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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more


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If RA is left untreated does it shorten your lifespan?

If RA is left untreated does it shorten 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 more

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What is the best tnfi against ra?

What is the best tnfi against ra?

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 more

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What can I do for the pain of RA?

What can I do for the pain of RA?

Depending: if the pain is caused by active disease flare or secondary arthritis development on the affected joints. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for ra?

What is the best medication for ra?

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 more

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Is a RA factor of 38.4 consider high?

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

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What is the definition or description of: RA?

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

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What indicates if the RA in the body is active or not?

What indicates if the RA in the body is active or not?

Inflammation.: Outside of an increase in symptoms, of course, RA works via inflammation, and there are markers of such inflammation which can be measured in the blood. These are the ESR (sedimentation rate) and CRP (C reactive protein). ...Read more

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What are the latest updates and medications for Ra? Thank you

What are the latest updates and medications for Ra? Thank you

See details: There are numerous newer biologic meds for RA. Search the web and you can easily find and read about them. Also, ask your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have RA and that has caused me to be lopsided. Is there anyway to fix it?

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

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Is there cure for ra?

No: However, treatments now can effectively control the disease in many (but not all) individuals. A cure is being actively pursued. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for ra?

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 more

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Can RA make u lose weight?

Yes: When it presents sometimes you can weight loss called cachexia due to the systemic inflammation that it has. This can resolve once one goes on therapy. ...Read more

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Can i be blind due to RA ?

Can i be blind due to RA ?

Not likely: But possible. Usually dry eye iritis and steroid related cataracts. But rarely Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) retinal toxicity after 7-8 yrs of high doses. Eyemds monitor for this quite carefully every 6 months or so reducing the chance of blindness. ...Read more

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Ddd & ra, how do you manage?

Ddd & ra, how do you manage?

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 more

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Is gluten food gd for RA ppl?

Is gluten food gd for RA ppl?

No effect: Unless you have gluten sensitivity foods containing gluten do not effect ra. ...Read more

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Can hypothyriodism lead to ra?

Can hypothyriodism lead to ra?

No, but related: Most hypothyroidism is from an auto-immune problem, so is ra. That is the connection. People who are prone to have auto immune syndromes are more likely to get both of these problems. ...Read more

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Does accupuncture help with ra?

Does accupuncture help with ra?

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 more

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Can you tell me about jra, or ra?

Can you tell me about jra, or ra?

Depends: Jra could affect few or several joints. Can affect eyes or could occur with fever and rash. Ra typically after age 16, bilateral symmetrical joint swelling with some lab abnormalities. ...Read more