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What is the best exercise for someone who has rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the best exercise for someone who has rheumatoid arthritis?

Atraumatic!: Atraumatic, non-concussive exercise is best. Activities might include swimming, aqua-aerobics, bicycling, yoga, light dumbells, walking, etc. Activities to be avoided: running, tennis, basketball, etc. ...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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Is it safe for patients with rheumatoid arthritis exercise?

Is it safe for patients with rheumatoid arthritis exercise?

Yes and no: It is important for people with rheumatoid arthritis to exercise, but it's also very important that they use correct body mechanics so they don't injure themselves. It is a good idea to talk with your rheumatologist or a physical therapist about what exercises are best for you to do and what you should avoid. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment and exercise for rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the best treatment and exercise for rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatologist: Rheumatologist would provide this type of information. Treatment depends on verifying diagnosis, determining extent of joint damage and other system involvement, activity of disease. Exercise programs depend upon specific diagnosis, limitations, warm up, stretching and joint protection requirements. ...Read more

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What is the best hand exercise for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Hand Exercises: The best hand exercises are to improve and maintain range of motion. Getting a soft rubber ball and squeezing it helps with establishing motion and strengthening. Also getting small objects, such as marbles and picking them up individually works more with fine motor control. ...Read more

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My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. What kind of exercise she should do to treat her disease?

My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. What kind of exercise she should do to treat her disease?

See details: It depends somewhat on the joints involved and the severity of the disease activity. The specifics are best discussed with her rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I am 37 yr old lady I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since 10 yrs I am going with wysolone n folitrax all the joints r affected so I want some exercise also I'll b very thankful to you?

I am 37 yr old lady I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since 10 yrs I am going with wysolone n folitrax all the joints r affected so I want some exercise also I'll b very thankful to you?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: It is tough to live with Active Rheumatoid arthritis. swimming and simple range of motion exercises (like squeezing a soft ball with you hands) are reasonable. You might also discuss with rheumatologist other option that just steroids treatment. Best wishes ...Read more

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Any reason my upper arms ache so much to keep me up at night. No injury or strenuous exercise during the day either. I do have rheumatoid arthritis.

Any reason my upper arms ache so much to keep me up at night. No injury or strenuous exercise during the day either. I do have rheumatoid arthritis.

See below: This could be due to nerve compression from bulging disk. I would suggest talking to your doctor, or possibly visiting a neurologist to see if you have this problem. ...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?

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

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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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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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What will help with rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying drugs (dmards) such as Methotrexate or tnf agents can often put the disease into remission and prevent joint damage and disability. ...Read more

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What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

Blood test negative: For ra. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is the rheumatoid arthritis in which the blood doesn’t contain rheumatoid factor (rf or rhf). While diagnosing ra, doctors get a range of laboratory tests done and also evaluate the physical symptoms. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: The most common are generalized joint pain, tenderness and swelling, and morning stiffness. The diagnosis is most often confirmed by appropriate lab tests. ...Read more

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Could I do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Could I do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: You can try it if the RA is under excellent control. Otherwise, find a less stressful activity. ...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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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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Is every rheumatoid arthritis case serious?

Potentially: We now know that untreated, rheumatoid arthritis has the potential to cause permanent joint damage that leads to disability. However, there are many very effective and safe treatments to prevent this. The key is to treat it early on and have a good relationship with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How to know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

How to know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

See a rheumatologist: You see a rheumatologist and have the issue evaluated. A history, physical exam, lab tests and x rays will tell you for certain. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis actually hereditary?

Partly: Ra and other common diseases exhibit multifactorial determination--some genetic predisposition with modification by environemental factors. ...Read more

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How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: Start with your primary doctor. If you do not have one, get one or see a rheumatologist (medical specialist that cares for rheumatoid arthritis). ...Read more

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Do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint pain swelling: If you have joint pain, joint swelling. These are a start but other things can also occur. Your evaluation will help clarify the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Swelling in joints: There are a lot things you can have but not all are specific for RA alone. These can be swollen joints painful joints, morning stiffness to name some things. Your physician can help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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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