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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
44 years experience Emergency Medicine
AComplicatedDisease: Basically, rheumatoid arthritis is a problem with your body's (so, let's say 'your') immune system. It is supposed to defend against foreign invaders ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience Dermatology
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis affects t ... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Mund
45 years experience Rheumatology
Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the ... Read More
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Dr. Christopher Guzik
23 years experience Family Medicine
Medication-lifestyle: Several promising new disease-modifying drugs recently have become available, including leflunomide, tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, and anakinra. N ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive.
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Among the well known four clinical types of jra, rf (rheumatoid factor) -positive polyarticular form often persists into adulthood. Affected patients ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
What?: You did not finish the question, but there are many rheumatologic features and systemic features of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, now called juvenile ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Low bone mineral den: Osteopenia/osteoporosis (very low bone mineral density) in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis has been associated with severe disease, lower ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michele Arnold
21 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Wrist pain: Rheumatoid arthritis can indeed cause joint pain in the wrist. However, there are many causes of wrist pain: osteoarthritis (degenerative wear-and-tea ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
??: So what is the question ? Yes they do occur and yes they cause some pain.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Purchase
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
They are different: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease that attacks the soft tissue and cartilage in the body's joints. It responds well to specialized ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joi ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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 diagnosi ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Swati Avashia
22 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Joint pain/swelling: The mayo clinic has a a good patient information article: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/juvenile-rheumatoid-arthritis/ds00018.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Swati Avashia
22 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Autoimmune: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the joints instead of fighting intruders like bacteria ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Seck
16 years experience Pediatrics
Complicated: There are different types of jra (now frequently called juvenile idiopathic arthritis) and different groups have set criteria. No way to list them al ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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 l ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
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 rheum ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sterba
46 years experience Rheumatology
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 ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
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 k ... Read More
A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Tse
Dr. Dan Tse answered
7 years experience General Practice
No: Infectious arthritis is an infection (usually bacterial) of a joint that creates redness and swelling. Acute rheumatoid arthritis can also cause redne ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hicks
42 years experience Family Medicine
Fair: Ra can be treated successfully if treated early with dmard medications such as Enbrel (etanercept) and humira. Multiple medication can be appropriate ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ramin Ipakchi
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Many ways: Rheumatoid arthritis requires a clinical exam that can be confirmed by blood tests and possible xrays. Jointly, one can make the diagnosis of RA. The ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Swati Avashia
22 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Joint inflammation: The mayo clinic has a great patient education article on the condition: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/juvenile-rheumatoid-arthritis/ds00018.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
No: Though rheumatoid arthritis is not curable, there are now many treatments that dramatically lessen the symptoms of arthritis. If the disease is treate ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: The anti-ccp antibody and rheumatoid factor are the best and are positive in 85% of people with rheumatoid arthritis. A good history and examination b ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: An seronegative inflammatory arthritis can have many causes, RA being only one of them.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Mass
45 years experience Hand Surgery
ARA society: The american rheumatolic society will have a listing on the internet.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Not really: Ra is one type of inflammatory arthritis but the are many different types of inflammatory arthritis that are unrelated to ra.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not likely: We don't have a complete understanding of hpv viruses and what they may be fully responsible for. We don't think that they cause arthritis.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
No: No.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Mass
45 years experience Hand Surgery
See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra.
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
33 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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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Chang-Miller
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs in people across the world: It appears that some people may be genetically predisposed to develop the disorder, which develops when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks t ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Many: In the past twenty years, many new treatments have been developed. Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications. Ma ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
34 years experience Rheumatology
No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it.I ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes.: The radial, ulnar ; median nerves r in close proximity to the elbow, ; the inflammatory process can irritation can effect the nerves and give u refer ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Many patients: Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications including enbrel (etanercept). Many patients are saved from irreversib ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Tnf agents such as Humira (adalimumab) are extremely effective in controlling RA and preventing joint damage and deformities.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Haleh Agdassi
25 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Further research: In general there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that complimentary alternative medicine therapies are safe/effective for rheumatoid arthri ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
No!: But the disease is remittable, such that patients can feel as if they do not have disease! ir rheumatology there are many combination drug therapies, ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Mass
45 years experience Hand Surgery
See a Rheumatologist: Rheumatologist specialize in the treatment of inflammatory arthritis as rheumatoid arthritis.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
If you are unlucky: Persons on immuno-suppressive meds have a suppressed immune system! they should avoid sick people, if at all possible. Wearing a medical face mask, al ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Greenbaum
36 years experience Rheumatology
Which blood test etc: Methotrexate is a good medication for rheumatoid arthritis but it doesn't cure your arthritis - it works as long as you take it. If you still have pa ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Angus Worthing
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Many possibilities: This could be carpal tunnel syndrome, or another form of arthritis associated with psoriasis or other diseases, or could even be early rheumatoid arth ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
No.: No genetic tests predict RA in an individual. Some testing can identify patient who may be at risk for a seronegative spondyloarthopathy, but even th ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Kim
15 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: This answer will change as we know more about RA & lupus. From several large family studies, the risk of an offspring to develop an autoimmune conditi ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
34 years experience Rheumatology
Unlikely: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease . It is felt that people who develop autoimmune disease have genes that when exposed to certain environ ... Read More
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