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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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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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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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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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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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Rheumatoid arthritis: what to do when the patient doesn't respond to therapy?

Rheumatoid arthritis: what to do when the patient doesn't respond to therapy?

Many options : There are dozens of medications for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatologists usually start with a milder, less toxic medication like Methotrexate and add additional therapies as needed. Sometimes it takes trying 6 or more drugs until an effective regimen is found. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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