Hi All, I have been having joint pain and stiffness on and off for over 10 years. Over this time I have been checked various times for rheumatoid arthritis as it is in the family but my results have always been negative. Two years ago I was referred to a rheumatologist who after many tests which all came back negative diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and discharged me. About 2 months ago my joints were so painful and many were swollen for the first time. My GP ran all the blood tests again and told me that my rheumatoid factor was high. She said she would refer me back to rheumatology but not to expect a diagnosis as my CCP and ESR results were negative and rheumatoid factor on its own is not a definite diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Obviously I do not want anything wrong with me but I am feeling very confused and frustrated now. Has anyone else been diagnosed with just a high rheumatoid factor but no other positive blood test results? I am desperate to have some answers to the constant pain I am in. Thank you for reading.
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