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I am 40 and under a tremendous amount of stress, when I was 27 and pregnant with my 2nd child I had gotten rheumatoid arthritis, that lasted about a year and as soon as it went away I had gotten eczema and 2ndary staff infections. Steroid treatment helped

I am 40 and under a tremendous amount of stress, when I was 27 and pregnant with my 2nd child I had gotten rheumatoid arthritis, that lasted about a year and as soon as it went away I had gotten eczema and 2ndary staff infections. Steroid treatment helped

You'll get better: You need to put yourself as the top priority. Under stress & having problems, you cannot be there for your kids and yourself. Most of life can go on without you. Start with your general doctor. Is your RA active? Eczema? Staph infection? All can be treated, not necessarily with steroids. Sleep and nutrition are tops on the agenda. Your immune system is misfiring. What to-do items can you eliminate. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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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Long-term joint pain in teenagers - rheumatoid arthritis or some sort of infection?

Long-term joint pain in teenagers - rheumatoid arthritis or some sort of infection?

Need evaluation: Could be either, only a rheumatologist can tell the difference. You need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! ...Read more

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How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: Start with your primary doctor. If you do not have one, get one or see a rheumatologist (medical specialist that cares for rheumatoid arthritis). ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis..?

I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis..?

Needs treatment: Rheumatoid arthritis needs early and aggressive treatment with currently available drugs. This can prevent much joint damage and deformity and lead to major disease control and sometimes remission. Follow treatment diligently. ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Hi, do you think I can do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Depends: If your rheumatoid arthritis affects your fingers, then you may not be able to grab your parnter's gi (uniform) which is essential in judo. It also involves throwing your partner on their back, so if you have an arthritic back I would not recommend it either. Tai chi, would be a good alternative for someone with RA. ...Read more

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How should I help out my girlfriend with rheumatoid arthritis?

How should I help out my girlfriend with rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The best way to help her is to have her evaluated by a rheumatologist to make sure that she is taking the proper medication for her conditon. ...Read more

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What happens if I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens if I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis?

A disaster: You will likely develop progressive joint damage, deformity and disability. This process starts often very early in the disease course. Do not risk it. ...Read more

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I want to know if there are new oral medications for rheumatoid arthritis ?

I want to know if there are new oral medications for rheumatoid arthritis ?

Yes: Recently the FDA approved Zeljanz (tofacitinib). This works by inhibiting certain enzymes called JAKs. It can be used alone or with DMARDS such as methotrexate, however not in combination with biologics like Enbrel (etanercept). There is good efficacy and safety data. However, certain labs such as blood counts, kidney and liver function tests, and cholesterol need to be monitored regularly. ...Read more

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Can i donate plasma with rheumatoid arthritis?

Probably not: Donation would not really be harmful to you except it may affect blood levels of medications used to treat your ra. However, most plasma centers do not want plasma from people who have auto-immune diseases. In that case, you need to speak with the medical director of the specific site you donate at, but don't be surprised if they say no to your offer of donation. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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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