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Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. ...Read more

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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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Can untreated rheumatoid arthritis cause nervous system damage or problems with the nervous system?

Can untreated rheumatoid arthritis cause nervous system damage or problems with the nervous system?

Can occur!: But unlikely! rheumatoid vascultiis can occur, and the blood vessel inflammation can affect nerves. Amyloidosis, is a rare but severe complication and can affect the nervous system. Finally, atlanto-axial subluxation can occur (in cervical spine) and cause paralysis! all are usually late complications of untreated ra! the most common, which can occur any time is carpal tunnel disease! ...Read more

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What does a high rheumatoid arthritis factor and c-reactive protein quantitative mean?

What does a high rheumatoid arthritis factor and c-reactive protein quantitative mean?

see details: It means you may have rheumatoid arthritis. However, the rheumatoid factor is relatively nonspecific. A ccp antibody test is a better one and more specific for ra. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What do elevated rheumatoid arthritis markers mean?

What do elevated rheumatoid arthritis markers mean?

Blood test: To diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, a patient needs to have certain distinguishing criteria. Among them is a marker in the blood called rheumatoid factor. An elevated rheumatoid factor alone isn't enough to diagnose someone with rheumatoid arthritis but combined with other symptoms may aid in its diagnosis. ...Read more

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If you are rf positive does that mean you have rheumatoid arthritis?

If you are rf positive does that mean you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Maybe: The rheumatoid factor is relatively nonspecific and can be positive in numerous other diseases. The ccp antibody is a much more specific test for ra. Have your doctor order this test if RA is suspected. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and what does it mean if my ankles are swollen?

I have rheumatoid arthritis and what does it mean if my ankles are swollen?

Effusion: You probably have involvement of your ankle joints. Consider seeing your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is this means Anti CCP 319.8 ,CRP -,and RAfactor+ in rheumatoid Arthritis ?

What is this means Anti CCP 319.8 ,CRP -,and RAfactor+ in rheumatoid Arthritis ?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your test results are consistent with rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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I have seropositive rheumatoid arthritis/anti-ccp strongly positive. What the heck does that mean?

Rheumatoid arthritis: What you describe supports the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. It you are not already under the care of a physician, please see one asap as treatments can relive pain, deformity and forestall progress of disease. ...Read more

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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