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What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Not technically: Jra, now called jia (juvenile idiopathic arthritis), has several forms which are different from adult rheumatoid arthritis (ra). One form of jia has the same characteristics as adult RA with many joints involved and a positive rheumatoid factor on blood testing. This may persist into adulthood. Some doctors believe this is simply the adult RA starting in childhood. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Morell Dr. Morell
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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Communicate with physician if breakthrough flares occur to adjust meds
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed and keep active
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Could seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause..?

Could seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause..?

What?: You did not finish the question, but there are many rheumatologic features and systemic features of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, now called juvenile idiopathic arthritis, since most juvenile arthritis patients do not have ra! ask again, so i can help. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight.
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Regular low impact cardiovascular exercise.
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Light weight training.
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Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplementation.
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Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrist pain: Rheumatoid arthritis can indeed cause joint pain in the wrist. However, there are many causes of wrist pain: osteoarthritis (degenerative wear-and-tear arthritis), tendinitis, bony abnormalities (keinbock's disease, scaphoid stress fracture), carpal tunnel syndrome, cartilage abnormalities, capsulitis, intersection syndrome, dequervain's tenosynovitis, and still many others. Your doctor can help. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis bone spurs?

Rheumatoid arthritis  bone spurs?

Sometimes: Bone spurs are more commonly associated with osteoarthritis but can be seen in ra, especially those joints that have secondary osteoarthritic involvement. ...Read more

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Dr. Jessica Allan Dr. Allan
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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatolgist to guide your treatment
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Choose healthy lifestyle by quitting smoking, exercising & eating well
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Go to the National Psoriasis Foundation for more support
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What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

Osteoarthritis-: Can develop from many factors, including systemic inflammatory arthritis. My patients with RA or AS frequently need hip replacement because cartilage loss do to inflammatory damage to their cartilage! The discussion is not between either or or! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected. ...Read more

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What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

Blood test negative : For ra. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is the rheumatoid arthritis in which the blood doesn’t contain rheumatoid factor (rf or rhf). While diagnosing ra, doctors get a range of laboratory tests done and also evaluate the physical symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the symptoms and signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Immune dysfunction!: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx. ...Read more

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What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the joints instead of fighting intruders like bacteria and viruses. Genetic factors play a role in risk for developing autoimmune diseases. Exposure to certain viruses may play a role as well. ...Read more

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis criteria pls?

Joint swelling >6wks: Jia/jra - general guide 1. Age of onset <16 yr 2. Arthritis (swelling or excess joint fluid), or 2 or more of these: less than full range of motion, tenderness or pain on motion, & increased warmth in at least 1 joint 3.Above signs (seen by doc)for > 6wks 4.Type seen in first 6 mo: a.Polyarthritis: ≥5 inflamed joints b.Oligoarthritis: 4 or fewer joints c.Systemic -fever, arthritis 5.No other cause. ...Read more

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How do you confirm the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis?

There no one test: According to the american college of rheumatology if you have four of the seven symptoms listed below for more than 6 weeks morning stiffness that lasts over an hour arthritis in at least three joints arthritis of the joints of the hand arthritis on both sides of the body. A positive blood test (rf) the presence of rheumatoid nodules x-rays that show signs of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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What distinguishes arthritis & rheumatoid arthritis?

What distinguishes arthritis & rheumatoid arthritis?

None and all : There are more thar 140 types of arthrtis . Arthritis is a general name used to include all diseases that may affect the joints . Rheumatoid arthritis is a specific disease with well defined characteristic , one of the arthrititis. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

See details: JRA is arbitrarily defined as rheumatoid arthritis starting before the age 16 and adult RA as starting at age 16 or later. RA does not cause chronic kidney disease unless there is a secondary amyloidosis and medication toxicity. ...Read more

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Dan Tse Dr. Tse
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Can rheumatoid arthritis present as infectious arthritis?

Dan Tse Dr. Tse
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No: Infectious arthritis is an infection (usually bacterial) of a joint that creates redness and swelling. Acute rheumatoid arthritis can also cause redness and swelling, which can look like an infectious arthritis, but it is not an infection. With infectious arthritis, there is usually just one joint affected, whereas in rheumatoid arthritis, there usually are multiple joints involved. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more