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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)

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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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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How long does it take to treat frozen shoulder and rheumatoid arthritis?

Hard to say: Frozen shoulder usually resolves within 18mo. I would tend to think that your RA is the major contributor to your current shoulder problems. See your rheumatologist or shoulder specialist to sort this out. ...Read more

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What medications are safe to take during pregnancy to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Only safe category a is tylenol (acetaminophen) - the other medications you need to discuss with your rheumatologist and ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I saw an article on arthritis linked to IBS and I had all the symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and IBS - are they related and how do I treat?

I saw an article on arthritis linked to IBS and I had all the symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and IBS - are they related and how do I treat?

Rheumatologist: First, you would want to clarify/confirm the diagnosis. At that point treatment could be initiated which can include medication usage and possibly dietary changes. Don't hesitate to discuss with your primary care doctor and possibly a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Exercise, medication: The therapy included physical exercise and medications. Once diagnosed we begin intensive therapy with medications such as Methotrexate alone or in combination with other dmards which are disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or we add biological medications to the Methotrexate such as enbrel, humira, remicade, cimzia, simponi (golimumab) - anti-tnf or other biologics-rituxan, abetacept, actemra. ...Read more

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My very stubborn sister has rheumatoid arthritis. What can she do to treat?

My very stubborn sister has rheumatoid arthritis. What can she do to treat?

See an MD: She needs to see a rheumatologist. These specialists are best equipped to advise and manage her problem, assuming the diagnosis accurate. Unfortunately, if she doesn't want to go, there is little you can do. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is rheumatoid arthritis treated using traditional medicine?

See details: There are numerous meds known as disease modifying agents that are used to treat RA. These include methotrexate, Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) Sulfasalazine and numerous biologic agents. ...Read more

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My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. What kind of exercise she should do to treat her disease?

My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. What kind of exercise she should do to treat her disease?

See details: It depends somewhat on the joints involved and the severity of the disease activity. The specifics are best discussed with her rheumatologist. ...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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Is fibrous ankylosis can be treated with some surgery method to restore the full mobility of joint in rheumatoid arthritis?

Is fibrous ankylosis can be treated with some surgery method to restore the full mobility of joint in rheumatoid arthritis?

It might respond to: Platelet rich plasma. Injected into the joint. Find a doctor who does prolotherapy and most of them do platelet rich plasma into the joint. Surely worth a try and the alternative is fusion or total joint replacement and you are too young for the later visit www. Getprol. Com or www. Aaomed/org for info and a doctor. ...Read more

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Should I be treated for rheumatoid arthritis if my RA factor is reactive, my ccp antibodies r a weak positive, my CRP is slightly elevated& pain?

Should I be treated for rheumatoid arthritis if my RA factor is reactive, my ccp antibodies r a weak positive, my CRP is slightly elevated& pain?

See your doc: This is a decision that needs to be made by you and your rheumatologist. Nsaids are fine for the pain, but don't overdo it. See your doc to make sure of your diagnosis before considering any treatment regimen. There is a new medication on market called vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) check this out has naproxyn 375 with esmoprezole 20mg might be able to help your arthritic pain. ...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


Dr. Marvin Ott
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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