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What is an Arthritis Test?
This test will provide a diagnosis for Rheumatoid Arthritis, also called Arthritis, which is a long-term condition that can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints.
Why consider an Arthritis Test?
Arthritis is caused when your immune system mistakes your own cells or tissues as being "foreign" and starts attacking them. One of the results of this is Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you are experiencing joint pain, stiffness, swelling, or other discomforts in your hands, feet, or other joints then this test is right for you.
How does this test work?
Your kit contains everything needed for a nurse to collect your blood sample. You will need a healthcare professional to collect your sample for you. Once your blood sample has been taken, simply put it in the postage-paid return envelope to send to our fully accredited UK laboratory for fast and accurate analysis. Your results will be ready within just two working days after we receive your sample.
What tests will you run on my sample?
The Rheumatoid Arthritis test uses a blood sample to test for the following:
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). The ESR measures the rate at which blood cells settle in a tube. Faster rates can indicate inflammatory problems.
- Rheumatoid factor (RF). This is an autoantibody found in the blood of those who have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
- Full blood count (FBC). This test checks the levels of all your different blood cells identifying any abnormalities.
- Uric acid. This chemical is checked to see if you are prone to gout which can also lead to joint pain.
- Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP). This is a type of antibody produced by the immune system that works against your body's normal antibodies. People who test positive for anti-CCP are very likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis, but not everybody with Rheumatoid Arthritis has this antibody.
- C-reactive protein (CRP). This is another marker for inflammation.
When will my test kit arrive?
If you order your Arthritis test kit before 4 pm, Monday to Friday, Better2Know will send your kit by first class post on the very same day. Your test kit should arrive the next working day, or the day after, depending on where you are located. You can also choose Special Delivery at checkout if you would like a tracked and signed for priority service.
How will I receive my test results?
Your confidential Arthritis test results will be ready within two working days after your sample has arrived at our certified laboratory. You can access your results online by logging into your secure patient area on our website at any time. A member of our Patient Services team will contact you when all of your results are ready.
What should I do with my results?
If your tests show high levels of Rheumatoid factor or any other markers for Rheumatoid Arthritis, you should see a doctor to discuss your results. Better2Know can arrange private doctor consultations nationwide through our network of skilled doctors based across the country. You can also take your results to your own GP if you prefer.
How can I order my test?
You can order your Arthritis Test now by selecting the ‘Add to Basket’ button. To speak to an advisor and buy this test over the phone, simply call Better2Know on the number above. A member of our Patient Services team will answer your questions and process your order.
Better2Know provides a wide range of health tests and screens throughout the UK. Our welcoming and experienced team are available 24/7 for your convenience.
How it works
How It Works
Buying your home test kits online is simple:
- 1 Buy your test online.
- 2 Receive it in the post.
- 3 Provide a sample.
- 4 Free return postage to the lab.
- 5 Check your results securely online.
We provide a completely confidential and anonymous service. Please refer to our FAQs above, for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, using the phone number at the top of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will you send my kit to me?
If your order is placed before 4pm on a working day, then it will be sent the same day. Otherwise it will be sent on the next working day.
Q: Why do you need my email address?
Your Patient Services Manager, Louise Wright, will email you your login details to access your results, a confirmation your kit has been dispatched and finally when all your results are ready. We do not sell on or email you any other marketing materials, that is why we do not ask you to opt in or out of anything.
Q: Do I need to use my real name?
No, but the postman does need to know where to deliver the kit to. As long as you use a name that will get the kit to you, then we do not need your real name.
Q: What does the kit packaging look like?
It will arrive in plain white envelope with your typed name and address on it.
Q: What if I have any more questions?
You can email Louise by replying to one of the emails she has sent to you. She will do her best to answer them.