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Are People Taking Fish Oil For Rheumatoid Arthritis
YES!: Fish oil and flaxseed oil contain 3-omega fatty acids which improve inflammation, make the blood less likely to clot, and inprove certain aspects of metabolic syndrome, including raising good cholesterol (hdl), and lowering triglycerides. Remeber, inflammation in the body increases Insulin resistance. All thes effects are best potentiated with omega-3 intake of 1500mg per day and higher! ...Read more
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
Is taking supplements such as omga-3, fish oil, glucosamine and vitamin C sufficient enough to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis?
Absolutely not!: The omega-3s (flax seed oil and fish oil) will help ra. Vitamin c over the mdr has no benefit. Results are mixed with glucosamine. Anti-oxidants such as green tea extraqct, grapeseed extract may also help, but if you truly have ra, you will sustainm progressive joint damage with time, if you are not taking remitting agents! see someone in rheumatology! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good experience: Rituxan (rituximab) has been used in rheumatoid arthritis and it has demonsrated good response-in my experience. Jus like anything else, there are some possible side effects from Rituxan (rituximab) but majority are very tolerable. You need to be screened for hepatitis b - prior to Rituxan (rituximab) administration.-as Rituxan (rituximab) can cause hep b exacerbation. ...Read more
Yes, but.....: Humira (adalimumab) is quite effective. It is also quite expensive. It should not be considered a first-line therapy, as drug companies want us to believe. Other first line dmards like plaquenyl, methotrexate, leflunomide, and sulfasalazine work quite well. I occasionally will give Humira (adalimumab) injections for several visits until other drugs kick in. ...Read more
What causes an elevated jo-1 antibody? I am taking medication for rheumatoid arthritis. Is this related, or does it indicate other disease activity?
Usually not RA.: Myositis can be associated with several types of autoantibodies: anti-jo1 antibodies are a type of anti-nuclear antibody. Anti-srp antibodies are mainly associated with, but are not specific for, polymyositis. The ccp antibody is most specific for ra. Keep in mind that certain meds for RA also work in myositis, such as Methotrexate and steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water ...Read more
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