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Is there an autoimmune kind of arthritis?

Is there an autoimmune kind of arthritis?

Yes: There are many different causes for arthritis, typically arthritis is classified as inflammatory or non-inflammatory. Inflamatory arthritis is caused my some type of an immune reaction. These immune reactions could be a side effect of a "good" immune response to a bacteria or virus or a bad immune response against self-proteins. If the immune system attacks the body it is called "autoimmune" ...Read more

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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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Chances of getting another auto immune disease on top of arthritis?

Chances of getting another auto immune disease on top of arthritis?

If rheumatoid: If the arthritis is autoimmune (such as rheumatoid arthritis), then the chance of a second autoimmune disease is higher. If the arthritis is osteoarthritis, there is no increased risk. Many things might trigger onset of autoimmune disease. One definite trigger is smoking. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for arthritis thus far? And are we any closer to finding a cure for auto immune diseases?

What is the most effective treatment for arthritis thus far? And are we any closer to finding a cure for auto immune diseases?

Yes: It depends on the type of arthritis. When i was in medical school in the 1970's, about one person in 150 would have their life ruined by autoimmune arthritis. The immunomodulators produced by biotechnology have greatly improved the outlook for severe disease and have proved surprisingly safe. It's still a rough and frustrating disease but progress continues. Stay proactive -- and good luck. ...Read more

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ESR is 9 mm/h and TSH is 1.03 mIU/L,. Does it mean no rheumatoid arthritis and no automimmune disease?

ESR is 9 mm/h and TSH is 1.03 mIU/L,. Does it mean no rheumatoid arthritis and no automimmune disease?

No: A low ESR may mean that there is no active inflammation but does not rule out the present of an autoimmune disease. On the other hand, if you have an active joint problem and the ESR is normal, then the problem would be unlikely to be an autoimmune issue. TSH is related to thyroid function and is not a gauge for autoimmune disease by itself ...Read more

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Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

no: But, if someone has hiv, they should see an expert in HIV management and treatment. I suggest looking for someone certified by the aahivm. ...Read more

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Is prolotherapy recommended for autoimmune patients(psoriatic arthrits) or will the autoimmune affects is effectiveness?

Is prolotherapy recommended for autoimmune patients(psoriatic arthrits) or will the autoimmune affects is effectiveness?

Absolutely not: Anything that increases inflammation is going to increase the risk for a flare of autoimmune arthritis. Controlling and reducing inflammation, not causing it, is the basis for most successful treatments with autoimmune arthritis (methotrexate, anti-tnf inhibitors like Enbrel (etanercept) or humira). Strongly recommend you talk to your rheumatologist before starting any new treatments. ...Read more

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...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