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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)
A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect tissues outside the joints.
Positive RF: I assume that you mean rheumatoid factor. Rf.This test is sometimes sent when the patient describes joint pain. It needs to be interpreted in the context of the patients symptoms because sometimes a positive test is meaningless or associated with a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. The ccp test is more specific for rheumatoid arthritis than the rf. Both tests are often sent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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