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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)

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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Is there a treatment of psoriatic arthropathy?

Yes: The key is early treatment. Whereas some patients may have mild psoriatic arthritis that responds to an anti-inflammatory medication or to methotrexate, many patients have more severe disease that causes debilitating pain, stiffness, and swelling. For these patients, excellent help is available in the form of humira, remicade, enbrel, or simponi (golimumab). These four rx can dramatically improve psoriasis. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an autoimmune disease?

What sort of problem is an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disorders: Autoimmune disorders are conditions in which your body makes antibodies against your own tissues. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hepatitis, anemia, hypothyroidism, and vasculitis. Management of these conditions generally requires the assistance of a specialist--rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Are all rheumatic diseases auto immune disease s or is there a difference in the 2. If there different what is the difference clinically?

Are all rheumatic diseases auto immune disease s or is there a difference in the 2. If there different what is the difference clinically?

More than a 100 kind: Over 100 different kinds of arthritis and related diseases (rheumatic diseases) some metabolic, gout and pseudogout. Some genetic (hemochromatosis) many autoimmune, your immune system reacts against part of your body. Most common rheumatoid arthritis. There are autoimmune diseases that do not cause arthritis, ms, penphigus. ...Read more

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What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Nobody Knows: We are not sure what gets the ball rolling, but autoimmune disease in general is a case of "misprogramming" in which the immune system begins to incorrectly recognize the body's own tissues (joints in the case of ra) as though they were foreign. It then attacks them as it would any invading substance. Smoking definitely raises the risk of ra, though we don't know why! ...Read more

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There is controversy over if Interstitial Cystitis considered an autoimmune disease, or could it be part of a Lupus flare? Lupus causes inflamation.

IC and Lupus: IC (Interstitial Cystitis) is inflammation of the Bladder Wall that can occur by itself or in conjunction with other autoimmune diseases, including Lupus, fibromyalgia, scleroderma, and Sjogren's Syndrome. Research has shown that IC patients are 30 Times more likely to have SLE (systemic lupus erthematosus). If you have IC, tests for Autoimmune conditions should be performed by your Doctor. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid athritis a verydangerous kind of arthritis?

Is rheumatoid athritis a verydangerous kind of arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis: It can be very debilitating depending on the severity of the disease and your responsiveness to treatment. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a cartilage disorder?

Joints...: Cartilage is the smooth substance lining most joints. Some disorders are hereditary, involving production and structure of the cartilage. Much more common are problems like osteoarthritis - a degeneration of the cartilage due to wear and tear, obesity, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and also can affect cartilage. ...Read more

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What kind of diseases or isorders could cause both symptoms of hypothyroidism and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? Or is one a complication of the other

What kind of diseases or isorders could cause both symptoms of hypothyroidism and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? Or is one a complication of the other

Autoimmune disorders: Both juvenile idiopathic arthritis and hypothyroidism (caused by thyroiditis) can have autoimmune etiology. There is increased incidence of hypothyroidism in patients with jia when compared to matched normal controls. Another autoimmune disorder celiac bowel disease is also increased in jia. ...Read more

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Is dermographism an isolated condition or a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders?

Is dermographism an isolated condition or a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders?

Not autoimmune: Dermographism is a common type of physical urticaria (hives) and unrelated to food and environmental allergies. It is not related to autoimmune disorders. For a brief review, go to my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/05/dermographism-i-scratch-therefore-i-hive/. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a cataract?

What sort of disease is a cataract?

Various causes: But typically an age-related clouding of the lens which slowly decreases vision but is reversible after replacing with a clear lens. Is very common and develops in everyone eventually but only recommend removal if visually significant. ...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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What sort of disease is chondrocalcinosis?

What sort of disease is chondrocalcinosis?

Calcium in cartilage: Chondro means cartilage and calcinosis implies calcium deposition into an atypical area. Chondrocalcinosis is often associated with pseudogout, in which calcium pyrophosphate crystals are deposited into joints, and these may cause pain and inflammation. This is similar to gout, but gout involves urate crystals within the joint. I see chondrocalcinosis most commonly within the knee joint. ...Read more

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What are the causes of an autoimmune disease?

