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If Ra Is Left Untreated Does It Shorten Your Lifespan
Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease which means that the entire body is under attack not just the joints. Due to the widespread inflammation, internal organs can be affected such as the lungs, blood vessels, heart, and other organs. The good news is that newer medicines are lessening the burden of rheumatoid inflammation. Thus, prompt diagnosis and treatment have become even more important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tried 5 different RA medicines since diagnosis in 2012.Worked for a short time then stopped. Orincia and Xeljanz left to try. Which one would be best?
Discuss with rheuma: Your rheumatologist is in a better position to off you advice on the choice. ...Read more
Have moderate degeneration in left TMJ and severe degenerative changes in the right. My rheumatologist says not ra. What treatment is likely?
See OFP specialist: Treatment includes a soft diet, NSAIDs for control of pain and inflammation, and a muscle relaxant in the presence of hyperactivity. Joint lavage) or arthroscopy should be considered. See Orofacial Pain specialist for diagnosis and conservative treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have discolored, painful knots on the top of my left foot. When i walk on it my foot will swell up & at night the swelling goes down. Testing for ra?
Sudden onset left hip/groin pain. 37 years old, diagnosed with RA about 10 years ago and Lupus about 5 years ago. The pain is horrible.
Seems my RA is advancing. I am having issues with balance pain in my neckshoulders and headaches. A recrent xray shows a curve to left in my spine?
Symptoms are interesting: in that Rheumatoid arthritis is an arthritis. Headaches and balance issues require further investigation. The scoliosis, if it was not there before should be checked for an underlying cause. There are many things going through my mind but they need MRI of head and neck and maybe thoracic spine. We should be sure it is not something other than RA before advancing your treatment. Best wishes ...Read more
When i lay down my left arm goes locked up and it very much hurts to move it from ra. Doctor gave me a shot of pred. Helped but now hurts more.Whatnow?
Pred = palliative: Corticosteroids (in pill form or injection) should only be used short term, and should never be the mainstay of your treatment. If your arm is locking up (is it your shoulder or elsewhere?), you may have a torn rotator cuff or some other problem that requires additional evaluation and treatment. You should see a rheumatologist if you haven't already. ...Read more
Both elbows stiff, painful, left is mild, right is more severe. NOT swollen. Had blood test recently, no RA antibodies. Painful to straighten.
Could be a simple --: problem like Tennis Elbows. Take some pain meds, do stretching exercises, as much as you can, Use an Elbow straps, both sides and try straightening them out with gentle exercises 3-4 times a day for 5 minutes each time. If not improving with these then seeing an Orthopedist would be beneficial. Good Luck. ...Read more
I have RA so why is it qhen i only lay down my left shoulder around the joint is stiff and hurts to move? Its burns also and i can't sleep on it.
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