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What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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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


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Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

See details: JRA is arbitrarily defined as rheumatoid arthritis starting before the age 16 and adult RA as starting at age 16 or later. RA does not cause chronic kidney disease unless there is a secondary amyloidosis and medication toxicity. ...Read more

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Whats autoimmune vs rheumatic arthritis?

Whats autoimmune vs rheumatic arthritis?

RA verses autoimmune: There is no verses. Ra is a genetic arthritic disorder that is an autoimmune response. It is a member of a family of other autoimmune collagen or connective tissue diseases including sjorgrens disease, polymyositis, periarteriitis nodosa, systemic lupus erthematosis. ...Read more

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What is jra vs rheumatiod arthritis?

What is jra vs rheumatiod arthritis?

Different conditions: Children under the age of 16 cannot get ra. They get juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) which is also an autoimmune disease affecting the joints but very different in many respects. Even as older adults, they are adults with jia. Older teenagers can develop rheumatoid factor positive polyarticulatar jia that looks very similar to RA and may develop into a disease that looks similar to ra. ...Read more

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What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

Blood test negative : For ra. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is the rheumatoid arthritis in which the blood doesn’t contain rheumatoid factor (rf or rhf). While diagnosing ra, doctors get a range of laboratory tests done and also evaluate the physical symptoms. ...Read more

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What distinguishes arthritis & rheumatoid arthritis?

What distinguishes arthritis & rheumatoid arthritis?

None and all : There are more thar 140 types of arthrtis . Arthritis is a general name used to include all diseases that may affect the joints . Rheumatoid arthritis is a specific disease with well defined characteristic , one of the arthrititis. ...Read more

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What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Immune dysfunction!: Jra (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. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx. ...Read more

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What is the difference between RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and oa (osteoarthritis)?

Too many to mention: Ra is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of large and small joints in all extremities. Oa is more of a wear and tear type of arthritis. There are numerous other differences. ...Read more

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What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive. ...Read more

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Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis?

Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis?

Methotrexate: is a first line drug for rheumatoid arthritis, used frequently with hydroxchoroquine and sulfasalazine. Humira is an expensive biologic for those who have failed traditional first line regimens!

Humira works well for RA, but it is second line! ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis the affliction as inflammatory arthritis?

Not really: Ra is one type of inflammatory arthritis but the are many different types of inflammatory arthritis that are unrelated to ra. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gouty arthritis?

What's the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gouty arthritis?

Different causes: Gouty arthritis- due to an increase of uric acid production or underexcretion. Typically affects big toe joints, as well as the mid foot, ankle, knees, wrist. Diagnosis confirmed by uric aicd crytals in the joint. Presents itself by painful acute episodes, typically at night. Osteo- bone on bone- which cause inflammation in and around the joint. Ra- chronic persistent pain, . ...Read more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Arthritis means inflammation of joints. RA is a common form of arthritis. (There are various other causes of arthritis and RA is just one cause.) About 1 in 100 people develop RA at some stage in their lives. It can happen to anyone. It is not an hereditary disease. It can develop at any age, but most commonly starts between the ages of 40 and 60.http://patient.info/health/rheumatoid-arthritis-leaflet ...Read more

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Which is the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gouty arthritis?

Which is the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gouty arthritis?

Many...: Ra affects everything in the body by chronic inflammation, joint stiffness, related diseases. It may cause severe deformity and contracture of the toes and fingers. Gout can cause joint pain acutely and gradually create enough joint changes to produce chronic pain as well. Kidney function is what is treated as the root cause of gout. Osteoarthritis is mainly the wear and tear process in joints. ...Read more

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Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis question?

Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis question?

MTX vs Humira (adalimumab): These drugs fight RA in completely different fashions. Mtx is the consensus first round choice of drugs to treat ra, both by the acr and eular (european version). Most, if not all, insurances require treatment failure with mtx before you start humira, (adalimumab) a much more expensive drug. In most cases, even if Humira (adalimumab) is started, patients will remain on mtx. ...Read more

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Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Not technically: Jra, now called jia (juvenile idiopathic arthritis), has several forms which are different from adult rheumatoid arthritis (ra). One form of jia has the same characteristics as adult RA with many joints involved and a positive rheumatoid factor on blood testing. This may persist into adulthood. Some doctors believe this is simply the adult RA starting in childhood. ...Read more

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What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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Is there a difference between rheumatiod arthritis and osteo arthritis?

Is there a difference between rheumatiod arthritis and osteo arthritis?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that leads to the destruction of joints. Osteoarthritis is wear and tear destruction of the joint. In its late stages the destruction caused by rheumatoid arthritis mimics osteoarthritis. Once the joint surfaces get rough - for what ever reason - the wear and tear component dominates. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis curable?

