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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)

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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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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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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ESR is 9 mm/h and TSH is 1.03 mIU/L, . Does it mean no rheumatoid arthritis and no automimmune disease?

ESR is 9 mm/h and TSH is 1.03 mIU/L, . Does it mean no rheumatoid arthritis and no automimmune disease?

No: A low ESR may mean that there is no active inflammation but does not rule out the present of an autoimmune disease. On the other hand, if you have an active joint problem and the ESR is normal, then the problem would be unlikely to be an autoimmune issue. TSH is related to thyroid function and is not a gauge for autoimmune disease by itself Read more

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What does negative antinuclear test mean Can it rule our rheumatoid arthritis?

What does negative antinuclear test mean Can it rule our rheumatoid arthritis?

NO: Get checked for rheumatoid factor, ASLO, CBC and sed rate as well as an examination by a rheunatoligst. Read more

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I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean? < 10 kU/L (range)

I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean? < 10 kU/L (range)

Slight elevation: This is a slight elevation of your Rheumatoid factor WHICH IS SEEN IN A LOT OF DISORDERS BESIDES heumatoid arthritis! You should see a Rheumatologist for a more complete work-up!
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If my family has rheumatoid arthritis in the wrists and hands, does this mean I have a higher chance of having foot arthritis?

If my family has rheumatoid arthritis in the wrists and hands, does this mean I have a higher chance of having foot arthritis?

Possibly: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease that can affect any joint in the body. It does tend to run in families so if you have any symptoms, I would recommend testing. Read more

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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! Read more

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How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. Read more

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What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

Bad: Ra is an inflammotry disorder, characterized by high levels of CRP in the body. CRP does not cause the damge, but is the best surrogate marker for inflammation in the body, particularly the blood stream. Inflammation hurts the ling of blood vessels and increases the tendency to deposit cholesterol plaques. It raises clotting factors, such as fibrinogen which makes the blood more liely to clot! Read more

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How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

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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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


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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