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Doctor insights on: Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Dr. Aaron Broadwell Dr. Broadwell
Internal Medicine
10 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Thomas Namey
2,405 doctors shared insights

Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there 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. Michele Arnold Dr. Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
18 years in practice
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
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Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrist pain: Rheumatoid arthritis can indeed cause joint pain in the wrist. However, there are many causes of wrist pain: osteoarthritis (degenerative wear-and-tear arthritis), tendinitis, bony abnormalities (keinbock's disease, scaphoid stress fracture), carpal tunnel syndrome, cartilage abnormalities, capsulitis, intersection syndrome, dequervain's tenosynovitis, and still many others. Your doctor can help. ...Read more

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but it does not seem to run in families. ...See more

Dr. Martin Morell Dr. Morell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
25 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Baldwin Dr. Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
11 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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What are the symptoms and signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the symptoms and signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Immune dysfunction!: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Cavities are associated with worse rheumatoid arthritis. Keep your teeth healthy. ...See more

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight.
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Regular low impact cardiovascular exercise.
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Light weight training.
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Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplementation.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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How do you confirm the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you confirm the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis?

There no one test: According to the american college of rheumatology if you have four of the seven symptoms listed below for more than 6 weeks morning stiffness that lasts over an hour arthritis in at least three joints arthritis of the joints of the hand arthritis on both sides of the body. A positive blood test (rf) the presence of rheumatoid nodules x-rays that show signs of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Laccheo Dr. Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
11 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis. ...See more

Dr. Jessica Allan Dr. Allan
Internal Medicine
19 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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What is the prognosis for rheumatoid arthritis?

Good: We have developed a variety of medicines that can help rheumatoid arthritis. The important thing is early as possible diagnosis and immediate and intensive therapy including medications, exercise including physical therapy. We need to start medication as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Warren Dr. Warren
Family Medicine
5 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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How do doctors test for rheumatoid arthritis?

How do doctors test for rheumatoid arthritis?

Exam history and lab: you need to have a history taken, a family history, examination and then different blood tests like rheumatoid factor CRP Sed rate ANA etc It takes all of the above items to make a diagnosis ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski Dr. Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
32 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Gentle motion helps rheumatoid arthritis. ...See more

Dr. Michael Laccheo Dr. Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
11 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Are there good tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there good  tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: The anti-ccp antibody and rheumatoid factor are the best and are positive in 85% of people with rheumatoid arthritis. A good history and examination by a physician experienced with rheumatoid arthritis is the only real way to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Mass Dr. Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
42 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Who knows a rheumatoid arthritis doctor listing?

ARA society: The american rheumatolic society will have a listing on the internet. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Don't - smoke. Smoking is a risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis in some individuals. ...See more

Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
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Can HPV cause rheumatoid arthritis?

Can HPV cause rheumatoid arthritis?

No: No studies have shown a link between hpv or other viruses and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hutchinson Dr. Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery
30 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
40 doctors shared insights

Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
1,540 doctors shared insights

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