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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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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