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<b>RA is also known as <a href="#topics/Rheumatoid-arthritis">Rheumatoid arthritis</a></b>. 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 is ra?

Rhumatoid arthritis

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One of the most common medical conditions for whic the term "RA" is used is rhuematoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory arthritic condition. RA can stand for oher things as well, for example it is also used commonly to refer to the term "room air". Thank you for the question
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Who gets RA?

Anyone

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Anyone can get rheumatoid arthritis from old to young, male or female, any race or country of origin.
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Why does RA happen?

Very complex...

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmunity, the causes of which are still not completely known. It is strongly associated with the inherited tissue type Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigen, hence family history is an important risk factor as well.
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Is there cure for RA?

No

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However, treatments now can effectively control the disease in many (but not all) individuals. A cure is being actively pursued.
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Is there a cure for RA?

Variable

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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.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

CAN ITP BE LINKED TO RA?

Possible

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ITP could be connecteda utoimmune or inflammatory condition such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld answered:

Symptoms of arthritis RA?

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With rheumatoid arthritis, during an acute flare, there is often increased warmth, perhaps redness and swelling and pain. The swelling is different from an osteoarthritic joint in which the swelling is usually just joint fluid and in RA, the swelling can be joint fluid and swollen synovium (joint lining). This has more of a sold feel to it on exam.
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Do you think you have ra?

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis with joint swelling, joint pain, morning stiffness, lack of mobility, stiffness. When you are evaluated these things will be looked for and then certain lab tests and imaging like X-rays, ultrasound and MRIs ordered. This will be how the Rheumatoid Arthritis is diagnosed
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Dr. Olivia C. Liao answered:

Can i be blind due to RA ?

Not likely

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But possible. Usually dry eye iritis and steroid related cataracts. But rarely plaquenil retinal toxicity after 7-8 yrs of high doses. EyeMDs monitor for this quite carefully every 6 months or so reducing the chance of blindness
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Dr. Mark C. Weston answered:

how do i releive R.A pain?

Enbrel

Works like a charm
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