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How can rheumatoid arthritis pain follow my menstrual cycle?

How can rheumatoid arthritis pain follow my menstrual cycle?

Depends on the RA: Some people may notice a flare with their cycle while others don't. The pain may be from the ra, but sometimes sleep can change and changes in sleep can affect pain. Your physician will be able to clarify whether the RA activity is present or not during this time. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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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


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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! ...Read more

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How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. ...Read more

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What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

Bad: Ra is an inflammotry disorder, characterized by high levels of CRP in the body. CRP does not cause the damge, but is the best surrogate marker for inflammation in the body, particularly the blood stream. Inflammation hurts the ling of blood vessels and increases the tendency to deposit cholesterol plaques. It raises clotting factors, such as fibrinogen which makes the blood more liely to clot! ...Read more

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What will help with rheumatoid arthritis?

What will help with rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying drugs (dmards) such as Methotrexate or tnf agents can often put the disease into remission and prevent joint damage and disability. ...Read more

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Could I do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: You can try it if the RA is under excellent control. Otherwise, find a less stressful activity. ...Read more

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Is every rheumatoid arthritis case serious?

Potentially: We now know that untreated, rheumatoid arthritis has the potential to cause permanent joint damage that leads to disability. However, there are many very effective and safe treatments to prevent this. The key is to treat it early on and have a good relationship with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What work best to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying meds (dmards) are the meds of choice as their can prevent damage, deformity and disability. Rheumatologists usually start with Methotrexate and add other meds such as tnf agents if necessary. Early treatment is essential. ...Read more

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Can a 16y/o acquire adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a 16y/o acquire adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: It can happen and is more likely to occur in young girls than young boys. ...Read more

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Can you develop rheumatoid arthritis overnight?

Can you develop rheumatoid arthritis overnight?

Symptoms may.: Acute polyarthritis can rarely develop overnight and is one presentation of RA, more common in elderly patients. The immune, genetic and enviromental mechanisms which are responsible for RA do not occur overnight, and have been in place for an a significant period of time before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis?

Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune disease: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It is an autoimmune disease, which means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Ra can occur at any age, but is more common in middle age. Ra affects joints on both sides of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles are the most commonly affected. ...Read more

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Why should I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

Why should I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

For remission: Don't ever assume you have this disease without being treated or evaluated. If properly diagnosed and treated early remission can occurr before crip[pling deformities. Please seek medical evaluation ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

How can I relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

NSAIDs, BUT more!!!: Pain relievers will help, but it is essential to quite down the inflammation, the main cause for the pain, but also a cause for vascular disease. A rheumatologist can best address the treatment needed. ...Read more

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What to do about rheumatoid arthritis help please?

What to do about rheumatoid arthritis help please?

See a rheumatologist: You see a rheumatologist and start appropriate treatment. There are very effective medications which can place the disease in remission and prevent joint damage. ...Read more

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Help please! Is every rheumatoid arthritis serious?

Yes: Obviously, some cases are more severe than others in the number of joints involved and the extent of the inflammatory process. However, all cases run the significant risk of irreversible joint damage if they are not aggressively treated. ...Read more

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What do elevated rheumatoid arthritis markers mean?

What do elevated rheumatoid arthritis markers mean?

Blood test: To diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, a patient needs to have certain distinguishing criteria. Among them is a marker in the blood called rheumatoid factor. An elevated rheumatoid factor alone isn't enough to diagnose someone with rheumatoid arthritis but combined with other symptoms may aid in its diagnosis. ...Read more

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How common is rheumatoid arthritis? Is it hereditary?

Rheumatoid arthritis: -prevalence: 0.3 - 1.5% of population
-women affected 2-3x more often
-twin concordance: 30 to 50%
-peak incidence ages 30 to 50 years. ...Read more

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What are drugs you can take for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are drugs you can take for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many!: Methotrexate, sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, doxycycline, minocycline, cyclophosphamide, azothioprine and more! Then, you have the tnf-alpha drugs: humira, remicade, enbrel, cimzia, and more. Then other biologics: Rituxan and orencia (abatacept). New drugs will shortly be online as well! ...Read more

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What kind of exercises is good with rheumatoid arthritis?

See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra. ...Read more

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How can you cope with the pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

How can you cope with the pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

Talk to your dr: Talk to your doctor to make sure that your arthritis is under control. Eating well, exercising when you can, and support groups do help as well. ...Read more

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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

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Which type of people are affected by rheumatoid arthritis?

All types: All types are effected, predominantly women. It is also more common in people with other diseases and especially in smokers. ...Read more

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If rheumatoid arthritis is left untreated what will happen?

If rheumatoid arthritis is left untreated what will happen?

Depends on severity: But it can lead to permanent joint damage and deformity with significant morbidity. There are very effective treatments for it now, so you should see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis problems, what can I take for the pain?

Rheumatoid arthritis problems, what can I take for the pain?

Lots: Start out with the basics like nsaids such as advil, (ibuprofen) alleve, motrim as these have more of anti inflammatory components. Prescription narcotics are sometimes based on severity of ra. But overall, you want to prevent the flares by immunosuppressants. A rheumatologist would be best person to consult. ...Read more

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What should one can do if he is having rheumatoid arthritis?

See a rheumatologist: Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious, life-long disease that can result in permanent joint damage and severe disability. You should seek the care of a board certified rheumatologist who knows how to use meds safely & effectively to control ra. Most likely will need to take low dose weekly Methotrexate injections (or pills)and a tnf inhibitor such as enbrel, humira, or Remicade (infliximab) to completely control it. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

What can I do to relieve the pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

Stop inflammation!: This is key. You will most likely need drugs of the Aleve (naproxen) type, butt this gives symptom relief only and does not inhibit joint damage. A specialist in rheumatology who can coordinate therapy with your primary care doctor is your best bet. ...Read more

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My rheumatoid arthritis is 94 positive, what I do please help.

See rheumatologist: That blood test reports simply a protein in your blood that binds to certain other proteins called immunoglobulins. It is neither diagnostic of rheumatoid arthritis, nor does it necessarily even imply arthritis. The question is why the test was performed. If you have arthritis, a rheumatologist will be very helpful. ...Read more

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What is the difference between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Local and Systemic: There are many difference between oteo and ra.
Osteo usually local and the other is systemic.
Morning stiffness lasts less than 60 mins; tends to get worse later throughout day.
In RA morning stiffness lasts longer than 1 hour; worse in am; stiffness occurs in am & periods of rest.
Common in both men and women. Before 50 more men than women, after 50 more women than men, RA effect women more ...Read more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis? How can I help someone who has it?

Inflammat. Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease (can affect many different organ systems) that causes swelling, pain, and joint damage or destruction if untreated or undertreated. The immune system's white blood cells "get confused" attacking your own body, including joints like they are bacteria. Best way to help someone with RA is to get them to a board certified rheumatologist soon. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more