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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rheumatism (Overview)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer to rheumatoid arthritis specifically.


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What causes rheumatism?

What causes rheumatism?

Osteoarthritis: Rheumatism is an older generic term for arthritic type of aches and pains. It is not a specific diagnosis. It can have many causes but most often is a term used for osteoarthritic pain. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
40 Doctors shared insights

Rheumatism (Overview)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer to rheumatoid arthritis specifically.


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What can I do to treat rheumatism?

What can I do to treat rheumatism?

100's of types: There are over 100 diagnoses that cause "rheumatism, " an older generic term for joint aches and pain. Treatments vary with diagnosis. If you have "rheumatism, " ask your pcp or see a rheumatologist for specific dx. ...Read more

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Rheumatism (Tip)

Risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis may increase the farther away you are from the equator! ...See more

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Can rheumatism affect your sinuses? I have been having evening congestion that has coincided withmy RA diagnosis. If so, what is the best treatment?

Can rheumatism affect your sinuses? I have been having evening congestion that has coincided withmy RA diagnosis. If so, what is the best treatment?

This could be: This could be a number from reflux from your medications or it could be from tobacco use which can also make your rheumatoid worse and more difficult to treat. Consider stopping smoking and seeing your primary and possibly an ENT to evaluate your sinsus issues. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to cure rheumatism or cut down the ache?

Are there any ways to cure rheumatism or cut down the ache?

Not used: Rheumatism is no longer used as a medical term referring to any specific condition. It previously was used to describe a variety of musculoskeletal comditions. Depending on the type of arthritis or muscle condition, there may be excellent treatments or only symptomatic care. ...Read more

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Rheumatism (Tip)

Check for food sensitivities. ...See more

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What are the best drugs for rheumatism?

Rheumatism: Need to know first what you mean by rheumatism. Standard tylenol (acetaminophen) works quite well for osteoarthritis. Sometimes you may need drugs like aleve or ibuprofen. If you have a more inflammatory process you really need to see your doctor. Do remember no drug comes without potential side effects if used in excess. ...Read more

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Rheumatism (Tip)

Lymphoma risk in RA without meds is slightly higher than normal people. ...See more

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Rheumatoid arthritis genetic test available?

Rheumatoid arthritis genetic test available?

No.: No genetic tests predict RA in an individual. Some testing can identify patient who may be at risk for a seronegative spondyloarthopathy, but even the presence of a suceptible gene does not mean you have or will get it. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Rheumatism (Tip)

Myth: a positive rheumatoid factor means rheumatoid arthritis. Fact: false positives are common. ...See more

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What is rheumatism?

What is rheumatism?

Outdated term: We no longer use the term rheumatism as it previously referred to multiple conditions that affected joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and even nerves. In some cases, it meant rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What causes rheumatism?

Osteoarthritis: Rheumatism is an older generic term for arthritic type of aches and pains. It is not a specific diagnosis. It can have many causes but most often is a term used for osteoarthritic pain. ...Read more

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Rheumatism (Tip)

Rheumatoid arthritis is not strongly heritable. If you have a strong family history for arthritis? Ra! ...See more

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How do you treat rheumatism?

How do you treat rheumatism?

Treatment: Multiple choices depending on extend of the disease and need for aggressive therapy. All treatment have risk and benefits that must be individualized. Not one size fits all. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat rheumatism?

100's of types: There are over 100 diagnoses that cause "rheumatism, " an older generic term for joint aches and pain. Treatments vary with diagnosis. If you have "rheumatism, " ask your pcp or see a rheumatologist for specific dx. ...Read more

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Rheumatism (Tip)

Less than 4% of all arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. ...See more

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What are the best drugs for rheumatism?

Rheumatism: Need to know first what you mean by rheumatism. Standard tylenol (acetaminophen) works quite well for osteoarthritis. Sometimes you may need drugs like aleve or ibuprofen. If you have a more inflammatory process you really need to see your doctor. Do remember no drug comes without potential side effects if used in excess. ...Read more

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How does palandromic rheumatism manifest itself?

Recurrent pain: This is a syndrome of recurrent pain in joints with periods of no pain there is generally no inflammation associated with it and markers of inflammation like ESR or cro are normal and all serological like rheumatoid factor are negative. Often responds well to anti inflammatory mess or plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). ...Read more

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Rheumatism (Tip)

Sunlight has hormone regulating properties that can reduce your pain. Spend time outside! ...See more

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What are alternative ways to ease rheumatism pain?

What are alternative ways to ease rheumatism pain?

Improve lifestyle: Chronic joint pain/swelling can be helped using an anti-inflammatory diet (plant based, whole grains and lean protein), drink 0.5oz/pound you weigh for joint hydration. Using supplements like omega 3 4-6 grams/day, glucosamine and curcumin are important as well. Maintain a healthy weight. Exericse with tai chi, in a heated pool. Acupuncture, reiki and meditationcan also help with pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rheumatism?

What is the definition or description of: rheumatism?

Joint pain: "rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer to rheumatoid arthritis specifically. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Rheumatism (Tip)

Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis will test positive for chronic mononucleosis! ...See more

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What causes rheumatism artritis?

What causes rheumatism artritis?

Genes, environment: The complete answer is unknown, but this is certainly a genetic disease. We have known to quite some time that RA clusters within families. There are non-genetic causes (environment), such as smoking, that also increases the risk of developing ra.

The arthritis foundation has a webpage that attempts to answer this question:
http://www. Arthritis. Org/who-gets-rheumatoid-arthritis. Php. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
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Rheumatism (Tip)

Excess caffeine (more than 4 cups of coffee) can reduce the efficacy of methotrexate. ...See more

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