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Dr. Steven Watry
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Ra (Definition)

RA is also known as Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an condition where the immune system attacks the tissues of the joints. This causes pain, swelling, and destruction of ...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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Since enbrel has lots of long term side effect why its not possible to change the med to other med with less side effect when ur RA is under control?

Since enbrel has lots of long term side effect why its not possible to change the med to other med with less side effect when ur RA is under control?

See details: Actually Enbrel is a reasonably safe drug over the long term. Stopping Enbrel will end its effectiveness and it is highly likely the arthritis will flare. If it wasn't controlled on milder meds before Enbrel it is highly likely it wont be controlled this time either. You can always try it if your rheumatologist agrees. I reserve the right to tell you 'i told you so.'. ...Read more

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Can taking anabolic steroids effect my RA or the medication I'm on?

Can taking anabolic steroids effect my RA or the medication I'm on?

Not a good idea.: The anabolic steroids are not a good idea. Your system is highly stimulated already with an autoimmune disease. There is no sense in adding more chemicals for this. And sometimes people are already on steroids for the RA. If you are on DMARDS I would not add to the mix with anabolic steroids. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there any new treatments for RA that r more effective than methotrexate and less side effect!?

Yes: The biologic agents are very effective in those individuals in which Methotrexate either does not help sufficiently or it not tolerated. You need to discuss these alternatives with the doctor treating your ra. These agents are enbrel, humira, Remicade and several others. ...Read more

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On Prilosec for preventing n protecting stomach from the RA drugs effect. So I use it as a preventive measure. When should I take it Morning or b4 bed?

On Prilosec for preventing n protecting stomach from the RA drugs effect. So I use it as a preventive measure. When should I take it Morning or b4 bed?

Before a meal: Omeprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as PPIs. These proton pump inhibitors work optimally on meal-stimulated acid secretion. For this reason I generally suggest taking them 30-45 minutes before breakfast or lunch and for most people's schedules the am is most convenient. ...Read more

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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