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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
44 years experience in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
DMARDs: You want to use medications that are known to prevent joint damage, a problem that can occur relatively early in the disease process. Agents such as M ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
34 years experience in 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience in Rheumatology
Not usually: Most people with rheumatoid arthritis report that their symptoms get worse in the winter and more people are diagnosed in the winter months. Of course ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
See details: It can be very serious unless it is treated aggressively early to prevent joint damage and deformity. Anyone with RA should be under the care of a rhe ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Several factors: Stress one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress.Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience in 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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