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A 42-year-old member asked:

is seronegative rheumatoid joint disease as same as rheumatoid arthritis or is it something else?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Rheumatology 33 years experience
It can be: In my clinic , we see a number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis but their testing for rheumatoid disease is within normal limits.They still lhave the same potential for inflammation and other complications of rheumatoid arthritis and we call the disease, seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. I believe in your question, the 2 illnesses are the same joint process or disease.
Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Better prognosis: Same disease. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (where rheumatoid factor and anti-ccp antibody tests are negative) generally has a better prognosis with a better response to medications and lower chance of joint damage. It is treated similarly to seropositive RA except that some biologic medications (rituximab, abatacept) may not work as well in seronegatives.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Yes: A patient with a positive serology and rheumatoid arthritis can have severe disease. But also people who are seronegative can have severe damage. The highly positive seropositive patient can have more severe rheumatoid disease beyond the arthritis rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease of which arthritis is one manifestation. There can be systemic disease of eyes, lungs, heart to name some.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I help my mom's rheumatoid arthritis pain?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Help: Help her with chores that stress her joints such twisting off lids. Lubricate stuck doorknobs. Buy her hot packs that she can microwave and apply to stiff joints. Go with her to her next rheumatology appointment and ask her doctor what you can do to help. Encourage her to stay active.
A 40-year-old member asked:

If two people get the same type of cold or flu virus, will they have the same symptoms?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Same or different: No one is the same so their symtoms will be slightly different but generally they will have similar symptoms.

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