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Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress 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 more

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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


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Can untreated rheumatoid arthritis cause nervous system damage or problems with the nervous system?

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

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What drugs block the immune response and are used for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis?

What drugs block the immune response and are used for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis?

Immunosuppresants --: are the class of drugs. A rheumatologist would probably provide you specifics if you need that Info.. ...Read more

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Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

no: But, if someone has hiv, they should see an expert in HIV management and treatment. I suggest looking for someone certified by the aahivm. ...Read more

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How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

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 more

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What happens in your body to lead to rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens in your body to lead to rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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Can you please give me a technical description of rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease that typically causes significant joint pain, swelling and stiffness in the hands and feet due to an overactive and uncontrolled immune system. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more


Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more