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Can chemo be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Can chemo be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Rituxan (rituximab) which was originally developed to treat lymphoma is approved to treat ra. Before, biologic drugs came out rare cases of RA were treated with cytoxan. ...Read more

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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How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Mechanics and anti : Assure mechanical challenges are address, joint protection, appropriate exercises and then progress through anti-inflammatory regimens. ...Read more

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How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis treated?

How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Many ways!: First, it is no longer called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but juvenile idiopathic arthritis, because it is not rheumatoid arthritis in children! there are so many treatments available, using several meds in tandem as therapy. It is almost always remittable. See a rheumatology specialist! ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis cause hives? I'd so, how is it treated or minimalized? If not, and I have not related it to food, what should I look at next?

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause hives? I'd so, how is it treated or minimalized? If not, and I have not related it to food, what should I look at next?

Unlikely: but the presence of one autoimmune disorder increases the risk in developing another autoimmune illness including potentially chronic autoimmune urticaria. Chronic hives are not usually related to food allergy. I think an allergy consult would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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What work best to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying meds (dmards) are the meds of choice as their can prevent damage, deformity and disability. Rheumatologists usually start with Methotrexate and add other meds such as tnf agents if necessary. Early treatment is essential. ...Read 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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How does copper treat rheumatoid arthritis?

How does copper treat rheumatoid arthritis?

No: Some people have reported feeling better overall if they wear copper jewelry but there is no evidence that copper has any effect on the course or treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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

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

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Suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis and not sure how to treat this better myself. What shall I do?

Suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis and not sure how to treat this better myself.  What shall I do?

Rheumatoid advice : Make sure you have a good PCP to coordinate your care and see a good rheumatologist. Hook up with patients who also have RA - go to patientslikeme.com and maybe join the national RA association. Be careful of some of the garbage online !!! ...Read more

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Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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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