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Can A Person Die From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Possibly: Overall mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is higher than the general population. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, the risk drops down. Be aware that RA patients generally do not die from their arthritis per se. Ra patients have increased cardiovascular risk (heart attacks and strokes) in ra. Therefore, monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, and weight. Don't smoke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The are not related but they often occur in the same individual. ...Read more
Does rheumatoid arthritis normally feels better once a person is active (walking around), like symptoms stop but return once still/lying down?
Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. ...Read more
I have rheumatoid arthritis since 2005 & last yr was diagnosed with gastritis.
Can a person have gastritis as a direct or indirect effect of the ra?
The right question: Nutrition plays a huge role in RA & other autoimmune diseases. Add a good multivitamin and also take a look at your diet. The book "digestive wellness" is a good resource for looking at how certain foods can at least make RA worse, perhaps play even a more direct role. Dairy & gluten are the 'usual suspects' but for some it may be soy, etc. Vegetables, fruits are key in an antiinflammatory diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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