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What could cause my scalp to be sore for this last week? I do have Rheumatoid arthritis, but I can't touch my head from soreness.

What could cause my scalp to be sore for this last week? I do have  Rheumatoid arthritis, but I can't touch my head from soreness.

Nonspecific : Could be a skin problem related or unrelated to hair follicles. Best to have an exam by your primary care provider. May need a dermatology referral. Hope this helps! ...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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Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head ? some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head ? some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Humira (adalimumab) and lupus: Anti-TNFs drugs have been associated with Lupus. But it may also be other conditions like fungus ,eczema. impetigo. Could try over the counter selsun blue see if helps .Discuss with rheumatologist , http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/7/716.full.pdf ...Read more

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Can Rheumatoid Arthritis cause the skin to itch? (Head, arms, torso, legs) I have tender spots and bumps on my scalp and one turned to an open sore.

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis cause the skin to itch? (Head, arms, torso, legs) I have tender spots and bumps on my scalp and one turned to an open sore.

There can B rheuma-: -toid nodules that can itch, also the itching can B increased possibly by Ur meds. Talk 2 Ur rheumatologist. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Can i possibly have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Can i possibly have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Unlikely: The onset at age 49 is unlikely. Since you do not mention your symptoms, there is no way to definitively answer your question. ...Read more

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How can I help a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

How can I help a patient 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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Help? I believe I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ?

Help? I believe I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ?

At age 34: You wouldn't have jra unless the diagnosis was made at least 18 years ago. There are many causes of joint and tissue inflammation and pain : rheumatoid positive arthritis, rheum negative, lyme, lupus, fibromyalgia . Diabetes, thyroid disease and others see a physician. Start with an internist or family practitioner who can then evaluate you. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do to prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

Is there anything i can do to prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

Don't smoke: The only known preventable risk factor for RA is smoking. There are several impressive articles showing that RA is more common and more severe in smokers. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe rheumatoid arthritis pain,what can I do?

What to do if I have severe rheumatoid arthritis pain,what can I do?

Many Things: I'm sorry that you are so uncomfortable. The pain is usually a sign of increased disease activity. The best way to treat the pain is to get the disease under better control. A rheumatologist is experienced to help you with this. There are many old and newer medications that can help. They will also make sure the pain is not coming from osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia which can coexist with RA. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe rheumatoid arthritis pain, what can I do?

What to do if I have severe rheumatoid arthritis pain, what can I do?

What is the cause?: The best thing you can do is discuss the situation with a rheumatologist. You need to determine if the pain is due to joint damage or uncontrolled inflammation. That makes a huge difference. ...Read more

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Blood results showed rheumatoid arthritis ...Do i need any medication for this?

Blood results showed rheumatoid arthritis ...Do i need any medication for this?

What blood tests?: The rheumatoid factor test is not specific and is present in numerous other conditions and even in normals. The ccp antibody is a much more specific test for ra. If you have no symptoms of ra, no treatment is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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


Dr. Wendy Askew
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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