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What is the prognosis for rheumatoid arthritis?

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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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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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Can you please describe the earlier symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Can you please describe the earlier symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Common firsts...: 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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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Communicate with physician if breakthrough flares occur to adjust meds
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed and keep active
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Can you please give me a technical description of rheumatoid arthritis?

Can you please give me a technical description of rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease that typically causes significant joint pain, swelling and stiffness in the hands and feet due to an overactive and uncontrolled immune system. ...Read more

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Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune disease: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It is an autoimmune disease, which means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Ra can occur at any age, but is more common in middle age. Ra affects joints on both sides of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles are the most commonly affected. ...Read more

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Endocin &/or azulphadin for rheumatoid arthritis, do these work?

Endocin &/or azulphadin for rheumatoid arthritis, do these work?

Yes: Indocin is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like Motrin. It can help the pain and stiffness but does slow down joint damage. (disease progression) Asulfadine is a diseases modifying medication (DMARD). This class of drugs can help pain and stiffness and also help slow down disease progression. Other commonly used DMARDS include: methotrexate, Arava, (leflunomide) and plaquenil. ...Read more

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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatolgist to guide your treatment
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Choose healthy lifestyle by quitting smoking, exercising & eating well
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Go to the National Psoriasis Foundation for more support
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Is it safe for patients with rheumatoid arthritis exercise?

Is it safe for patients with rheumatoid arthritis exercise?

Yes and no: It is important for people with rheumatoid arthritis to exercise, but it's also very important that they use correct body mechanics so they don't injure themselves. It is a good idea to talk with your rheumatologist or a physical therapist about what exercises are best for you to do and what you should avoid. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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