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How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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 Methotrexate and tnf agents will often accomplish this purpose. These are disease-modifying drugs or dmards.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Mechanics and anti : Assure mechanical challenges are address, joint protection, appropriate exercises and then progress through anti-inflammatory regimens.

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Is there any ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Many: In the past twenty years, many new treatments have been developed. Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications. Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. The biggest advances have been in medications called biologic response modifiers. Good news for many.
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How does copper treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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What work best to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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DMARDs: Disease modifying meds (dmards) are the meds of choice as their can prevent damage, deformity and disability. Rheumatologists usually start with Methotrexate and add other meds such as tnf agents if necessary. Early treatment is essential.
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Can chemo be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Yes: Rituxan (rituximab) which was originally developed to treat lymphoma is approved to treat ra. Before, biologic drugs came out rare cases of RA were treated with cytoxan.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

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Dermatology 19 years experience
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, this occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues.

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