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Doctor insights on: Common Effect Of Long Term Use Of Glucocorticoids To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Age 25 with possible rheumatoid arthritis. How common is this and how will I be affected long term?

Age 25 with possible rheumatoid arthritis. How common is this and how will I be affected long term?

Not uncommon: Remember that Rheumatoid Arthritis runs in families. Fortunately a blood test can clarify the diagnosis in over 80% of sufferers before there is any permanent joint damage. As an inflammatory condition it can affect all your tissues, not just joints. In your case, with a serious Cancer history, you need your Oncologist as well as blood tests to begin your search for answers. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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How long does it take to treat frozen shoulder and rheumatoid arthritis?

How long does it take to treat frozen shoulder and rheumatoid arthritis?

Hard to say: Frozen shoulder usually resolves within 18mo. I would tend to think that your RA is the major contributor to your current shoulder problems. See your rheumatologist or shoulder specialist to sort this out. ...Read more

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Long-term joint pain in teenagers - rheumatoid arthritis or some sort of infection?

Long-term joint pain in teenagers - rheumatoid arthritis or some sort of infection?

Need evaluation: Could be either, only a rheumatologist can tell the difference. You need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Do you think or might know if long term alcoholism could cause severe rheumatoid arthritis?

Do you think or might know if long term alcoholism could cause severe rheumatoid arthritis?

Not directly: Alcohol intake has little to do with the development of ra, but poor dental hygiene and smoking both have been associated with an increased risk of ra. ...Read more

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In treating Rheumatoid Arthritis, what are the pros/cons of managing it long-term with Prednisone vs. DMARDs? Do all DMARDs increase cancer rates?

In treating Rheumatoid Arthritis, what are the pros/cons of managing it long-term with Prednisone vs. DMARDs? Do all DMARDs increase cancer rates?

See details: Prednisone has major side effects far worse than DMARDs and it does not prevent joint damage. There is a very small increase risk of lymphoma with some DMARDs. As a rheumatologist I try to never use prednisone long term. ...Read more

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How long do frozen shoulder & rheumatoid arthritis take to heal?

Frozen - 18mo: Frozen shoulder can take 18 months to resolve by itself. Surgery can speed this. Rheumatoid arthritis is typically a lifelong disease. ...Read more

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What medications are safe to take during pregnancy to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Only safe category a is tylenol (acetaminophen) - the other medications you need to discuss with your rheumatologist and ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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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