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what is rheumatoid arthritis and what can be done to deal/help it?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Acute inflammatory : Rheumatoid arthritis is an acute inflammation of the joints which causes much pain, swelling and stiifness of the joints and commonly occurs in the younger age groups. There are good treatments available for it now but you need to see a specialist called rheumatologist in order to get the best medical care.
Answered on Feb 25, 2014
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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
25 years experience Rheumatology
Autoimmune disease: Ra occurs when our immune system attacks the linings of our joints causing pain and stiffness. Small and large joints can be affected. Fatigue is common. Treatment helps the symptoms and also prevents future joint damage and disability. There are many treatments available. Common treatments include disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs or dmards. These include methotrexate, enbrel, (etanercept) and humira.
Answered on Jan 2, 2014

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