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Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan (rituximab) cause this?

Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do  have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan (rituximab) cause  this?

Rituxan (rituximab) is RA therap: Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). You physician will have you see a rheumatologist to clarify the diagnosis and decide on the best therapy. Rituxan (rituximab) is one of many therapies we use to treat . ...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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Would arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis appear different on an xray of joint? Can you have both in the same joint&can arthritis become rheumatoid?

Would arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis appear different on an xray of joint? Can you have both in the same joint&can arthritis become rheumatoid?

Rheumatoid arthritis: is a type of arthritis, so the question is unclear. Are you referring to osteoarthritis? The xray findings of oesteoarthritis are different from rheumatoid arthritis, but you can have both in the same joint, so at that point the features would overlap. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis in two disk in my neck. Could that be the reason for my right arm pain. The xray does not show why my arm hurt so bad.

I have rheumatoid arthritis in two disk in my neck. Could that be the reason for my right arm pain. The xray does not show why my arm hurt so bad.

The RA affects the -: Whole body and arms specifically, alone or from neck. Xrays of the neck will confirm spondylosis but not the disks themselves. Xray of arm may not show a cause of pain in it, except excluding a number of them.
Mri neck will confirm disc herniation ; if its causing a nerve to be pinched. If so, then that might be a reason of your pain. Otherwise other causes will need to be found with an exam. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone who's 50 to have rheumatoid arthritis even if the blood work n X-ray was negative..??

Is it possible for someone who's 50 to have rheumatoid arthritis even if the blood work n X-ray was negative..??

No: There is a group of diseases called "seronegative arthritis." In this case, the lab tests do not demonstrate rheumatoid arthritis but do often show elevated levels of inflammation in the body. These diseases can have some similar symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis and are often treated using the same medications. ...Read more

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Would an X-ray look different with osteoarthritis&rheumatoid arthritis and can you have both in the same joint? Can osteo turn in to rheumatoid?

Would an X-ray look different with osteoarthritis&rheumatoid arthritis and can you have both in the same joint? Can osteo turn in to rheumatoid?

See details: X rays look different. You can have both involving the same joint. Osteo and RA are totally different and osteo does not turn into RA. ...Read more

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Ra factor very high, but not rheumatoid arthritis? I am 56 women, my RA factor result is super high, is 380, but other testes of related rheumatoid arthritis all normal ( including blood testes and x ray). After three month i did all test again, the resul

Ra factor very high, but not rheumatoid arthritis? I am 56 women, my RA factor result is super high, is 380, but other testes of related rheumatoid arthritis all normal ( including blood testes and x ray). After three month i did all test again, the resul

Rheumatoid : Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that requires certain criteria for it s diagnosis . We automatically think that if a test for a disease is positive you have to have the disease , but that is not how it goes. For example there are to types of anti-globulins , igg and igm , they may be positive in different situations for the same disease so one is positive for the acute phase and the other becomes positive later , this is only an example..So things need to be proven to be valid. An is not an automatic concept , if is positive I have it and if not what do I have. There are many things we still need to learn about many diseases and many laboratory results. Rheumatoid factor can go up , with age , with certain infection etc etc if you google it , you will find the complete list. You saw the rheumatologist , and obviously he did a diagnosis based on your clinical picture and is not rheumatoid arthritis , in the same manner he will consider other possibilities for that findings , he would have order additional test if there was a suspicion of another entity that may give a positive rheumatoid factor . Since he evaluated you he would be the best person to ask, rather than to figured out the other way oround, doctors see patients and suspect diseases, and then request labs to confirm the diagnosis or ruled them out , the other way around is difficult and is not how it is usually done. ...Read more

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Can loss of normal cervical lordosis be caused by rheumatoid arthritis? If so, would there be signs of RA on the x-ray or MRI of cervical spine?

Can loss of normal cervical lordosis be caused by rheumatoid arthritis? If so, would there be signs of RA on the x-ray or MRI of cervical spine?

It can be seen in-: -many conditions spasm, positioning on an X ray tsbl, can be seen in advanced RA, ankylosing spondylitis. It in of itself is not diagnostic. Exam & labs are needed 2 Dx RA. ...Read more

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Had a bad flare.doc put me on prednisone cause X-ray showed inflamation.waiting on blood test for rheumatoid arthritis.is it norm to still feel bad?

Had a bad flare.doc put me on prednisone cause X-ray showed inflamation.waiting on blood test for rheumatoid arthritis.is it norm to still feel bad?

Yes: RA is not diagnosed be a blood test or X- Ray. The diagnostic criterea include lab as well as the duration of symptoms and the features on your physical examination. Make sure you are diagnosed by someone with experience in this disease. ...Read more

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X-ray on 1st MP joint of big toe said rheumatoid arthritis bc of pain. If it were bone cancer would it be picked up on X-ray?

X-ray on 1st MP joint of big toe said rheumatoid arthritis bc of pain. If it were bone cancer would it be picked up on X-ray?

X-ray findings: of rheumatoid or other arthritis generally are easily distinguishable from bone cancer. Bone cancers can sometimes be picked up on x-rays if large enough, but MRI is much more sensitive at detection. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis?

Exam / Blood: Ra affected joints have more swelling than oa due to synovitis. An exam and blood work can help differentiate. ...Read more

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What are the primary differences between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the primary differences between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Osteo vs. Rheuma: Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory degenerative disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis is systemic as well as autoimmune and mixed connective tissue disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the difference between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Local and Systemic : There are many difference between oteo and ra.
Osteo usually local and the other is systemic.
Morning stiffness lasts less than 60 mins; tends to get worse later throughout day.
In RA morning stiffness lasts longer than 1 hour; worse in am; stiffness occurs in am & periods of rest.
Common in both men and women. Before 50 more men than women, after 50 more women than men, RA effect women more ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ?

See below: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system is attacking your body including your joints. Osteoarthritis is not autoimmune and is what we call a "wear and tear" arthritis where the joints get damaged over time though things such as trauma to a joint tends to hasten the process. ...Read more

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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! ...Read more

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How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. ...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 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?

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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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

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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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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 is the best med for rheumatoid arthritis?

Impossible to answer: Every patient is different with differing degrees and intensity of disease and differing potentials for long term damage. Varied drugs are used includind anti inflammatory medications and low dose steroids. Disease modifying drugs like plaquenil, azulfidine (sulfasalazine) or Methotrexate are quite helpful the most recent additions, the biologics, like Enbrel or Humira are the most potent and trul;y inhibit diseu. ...Read more

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Which type of disease is rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune : Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Are there last stages of rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Without treatment end stage RA manifests with severe crippling deformities and loss of function in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and even in the neck. The most severe cases involve lung, eye, cardiac, skin, kidney, nerves, and intestines. All these organs can fail causing death. ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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