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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis?

Exam / Blood: Ra affected joints have more swelling than oa due to synovitis. An exam and blood work can help differentiate. ...Read more

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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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Who knows a rheumatoid arthritis doctor listing?

Who knows a rheumatoid arthritis doctor listing?

ARA society: The american rheumatolic society will have a listing on the internet. ...Read more

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How to know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

How to know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

See a rheumatologist: You see a rheumatologist and have the issue evaluated. A history, physical exam, lab tests and x rays will tell you for certain. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Swelling in joints : There are a lot things you can have but not all are specific for RA alone. These can be swollen joints painful joints, morning stiffness to name some things. Your physician can help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis without blood test?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis without blood test?

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.. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rheumatoid arthritis about to start inflixmab has anyone had good results?

What to do if I have rheumatoid arthritis about to start inflixmab has anyone had good results?

Yes: As a rheumatologist I have many patients on this med. The overwhelming majority experience excellent results. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis. Consuming nimsulide tablets help reduce pain. Can i take them regularly? I have heard that should not be used much.

I have rheumatoid arthritis. Consuming nimsulide tablets help reduce pain. Can i take them regularly? I have heard that should not be used much.

See details: Nimesulide is an NSAID somewhat similar to celebrex (celecoxib). It should be used only as directed. Overuse can lead to significant GI and kidney problems. If you have RA you definitely should not smoke. Tobacco use makes things much worse. You do not list your meds but it sounds as if your RA is not well controlled. You need to discuss this with a rheumatologist and be on meds to better control the disease. ...Read more

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Can i ever have a baby if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Have a baby: Sure .Talk it over with your OB and or rheumatologist good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have rheumatoid arthritis plus swam neck deformity?

You can : Swan neck deformity can be the result of damage to a person with rheumatoid arthritis. You need the treatment to prevent further damage. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis what can I do to be able to move?

See details: The major thing is to control the inflammation as completely as possible. Smoking makes your RA much worse so stop this habit now. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rheumatoid arthritis, I am 26/f , should I get married?

Yes: Ra can be well controlled with medications and there is no reason it should effect marital decisions. ...Read more

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What can I do to convince that I have rheumatoid arthritis to my rheumatoligist?

You cannot: If you have a history, exam and lab results that are not compatible with the diagnosis then you do not have ra. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. What can I take that can treat both?

I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. What can I take that can treat both?

Different conditions: Fibromyalgia and RA are very different, so the medications that work for one, may not work for the other. Antidepressants such as duloxetine (cymbalta) or others are frequently helpful for chronic pain. Exercise can also be helpful for chronic pain. See a rheumatologist if you haven't already. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and i take HCQS tablets and my face start getting a darker what i can i use to not make my face look so dark?

I have rheumatoid arthritis and i take HCQS tablets and my face start getting a darker what i can i use to not make my face look so dark?

Drug/Sun v Disease: Avoid prolonged sun exposure with HCQS tablets. Wear a broad-brimmed hat outside. Read package insert. Some people with inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis can also have skin changes. You can discuss with your rheumatologist or see a dermatologist. Since it is your face, you should follow through. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis & was passenger in car accident june 9th and I am still stiff like the day it happened. Is this normal with arthritis?

It can be: Yes, after a trauma like a car accident is may be common to have stiffness, especially with a medical history of arthritis. Sorry about your accident. I hope you saw a physician afterward to check you out. If not, please see one for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and live in Ky. I have the opp to move to FL. Would that help my RA symptoms where it hurts so bad in the winter months?

I have rheumatoid arthritis and live in Ky. I have the opp to move to FL. Would that help my RA symptoms where it hurts so bad in the winter months?

RA: Yes definitely. But not all patients get this benefit. I would suggest that you try this in the winter months and see if you get benefit. Also Sea water pool also helps. None of this is based on science - but on numerous patient reports. ...Read more

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I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean? < 10 kU/L (range)

I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean?  < 10 kU/L (range)

Slight elevation: This is a slight elevation of your Rheumatoid factor WHICH IS SEEN IN A LOT OF DISORDERS BESIDES heumatoid arthritis! You should see a Rheumatologist for a more complete work-up! Hope this helps Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more

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How can I convince my rheumatologist that I have rheumatoid arthritis?

You cannot : Your rheumatologist is specially trained to diagnose and treat arthritic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Ere are many conditions that mimic rheumatoid arthritis. Not having a firm diagnosis can be frustrating for the patient and doctor. This is a common situation in rheumatology. Try to be patient. Often over time as you build a relationship with a rheumatologist, the diagnosis emerges. ...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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more