Doctor insights on:
...That is a measure of the risk of developing some new condition within a certain period of time. The incidence rate is the # of new cases per population that develop a disease over a period of time. So, in a population of 100, if 5 people develop the disease within 5 years, the incidence rate is 5% over 5 years. Compare to 'prevalence', which measures the total # ...Read more
It can be : There are many possible causes of pericarditis. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are known to cause inflammation of internal organs or tissues. Inflammation of the linng of the heart, the pericardium, is called pericarditis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?
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
Yes: Women are affected 3x more than men. ...Read more
Rheumatoid arthritis and depression commonly occur together: Although this is known, people with rheumatoid arthritis often aren't screened for depression, so it may not be diagnosed or treated. Studies show that if depression occurring with rheumatoid arthritis isn't addressed, the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis itself can be less effective. It's unclear whether people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher incidence of depression and anxiety as a result of their physical symptoms, or if depression is itself a symptom caused by the chronic, systemic inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers believe that people who had depression before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis may be less responsive to their rheumatoid arthritis treatment. More research is needed to determine the exact connection between all types of arthritis and depression. Left untreated, depression in people with rheumatoid arthritis may result in: Greater pain, Greater risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, Loss of productivity at work, Increased risk of economic hardship, Deterioration of relationships with friends and family, Sexual dysfunction. What is known is that people who have rheumatoid arthritis and depression that occur together respond better to treatment when both conditions are addressed. Although different medications may be prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and depression, many activities can be helpful in addressing the physical and emotional effects of both conditions, such as: Regular exercise, Stress management techniques, Friends and support groups familiar with the challenges of both conditions. People with all types of arthritis are at high risk of depression and anxiety. If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and are feeling depressed or are worried about developing depression, it's important to talk to your doctor. With medication, support and a personalized plan of action, depression and rheumatoid arthritis are treatable conditions. ...Read more
Everybody!: Unfortunately, as we age, everyone is at risk for degenerative disc disease. However, the risk is higher in individuals with the following: 1. Smoking 2. Obesity 3. High demand jobs involving a lot of vibration, repetitive bending, or lifting (such as truck drivers, construction workers, jobs involving frequent heavy lifting, etc.) 4. Genetic tendency in families 5. Trauma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebral spurs are noted. The latter phenomenon, referred to most accurately as spondylosis deformans, is asymptomatic. It may be associated with disc disease, but disc damage does not necessarily cause pain. ...Read more
No: You need to look for another cause of your chronic kidney disease (I'm going to assume that is what CKD means). Remember that nowadays, with the fad for subscientific estimates of renal function, many athletic men are overdiagnosed just because their muscles produce extra creatinine. Painkillers for JRA can also impair kidney function, usually reversibly. Insist on a real diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Osteoarthritis-: Can develop from many factors, including systemic inflammatory arthritis. My patients with RA or AS frequently need hip replacement because cartilage loss do to inflammatory damage to their cartilage! The discussion is not between either or or! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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