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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

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 rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the fingers?

Can rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the fingers?

Not always: In some patients the hands can be spared. In some cases of ra, only one joint can be involved (usually a knee). ...Read more

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Does visible swelling in the fingers always accompany rheumatoid arthritis?

Does visible swelling in the fingers always accompany rheumatoid arthritis?

Most people with RA: Joint swelling of the fingers is seen early in the course of RA in the majority of patients. The knuckles are tender to the touch and there is soft tissue swelling around the knuckles causing limited motion and stiffness. This can progess to puffy swelling of the whole hand. Warm compresses and simple hand exercises can reduce swelling. Isotoner gloves worn overnight reduce swelling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have no swelling in their joints to have rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: While rheumatoid arthritis is usually associated with joint swelling, multiple areas of joint pain is the most common symptom. Early stages may not be associated with much swelling. I would recommend you see your primary care physician if they are comfortable or a rheumatologist for further evaluation. Usually involves labs to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis and/or other inflammatory arthritides. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive later?

Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive  later?

Yes: Yes, there can be periods of increased as well as decreased synovial & soft tissue activity. Some immune testing may be more sensitive than others, with results varying with time as well. ...Read more

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Huge pain in left sholder , then swelling in the left knee , RA factor +ve, does.That confirm rheumatoid arthritis? If so, how should I go about it ?

No. but trouble: You have migratory polyarthritis, of which rhematoid arthritis is one of the major players. Ou should cojsult with a rheumatologist, a specialist in these disorders. These arthritides are destructive; ie, they destroy the joint tissue is untreated. But we have good medications for them now. So save our joints, get a clear diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Pediatrician is almost certain my 5 year old has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Can a child have RA with the pain, but no swelling?

Yes: There are a number of criteria used to make the diagnosis.....As long as your doctor is using these standard criteria, he/she is probably correct. You can look them up on the internet viat the american arthritis foundation. ...Read more

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Can I have rheumatoid arthritis without swelling? I do have pain in my wrists, fingers, knees, and ankles, alsp experienced stiffness in the morning.

Can I have rheumatoid arthritis without swelling? I do have pain in my wrists, fingers, knees, and ankles, alsp experienced stiffness in the morning.

Possibly.: Although swelling is a common sign of rheumatoid arthritis, it does not happen in every patient. There are actually several conditions that can produce pain in multiple joints and morning stiffness in a young adult. You should seek evaluation with a Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis can increase risk of cancer? my age is 20?only right hand wrist swelling.

Rheumatoid arthritis can increase risk of cancer?
my age is 20?only right hand wrist swelling.

True,but: Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with increase in some cancers. But the lifetime risk is small and depends on many risk factors, not just several joints, and usually severe disease requiring a lot of drugs for treatment that increase the risk. ...Read more

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My MRI on my knee says joint effusion and soft tissue swelling. Is this connected to rheumatoid arthritis?

My MRI on my knee says joint effusion and soft tissue swelling. Is this connected to rheumatoid arthritis?

Most likely: If you have the disease, the joint effusion is most likely related to ra. It means synovitis. However, other causes of joint effusion such as trauma, lyme disease etc should be excluded by your doc. ...Read more

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. No recent fever but has had unexplained low grade fevers in past .swelling and joint pain. Inflammation in blood work.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. No recent fever but has had unexplained low grade fevers in past .swelling and joint pain. Inflammation in blood work.

See below : Jra is a systemic inflammatory arthritis that can be associated with systemic inflammation, joint pain and swelling, and potentially low grade fevers. Being treated by a rheumatologist with "disease modifying" medications can go a long way in managing symptoms from it. ...Read more

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I have Graves Disease. I now have pain, swelling & heat in my ankles & knees. Numbness in my hands. Is this Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I have Graves Disease. I now have pain, swelling & heat in my ankles & knees. Numbness in my hands. Is this Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Not necessarily: You could have autoimmune thyroid disease causing your graves. This is called Hashimoto's disease. The joint complaints from could be part of an inflammatory type of process, in the family of rheumatoid arthritis but also with other immune possibilities. You need to have your physician have you see a rheumatologist so we can clarify for sure what your diagnosis is ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Sewa Legha
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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