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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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I am coughing up green lumpy stuff. I have a RA and see pulmonologist for issue I have some nodules and cough up infection every day but caught flu?

I am coughing up green lumpy stuff. I have a RA and see pulmonologist for issue I have some nodules and cough up infection every day but caught flu?

Influenza: Hopefully you're immunized yearly with flu vaccine. If you become ill and suspect influenza you should be tested and treated with an antiviral. If you have pulmonary nodules from RA and were previously asymptomatic and now coughing up exudate it would be wise to go back and see your pulmonologist. Ra and its treatments makes you immune suppressed and at risk of very severe infections. Go now. ...Read more

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I have RA & on enbrel (etanercept). Have chronic cough & 2 small lung nodules. Concerns?

I have RA & on enbrel (etanercept). Have chronic cough & 2 small lung nodules. Concerns?

See your doctor: The nodules could be anything from scar tissue due to prior infections, rheumatoid nodules. To cancer. You should ask your doctor about these. The cough could be due to rheumatoid lung, copd, infection or a simple allergy or sinus problem. You will need to explore this with your own doctor to get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to know when do subcutaneous nodules appear in course of ra(rheumatoid arthritis)?

How to know when do subcutaneous nodules appear in course of ra(rheumatoid arthritis)?

Usually never: Subcutaneous nodules are only present in about 20% of cases, they are usually associated with more severe disease. ...Read more

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When do subcutaneous nodules appear in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

When do subcutaneous nodules appear in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

Anytime/often later: Rheumatoid nodules occur in about 35% of RA patients. Interestingly, smoking and the use of Methotrexate increases the risk of developing these nodules. They tend to appear later in the disease course but can occur really at any time. ...Read more

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What is ra?

What is ra?

Rhumatoid arthritis: One of the most common medical conditions for whic the term "ra" is used is rhuematoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory arthritic condition. Ra can stand for oher things as well, for example it is also used commonly to refer to the term "room air". Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Is there cure for ra?

Is there cure for ra?

No: However, treatments now can effectively control the disease in many (but not all) individuals. A cure is being actively pursued. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for ra?

Is there a cure for ra?

Variable: Since rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition of intermittent exacerbations (flares) and quiescence, it is impossible to know if a patient has reached a state where no future flares will occur. Instead, the term remission is used to indicate prolonged quiescence. Remission is highly variable, but can be achieved with some of today's drugs. More often, treatment modification is ongoing. ...Read more

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Can RA make u lose weight?

Yes: When it presents sometimes you can weight loss called cachexia due to the systemic inflammation that it has. This can resolve once one goes on therapy. ...Read more

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Can i be blind due to RA?

Can i be blind due to RA?

Not likely: But possible. Usually dry eye iritis and steroid related cataracts. But rarely Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) retinal toxicity after 7-8 yrs of high doses. Eyemds monitor for this quite carefully every 6 months or so reducing the chance of blindness. ...Read more

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Ddd & ra, how do you manage?

Ddd & ra, how do you manage?

2 different ways: Ra can be devastating if not properly treated. You should seek treatment from your physician or, ideally, from a rheumatologist. Ddd is a different story all together but weight control, not smoking & regular exercise will help both ddd & ra. For most, ddd is just age changes not leading to any significant symptoms. Ra can be halted with treatment. Otc medication can help with symptoms ...Read more

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Is gluten food gd for RA ppl?

Is gluten food gd for RA ppl?

No effect: Unless you have gluten sensitivity foods containing gluten do not affect ra. ...Read more

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Can hypothyriodism lead to ra?

Can hypothyriodism lead to ra?

No, but related: Most hypothyroidism is from an auto-immune problem, so is ra. That is the connection. People who are prone to have auto immune syndromes are more likely to get both of these problems. ...Read more

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Does accupuncture help with ra?

Does accupuncture help with ra?

WHO says.....: The world health organization places rheumatoid arthritis under the category of "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment". You can check this site http://apps.Who. Int/medicinedocs/en/d/js4926e/5. Html" rel="n. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about jra, or ra?

Can you tell me about jra, or ra?

Depends: Jra could affect few or several joints. Can affect eyes or could occur with fever and rash. Ra typically after age 16, bilateral symmetrical joint swelling with some lab abnormalities. ...Read more

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Why can't I have pain meds for RA?

Why can't I have pain meds for RA?

Pain: Have you seen a rheumatologist? Treating rheumatoid arthritis requires anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes immune suppression medications to control the inflammation, just you will have less pain. Pain medications can be used to temporarily relieve your symptoms but it is not the main treatment. Discuss it further with your local physician ...Read more

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Does ild occur in seronegative ra?

Does ild occur in seronegative ra?

It can occur.: First, make sure you are not ccp antibody positive. If you are, your rf is irrelevant. Pulmonary fibrosis can occur in psoriatic arthritis and spondylitis, as well as a number of connective tissue diseases. Does anyone in family have psoriasis? Also, it can occur as a rare reaction to methotrexate. Are you being treated with this? Hope these points help. ...Read more

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Do acidic foods cause RA flare-ups?

Watch your body: Most of what you read about "acid" and "alkaline" foods online is "misleading" at best. The link between diet and the exacerbations and remissions of autoimmune disease is poorly understood. Anecdotally, there are cases of RA that stop when a particular problem food is identified & eliminated. Ask your physician if a trial of an elimination diet is right for you. ...Read more

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What diet is best for RA and fibromyalgia?

What diet is best for RA and fibromyalgia?

No best, but...: A mediterranean diet or low glycemic diet work best for most. Get enough fiber and fresh vegetables, berries, with adequate protein. Avoid the "whites, " ie. Starches and bread, and stay away from sugar! ...Read more

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What are the differences between RA and OA?

What are the differences between RA and OA?

Numerous: RA affects the joint lining or inner joint capsule. RA is an autoimmune disease that commonly had a hereditary component. The synovial proliferation that occurs causes damage to the cartilage. Typically, symmetrical affects right and left and multiple joints affected. OA is a wear and tear of the cartilage in a joint. The cartilage thins and more stress seen on bone causing pain ...Read more

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Can my gastritis be caused in part by my ra?

Most likely not: Classic gastrointestinal symptoms, such as those involving the stomach, small, and large intestines, are not commonly associated with the disease. Sun et al. failed to find any correlation between RA and upper GI disease, while another study from modern rheumatology actually found that having RA might decrease common stomach infections. ...Read more

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What are side effects of metheotxate in ra?

What are side effects of metheotxate in ra?

See below: Infections, low white blood cells counts, fatigue, oral ulcers, elevated liver enzymes, GI upsets, and rarely pneumonitis,. ...Read more

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Does being overweight affect severity of RA?

Does being overweight affect severity of RA?

Yes: More weight put more pressure on joints and bad diet like potatoes; tomatoes: chocolate etc are bad for RA. ...Read more

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Does soaking in hot water help RA feel better?

Does soaking in hot water help RA feel better?

Unproven: Some patients swear they feel better with such methods, and I have no reason to doubt them... But relief is usually temporary and this method will not slow the disease. ...Read more

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Can RA be cured by doing juicing 3 times a day?

Not really: There is no scientific evidence that I am aware of linking juicing to curing ra. Juicing can be a healthy part of a balanced diet, but be cautious. If you are overweight and using a lot of fruit in your juices you will be ingesting more sugar which will lead to weight gain, further stressing your joints. Use more veggies and also consult a rheumatologist to discuss newer RA treatments. ...Read more

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Why are people with RA more prone to bursitis?

RA: Ra just has more autoimmune, inflammatory component to the soft tissues such as bursa, synovium, tendon, etc. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

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