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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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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

Chronic Inflammation: There are several causes of anemia in rheumatoid arthritis. The most common is anemia of chronic disease. The cause is not completely understood. However, chronic inflammation can affect the body's ability to use iron and its ability to produce red blood cells which leads to low blood counts. ...Read more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause tachycardia?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause tachycardia?

Rarely: The pain of the joints and tendon are more likely to cause tachycardia then RA directly. ...Read more

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How does copper treat rheumatoid arthritis?

How does copper treat rheumatoid arthritis?

No: Some people have reported feeling better overall if they wear copper jewelry but there is no evidence that copper has any effect on the course or treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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How does juvenile rheumatoid arthritis impair you?

How does juvenile rheumatoid arthritis impair you?

Varied ways: There are many types of juvenile arthritis. It can attack the joints with pain and swelling as most likely. There is a form that affects the spine with pain and stiffness. It may also affect the eyes with inflammation. A more severe form can also cause damage to internal organs including the spleen and affect the blood counts significantly. Need careful medical attention. ...Read more

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How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

Big difference.: Rheumatoid arthritis is but one of over 100 types of arthritis. Most are inflammatory and need management by a rheumatology specialist. But the term generically applies to degenerative arthritis, with minmal inflammation. Or tendon issues, ie. Rotator cuff that may be mechanical in origin-impingement syndrome, yet be called "shoulder arthritis.". ...Read more

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Does psoriasis cause arthritis?

Does psoriasis cause arthritis?

Sometimes: Psoriasis is an immunological condition that affects the skin and joints. However, not everyone have manifestations of both, and many have only skin or only joint involvement. We are learning that psoriasis also affects the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk for heart disease. ...Read more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis?Lead to ?Joint damage?

How does rheumatoid arthritis?Lead to ?Joint damage?

Bad synovial tissue: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which affects the synovial tissue, which lines the joints. Instead of lubricating the joint, the synovial tissue overgrows, stretches out the joint capsule and destroys the articular cartilage. This leaves the joint unstable, poorly aligned and without a smooth surface for motion. ...Read more

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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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How can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

How can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

Do not smoke: There are many potential triggers for the development of RA in patients who are genetically susceptible. Though are many suggestions given, the single proven modifiable factor is to not smoke. ...Read more

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How does immobilization cause osteoporosis?

How does immobilization cause osteoporosis?

Immobilization: Hi. Both weight-bearing and muscle use are good for bone health. You're not weigh-bearing OR using muscles if you're immobilized. Skeletal mass and strength suffer. It appears that the cells that eat away bone (osteoclasts) are relatively more active than the cells that fill the eaten-out bone back in (osteoblasts), so there's a net loss of bone mass and bone architecture & urinary loss of calcium ...Read more

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How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Exercise, medication: The therapy included physical exercise and medications. Once diagnosed we begin intensive therapy with medications such as Methotrexate alone or in combination with other dmards which are disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or we add biological medications to the Methotrexate such as enbrel, humira, remicade, cimzia, simponi (golimumab) - anti-tnf or other biologics-rituxan, abetacept, actemra. ...Read more

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How can juvenile rheumatoid arthiritis work?

How can  juvenile rheumatoid arthiritis work?

Autoimmune disease: Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects children where their own white blood cells "get confused" and attack some of their joints causing inflammation that can damage their joints.There is no cure now and it is not self-limited.Kids should be followed by a board certified pediatric rheumatologist and almost all will need weekly low dose Methotrexate and a tnf inhibitor like enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more

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Does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis sometimes cause you to vomit?

Does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis sometimes cause you to vomit?

If with fever.: Some cases of jia (it is not RA in a child. We now call it juvenile idiopathic arthritis. In some with a variant called "still's disease, " hectic high fevers can occur. Vomiting is not uncommon with high fevers. Otherwise, if your child is not having fevers, it could be medication. Other issues are then probably present! ...Read more

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How serious is the rheumatoid arthritis?

How serious is the rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: It can be very serious unless it is treated aggressively early to prevent joint damage and deformity. Anyone with RA should be under the care of a rheumatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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