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06 Mar 2004

rheumatoid arthritis?
I am up in Zimbabwe at the moment and went to the doctor as I was having a very bad chest pain (sternum area) I was sent for blood tests and it came back positive for rheumatoid arthritis. I was back in South Africa, and went to see my own Dr who ordered blood tests and I was negative for it. The range in S.A. was 0 - 20 negative I was 20. Do different countries use different ranges, so I dont now which to believe I still have the pain.

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01 Jan 0001

These test must also be interpreted with the clinical findings. Pain in the sternum area is not typical of RA. The reference ranges can vary slightly depending on the test kit and instrument used. I suggest that you consult a physician to exclude other causes of chest pain.
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