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Please share an interesting fact about rheumatoid arthritis.

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

Rheumatoid: Rheumatoid arthritis puts you at risk for ocular inflammation (scleritis, uveitis, etc.).

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Michael Rothman answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Sunlight: Sunlight has hormone regulating properties that can reduce your pain. Spend time outside!

Answered 2/25/2017

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Exercise: Exercise as best possible. Take vitd3-4000iu and omega-3 (2-4gm/day).

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Sheeja Francis answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Low: Low gluten or gluten free diet can possibly reduce inflammation and prevent ra.

Answered 3/18/2015

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Dr. Sheeja Francis answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Use: Use of turmeric daily either increasing in diet or supplementation may reduce risk of ra.

Answered 9/23/2016

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Dr. Sheeja Francis answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Omega: Omega-3 supplements can help in ra.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

RFs: Rheumatoid factors are passe, and frequently false positive. The "ccp" antibody is more definitive!

Answered 2/26/2015

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Many: Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis will test positive for chronic mononucleosis!

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Rheumatoid: Rheumatoid arthritis is not strongly heritable. If you have a strong family history for arthritis? Ra!

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. John Michalski answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Consider: Consider low impact activities such as walking, biking, or swimming. Consider purified omega also.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Risk: Risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis may increase the farther away you are from the equator!

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Women: Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Answered 7/31/2017

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Lymphoma: Lymphoma risk in RA without meds is slightly higher than normal people.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

The: The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but it does not seem to run in families.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Modern: Modern treatment has greatly reduced the disability seen with RA in the past.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

If: If you have a healthy liver, it is rare that you will have to stop Methotrexate because of liver toxicity.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

If: If you quit tobacco and lose weight the RA drugs like Methotrexate and biologics work better.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Rheumatoid: Myth: rheumatoid arthritis always cripples. Fact: early treatment can avoid many problems.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Steven Charlap answered

Specializes in Holistic Medicine

The: The probability that both twins in an identical pair will both have RA is only about 12-15%.

Answered 10/25/2014

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Cavities: Cavities are associated with worse rheumatoid arthritis. Keep your teeth healthy.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

If: If you have cavities, you may not respond to your RA treatment well. See your dentist to be treated.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Excess: Excess caffeine (more than 4 cups of coffee) can reduce the efficacy of methotrexate.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Tobacco: Tobacco use can reduce the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine/plaquenil. Another reason to quit smoking.

Answered 3/18/2017

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Dr. Amy Deeken answered

Specializes in Pathology

Splitting: Splitting your dose of Methotrexate in the morning and evening can result in better absorption.

Answered 3/30/2015

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

For: For some patients, rheumatoid symptoms can disappear with pregnancy, but will return after delivery.

Answered 4/22/2014

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Smoking: Smoking reduces the efficacy of plaquenil/hydroxychloroquine. Another good reason to quit.

Answered 7/8/2013

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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

One: One can have rheumatoid arthritis with a negative rheumatoid factor in blood test.

Answered 8/27/2013

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Studies: Studies show a combination of two of the immune modulators controls moderate to severe RA the best.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Fish: Fish oil 3-omegas are associated with a better RA response to traditional "dmards.".

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Amy Deeken answered

Specializes in Pathology

A: A daily sauna can work wonders for RA pain. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after.

Answered 6/10/2014

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