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Relationship Between Rheumatoid Arthritis And Skin Disorders
Can RA factor become +ve due to some other auto immune disease such as vitiligo , a skin prob ? Or should I accept that I have rheumatoid arthritis?
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
Is there a connection between rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease/heart attacks? What would it be?
Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis (and any chronic inflammatory state) accelerates formation of atherosclerotic plaques in the blood vessels, and hence is a risk factor for causing heart attacks. Moreover, chronic steroid use (if used to treat ra) may cause metabolic changes that predispose for heart attacks as well. ...Read more
Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nobody Knows: We are not sure what gets the ball rolling, but autoimmune disease in general is a case of "misprogramming" in which the immune system begins to incorrectly recognize the body's own tissues (joints in the case of ra) as though they were foreign. It then attacks them as it would any invading substance. Smoking definitely raises the risk of ra, though we don't know why! ...Read more
How does the genetics affect rheumatoid arthritis is there any mutations responsible for having the disease?
Perhaps: Rheumatoid arthritis is a mystery as to cause. Genetic factors do not seem to be a certain causal factor, but cannot be ruled out. In recent years there was a study of thousands of sufferers who had in common significant exposure to chemicals used to kill weeds and agriculture pests. ...Read more
What is the best medication to start for mixed connective tissue disease that has more rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? When to start?
It depends on you...: If you have RA type findings, your doctor will likely want to select a medication that is used for RA even if your diagnosis is mctd. The choice of medication depends on the severity of your arthritis, your response to previous medications, allergies, other medical problems, and the potential for drug interactions or side effects. It's a complex decision! speak to your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: A patient with a positive serology and rheumatoid arthritis can have severe disease. But also people who are seronegative can have severe damage. The highly positive seropositive patient can have more severe rheumatoid disease beyond the arthritis rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease of which arthritis is one manifestation. There can be systemic disease of eyes, lungs, heart to name some. ...Read more
see details: It depends somewhat on the joints involved and the severity of the disease activity. The specifics are best discussed with her rheumatologist. ...Read more
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