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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission. ...Read more

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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Could rheumatoid arthritis cause pleurisy?

Could rheumatoid arthritis cause pleurisy?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder that can affect internal organs including the pleura (lining around the lungs). It it occurs, the result is rheumatoid pleurisy. ...Read more

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What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the joints instead of fighting intruders like bacteria and viruses. Genetic factors play a role in risk for developing autoimmune diseases. Exposure to certain viruses may play a role as well. ...Read more

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Why is rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation? What causes the inflammation?

Why is rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation? What causes the inflammation?

Because it's 1 of--: -autoimmune diseases, & these R characterized as inflammatory diseases. The cause is not fully known. There R many diseases that R so classified such as lupus. Erythema nodosum (sp). The response is actually the body's immune system gone wild, & attacks the host body. ...Read more

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Can HPV cause rheumatoid arthritis?

Can HPV cause rheumatoid arthritis?

No: No studies have shown a link between hpv or other viruses and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis be caused by allergies.

No: I have not read about or seen a patient where rheumatoid arthritis is caused by allergies. ...Read more

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Can taking 80mg of simvastatin daily for 7yrs cause rheumatoid arthritis? I'm 69 yrs old

Can taking 80mg of simvastatin daily for 7yrs cause rheumatoid arthritis? I'm 69 yrs old

Synvastatin: Synvastatin is a statin that has been shown to reduce the inflamation in infklammatory arthropaties, or better known as arthritis. There is no evidence that the statins could contribute or be part of the etiology or the cause of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis? Does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

What's the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis? Does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

See details: JRA is arbitrarily defined as rheumatoid arthritis starting before the age 16 and adult RA as starting at age 16 or later. RA does not cause chronic kidney disease unless there is a secondary amyloidosis and medication toxicity. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis cause hives? I'd so, how is it treated or minimalized? If not, and I have not related it to food, what should I look at next?

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause hives? I'd so, how is it treated or minimalized? If not, and I have not related it to food, what should I look at next?

Unlikely: But the presence of one autoimmune disorder increases the risk in developing another autoimmune illness including potentially chronic autoimmune urticaria. Chronic hives are not usually related to food allergy. I think an allergy consult would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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What are the causes of limb deformities in rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the causes of limb deformities in rheumatoid arthritis?

Uncontrolled disease: Limb deformities occur in rheumatoid arthritis when inflammation has led to physical destruction of the joint so it can't move properly. This can lead to contracture (can't move it through full normal range of motion), joint dislocation if the integrity of the joint is compromised, or even collapsed. Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious and potentially deforming disease so it must be treated. ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

Several factors: Stress
one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress. Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated.
Echinacea
echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, . ...Read more

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What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

Cause of RA: The exact cause is unknown. Leading theories are that people with a genetic predisposition are exposed to something in the environment that triggers an abnormal immune response leading to rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of rheumatoid arthritis flare ups?

What are the causes of rheumatoid arthritis flare ups?

Many things!: The weather, stress, another co-existent illness. But in most cases we treat the flare but cannot identify the cause! ...Read more

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What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive. ...Read more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause osteoporosis?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause osteoporosis?

Not directly: It increases the risk of osteoporosis. A large risk factor is if steroids are used in ra. ...Read more

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Can a fall cause a rheumatoid arthritis flare up?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis can affect several joints. Depending on the severity, the joints may not be able to recover from trauma as easily as non-injured joints. A fall or other injury can irrigate the already inflamed joint. ...Read more

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Could seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause.?

Could seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause.?

What?: You did not finish the question, but there are many rheumatologic features and systemic features of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, now called juvenile idiopathic arthritis, since most juvenile arthritis patients do not have ra! Ask again, so I can help. ...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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How do you know if you have a severe cause of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you know if you have a severe cause of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

JRA: See a rheumatologist, so he can examine you and order the necessary blood work to determine your problem. ...Read more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

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 more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause tachycardia?

Rarely: The pain of the joints and tendon are more likely to cause tachycardia then RA directly. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the fingers?

Not always: In some patients the hands can be spared. In some cases of ra, only one joint can be involved (usually a knee). ...Read more

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Could having a bad cold cause a flare up in things like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

Could having a bad cold cause a flare up in things like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

URTI and flares: A possibility but not definitive or highly probable. Flares can be triggered by many and any things. Drink plenty of fluids/electrolytes and rest a lot which helps mitigate flares. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Nobody Knows: We are not sure what gets the ball rolling, but autoimmune disease in general is a case of "misprogramming" in which the immune system begins to incorrectly recognize the body's own tissues (joints in the case of ra) as though they were foreign. It then attacks them as it would any invading substance. Smoking definitely raises the risk of ra, though we don't know why! ...Read more

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Are there certain types of illegal drugs that can cause early rheumatoid arthritis or bone deterioration more than others?

Are there certain types of illegal drugs that can cause early rheumatoid arthritis or bone deterioration more than others?

Many!: Smoking pot impairs healing, as does cigarettes. Narcotics may provide pain relief, but they demotivate and lower testosterone in men. Certainly no illicit drugs such as meth, cocaine, etc. Help the process and/or impair treatment, as does the money wasted! ...Read more

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Could rheumatoid arthritis cause liver enzymes to elevate?

Not by itself: But the medications, from naids to Methotrexate to some of the new stuff, famously can. ...Read more

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What things can cause rheumatoid arthritis symptoms to flare up?

Fatigue, stress, infxn: There are several possible causes of flares include stress, fatigue & overexertion which can trigger RA inflammatn as well as possibly food allergies vs. A chemical sensitivity. RA meds suppress the immune system, which means a higher risk for infections. Thus even the common cold or flu may trigger a flare of RA. Thus learn to recognize your triggers, get rest, work w/MD & decrease stress w/meditaiotn ...Read more

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Just wanted to know if rheumatoid arthritis is possible in a teen, and if so what causes it?

Au contraire! Rare!: The term jra is not used anymore in rheumatology! . It is now called juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Most children are ccp antibody negative, and the majority rf neg as well. Ra can appear early in life, mainly in females in there mid-teens. I have not had a single RA pt. In the last 43 jia patients seen. Even the sex ratio is different: more like 1 to 1, versus 10/1. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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