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As you know I did fail the lupus anti coagulant test a few weeks ago. They just my results back for the reuhmatoid level test and it has come back elevated. In my mind that would tell me I have reuhmatoid arthritis not lupus..I just dont uinderstand whats happening here. Any ideas?
 

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Tina,

It is a pretty clear indicator of RA but I am not sure of the correlation with Lupus too. Remember, it is possible and with most of us probable that you will have more then 1 AI disease going on at the same time.

What were your result numbers, do you know?
 

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The rheumatoid factor can be positive in a number of different autoimmune diseases; the most relevant factor in differentiating RA from lupus will be your symptoms as well as if there is any evidence on x-ray of joint damage. RA will damage the joints over time and it will be visible on x-ray whereas lupus does not damage the joints.

There should be a variety of blood tests done, and all of them together with your medical history and current symptoms should lead to an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment for you.
 
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