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6/14/14 7:44 A

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Hi, Tammy -

Thanks for posting here - this has been a great source of information and support for me over the past 10 years since I was diagnosed. I have one of those mild cases - as long as I take my meds, I can sometimes forget that I have RA. Mine doesn't appear to be genetic - it was "triggered" when I quit smoking about 10 years ago. My doctor said he couldn't say officially, but it was probably from the "shock" of quitting smoking cold turkey after 25 years.

They don't know much about how it starts, but there are lots of treatments. If you're not showing severe symptoms, that's a good thing!!

And it really is great that you now have another resource for your Dad.

We're glad you're here -
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6/14/14 2:39 A

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Hi Tammy! Welcome! I also hope you don't have RA, however there have been some good advances regarding treatments. You are welcome to stick around as long as you like whether or not you have RA. I think it is wonderful that you want to support your father this way.

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6/14/14 12:56 A

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It depends on whether you had genetic tests. I assume you did. It should take a week and not any longer, not counting weekends. And btw. RA doesn't necessarily have to be severe. There are lots of cases that are moderate or mild. There are meds that work well and can put you in remission. Anyway, it can be a real inconvenience and I hope you don't have it.

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6/14/14 12:36 A

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Hi everyone! My name is Tammy and I'm new here. I don't have RA (that I know of) but I was tested this and I have a question. How long did it take to get your results back? My dad said it took about a week for his results but that was through the VA and I know they are sometimes slower with things. I'm wanting to go with no news is good news. My heart dropped when my Dr suggested RA because I know how horrible it is. Even if it doesn't turn out being that I would love to stick around the group to learn anything I can that could help my dad.

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