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Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read more

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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Why is my rheumatoid arthritis worse in the summer?

Why is my rheumatoid arthritis worse in the summer?

See below: It is the changes in barometric pressure as any fluid in your joints can expand or shrink with changes in barometric pressure. ...Read more

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Why is my rheumatoid arthritis getting worse? How can I deal with it without medication?

Why is my rheumatoid arthritis getting worse? How can I deal with it without medication?

Probably you cannot: There is no telling why or when rheumatoid disease gets worse. It is extremely rare for the disease to spontaneously go into remission. You need to speak with your rheumatologist and plot out a treatment plan ...Read more

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What is worse lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

What is worse lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

Neither: Both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are serious autoimmune illnesses that can range from mild to severe. They can effect other organs in the body, not just the joints. The long term complications of these illnesses can be minimized by seeking care from an experienced rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. No amount of treatment or medicines have helped my conditions. Its getting worse day by day. Please help!!

I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. No amount of treatment or medicines have helped my conditions. Its getting worse day by day. Please help!!

Need more info: Without knowing what interventions you have tried hard to say if you have utilized all available options. In addition to prescription medications there are alternative interventions that can be helpful in some patients. These include diet and supplements. I find them more helpful in patients earlier on in the disease process. If you have not gone this route you should find an appropriate provider. ...Read more

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I've been having pain in my feet, ankles, knees, wrists and fingers. The pain is worse when im resting. Could it be rheumatoid arthritis?

I've been having pain in my feet, ankles, knees, wrists and fingers. The pain is worse when im resting. Could it be rheumatoid arthritis?

See your physician: There are many and various illnesses which could match your description (e, g. rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.). I can appreciate your concerned, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for physical and labs. Take good care. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for rheumatoid arthritis the pain is getting worse toes, ankles, feet, hands, fingers and wrist. My RA level now 176 is this normal?

I'm being treated for rheumatoid arthritis the pain is getting worse toes, ankles, feet, hands, fingers and wrist. My RA level now 176 is this normal?

There are: Many markers titer slab results and scores used by physicians to monitor effectiveness of treatment for RA but arguably the most important one is your symptoms. If you feel you are getting worse call your tbeumstogust. Modifications in your medication regimen may be needed but do not alter this without discussion. ...Read more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Arthritis means inflammation of joints. RA is a common form of arthritis. (There are various other causes of arthritis and RA is just one cause.) About 1 in 100 people develop RA at some stage in their lives. It can happen to anyone. It is not an hereditary disease. It can develop at any age, but most commonly starts between the ages of 40 and 60.http://patient. Info/health/rheumatoid-arthritis-leaflet ...Read more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune disease: Ra occurs when our immune system attacks the linings of our joints causing pain and stiffness. Small and large joints can be affected. Fatigue is common. Treatment helps the symptoms and also prevents future joint damage and disability. There are many treatments available. Common treatments include disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs or dmards. These include methotrexate, enbrel, (etanercept) and humira. ...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

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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 do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Mechanics and anti: Assure mechanical challenges are address, joint protection, appropriate exercises and then progress through anti-inflammatory regimens. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it. It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process. ...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

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

Several factors: Stress
one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress. Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated.
Echinacea
echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, . ...Read more

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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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What will help with rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying drugs (dmards) such as Methotrexate or tnf agents can often put the disease into remission and prevent joint damage and disability. ...Read more

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What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

Blood test negative: For ra. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is the rheumatoid arthritis in which the blood doesn’t contain rheumatoid factor (rf or rhf). While diagnosing ra, doctors get a range of laboratory tests done and also evaluate the physical symptoms. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: The most common are generalized joint pain, tenderness and swelling, and morning stiffness. The diagnosis is most often confirmed by appropriate lab tests. ...Read more

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Could I do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Could I do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: You can try it if the RA is under excellent control. Otherwise, find a less stressful activity. ...Read more

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What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

Cause of RA: The exact cause is unknown. Leading theories are that people with a genetic predisposition are exposed to something in the environment that triggers an abnormal immune response leading to rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can a person die from rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a person die from rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: Overall mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is higher than the general population. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, the risk drops down. Be aware that RA patients generally do not die from their arthritis per se. Ra patients have increased cardiovascular risk (heart attacks and strokes) in ra. Therefore, monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, and weight. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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Is every rheumatoid arthritis case serious?

Potentially: We now know that untreated, rheumatoid arthritis has the potential to cause permanent joint damage that leads to disability. However, there are many very effective and safe treatments to prevent this. The key is to treat it early on and have a good relationship with a rheumatologist. ...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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Is rheumatoid arthritis actually hereditary?

Partly: Ra and other common diseases exhibit multifactorial determination--some genetic predisposition with modification by environemental factors. ...Read more

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How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: Start with your primary doctor. If you do not have one, get one or see a rheumatologist (medical specialist that cares for rheumatoid arthritis). ...Read more

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Do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint pain swelling: If you have joint pain, joint swelling. These are a start but other things can also occur. Your evaluation will help clarify the diagnosis. ...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 have rheumatoid arthritis?

Symptoms&Signs/Tests: You have to have symptoms of pain and swelling in your joints like hands and fingers and others, and have been examined by your doctor who will order xrays and blood tests to confirm the diagnosis ...Read more

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What work best to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying meds (dmards) are the meds of choice as their can prevent damage, deformity and disability. Rheumatologists usually start with Methotrexate and add other meds such as tnf agents if necessary. Early treatment is essential. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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