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Dr. Bettina herbert- how can you tell RA patients to try diet before using dmards when you are not a rheumatologist? Time is precious in early ra!
Nightshades: About ten percent of the population has nightshade sensitivity. You may want to google that and read more. ...Read more
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Early Ra. AntiCCP + 17. Other blood negative. Doc1: MTX 7.5mg, Plaquenil 400mg, Celebrex (celecoxib). Doc2: Plaquenil 200mg, Pred 5mg, Celebrex (celecoxib). Confused.?
Reasonable: You have the opportunity to do very well. Early RA responds better to any of the treatments compared to late RA (disease > 2 years). If you still have pain, stiffness, fatigue on this regimen, talk to your Rheumatologist about adding a biologic medication such as Enbrel, Humira or Remicade (infliximab). There are several others, but I usually start with one of these. Would help get rid of the prednisone. ...Read more
Diagnosed w/ early RA 2 mnths ago. Same time sore hands started (Feb) small patch of alopecia barbae started. Progressively larger spot now. Related?
Will hair thinning from Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (early RA, 2 months) correct itself? Come back? If I stay on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) will it come back or do I have to get off it?
Sto it: It will continue to be an issue unless you change meds. ...Read more
Is this Early RA? RA Latex Turbid. ....<10 C-Reactive Protein Quant......2.4 CCP Antibodies 48 Sedimentation Rate 4 Platelet. 399 Creatine 1.04
See rheumatologist: I presume that you have some joint symptoms and thus the tests were obtained. However the diagnosed of RA is based on clinical findings supported by lab study and there is another test more specific than RA factor. Consult a rheumatologist. ...Read more
400 mg Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for 2 months. 5mg prednisone for 1 month, now off it. Early RA. Experiencing hair thinning in front. From RA or the meds?
My RA started as a jra. Am I at a higher risk than other in dying early from RA or from the side effects of meds! ?
Use of DMARDS: The sooner RA is diagnosed and treated the better the outcome. Usually an early aggressive treatment approach consists of Methotrexate alone or in combination with other medications. The choice depends on many factors including patient preference. In the us, a biologic treatment such as Enbrel (etanercept) or Humira are added to Methotrexate if Methotrexate alone is not enough to control your symptoms. ...Read more
Since I didn't get an early treatment for my ra. Am I high risk of ending up on a wheel chair or die?
Diagnosed w/ RA at 24. Started treatments right away. Now I'm 36 and in pain. Rheumatologist increased my meds. Will I become disabled early in life?
Not necessarily! You:
Might some Orthopedic work if the pain meds do not work. A person with very bad RA or severe arthritic knee would benefit from Replacement surgery, but that isn't the only option. See an Orthopedist who is specially trained in Knee surgery as I am sure he'll have a few more options for you.
Good Luck. ...Read more
What is ra?
Rhumatoid arthritis: One of the most common medical conditions for whic the term "ra" is used is rhuematoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory arthritic condition. Ra can stand for oher things as well, for example it is also used commonly to refer to the term "room air". Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Look for the next: Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis with joint swelling, joint pain, morning stiffness, lack of mobility, stiffness. When you are evaluated these things will be looked for and then certain lab tests and imaging like x-rays, ultrasound and mris ordered. This will be how the rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed. ...Read more
Joint pain + swellin: Joint pain + swelling are cardinal symptoms of ra. Especially small and large joints - fingers, feet, wrists, ankles and knees. Other joints can also be involved but characteristically not the back. There can also be stiffness in the morning lasting an hour or more. We sometimes see subcutaneous nodules and look at laboratory and imaging data to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more
Yes it can: Ra is now considered one of several major risk for cardiovascular disease/event such as heart attack, thus can result in death. Untreated RA can also affect lungs and kidneys, thus can shorten lifespan. Currently available treatment are getting better and helping people living better and hopefully longer life. Follow doc regularly and treat RA as well as you can. Good luck. ...Read more
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
What do you mean?: Your question is confusing. The ANA is simply a blood test and is basically a screening test for lupus although it can be positive in numerous other diseases and in normal. Do you mean rheumatoid factor test or rheumatoid arthritis? One is a blood test and the other a systemic inflammatory arthritis that can cause joint pain, swelling and damage. ...Read more
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
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
That is too variable: To answer. It depends on where you live, who is taking the x-ray and what and how many views that x-ray study involves. You can call around and ask what the cash price is and will the establishment match the lowest contracted fee they accept for your payment. They may offer you a cash discount as it saves them billing costs. ...Read more