erythematosus. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein,full blood count, renal function, liver enzymes and other immunological tests (e.g. antinuclear antibody/ANA) are all performed at this stage. Ferritin can reveal hemochromatosis, which can mimic RA.

Get My Book - Download Now!

"How to STOP, Diminish or Control Your Pain NOW!"

 

My book will help you if you're in acute or chronic pain and/or taking painkillers.

 

I've included all my secrets, tips, methods, techniques, treatments and therapies I've used to help hundreds of people in pain!!!

 

Many secrets that doctors don't know!!!!

 

Get it in 2 minutes!

 

…..Helen Hecker R.N.

 

CLICK HERE NOW!:

 

Pain Relief

-----------------

Get my book:

 

"My Raw Food Diet Cure and Secrets!"

Cured my Fibro-myalgia, Arthritis, (this is part of my self-designed breast cancer program in which I cured myself naturally)Chronic Sinus Infections, Digestive Problems, Allergies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Sleeping Problems, Headaches, Gum Disease, Celiac Disease, Chronic Fatigue and Many Other Ailments.

I Lost Weight Fast Naturally Too! --- YOU Can Benefit Too!" 

Get it now in 2minutes!

CLICK HERE!: Raw Food Diet Cure

-----------------

And Get MY

30 Easy Raw Food Recipes From Part of My Own Program -

Helen's Easy Raw Food Recipes For Arthritis Pain Relief 

-----------------

Read About This Best-Selling Ebook:

"Arthritis-Free In One Month"

Click Here!

 

Arthritis Pain Relief - What Is Arthritis
Keep Fit While You Sit DVD
Arthritis Movies List
Helen's Easy Raw Food Recipes For Arthritis Pain Relief
Arthritis Pain Relief and Arthritis in the Joints
Arthritis Pain Relief and the Disease Process of Osteoarthritis
Arthritis Pain Relief and the Cause of Arthritis
Arthritis Knee Pain - Instant Relief
Arthritis Treatment for Pain Relief
Arthritis Symptoms
Natural Treatment for Arthritis
How I Cured Myself of Arthritis !
Nurse's Best Arthritis Pain Relief Pain Tips And Treatments guide
Arthritis Pain - How To Treat It And Get Relief Now
Arthritis Treatment - Osteoarthritis
Arthritis Symptoms - and Signs
Arthritis - Two Types
Arthritis Treatment
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs
Celebrities With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis
Natural Arthritis Treatment For Arthritis Pain Relief You Can Put To Work Today
Arthritis Pain - Terrifc Tips To Help You Get Rid of Arthritis Pain Forever
Arthritis Surgery Low Cost
Arthritis Pain Relief - Natural Arthritis Diet Tips That Work Now
Arthritis Pain Relief - Nurse's Simple Home Remedies To Relieve Arthritis Pain
Arthritis Cremes - Osteoarthritis Products - Creams - Cremes - Review
List of Arthritis Medications - Arthritis Medicines - Arthritis Drugs
Knee Replacement Questions
Links
Site Map

Arthritis Statistics and Facts

Cervical Neck Pillow

-----------------

Get my sinus cure report - tells How I Cured Myself Naturally Overnight of Sinus Problems Forever! By an R.N. click here:

Sinus Cure

 

viagra super force canada viagra super force usa buy viagra super force usa buy viagra super force canada