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A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes ra (rheumatoid arthritis)?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 52 years experience
Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can a person have a negative RA titre have rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and oa (osteoarthritis)?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 54 years experience
Too many to mention: Ra is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of large and small joints in all extremities. Oa is more of a wear and tear type of arthritis. There are numerous other differences.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 50 years experience
We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. David True
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology 26 years experience
Cause of RA: The exact cause is unknown. Leading theories are that people with a genetic predisposition are exposed to something in the environment that triggers an abnormal immune response leading to rheumatoid arthritis.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 51 years experience
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 is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated. Echinacea echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, .
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Last updated Feb 8, 2020

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