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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Positive Rheumatoid Factor

From your answers, there are a number of possible explanations for your symptoms and a positive RF, even without prominent joint pain (see link at the end of this page for more detailed information on these conditions).

For example:

  • unusual dryness of the eyes and mouth could indicate the presence of Sjogren's syndrome. On the other hand, some people simply don't make enough tears and/or saliva, and they do not have this disease

  • joint pain, rashes and/or mouth sores, and almost any of these other symptoms are seen in people with lupus

  • people with Raynaud's and tight shiny skin may have scleroderma.

Because your symptoms suggest the possibility of one of these rheumatic conditions, it is important that you see your doctor promptly for evaluation.

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