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Osteoarthritis Flare Up
This common degenerative condition impacts the joints, where normal wear and tear on them gets to a point where they can no longer keep up with the pace of generating fresh cartilage. As a result, the joint space thins, the bone becomes exposed and painful, and bone spurs ...Read more
Possible negative: Rheumatoid factor (rf) and cyclic citrinullated peptide (ccp) are the two tests that help confirm a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Other tests are done to measure inflammation, determine which drugs may be used, etc. About 15% of people with RA are rf and ccp negative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It vary: People usually know an arthritis flare is getting under way when morning stiffness increases. That is, they wake up in the morning feeling their joints are stiffer than usual, and it takes longer until the joints loosen up sufficiently for daily activities to be performed. Flare up can persist for weeks or months unless there is a change in treatment plan. ...Read more
Many: They can be caused by medications, kidney function and other medical reasons, hereditary predisposition, and (controversially) diet. Hyperuricemia can cause the gout. The underlying cause of hyperuricemia needs to be addressed, and sometimes management with medications are necessary. ...Read more
+ana1:640terrible flares >4yrs of fatigue, arthr/myalgia, pleuritic pain, photosen rashes, sicca.Exten rheum work up all neg even during flares.Rheum tried methotrexate which stoped sx! diagnosis w/neg work up?
+ana1:640, intermit low wbc.Exten rheum work up all neg even during flares.Bad flares >4yrs of fatigue, arthr/myalgia, pleuritic pain, photosen rashes, sicca.Rheum tried methotrexate which stopped sx.Ctd?
Bad synovial tissue: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which affects the synovial tissue, which lines the joints. Instead of lubricating the joint, the synovial tissue overgrows, stretches out the joint capsule and destroys the articular cartilage. This leaves the joint unstable, poorly aligned and without a smooth surface for motion. ...Read more
I have widespread joint pain, swelling. C-reactive protein <0.5 mg/dl, rheumatoid arthritis factor<8.6 iu/ml, sed rate 15mm/hr. Rheumatoid arthritis?
Polyarthralgia: You should be seen in person by a rheumatologist. Good luck. ...Read more
Fatigue,stress,infxn: There are several possible causes of flares include stress, fatigue & overexertion which can trigger RA inflammatn as well as possibly food allergies vs. a chemical sensitivity.RA meds suppress the immune system,which means a higher risk for infections.Thus even the common cold or flu may trigger a flare of RA.Thus learn to recognize your triggers, get rest,work w/MD & decrease stress w/meditaiotn ...Read more