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Rheumatoid Arthritis Coccyx Pain
Yes it can but with: Back and buttock pain other issues may be a disc, fracture (stress fx) a slip in the spine, a spondyloarthropathy such as psoriatic arthritis, gastrointestinal related arthritis, and more common in men is ankylosing spondylitis and others, There are also MANY many gyn related issue and GI related issue that can give similar complaints, ASK YOUR DOCTOR don't assume. ...Read more
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
My mom has rheumatoid arthritis. My jaw is stiff and my lower back is very painful and stiff. Could I have arthritis?
Sir, I have a history of rheumatoid arthritis, . Recently I started having severe pain in the bone of my lower back, just above my left buttock.?
Possible RA: You leave out the detail about your current state of treatment. Multiple possible causes exist for the type of pain you describe. Back pain is it most common form of adult pain syndrome along with headache. With a history of rheumatoid arthritis the activity level of this needs to be assessed and appropriately treated first. Go see your Rheumatologist. ...Read more
Pain lower back spasms from rib cage, got it overnight while asleep. I d however suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?
I have lower back pain & stiffness. But now the bone in my lower back aches. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis. Could this be it? Or something else?
Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...Read more
No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it. It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process. ...Read more
Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read more
Symptoms&Signs/Tests: You have to have symptoms of pain and swelling in your joints like hands and fingers and others, and have been examined by your doctor who will order xrays and blood tests to confirm the diagnosis ...Read more
Impossible to answer: Every patient is different with differing degrees and intensity of disease and differing potentials for long term damage. Varied drugs are used includind anti inflammatory medications and low dose steroids. Disease modifying drugs like plaquenil, azulfidine (sulfasalazine) or Methotrexate are quite helpful the most recent additions, the biologics, like Enbrel or Humira are the most potent and trul;y inhibit diseu. ...Read more
Autoimmune: Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Yes: Without treatment end stage RA manifests with severe crippling deformities and loss of function in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and even in the neck. The most severe cases involve lung, eye, cardiac, skin, kidney, nerves, and intestines. All these organs can fail causing death. ...Read more
Yes: I still mostly rely on the patient’s history and physical exam. A few blood tests can help support a diagnosis of RA: anti CCP antibody, RF for example. If these are present it suggests a worse prognosis. Joint x rays with early symptoms are often normal. More studies are defining the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI of the joints in helping us diagnose rheumatoid arthritis early. ...Read more
See rheumatologist: There are many meds. You need a comprehensive program to lessen the damage to your joints. Included are nsaids, prednisone, Methotrexate, embral and many others. These are only given by a doctor that will monitor you long term to help lessen the bad side effects and change drugs when response is not good. Find a good rheumatologist! ...Read more
See below: It is the changes in barometric pressure as any fluid in your joints can expand or shrink with changes in barometric pressure. ...Read more
Controlling RA: Dear Chitra: Fortunately there is much you and your physician can do to control RA. The current paradigm is treating to target, that is, we can achieve remission of joint inflammation and limit damage and at the same time keeping the patient active and well. Explore the many disease modifying options with your rheumatologist. I also encourage patients to explore dietary changes and include Omega-3 ...Read more
Big difference.: Rheumatoid arthritis is but one of over 100 types of arthritis. Most are inflammatory and need management by a rheumatology specialist. But the term generically applies to degenerative arthritis, with minimal inflammation, or tendon issues, i.e. a rotator cuff that may be mechanical in origin-impingement syndrome, yet be called "shoulder arthritis." ...Read more
No: It can occur at any age although in adults it most commonly occurs between ages 40 and 60. ...Read more
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
Symmetric joint pain: A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect tissues outside the joints. ...Read more