No: Though rheumatoid arthritis is not curable, there are now many treatments that dramatically lessen the symptoms of arthritis. If the disease is treated early enough, there is also a reduced chance of developing joint deformities. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid as well as osteoarthritis. How can I tell what is causing the pain?

I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid as well as osteoarthritis. How can I tell what is causing the pain?

Depends on location.: Fibromyalgia is most likely to be the cause of muscle pain and tightness . Rheumatoid arthritis mainly causes pain dircctly in the joints +- swelling and also can cause tendonitis pain (tendons connect muscle to bone). ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis in the absence of conclusive lab data?

How can you tell the difference between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis in the absence of conclusive lab data?

Polyarticular...many: Rheumatoid is an inflammatory disease of the joint lining causing signs and symptoms of warmth/swelling/redness, typically affects many joints (polyarticular), usually both sides of the body (same joints), common in small joints of the hands except the distal joints of the fingers, typically marked morning stiffness of joints and muscles, no history of joint injury (trauma) to explain the pain... ...Read more

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What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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Do hands get osteoarthritis or just rheumatoid?

Do hands get osteoarthritis or just rheumatoid?

Both: The hands can be afeected by both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. Rheumatoid typically affects the joints we call the mcps and pips while osteoarthritis affects the pips and dips. Some patients can have both forms of arthritis at the same time. ...Read more

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Can you have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

Can you have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

RA vs. OA: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder while osteoarthritis is a degenerative/wear and tear condition. The two conditions can coexist especially in the hip and knee. ...Read more

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Can I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis at the same time?

Possible: It is possible to have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis at the same time.Your knee may be affected by rheumatoid arthritis but your spine may have degenerative changes. Clinical findings in RA differ enough from osteoarthritis that the diagnosis is usually readily made. Most people with aging have osteoarthritis. Ra is systemic autoimmune disease affecting multiple small and large jts. ...Read more

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What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Aging vs. Attacking: Osteoarthritis is often referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis that develops as we age. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks and destroys its own joints. ...Read more

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What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

RA vs Osteoarthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a collagen vascular disorder caused by a patient's immune system. These patients are often managed by a rheumatologist. It results in destruction of the joint. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of a joint usually over time from such causes as obesity or a long time injury. It may also be without cause. ...Read more

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What is the big difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the big difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Wear&tear v inflamma: Think of osteoarthritis (OA) as result of wear & tear that comes w/aging & repetitive injury. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/basics/definition/con-20014749 for more info. Compare that to rheumatoid arthritis which is much less common inflammatory disorder. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/basics/definition/con-20014868 ...Read more

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What is the main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Rheumatoid arthritis is a destructive, inflammatory arthritis that is caused by the production of antibodies in your body that attacks the joint lining called the synovium. Osteoarthritis is not an autoimmune condition and is generally thought to be a condition in which degeneration of a joint outstrips its ability to heal itself. There is also inflammation. Osteoarthritis is generally less severe. ...Read more

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How do symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis differ from symptoms from osteoarthritis?

How do symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis differ from symptoms from osteoarthritis?

Different process: Your RA and SLE are inflammatory. Osteoarthritis is more wear and tear and mechanical. Early inflammatory joints such as the knee do better with usage but osteoarthritis does worse with usage. Osteoarthritis has enlarge bones causing the swelling (but can have fluid) and inflammatory arthritis has swollen soft tissue. Medications like NSAIDs work in both, not methotrexate & cortisone ...Read more

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Aside from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, are there other kinds of arthritis?

Aside from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, are there other kinds of arthritis?

Yes many others: Spondyloarthropaty group which includes: psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis associated to inflammatory bowel diseases. Others: crystalline arthritis: gout and pseudogout. Inflammatory arthritis due to lupus, Sjogrens and MCTD. Arthritis due to infections like septic arthritis or due to Lyme disease. The list does not finish here.... ...Read more

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What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis?

Overuse / Immune sys: Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by one's immune system attacking the joint cartilage, so usually in multiple joints at once. Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis is from traumatic overuse. Actual overuse by repetitive normal motions is unusual. A knee joint will run thousands of miles over 70 years if the knee is never "twisted" injured. Not using a joint enough leads to osteoarthritis! ...Read more

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What are the differences between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis?

Wear and tear: Osteoarthritis is wear and tear on joints causing mechanical damage, especially to cartilage. There is bony overgrowth and ultimately joints become bone on bone. This is extremely painful and often requires joint replacement surgery. Pain of OA has an inflammatory component that responds to NSAIDs. RA is the opposite.Autoimmune inflammation causes the synovial tissue to eat into cartilage and bone ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more