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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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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In a person 72 with Rheumatoid arthritis and anemia ,how low does someone's blood count have to go before they need a transfusion.

In a person 72 with Rheumatoid arthritis    and anemia ,how low does someone's blood count have to go before they need a  transfusion.

Depends: If the hemoglobin falls slowly, the body make adjustments to the change. If the person does not have symptoms, such as shortness of breath, medical treatment may be given rather than transfusion. The usual trigger for transfusion is hemoglobin of less than 7.0 gm/dL. ...Read more

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I am planning to take Rituximab for Rheumatoid Arthritis but my red blood cell count is very low. Does Rituximab helps to increase blood count also ?

I am planning to take Rituximab for Rheumatoid Arthritis but my red blood cell count is very low. Does Rituximab helps to increase blood count also ?

See below: First, find out what causes your anemia. If your anemia is caused by chronic inflammation such as RA, treating the underlying etiology for anemia by Rituximab will eventually lead to an increase red blood cell count. If your anemia is caused autoimmune-medicated hemolysis, Rituximab can also help increase red cell counts. But, Rituximab itself does not have direct effect on red cell production. ...Read more

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How many days does it take for your lab results to come back for a complete blood count got them done in gp so could it take till next week..

How many days does it take for your lab results to come back for a complete blood count got them done in gp so could it take till next week..

Call your Doctor: This health app is an international application to help people with their illnesses. Your physician's non-communication should be handled locally by you phoning them and asking for better service. ...Read more

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How often should blood work and xrays be done? For rheumatoid arthritis. I feel like my doc is ordering excessive labs and xrays.

How often should blood work and xrays be done?  For rheumatoid arthritis.  I feel like my doc is ordering excessive labs and xrays.

I can not answer--: -this 4 U. I assume U R Cing a rheumatologist. Confront him about this in a sweet & gentle way so as not 2 offend. Make it casual. Some MD'S R sensitive & so try not 2 make it an attack on judgment buy more in a curious manner. It is Ur right 2 know. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis with a normal RA factor? My labs show my level was 12.6 but I have the symptoms of the condition.

Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis with a normal RA factor? My labs show my level was 12.6 but I have the symptoms of the condition.

Unlikely but possibl: Unlikely, but possibile. Get a ccp antibody, much more specific! but some rfs are of the igg class. Conventional assays miss these. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My outer palms are red. They have been like this since I had my daughter three years ago. There is no itching or pain. My dr did labs for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis which came back fine. I don't smoke or drink.?

My outer palms are red. They have been like this since I had my daughter three years ago. There is no itching or pain. My dr did labs for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis which came back fine. I don't smoke or drink.?

Suspect estrogen!: Women typically have appreciably more redness around the periphery of the palms and the finger pads than men. It is an effect of estrogen in the body. The fact that you noticed it after the birth of your child, when during pregancy you had much higher estrogen levels, rather proves the point. It is called palmar erythema. Harmless, unless you are male, if you get my drift! ...Read more

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Confused by lab results.Dr thinking rheumatoid arthritis. Low hem, hemotricot, mcv,mch,mchc,creatine.High platelet,rdw,esr,c reactive protein. ?

You have anemia of: the chronic diseases which includes RA. Get a CCP antibody test to put aside the confusion for good. If CCP antibody is positive then your doctor probably made the right diagnosis which is RA. If you have still doubts or has queries and want to send me an e-mail click here --> https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Laboratory (Definition)

Is facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments & measurements are performed. An example is medical (clinical) lab where tests are done on clinical specimens in order to get info. About the health of a patient in terms ...Read more