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Can Anorexia Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis
Yes: Joint pain can be caused by viral infections. Parvovirus is a virus that causes several illnesses, including fifth disease — a common childhood ailment known for causing a red rash on the face. In adults, the most prominent symptom of fifth disease is joint soreness, typically in the hands, wrists, knees and ankles. Fifth disease should be considered as a possible cause of joint pain in adults who have recently noticed pain and swelling in multiple joints, especially if the symptoms started after exposure to a child with the illness. ...Read more
Chronic Inflammation: There are several causes of anemia in rheumatoid arthritis. The most common is anemia of chronic disease. The cause is not completely understood. However, chronic inflammation can affect the body's ability to use iron and its ability to produce red blood cells which leads to low blood counts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats might help reduce symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis: But the research studies supporting this benefit have depended on the test subjects' memories of what they had eaten, which could be faulty. And this type of diet often results in weight loss, which can independently reduce stress on joints and improve arthritis symptoms. Some people have also tried eliminating certain foods from their diets — such as wheat, bacon or pork, milk, rye, beef, or coffee. But the benefits of this practice have been difficult to quantify scientifically. Avoiding certain foods that seem to worsen your symptoms may be worth trying, but don't exclude whole food groups or large numbers of foods without consulting a registered dietitian or your doctor. ...Read more
Several: Gout is caused by a problem of purine( a type of protein) metabolism. We all produce purine but it is the build up of it in the body that may cause a gouty attack. For certain people they may produce too much of it and or they may not get rid of it fast enough so it build up in the body usually around the joints( big toe). Poor kidney function, eating too much fish/meat and drinking are factors. ...Read more
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
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