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What do doctors prescribe for rheumatoid arthritis?

What do doctors prescribe for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many Options: Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease primarily affecting the joints. There is a very wide range of Disease Modifying antiRheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) available for treatment. There are older, less specific, but still effective DMARDs such as plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) sulfasalazine, leflunomide and methotrexate. NSAIDs and prednisone to treat flares. There are many newer biologic DMARDs like Anti-TNF agents. ...Read more

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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My doctor told me I have arthritis. Does heat help with the pain?

My doctor told me I have arthritis.  Does heat help with the pain?

Yes: Heat increases circulation. Improved circulation improves healing. Healing improves pain. ...Read more

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What does arthritis look like on a xray? My doctor told me I have it by looking at my xray & than he tells me i don't have it & he's an orthopedic!

What does arthritis look like on a xray? My doctor told me I have it by looking at my xray & than he tells me i don't have it & he's an orthopedic!

Cysts and spurs: There are specific findings on x-rays including spurs, cysts, sclerosis, and loss of joint space. In addition, as the arthritis progresses the alignment of the joint may change. Arthritis is most commonly seen on x-rays and does not require any advanced imaging in most situations. ...Read more

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I don't sweat at all. So I can't tolerate the heat. I told my doctor and he said he'd never heard of it. Should I see a specialist.

I don't sweat at all. So I can't tolerate the heat. I told my doctor and he said he'd never heard of it. Should I see a specialist.

See a specialist: Ask your DR to look up ANHIDROSIS. If the DR is any good he will apologize, then refer you to another DR, He could have looked it up while you were there. If there is a medical school near you go to the clinic for internal medicine and be prepared to detail all your meds, vits, etc. Do you have other symptoms? Peculiar skin growths? ...Read more

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My grandma already has arthritis but now the doctor told her she has tons in her back and she's ALWAYS in pain and she takes lots of pills. Any ideas?

My grandma already has arthritis but now the doctor told her she has tons in her back and she's ALWAYS in pain and she takes lots of pills. Any ideas?

There are many-: -good meds to treat this with, but as one gets older the complications of each is enhanced, so the best thing to do is make an appointment with her internist and see what meds she is able to use. Any recommendations from someone not familiar with her health would be be unethical as completions from some meds can be fatal. ...Read more

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Can I get a second ACL Reconstruction on my knee ?, I'm 28 yearsold and dealing with minor arthritis and was told to do so by a doctor.

Can I get a second ACL Reconstruction on my knee ?, I'm 28 yearsold and dealing with minor arthritis and was told to do so by a doctor.

Yes you can : It is possible to have a repair of the repairs ACL. As for arthritis that is another matter. Perhaps a second opinion will help. There are options that an orthopedic surgeon can give. Talk to your doctor. I'm sure there's options ...Read more

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Child has arthritis and gets a lot of belly aches. Was told she needs to see a GI doctor but what kinds of test will they do and why?

Stomach Ulcer: Arthritis patients who get regular anti-inflamatory medications for pain relief, e.g. Ibupeofen, Naproxen or similar class (called nsaids), can have stomach ulcers which causes pain. So, make sure she doesn't take these medicines in empty stomach. Ask your pediatrician or rheumatologist why she is being referred to gi. ...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