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Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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
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
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
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
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
Autoimmune: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the joints instead of fighting intruders like bacteria and viruses. Genetic factors play a role in risk for developing autoimmune diseases. Exposure to certain viruses may play a role as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: Sometimes induced by trauma! at your age. ...Read more
Clinical criteria: Ra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. Pain and stiffness may limit activity. Appropriate treatment can vastly benefit the patient, and a rheumatologist can be your best friend. Labs to rule out other causes are undertaken. Clinical criteria make the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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