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Dr. Steven Watry
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Ra (Overview)

RA is also known as Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an condition where the immune system attacks the tissues of the joints. This causes pain, swelling, and destruction of joints throughout the body.


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What diet should a teen student have with ra?

What diet should a teen student have with ra?

Not the focus: Good dietary habits are always encouraged but there is no specific RA diet. The key is not to smoke. Smoking worsens rheumatoid arthritis and increases the chance of internal organ damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Watry
619 doctors shared insights

Ra (Overview)

RA is also known as Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an condition where the immune system attacks the tissues of the joints. This causes pain, swelling, and destruction of joints throughout the body.


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How does RA contribute to the ankle tendonitis I am experiencing and why would tendonitis be in both ankles?

How does RA contribute to the ankle tendonitis I am experiencing and why would tendonitis be in both ankles?

Chronic inflammation: Rhematoid arthritis will cause degenerative changes to the ankle joints resulting in the ankle functioning incorrectly. This will in turn cause overuse of the tendons surrounding the ankle joint and chronic inflammation. Injections of cortisone around the tendon can be helpful as well as antiiflammatories. An ankle brace would be helpful to stabilize the joint and orthotics to realign the joint. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is not strongly heritable. If you have a strong family history for arthritis? Ra! ...See more

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Communicate with physician if breakthrough flares occur to adjust meds
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed and keep active
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What are the symptoms in ra?

What are the symptoms in ra?

Joint pain + swellin: Joint pain + swelling are cardinal symptoms of ra. Especially small and large joints - fingers, feet, wrists, ankles and knees. Other joints can also be involved but characteristically not the back. There can also be stiffness in the morning lasting an hour or more. We sometimes see subcutaneous nodules and look at laboratory and imaging data to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Myth: rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is due to an infection. ...See more

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Can rheumatism affect your sinuses? I have been having evening congestion that has coincided withmy RA diagnosis. If so, what is the best treatment?

This could be: This could be a number from reflux from your medications or it could be from tobacco use which can also make your rheumatoid worse and more difficult to treat. Consider stopping smoking and seeing your primary and possibly an ENT to evaluate your sinsus issues. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis. ...See more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

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