Unknown: It is part genetics and part and enviromental factors.----we do not all these yet, but research is trying to identify these so that we can potential develop better drugs. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a autoimmune disease?

Genetics and enviro: It is a combination of genetics and the right enviromental triggers. We do not know all these triggers yet, but some people may the genes, but never have them turned on despite being exposed to a trigger. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is foot arthritis?

Multiple sites: Foot arthritis can happen and multiple sites between the 28 bones of the foot. Hindfoot arthritis (below the ankle) can cause a lot of pain and walking problems. Midfoot arthritis is not always so painful and often can be managed with shoewear modifications. Forefoot arthritis is usually well tolerated except at the big toe joint. 1st treatment = shoe modifications and anti-inflammatory meds. ...Read more

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What kind of arthritis is caused by Lyme disease?

What kind of arthritis is caused by Lyme disease?

Specific: It is specific to Lyme disease is called Lyme Disease arthritis. It is not rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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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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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?

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?

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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I had uveitis hla b27 disorder. It flares up once in a year. I have no specific symptoms of rheumatic arthrits. How to rule out sle and auto immune ?

I had uveitis hla b27 disorder. It flares up once in a year.  I have no specific symptoms of rheumatic arthrits. How to rule out sle and auto immune ?

Anklyosing spondy: There is a high likelihood that you have ankylosing spondylitis which correlates with the hlab27 already shown to exist in your immune picture. Uveitis is an accompaniment of this condition and can be quite severe. You should check with a rheumatologist as there are features of anklyosing which should be treated to prevent permanent change. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid athritis a verydangerous kind of arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis: It can be very debilitating depending on the severity of the disease and your responsiveness to treatment. ...Read more

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What kind of injections are used to treat rhuematoid arthritis pain?

What kind of injections are used to treat rhuematoid arthritis pain?

Specific joints: You can also have cortisone with a local anesthetic injections into a joint that has flared up. This is a temporary fix but gives fast relief. ...Read more

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What type/s of arthritis are associated with either hyper mobility syndrome?

What type/s of arthritis are associated with either hyper mobility syndrome?

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in patient with hypermobility. There is also an increased risk of joint dislocations. ...Read more

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What kind of pills can you use for arthritis?

What kind of pills can you use for arthritis?

See below: There are several different medications used but it all depends on your underlying health conditions and what type of arthritis you have. We would need more detail to fully answer your question. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I have some kind of arthritis? How common is it?

What are the chances that I have some kind of arthritis? How common is it?

Common enough, but -: at your age, probably not so common. Your chance getting it would depend on your Past Hx of any specific injury (ies) to joints, specially of Lower limbs; family hx of Arthritis; past hx of any blood disorder which may cause damage to a joint(s). U need to get yourself seen by an Orthopod or a Rheumatologist to be examined in detail, to determine if U have any Arthritis or not. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Why won't my dr tell me what kind of arthritis i have? Have had all kinds of test, never received a diagnosis. Don't make since, not being treated.

Why won't my dr tell me what kind of arthritis i have? Have had all kinds of test, never received a diagnosis. Don't make since, not being treated.

Doesn't know: Maybe the doctor doesn't know the exact type of arthritis, as there are over 100 different types. http://goo.gl/rxbkd you might want to see a different doctor and see if that helps. ...Read more

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What kind of arthritis is caused by Lyme disease?

Specific: It is specific to Lyme disease is called Lyme Disease arthritis. It is not rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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What kind of exercises is good with rheumatoid arthritis?

What kind of exercises is good with rheumatoid arthritis?

See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra. ...Read more

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What kind of rub to use for arthritis while taking warfarin?

IcyHot, Zostrix (capsaicin): Glad you asked. Warfarin (brand coumadin) has many interactions with other drugs that make it less effective or dangerously high leading to bleeding. Most topical rubs such as bengay, icyhot or capsasin should be ok. I would avoid topical aspirin. ...Read more

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