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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. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more


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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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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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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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Negative for ra- dr suspects pa due to occasional rash on elbows..Rash hasn't appeared for several mths..Is there any other was to diagnose psoriasis?

Negative for ra- dr suspects pa due to occasional rash on elbows..Rash hasn't appeared for several mths..Is there any other was to diagnose psoriasis?

Skin biobsy ,Flake: There are no lab tests or blood tests available to confirm or deny the presence of psoriasis. Instead, a doctor must examine the skin and nails closely, sometimes analyzing dry skin under a microscope.Your doctor may take a small sample of skin (biopsy) that's examined under a microscope to determine the exact type of psoriasis and to rule out other disorders. ...Read more

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I have stiff joints in all my ten fingers. It is painful when i bend the fingers. What is the cause and treatment ? Have done blood test.Ra is 10

I have stiff joints in all my ten fingers. It is painful when i bend the fingers. What is the cause and treatment ? Have done blood test.Ra is 10

Many possibilities: Many possibilities. Etiology must be identified before treatment is initiated. It must be determined whether inflammation is present and what other problems are active. ...Read more

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I have a painful finger. Ra tests were negative . Might it be gout? It has hurt for six weeks and is particularly painful and stiff in the mornings.

I have a painful finger. Ra tests were negative . Might it be gout?  It has hurt for six weeks and is particularly painful and stiff in the mornings.

It tests were: Done for ra, i would imagine testes were performed for uric acid levels as well. Is it possible it is gout, sure it is possible. Gout pain is usually not present for 6 weeks....So while possible, it would not be high on my differential list. But, is easy ruled out thru both blood and urine tests. ...Read more

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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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I have been taking 50mg enebrel /week for 3 years to treat my ra. What will happen "if" i quit taking this medication ?

I have been taking 50mg enebrel /week for 3 years to treat my ra. What will happen "if" i quit taking this medication ?

There is: There is always the chance that your RA will flare. Talk to your rheumatologist first before you do anything. ...Read more

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I have been treated for RA for ten years. Never tested positve for rhumatoid factor only high white blood cell and c reactive protien. Do I have ra?

I have been treated for RA for ten years. Never tested positve for rhumatoid factor only high white blood cell and c reactive protien. Do I have ra?

It is possible: You do have RA factor to positive to be diagnose with ra, those are called negative RA factor. Do you have multiple joints problems especially in the hand and feet? If you do most they are right you have ra. Good luck. ...Read more

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How safe and how much effective is treating medical conditions like RA or the flu by the following plants: ginger, anise, chamomile and sage?"

How safe and how much effective is treating medical conditions like RA or the flu by the following plants: ginger, anise, chamomile and sage?"

Not a good idea.: If you are otherwise healthy you will probably recover from the flu with or without treatment ( if you get short of breath, develope lung congestion or have other illnesses you should not take a chance. You should see a doctor). Rheumatoid arthritis is a crippling, fatal illness which cannot be controlled by the treatments you mentioned. You should see a rheumatologist for this problem. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for RA without medication ? (only a certain lifestyle or a diet to follow?)

Perhaps: About 10% of the population has nightshade sensitivity (eggplant, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, etc). They do best totally avoiding all nightshade plants. Three months is a good trial. Also consider dairy and gluten free. Eating becomes challenging, but still doable with practice.. There are still many foods and a good dietitian can help you. Leigh wagner rd at kumc will do phone consults. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ RA at 24. Started treatments right away. Now I'm 36 and in pain. Rheumatologist increased my meds. Will I become disabled early in life?

Diagnosed w/ RA at 24. Started treatments right away. Now I'm 36 and in pain. Rheumatologist increased my meds. Will I become disabled early in life?

Not necessarily! You: might some Orthopedic work if the pain meds do not work. A person with very bad RA or severe arthritic knee would benefit from Replacement surgery, but that isn't the only option. See an Orthopedist who is specially trained in Knee surgery as I am sure he'll have a few more options for you. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for ra?

Variable: Since rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition of intermittent exacerbations (flares) and quiescence, it is impossible to know if a patient has reached a state where no future flares will occur. Instead, the term remission is used to indicate prolonged quiescence. Remission is highly variable, but can be achieved with some of today's drugs. More often, treatment modification is ongoing. ...Read more

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Since i didn't get an early treatment for my ra. Am i high risk of ending up on a wheel chair or die ?

Since i didn't get an early treatment for my ra. Am i high risk of ending up on a wheel chair or die ?

RA: High risk for wheelchair or death? No. Delayed or non-treated rheumatoid arthritis can lead to joint pain and destruction. However considering your younger age it is certainly not too late to start treatment. ...Read more

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Has anyone tried anti-tnf drugs for RA without using methotrexate at the same time?

Has anyone tried anti-tnf drugs for RA without using methotrexate at the same time?

Yes: Though the drug studies were set up to have these tnf agents used in combination with Methotrexate (mtx), many patients do take tnf agents without mtx. Certain tnf agents work better than others if mtx is not being taken. Speak to your rheumatologist if you are considering going off mtx. ...Read more

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