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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause osteoporosis?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause osteoporosis?

Not directly: It increases the risk of osteoporosis. A large risk factor is if steroids are used in ra. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrist pain: Rheumatoid arthritis can indeed cause joint pain in the wrist. However, there are many causes of wrist pain: osteoarthritis (degenerative wear-and-tear arthritis), tendinitis, bony abnormalities (keinbock's disease, scaphoid stress fracture), carpal tunnel syndrome, cartilage abnormalities, capsulitis, intersection syndrome, dequervain's tenosynovitis, and still many others. Your doctor can help. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but it does not seem to run in families. ...See more

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Ask your doctor to adjust your medication if you experience breakthrough flares
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from a rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed
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What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the symptoms and signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Immune dysfunction!: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Cavities are associated with worse rheumatoid arthritis. Keep your teeth healthy. ...See more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Engage in regular, low-impact cardiovascular exercise
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Take a Glucosamine Chondroitin supplement
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How do you confirm the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you confirm the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis?

There no one test: According to the american college of rheumatology if you have four of the seven symptoms listed below for more than 6 weeks
morning stiffness that lasts over an hour
arthritis in at least three joints
arthritis of the joints of the hand
arthritis on both sides of the body.
A positive blood test (rf)
the presence of rheumatoid nodules
x-rays that show signs of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis. ...See more

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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatologist to guide your treatment
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Maintain a healthy lifestyle
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Go to the National Psoriasis Foundation for more support
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What is the prognosis for rheumatoid arthritis?

Good: We have developed a variety of medicines that can help rheumatoid arthritis. The important thing is early as possible diagnosis and immediate and intensive therapy including medications, exercise including physical therapy. We need to start medication as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How do doctors test for rheumatoid arthritis?

How do doctors test for rheumatoid arthritis?

Exam history and lab: You need to have a history taken, a family history, examination and then different blood tests like rheumatoid factor CRP Sed rate ANA etc It takes all of the above items to make a diagnosis ...Read more

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Are there good tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there good tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: I still mostly rely on the patient’s history and physical exam. A few blood tests can help support a diagnosis of RA: anti CCP antibody, RF for example. If these are present it suggests a worse prognosis. Joint x rays with early symptoms are often normal. More studies are defining the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI of the joints in helping us diagnose rheumatoid arthritis early. ...Read more

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Who knows a rheumatoid arthritis doctor listing?

ARA society: The american rheumatolic society will have a listing on the internet. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Don't - smoke. Smoking is a risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis in some individuals. ...See more

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Can HPV cause rheumatoid arthritis?

Can HPV cause rheumatoid arthritis?

No: No studies have shown a link between hpv or other viruses and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Myth: rheumatoid arthritis always cripples. Fact: early treatment can avoid many problems. ...See more

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Is there any ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Is there any ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Many: In the past twenty years, many new treatments have been developed. Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications. Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. The biggest advances have been in medications called biologic response modifiers. Good news for many. ...Read more

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Being treated for rheumatoid arthritis my elbows will ache sometime. It feels like the pain travels to my wrist at the same time. Is this normal?

Being treated for rheumatoid arthritis my elbows will ache sometime. It feels like the pain travels to my wrist at the same time. Is this normal?

Yes.: The radial, ulnar ; median nerves r in close proximity to the elbow, ; the inflammatory process can irritation can effect the nerves and give u referred pain down the arm ; into the hand ; wrist. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Rheumatoid arthritis is a genetically obtained connective tissue disease. It is in your genes. ...See more

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Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Many patients: Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications including enbrel (etanercept). Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. Enbrel (etanercept) is a biologic response modifier meaning that the drug is made by a biological system. The drug can be very effective. Untreated RA has huge risks. ...Read more

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Good idea to be taking humira (adalimumab) for treatment rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Tnf agents such as Humira (adalimumab) are extremely effective in controlling RA and preventing joint damage and deformities. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

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

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Are there any natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis that have been proven to be helpful?

Are there any natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis that have been proven to be helpful?

Further research: In general there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that complimentary alternative medicine therapies are safe/effective for rheumatoid arthritis. Some mind-body therapies and supplements may be good adjunctive treatments (could possibly decrease pain in joints) but especially dietary supplements should be discussed with your doctor for potential interactions with conventional medicine. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for rheumatoid arthritis?

Closer: There are some good leads but no definite cure yet. Rheumatoid arthritis may be more than one disease. Although we think immune dysregulation is a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis, different people may have different mechanisms. Sometimes it appears someone is responding to therapy and then they lose the response. This suggests that a new mechanism of inflammation has taken over - possibilities. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis is determined by genetics and other factors that cannot be avoided. ...See more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"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 ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more