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A 41-year-old member asked:

is arava (leflunomide) effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Yes: Arava, (leflunomide) also called Leflunomide has been shown to help control rheumatoid arthritis, to decrease the inflammation and swelling and joint pain, and decreased joint damage.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
It may be...: Again, this is a question for the treating specialist, most likely a rheumatologist. When treating a disorder like ra, there are a variety of medications that have been effective; as with everything else in medicine, no one size fits all, and the right drug or combo for each must be assessed over time by a specialist.

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I want to start an exercise program and I have arthritis. What should I do?

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Family Medicine 8 years experience
Start slow: Exercise for people with arthritis can help them with their pain if they start slow and use non-impact exercise (like water aerobics). A visit with a physical therapist can really help.
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great response
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Are oysters bad for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

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Rheumatology 15 years experience
Possibly: Due to an increased risk of some infections from eating oysters, those with weak immune systems including people with rheumatoid arthritis on certain medications are recommended to avoid eating them.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Does rheumatoid arthritis always show up in blood work?

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No: If you mean are the antibodies associated with rheumatoid arthritis (ccp and rf) always positive in rheumatoid arthritis, no. About 15% of patients are "seronegative." usually there are some abnormalities though such as elevated inflammatory markers, anemia, elevated white count or elevated platelets. But not always.
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What medications should I take for juvenile arthritis?

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Arthritis medication: There are a number of different classes of medication that might be effective. I would suggest seeing a rheumatologist experienced in seeing pediatric patients for their recommendations.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What could cause joint inflammation/redness without pain?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Arthritis : Arthritis would be my first choice. It is inflammation but not always pain. But you can have swelling, and redness without pain. Caution just because it is redness and swelling doesn't mean it is arthritis. This could be seen in allergic reaction, soft tissue inflammation or cellulitis to name a few.

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