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Dr. Chevies Newman
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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.?

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

Due to Placquenil: Most likely due to Placquenil as is reported side effect. It's a good drug so discuss with your Rheumatologist regarding alternative.Prednisone 5mg is lo dose and not likely. ...Read more

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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! ?

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! ?

Nope: The life expectancy and quality of life --- both have improved significantly with the use of dmards (disease modifying agents like rituximaub etc). ...Read more

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What is early, aggressive treatment for ra?

What is early, aggressive treatment for ra?

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

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Since I didn't get an early treatment for my ra. Am I high risk of ending up on a wheel chair or die?

Since I didn't get an early treatment for my ra. Am I high risk of ending up on a wheel chair or die?

RA: High risk for wheelchair or death? No. Delayed or non-treated rheumatoid arthritis can lead to joint pain and destruction. However considering your younger age it is certainly not too late to start treatment. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is ra?

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

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Who gets ra?

Who gets ra?

Anyone: Anyone can get rheumatoid arthritis from old to young, male or female, any race or country of origin. ...Read more

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Why does RA happen?

Why does RA happen?

Very complex...: Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmunity, the causes of which are still not completely known. It is strongly associated with the inherited tissue type major histocompatibility complex (mhc) antigen, hence family history is an important risk factor as well. ...Read more

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Do you think you have ra?

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

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What foods hinder RA meds?

What foods hinder RA meds?

Caffeine: If you consume more than 4 cups of coffee a day this can reduce the efficacy of methotrexate. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms in ra?

What are the symptoms in ra?

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

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Can RA cause premature death?

Can RA cause premature death?

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

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What is the best tnfi against ra?

What is the best tnfi against ra?

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

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What do the cna and RA really do?

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

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What does an RA factor of 7 mean?

Factor RA: Factor RA Latex Turbid the normal range is 0-13.9 Is the test for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Since your range of 7 falls within the normal range, you are OK. ...Read more

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What can I do for the pain of RA?

Depending: If the pain is caused by active disease flare or secondary arthritis development on the affected joints. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for ra?

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

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Is a RA factor of 38.4 consider high?

Is a RA factor of 38.4 consider high?

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

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What should I do if I think I have ra?

See your PCP: See your primary care physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can one be hypnotized to stop RA pain?

I am not sure: Hypnosis is known to help people who have autoimmune disease. But no studies to show how much effect on the process of the disease and the pain involved. ...Read more

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He much would it cost me for an x-ra?

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

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What is the best massage for ppl with ra?

No one answer: There is no one answer to this question. Massage does not help everyone with RA by a long shot. Find the type that works best for you. ...Read more

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What exercise to do for RA in teen student?

See below: Best to do range of motion exercises. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more