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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
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
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
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
Does rheumatoid arthritis normally feels better once a person is active (walking around), like symptoms stop but return once still/lying down?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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