I noticed that alot of folks here mention that they have RA. I thought I'd share my experience. I was diagnosed with RA about 10 years ago. But I didn't have any signs - just a positive Rheumatoid Factor. When I was diagnosed with HCV, the first Heptologist I saw would not treat me due to the RA...she said 'we'll start a snowball down a hill". Then I called a friend of mine who is a Rheumatologist who moved to Spokane. He told me that 70% of the referrals he gets actually end up having Hep C, not Rheumatoid Arthitis. HCV affects alot of autoimmune markers- erronously. With this knowledge, I got 2 more opinions and did a CCR (?)test (or a CCP test- I can find out if anyone needs to know). As I suspected I do NOT have RA! So if you are in thi group you may want to do ask a few more questions.
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