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Earache And Rheumatoid Arthritis
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
Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness.
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, .See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Possibly: Overall mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is higher than the general population. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, the risk drops down. Be aware that RA patients generally do not die from their arthritis per se. Ra patients have increased cardiovascular risk (heart attacks and strokes) in ra. Therefore, monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, and weight. Don't smoke.See 1 more doctor answer
Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected.See 1 more doctor answer
Good: We have developed a variety of medicines that can help rheumatoid arthritis. The important thing is early as possible diagnosis and immediate and intensive therapy including medications, exercise including physical therapy. We need to start medication as soon as possible.See 2 more doctor answers
Many: In the past twenty years, many new treatments have been developed. Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications. Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. The biggest advances have been in medications called biologic response modifiers. Good news for many.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: For many years - probably at least 100 years.
Many things!: The weather, stress, another co-existent illness. But in most cases we treat the flare but cannot identify the cause!
It depends: If you see a rheumatologist and treat the disease early in its course you can often achieve disease remission and have no significant issues. The key is to seek this care as quickly as possible.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: If you are in remission on medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis, under a doctor, s supervision and in remission long enough he may guide you to discontinue. Otherwise, you should never attempt on your own because it can recur worse than ever and the drugs that once worked may not if started again. This disease can damage your joints.
Pain felt in ear can be result of conditions that affect the ear directly such as ear infections, traumatic injury to ear, impacted ear wax, as well as benign or malignant growths of ear. Pain in ear can be referred from conditions that affect the throat, teeth, or jaw including tonsil/throat infections, dental infections, jaw joint inflammation, benign ...Read more
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