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What are some mind/body therapies for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are some mind/body therapies for rheumatoid arthritis?

Reduce stress: Ra is an autoimmune disease which has a prolonged and devastating disease course if untreated. Reducing stress to the body in addition to meds can help. Alternative therapies including chi gong, yoga, meditation, acupuncture to calm stress can help as adjunct. ...Read more

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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Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head? Some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head? Some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Rare side effect: Demyelination CNS disease and drug induced lupus are rare side effects of humira (adalimumab). Best to consult with your prescribing Doctor sooner than later. Best wishes ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission. ...Read more

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Could rheumatoid arthritis cause pleurisy?

Could rheumatoid arthritis cause pleurisy?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder that can affect internal organs including the pleura (lining around the lungs). It it occurs, the result is rheumatoid pleurisy. ...Read more

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What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the joints instead of fighting intruders like bacteria and viruses. Genetic factors play a role in risk for developing autoimmune diseases. Exposure to certain viruses may play a role as well. ...Read more

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Why is rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation? What causes the inflammation?

Why is rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation? What causes the inflammation?

Because it's 1 of--: -autoimmune diseases, & these R characterized as inflammatory diseases. The cause is not fully known. There R many diseases that R so classified such as lupus. Erythema nodosum (sp). The response is actually the body's immune system gone wild, & attacks the host body. ...Read more

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What are the causes of limb deformities in rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the causes of limb deformities in rheumatoid arthritis?

Uncontrolled disease: Limb deformities occur in rheumatoid arthritis when inflammation has led to physical destruction of the joint so it can't move properly. This can lead to contracture (can't move it through full normal range of motion), joint dislocation if the integrity of the joint is compromised, or even collapsed. Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious and potentially deforming disease so it must be treated. ...Read more

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What might cause rheumatoid arthritis to go into remission during pregnancy?

What might cause rheumatoid arthritis to go into remission during pregnancy?

Immune System, Hormo: It is the immune system and hormones. In ra, the body has an aberrent hyperimmune response to the joint lining causing arthritis. But in pregancy, trhe mother is accepting a \fetus with 50% different genes. A kidney would be rejected if that foreigal changes. N. The hyperimmune response in dampened during pregancy, primarily for homonal changes. Arthritis remits! ...Read more

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Do you think or might know if long term alcoholism could cause severe rheumatoid arthritis?

Do you think or might know if long term alcoholism could cause severe rheumatoid arthritis?

Not directly: Alcohol intake has little to do with the development of ra, but poor dental hygiene and smoking both have been associated with an increased risk of ra. ...Read more

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Is there any other treatment for my rheumatoid arthritis that cause ongoing pain in my fingers other than anti inflammitories?

There a lot: Of medications you could use ask your doctor about them. Good luck if you list write me please. ...Read more

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Can anything other than myositis cause elevated jo 1 antibody? Possible false positive? Could I have been wrongly diagnosed w/ rheumatoid arthritis?

Can anything other than myositis cause elevated jo 1 antibody? Possible false positive? Could I have been wrongly diagnosed w/ rheumatoid arthritis?

Usually not RA.: Myositis can be associated with several types of autoantibodies: anti-jo1 antibodies are a type of anti-nuclear antibody. Anti-srp antibodies are mainly associated with, but are not specific for, polymyositis. The ccp antibody is most specific for ra. Keep in mind that certain meds for RA also work in myositis, such as Methotrexate and steroids. ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

Several factors: Stress
one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress. Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated.
Echinacea
echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, . ...Read more

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What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

Cause of RA: The exact cause is unknown. Leading theories are that people with a genetic predisposition are exposed to something in the environment that triggers an abnormal immune response leading to rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of rheumatoid arthritis flare ups?

What are the causes of rheumatoid arthritis flare ups?

Many things!: The weather, stress, another co-existent illness. But in most cases we treat the flare but cannot identify the cause! ...Read more

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What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive. ...Read more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause osteoporosis?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause osteoporosis?

Not directly: It increases the risk of osteoporosis. A large risk factor is if steroids are used in ra. ...Read more

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Can HPV cause rheumatoid arthritis?

No: No studies have shown a link between hpv or other viruses and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

Chronic Inflammation: There are several causes of anemia in rheumatoid arthritis. The most common is anemia of chronic disease. The cause is not completely understood. However, chronic inflammation can affect the body's ability to use iron and its ability to produce red blood cells which leads to low blood counts. ...Read more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause tachycardia?

Rarely: The pain of the joints and tendon are more likely to cause tachycardia then RA directly. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis cause skin rash?

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause skin rash?

Yrs: Rheumatoid arthritis is a total body disease. It can cause several types of rashes. Having EA does not mean that a rash has to be from the disease. Your doctor should be able to help dirt out if the problems are connected. ...Read more

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Could rheumatoid arthritis cause liver enzymes to elevate?

Could rheumatoid arthritis cause liver enzymes to elevate?

Not by itself: But the medications, from naids to Methotrexate to some of the new stuff, famously can. ...Read more

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What can cause very bad rheumatoid arthritis pain in my knees?

What can cause very bad rheumatoid arthritis pain in my knees?

Other: Ra should not have predilection to larger joints such as knees. Other things such as osteoarthritis or degenerative joints, gout/pseudo gout, tendonapahy, infection are some causes. ...Read more

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Does rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the hands?

Does rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the hands?

No: While rheumatoid arthritis often affects the hands and feet it is not uniform. So people never get hand disease. For som hand join or tendon swelling is the presenting symptoms. ...Read more

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Does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis sometimes cause you to vomit?

If with fever.: Some cases of jia (it is not RA in a child. We now call it juvenile idiopathic arthritis. In some with a variant called "still's disease, " hectic high fevers can occur. Vomiting is not uncommon with high fevers. Otherwise, if your child is not having fevers, it could be medication. Other issues are then probably present! ...Read more

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What causes rheumatoid arthritis and severe cramp top right side under rib?

What causes rheumatoid arthritis and severe cramp top right side under rib?

Undetermined: Ra is caused by unknown factors. It is believed that the tendency to develop rheumatoid arthritis may be genetically inherited (hereditary). Certain genes have been identified that increase the risk for rheumatoid arthritis. It is also suspected that certain infections or factors in the environment might trigger the activation of the immune system in susceptible individuals. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis cause raynaud's syndrome and can raynauds syndrome be fatal?

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause raynaud's syndrome and can raynauds syndrome be fatal?

Not directly: Raynauds can be present on occasion in patients with RA although I am sure you can say one causes the other. It is not fatal. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Austina Cho
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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