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How can stress affect rheumatoid arthritis?

How can stress affect rheumatoid arthritis?

Worsen Symptoms: Stress can make rheumatoid arthritis worse. Proteins in the body called cytokins regulate the immune response. Stress can increase proinflammatory cytokins which can worsen the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Don't know if it is rheumatoid arthritis or not. Fammily history. Could I have it?

Don't know if it is rheumatoid arthritis or not. Fammily history. Could I have it?

Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis -- i don't know whether I have or not, very much confused. What are the tests?

See details: The best test for RA commercially available is the ccp antibody. Ra is a disease characterized by often generalized joint pain and swelling. If you think this is a problem you need to see a rheumatologist for proper care. ...Read more

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What are some reasons that the medication isn't working for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are some reasons that the medication isn't working for rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrong diagnosis: Diagnosis is wrong or your activities prevent it from working, but medications don't always work. Your doctor should be able to provide direction. ...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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I have had arthritis since I was 2 but i don't have rheumatoid arthritis since I had a blood test done. Help?

I have had arthritis since I was 2 but i don't have rheumatoid arthritis since I had a blood test done. Help?

Rheumatologist: You need to see a board certified rheumatologist for an examination and testing and advice. There are several kinds of arthritis in childhood and a negative test for rheumatoid arthritis doesn't have as much meaning as in adults. And even in adults you can see rheumatoid arthritis with a negative e Rheumatoi Factor. ...Read more

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I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, but have been diagnosed with arthritis. Will steroids help me with this pain?

I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, but have been diagnosed with arthritis.  Will steroids help me with this pain?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Steroids can provide temporary relief but the side effects of multiple or long term use can be as bad or worse than the disease itself. Talk to you rheumatologist about alternative treatments. ...Read more

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What to do about rheumatoid arthritis running in my family, I can't go a night without waking up from the pain in my shoulders. is there any medication that can help?

What to do about rheumatoid arthritis running in my family, I can't go a night without waking up from the pain in my shoulders. is there any medication that can help?

Be checked: Well, for one thing you could be checked to see if you have RA. If you do, there are medications that can help. I am also a firm believer in the antiinflammatory properties associated with a whole food type diet. Consider giving it a try and if it works you can recommend it to your family members. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...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


Dr. Andrew Berry
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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