Subject: Re: ra? maybe
This is the link to read up on the 'anti-CCP' test & what it is.
The results of being tested for RF used to be one of the benchmarks used by rheumatologists determine if someone may have RA, however like KayJay, there are & were a lot of people who tested RF-pos & yet they do not actually have RA!!
Rheumatologists use a lot of tools in order to diagnose a patient. The tests may include ESR, CRP, RF, anti-CCP or any combination of any of these together with other symptoms you may have/described, these all become tools for our specialists to hopefully correctly diagnose a patient. The thing to keep in mind is that medicine is not an exact science.
I sincerely hope you get not only a proper correct diagnosis but some help to alleviate your pain.
It would be in your own best interest to ask what they believe you have !!