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Date: 10.02.2015
From: julie stanford

Subject: RA in back

Hi.I have had RA for the last 4 years and old consultant said it didn't affect back but have suffered with back all that time now my doc thinks it is RA. Does anyone else have it in back and if so is there anything that helps stop the pain and squashing feeling
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Date: 10.02.2015
From: Sean

Subject: Re: RA in back

Hi Julie - did the doc confirm RA with blood tests? Do you have other joints affected?
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Date: 10.02.2015
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: RA in back

hi julie , you should asked to be refered to a consultant , your old consultant in correct , RA dont affect some joints , ie backs , hips are very rare & not with people starting out with RA

There are several blood test they can like check for Rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies , + ESR & CRP . & ask to be tested for a gene known as HLA-B27 , it goes with ankylosing spondylitis
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Date: 10.02.2015
From: julie stanford

Subject: Re: RA in back

All my joints are affected seem to have flare ups in wrist every few days and back and left hip is horrendous cannot walk without pain
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Date: 10.02.2015
From: julie stanford

Subject: Re: RA in back

RA confirmed with blood test after being treated for 9 weeks for sciatica finally have a doctor who is listening to me and a new consultant who has done a full set of bloods
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Date: 11.02.2015
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: RA in back,

julie so you are positive for Rheumatiod factor . this will help with getting some of the drugs ,

hip problems are normaly cause by lower back problems , you can get bursitis of the hips which can be painful

some UK charities have free help lines like Arthritis Care & National Rheumatiod Arthritis Society , you can find them in the link section above
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Date: 11.02.2015
From: Sleek Fox

Subject: Re: RA in back

I've had bursitis on one hip, very painful indeed and also caused by R, according to my consultant.

You should get them to send you for an MRI to check that nothing else is going on.
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Date: 11.02.2015
From: julie stanford

Subject: Re: RA in back

Thanks for info doc going to fast track an appointment with consultant
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