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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)

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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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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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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What will cause a person to die from Crohn's disease?

What will cause a person to die from Crohn's disease?

Rare: It's actually rare to die directly from crohn's disease. The main cause of death that can be tied to crohn's would be cancer. Many decades of inflammation can lead to bowel cancers. Also, medications from crohn's are associated with a risk of lymphoma. Even if you get cancer, it may not cause death. Some of these cancers are treatable with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. ...Read more

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How could a person die from diabetes?

How could a person die from diabetes?

Uncontrolled: If diabetes remains uncontrolled death can occur most commonly from cardiovascular disease of kidney failure. ...Read more

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How does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis affect someone during adulthood if it is different from adult ra?

How does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis affect someone during adulthood if it is different from adult ra?

Autoinflammatory dis: Systemic jia/jra is actually an autoinflammatory disease rather than an autoimmune disease and is more similar to periodic fever syndromes than RA or jra. There's a problem with the innate immune system's triggering and control of inflammation, not a problem with mistakenly recognizing one's own proteins as foreign (like a virus). As such, Anakinra and steroids are most effective long term meds. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to die from Crohn's disease?

What could cause a person to die from Crohn's disease?

Several things: Crohn's disease is an autoimmune-type disease with no cure. Management uses immune suppression, which places people at risk for infectious complications. There are also complications of the disease process that require surgery: perforation, obstruction, unresponsive to meds. Other complications include malnutrition and a higher risk of certain cancers. ...Read more

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Can a young person die from aaa?

Can a young person die from aaa?

Yes: Any person with a AAA can die. Typically the larger the aneurysm, the greater the risk. Younger individuals, especially less than 40, typically do not have significant aneurysms without a familial cause such as marfan's or ehlers danlos and in these patient the aneurysms can be fatal. ...Read more

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What advice can you give for people suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What advice can you give for people suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Get proper treatment: Be sure to see a board certified pediatric rheumatologist.There is no reason to suffer with this disease considering how highly effective the medications now available.General pediatricians and family medicine docs are not familiar or comfortable with using weekly low dose Methotrexate and tnf inhibitors that are needed to control 99% of kids with correctly diagnosed jra. Nsaids are not enough rx. ...Read more

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Person who is in remission from leukemia can get pregnant?

Person who is in remission from leukemia can get pregnant?

Yes she can: But should she or not, is a more complicated matter. She should discuss this matter with her oncologist who is treating her leukemia. ...Read more

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What will it be like living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for life?

What will it be like living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for life?

Better control now: We have people in adulthood who have had jia also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It used to be called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. We have much better ways to control the jia and our patients can have great control of their symptoms. We can use biologics which can help control a lot and some people can actually come completely off their medications and go into remission. ...Read more

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How can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis from relapsing?

How can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis from relapsing?

Some time: Ra have natural remission , lossing wieghtcould helpyour genneral health, the best madication which doctor give you. ...Read more

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Can a person die from svt?

Can a person die from svt?

Very rare: This rhythm disturbance can be treated emergently by electrical cardioversion or drug therapy. It can be associated with WPW syndrome which can result in extremely fast heart rate and vascular collapse. Fortunately this condition can be cured by ablation therapy. In the majority of patients it doesn't cause severe symptoms and can be managed with medical therapy. ...Read more

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How can an elderly person recover from a hip fracture?

How can an elderly person recover from a hip fracture?

Physical Therapy: Most elderly patients experience a mild regression in their ambulatory status after a hip fracture. Regular physical therapy is an important factor in maximizing their recovery. ...Read more

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Can systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause you to get sick?

Can systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause you to get sick?

Yes: Systemic juvenile arthritis can cause diffuse body rash, recurrent fevers, multiple joint swellings and inflammation, as well as cause corneal changes of the eye resulting in vision loss. Systemic jra can also affect liver and kidney function. ...Read more

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Can a 16y/o acquire adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a 16y/o acquire adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: It can happen and is more likely to occur in young girls than young boys. ...Read more

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How would the urine of a person suffering from acute kidney failure be different from a healthy person?

How would the urine of a person suffering from acute kidney failure be different from a healthy person?

Cells,casts: Urinalyis in acute renal failure helps to determine the cause, rbcs and RBC casts indicate a glomerulonephritis, wbcs an infection and WBC casts pyelonephritis. Muddy brown casts indicate atn. These findings are absent in health. The fractional excretion of sodium in typically higher in acute tubular necrosis vs prerenal states. The presence of protein and bile etc can help diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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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 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?

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?

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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What is the reason why a person can't donate bone marrow if they have rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis?

What is the reason why a person can't donate bone marrow if they have rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis?

Transimitting: Since the cells from the bone marrow will alter the recipient's immune system, receiving bone marrow cells from donors will an immune disorder will likely cause similar problem in the recipients. It is difficult enough to keep the host from rejecting the graft (bone marrow) and more perilous still if one has to suppress the autoimmune conditions. ...Read more

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In a person 72 with Rheumatoid arthritis and anemia ,how low does someone's blood count have to go before they need a transfusion.

In a person 72 with Rheumatoid arthritis    and anemia ,how low does someone's blood count have to go before they need a  transfusion.

Depends: If the hemoglobin falls slowly, the body make adjustments to the change. If the person does not have symptoms, such as shortness of breath, medical treatment may be given rather than transfusion. The usual trigger for transfusion is hemoglobin of less than 7.0 gm/dL. ...Read more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Arthritis means inflammation of joints. RA is a common form of arthritis. (There are various other causes of arthritis and RA is just one cause.) About 1 in 100 people develop RA at some stage in their lives. It can happen to anyone. It is not an hereditary disease. It can develop at any age, but most commonly starts between the ages of 40 and 60.http://patient.info/health/rheumatoid-arthritis-leaflet ...Read more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

Autoimmune disease: Ra occurs when our immune system attacks the linings of our joints causing pain and stiffness. Small and large joints can be affected. Fatigue is common. Treatment helps the symptoms and also prevents future joint damage and disability. There are many treatments available. Common treatments include disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs or dmards. These include methotrexate, enbrel, (etanercept) and humira. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...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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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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Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it.It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read more

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How serious is the rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: It can be very serious unless it is treated aggressively early to prevent joint damage and deformity. Anyone with RA should be under the care of a rheumatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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