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Does Ra Effect Your Lifespan
Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease which means that the entire body is under attack not just the joints. Due to the widespread inflammation, internal organs can be affected such as the lungs, blood vessels, heart, and other organs. The good news is that newer medicines are lessening the burden of rheumatoid inflammation. Thus, prompt diagnosis and treatment have become even more important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This depends.: Optimal care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis requires an integrated approach of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies such as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (dmards), biologicals, nsaids, analgesics, glucocorticoids, and immunomodulators. The most common tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitor (tnfi) therapy includes adalimumab, etanercept, or infliximab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A DMARD: There is no best one, as treatment is meant to match the disease activity and specific health issues and lifestyle of each patient. That said, Methotrexate is the best dmard by mouth, and tnf inhibitors are the most common dmard by injection. Also, a new infusion called Actemra (tocilizumab) may work better than tnf agents, at least in people who can't take methotrexate. Ask your rheumatologist for advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the range: The presence of rheumatoid factor but so is not diagnostic of anything. There are many causes of a positive rheumatoid factor besides rheumatoid matters. One of the most common is malaria which is a chronic infection. It can be found among lung problems liver problems many other medical conditions. ...Read more
Systemic inflammtory: Rheumatoid off rightists is a systemic inflammatory disease with pain and swelling in the joints, and can be associated with internal environment including lungs heart and other internal medical issues. It is characterized by a certain laboratory studies sometimes associated with nodules, requires a rheumatologist to help control the complex components ...Read more
Orthopedist: Do you mean that one leg is longer than the other? See an orthopedist and determine if a lift can equalize the lengths. ...Read more
Variable: Since rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition of intermittent exacerbations (flares) and quiescence, it is impossible to know if a patient has reached a state where no future flares will occur. Instead, the term remission is used to indicate prolonged quiescence. Remission is highly variable, but can be achieved with some of today's drugs. More often, treatment modification is ongoing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 different ways: Ra can be devastating if not properly treated. You should seek treatment from your physician or, ideally, from a rheumatologist. Ddd is a different story all together but weight control, not smoking & regular exercise will help both ddd & ra. For most, ddd is just age changes not leading to any significant symptoms. Ra can be halted with treatment. Otc medication can help with symptoms ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
WHO says.....: The world health organization places rheumatoid arthritis under the category of "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment". You can check this site http://apps.Who.Int/medicinedocs/en/d/js4926e/5.Html" rel="n. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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