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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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I have sle, my skin biopsy was positive for ana, iga, i also have raynaud's symptom, ra..... But all my blood test for ANA are neg, it's that posible?

I have sle, my skin biopsy was positive for ana, iga, i also have raynaud's symptom, ra..... But all my blood test for ANA are neg, it's that posible?

See details: First of all the skin biopsy is not tested for ana. I doubt you have both sle and ra. Especially with a negative ana. Get another opinion. ...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

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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