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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Reactive Arthritis (Overview)

An inflammatory condition that occurs after exposure to certain digestive and urinary infections, especially chlamydia, salmonella, shigella. The infection occurs 1-4 weeks before arthritis develops. It causes fever, arthritis affecting the larger joints or spine, also conjunctivitis and skin lesions. It is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids (cortisone-like), or other medications.


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What are the symptoms of reactive arthritis?

What are the symptoms of reactive arthritis?

Multiple system : The signs and symptoms of reactive arthritis generally start one to three weeks after exposure to a triggering infection. Musculoskeletal, joint pain, usually in your knees, ankles and feet, heel pain, pain and swelling at the back of your ankle, swollen toes or fingers, which may look like sausage, pain in your low back . Urinary symptoms, burninig durind urination, eyes, mouth and skinconjectivitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
32 doctors shared insights

Reactive Arthritis (Overview)

An inflammatory condition that occurs after exposure to certain digestive and urinary infections, especially chlamydia, salmonella, shigella. The infection occurs 1-4 weeks before arthritis develops. It causes fever, arthritis affecting the larger joints or spine, also conjunctivitis and skin lesions. It is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids (cortisone-like), or other medications.


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I am developing severe inflammatory pain in the neck overnight. I am hla  b 27+ and have a diagnosis of chronic reactive arthritis. Possible diagnosi?

I am developing severe inflammatory pain in the neck overnight. I am hla  b 27+ and have a diagnosis of chronic reactive arthritis. Possible diagnosi?

Ankylosing spondylit: 9 in every 10 patients with ankylosing spondylitis have hla-b27 + people who carry the hla-b27 gene have a higher risk of developing the disease. However, the risk for those carrying the gene is still very small. About 80 in every 1, 000 people in the general population carry the gene, but only 2 to 5 in every 1, 000 people have the disease. Discuss further with your doctor ...Read 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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Does anybody know about reactive arthritis cause?

Does anybody know about reactive arthritis cause?

Yes: It is thought to be due to the immune system becoming overactive and misguided after it responds to an infection. ...Read more

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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatolgist to guide your treatment
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Choose healthy lifestyle by quitting smoking, exercising & eating well
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Go to the National Psoriasis Foundation for more support
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What is the best treatment for reactive arthritis?

What is the best  treatment for reactive arthritis?

Depends on duration: Let's assume that the infection that caused reactive arthritis has been treated (without this, very difficult to treat symptoms). If joint symptoms less than several months (<6 mths), usually start with nsaids (i.e. Naproxen, diclofenac) for a few weeks. Some with resistant arthritis can have steroid joint injections. For >6 mths, sulfasalazine or Methotrexate is used. Sometimes anti-tnf therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more