Help! My Doctor just told me that i tested "borderline" for Rheumatoid Arthritis...what does this mean???

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Help! My Doctor just told me that i tested "borderline" for Rheumatoid Arthritis...what does this mean???
please, if you have any experience with rheumatoid arthritis let me know? I am a 20 year old female, i went to the doctor last week because i was experience pain and swelling in my fingers, along with lumps above a couple of my knuckles, sort of like spider bites i thought? the doctor guessed arthritis and prescribed me Etodolac, which i didnt fill b/c i didnt think i have arthritis since i'm only 20...he then drew blood for testing. the tests came back today and he says they are "borderline" for rheumatoid arthritis....what does this mean for my life? am i going to be crippled, or on medication forever? what if i want to have kids? i heard the medications such as Methotrexate are very rough on the body and have many side effects. (i work at a pharmacy).... is there anything i can do to stop this?
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Borderline of diseases are like, they arent exactly sure you have it or not. Its possible you do but there is also signs that you dont have it.
Relax you need to go to a specialist in RA anbe reevaluated.[second opinion]...See below I hope this helps. LOLIGO1@YAHOO>COMWhat Blood Markers Are Used to Diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis?Rheumatoid factors are a variety of antibodies that are present in 70%-90% of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A low level of rheumatoid factor can be found in people without RA or with other autoimmune disorders, however. In general, when no rheumatoid factor is present in someone with RA, the course of the disease is less severe. A new test for rheumatoid arthritis that measures levels of antibodies that bind citrulline modified proteins (anti-CCP) is more specific and tends to be only elevated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or in patients about to develop rheumatoid arthritis. The presence of anti-CCP antibodies can be used to predict which patients will get more severe rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is typically seen in the knuckles and the first joint of your finger (rarely the second). It is also typically the same in both hands and causes stiffness in the morning.Etodolac is actually an NSAID (a pain-killer and anti-inflammatory like aspirin or Ibuprofen), so your doctor prescribed this for your pain and swelling. If your joints hurt and are swollen it may help you feel better, even if it is not RA.As far as future management, you need to go see a rheumatologist. RA is a progressive disease, and you want to start treatment early to keep it from getting worse. Methotrexate is indeed the first-line treatment for RA. I can't say how it is used in RA, but it is used at high doses as chemotherapy for cancer patients. If you are put on it, you will probably receive a more tolerable dose. If you are taking it, you will have to consult your doctor before getting pregnant. In any case, don't hesitate to see a rheumatologist. They see many cases of RA and will be able to manage your treatment very well.


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