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what's the difference between gout and rheumatoid or other arthritis?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Big differences: Regular arthritis, osteoarthritis, is a mechanical problem involving the wearing away of the cartilage in a joint. It is not a systemic problem. Rheumatoid is an autoimmune disease which is systemic. It tends to affect many joints. Gout involves the formation of a crystal in the joint which causes inflammation. Since each disease has a unique cause, each disease has unique treatments.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Arthritis: Gout is caused by an overproduction of uric acid which is a breakdown product of certain proteins. If the level of uric acid in the blood is too high, gout crystals which under a microscope look like needles will deposit in certain joints like the big toe, elbow or knee and cause severe inflammation and pain. Rheumatoid arthritis/autoimmune condition/the body makes antibodies to the joint lining.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does body weight influence arthritis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Wt. worsens symptoms: A person's back, hips, knees, and ankles take on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen joint problems such as pain, swelling, difficulty walking, or trouble climbing stairs. Even if the original cause of the joint problems were from other diseases or injuries, the heavier a person is, the more wear and tear the joints have to endure.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I recently heard that eating a lot of protein in your diet can later increase your chances of gettinggout. I was wondering if this is true.

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Protein & gout: Protein in general is not the problem with gout; it's specific proteins (purines) that occur in organ meats (liver, kidney, sweetbreads), brewer's yeast (beer), and legumes (peanuts, peas). However, any high protein diet, without adequate fluid intake, can damage the kidneys. Your fp can test your blood & urine for markers of gout and/or kidney damage.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do x-rays tell if I have rheumatoird arthritis?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Not really: There may be no changes on x-ray in the early stages. X-ray findings are not necessary in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (ra), but x-rays can add in the diagnosis or following the treatment of ra. Diagnosis can be very straightforward or quite complex for ra. The right diagnosis is important since it needs to be treated to prevent irreversible joint destruction.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the prognosis for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Fair: Ra can be treated successfully if treated early with dmard medications such as Enbrel (etanercept) and humira. Multiple medication can be appropriate. If the disease is advanced and not treated it can be crippling.This is a reason why early detection and treatment is important. Seek medical attention rather than accept a notion there is nothing else anyone can do as therapies are constantly changing.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of arthritis in your knees?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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See below: Symptoms of arthritis conditions include pain, sometimes swelling, increased warmth limitation of motion, stiffness particularly in the morning after getting up, popping, clicking, giving way or buckling. People often report trouble with stairs or trouble getting up after they have been sitting a while. Not everyone has all of these symptoms however.

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