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Rheumatoid Arthritis And Immune System
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
Can untreated rheumatoid arthritis cause nervous system damage or problems with the nervous system?
Can occur!: But unlikely! rheumatoid vascultiis can occur, and the blood vessel inflammation can affect nerves. Amyloidosis, is a rare but severe complication and can affect the nervous system. Finally, atlanto-axial subluxation can occur (in cervical spine) and cause paralysis! all are usually late complications of untreated ra! the most common, which can occur any time is carpal tunnel disease! ...Read more
Does 6mp help with back/joint pain that is caused by inflammation?It helps with rheumatoid arthritis but does it reduce CRP for system inflammation.
Not recommended: There is no data to suggested that 6MP will prevent joint damage. There are many more effective therapies. ...Read more
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?
Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?
Blood test shows markers for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis,cbc showed high white blood count. What does this mean? Do I have the auto immune issues
Exercise, medication: The therapy included physical exercise and medications. Once diagnosed we begin intensive therapy with medications such as Methotrexate alone or in combination with other dmards which are disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or we add biological medications to the Methotrexate such as enbrel, humira, remicade, cimzia, simponi - anti-tnf or other biologics-rituxan, abetacept, actemra. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Ra is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system which usually makes specific antibodies to fight off infection from foreign intruders starts making antibodies that attack your own native tissue, in this case the lining of the joints called the synovium. When this attack occurs the joints become very inflamed and as a result of this inflammation, the joints begin to get damaged. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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