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A 35-year-old female asked:

when my rehoumathoid arthritis makes my joints swell up with fluid and double in size, i seem to put on 5lb in weight? is it the fluid?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Possibly: If your swelling is that significant, there certainly could be enough fluid in/around the joints to account for the additional weight that you're noticing.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Could be: Joint swelling may interfere with venous and lymphatic return, resulting in fluid retention.

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