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Can a person die from rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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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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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 can rheumatoid arthritis affect in a person?

What can rheumatoid arthritis affect in a person?

Rheumatoid arthritis: Surely your primary doctor has discussed this with you. If not, you must make an appointment to see your doctor. Hope all goes well. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Can a person become crippled as a result of rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a person become crippled as a result of rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Yes but with modern treatments this consequence can often be prevented. The key is early diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can a person have a negative RA titre have rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a person have a negative RA titre have rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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What kind of multi-vitamin should a person with rheumatoid arthritis take?

What kind of multi-vitamin should a person with rheumatoid arthritis take?

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 more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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