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Doctor insights on: Any Relationship Between Agent Orange And Rheumatoid Arthritis

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What do doctors prescribe for rheumatoid arthritis?

What do doctors prescribe for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many Options: Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease primarily affecting the joints. There is a very wide range of Disease Modifying antiRheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) available for treatment. There are older, less specific, but still effective DMARDs such as plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) sulfasalazine, leflunomide and methotrexate. NSAIDs and prednisone to treat flares. There are many newer biologic DMARDs like Anti-TNF agents. ...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 there a connection between rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease/heart attacks? What would it be?

Is there a connection between rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease/heart attacks? What would it be?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis (and any chronic inflammatory state) accelerates formation of atherosclerotic plaques in the blood vessels, and hence is a risk factor for causing heart attacks. Moreover, chronic steroid use (if used to treat ra) may cause metabolic changes that predispose for heart attacks as well. ...Read more

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Is there any relationship between low est GFR and rheumatoid arthritis?

Gfr: The est GFR is just that. An estimation based on your age and some serologies. A rheumatologist can pinpoint the type of arthritis and determine if it can effect you renal function. ...Read more

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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! ...Read more

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How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. ...Read more

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I am 37 yr old lady I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since 10 yrs I am going with wysolone n folitrax all the joints r affected so I want some exercise also I'll b very thankful to you?

I am 37 yr old lady I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since 10 yrs I am going with wysolone n folitrax all the joints r affected so I want some exercise also I'll b very thankful to you?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: It is tough to live with Active Rheumatoid arthritis. swimming and simple range of motion exercises (like squeezing a soft ball with you hands) are reasonable. You might also discuss with rheumatologist other option that just steroids treatment. Best wishes ...Read more

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What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

Bad: Ra is an inflammotry disorder, characterized by high levels of CRP in the body. CRP does not cause the damge, but is the best surrogate marker for inflammation in the body, particularly the blood stream. Inflammation hurts the ling of blood vessels and increases the tendency to deposit cholesterol plaques. It raises clotting factors, such as fibrinogen which makes the blood more liely to clot! ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What should I do?

I've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What should I do?

See a rheumatologist: Visit a rheumatologist to learn about treating and living with rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What things can cause rheumatoid arthritis symptoms to flare up?

What things can cause rheumatoid arthritis symptoms to flare up?

Fatigue, stress, infxn: There are several possible causes of flares include stress, fatigue & overexertion which can trigger RA inflammatn as well as possibly food allergies vs. A chemical sensitivity. RA meds suppress the immune system, which means a higher risk for infections. Thus even the common cold or flu may trigger a flare of RA. Thus learn to recognize your triggers, get rest, work w/MD & decrease stress w/meditaiotn ...Read more

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If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

Probably not: This is a good question for your own doctor. In general, the short answer is: your arthritis may just get worse and worse without medicines. The longer answer is that studies are starting to show that improved treatment of RA lowers risk of heart attack and possibly risk of death. Medicines have various risks but most people do well when monitored appropriately. ...Read more

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What are the odds of getting as you grow older rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the odds of getting as you grow older rheumatoid arthritis?

Older?: Since RA is an auto-immune condition, its development is not really age dependent. Often it is not recognized until later in life when the conditions start showing signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

Shorter life: Untreated rheumatoid arthritis shortens lives. The effect on the lifespan depends on the severity of the disease and the amount of inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly causes joint deformities which, if they occur, can only be reversed by surgery. It is best to get prompt diagnosis and treatment. Ra is serious chronic disease like diabetes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are ways to control rheumatoid arthritis without medicine?

Can you tell me if there are ways to control rheumatoid arthritis without medicine?

No: Genes have been activate, producing an army of immune cells attacking your joints and sometimes other areas. Attempts with diet have failed so far. ...Read more

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What can be done about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What can be done about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Get proper treatment: Be sure to see a board certified pediatric rheumatologist. There is no reason to suffer with this disease considering how highly effective the medications now available. General pediatricians and family medicine docs are not familiar or comfortable with using weekly low dose Methotrexate and tnf inhibitors that are needed to control 99% of kids with correctly diagnosed jra. Nsaids are not enough rx. ...Read more

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Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune: 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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What can I do to address juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What can I do to address juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Medication: Pediatric rheumatologists specialize in these issues and can prescribe medications or groups of medications to address the underlying pathology. ...Read more

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Bf says alcohol can help decrease rheumatoid arthritis?

Not clear: Although there was a study suggesting that alcohol use (10 drinks a month) can reduce the pain from RA associated with inflamation, experts still feel that this is a weak association. In all likelihood, more studies on this would have to be done before anyone can advise a patient to consume alcohol to control their symptoms. ...Read more

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How can one manage constant pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

How can one manage constant pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

Many options: However there are many options for treatment. Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, steroid medications, methotrexate, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the knee joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Some of these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx. Com for stem cell therapy. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis what can I do to be able to move?

See details: The major thing is to control the inflammation as completely as possible. Smoking makes your RA much worse so stop this habit now. ...Read more

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What to do about rheumatoid arthritis complication mcq step 1?

Makes no sense: What does this have to do with RA. I have never heard of this association. The RA needs aggressive treatment, period. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can trauma trigger an aggressive onset of rheumatoid arthritis?

There may be some: Truth that there can be environmental stimulus or component to onset of rheumatoid disease. It could be secondary to other factors like stress associated with the trauma. ...Read more

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What sort of symptoms has a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Many Sx!: Joint pain is most common, but high fevers and rash can occur, but usually in less than half. Inflammation of the eye can occur, but much less common. If a child has a hot swollen joint, see a rheumatologist! ...Read more

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If an adult has rheumatoid arthritis for a couple years, can they have a baby?

Yes: Yes but they might have to modify the medications they are taking. This should be done in consultation with a good obgyn doctor and a good rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Please help me! How can I find relief for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis?

Please help me! How can I find relief for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis?

Fibromyalgia Support: See a specialist who can guide you with proper knowledge. I would also consider seeking fibromyalgia and/or arthritis support groups to discuss your issues with others who suffer and are confused like you are. Contact your doctors and/or the internet to research. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. What can I take that can treat both?

Different conditions: Fibromyalgia and RA are very different, so the medications that work for one, may not work for the other. Antidepressants such as duloxetine (cymbalta) or others are frequently helpful for chronic pain. Exercise can also be helpful for chronic pain. See a rheumatologist if you haven't already. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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