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does having rheumatoid arthritis mean you have a weakened immune system

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the o ... Read More
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
Mostly neutral alone: But treatment clearly suppresses the body's immune system.

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
48 years experience Rheumatology
Can occur!: But unlikely! rheumatoid vascultiis can occur, and the blood vessel inflammation can affect nerves. Amyloidosis, is a rare but severe complication a ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pretorius
Specializes in Legal Medicine
Immune system: Certainly has some merit in that logic. If the RA is properly controlled, a break from Methotrexate may well be a viable option in the face of a pande ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Medical consult: I have read several articles that indicate being on Methtrexate might slightly increase risk & which have made the argument of temporarily stoppi ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
Not recommended: There is no data to suggested that 6MP will prevent joint damage. There are many more effective therapies.
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A member asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
36 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Yes: There are immunizations available which will be specifically recommended by your physician.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
see details: It means you may have rheumatoid arthritis. However, the rheumatoid factor is relatively nonspecific. A ccp antibody test is a better one and more spe ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Oligoarthritis: Oligoarthritis (or pauciarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) affects fewer than 5 joints within first 6 months & only affects children . Per W ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
9 years experience Podiatry
Blood test: To diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, a patient needs to have certain distinguishing criteria. Among them is a marker in the blood called rheumatoid fact ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
34 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not necessarily: Rheumatoid factor is one of several clues for rheumatoid arthritis. By itself it does not make the diagnosis.
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