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My Rheumatoid Factor went from 29 to. 53. Could this be mild start to rheumatoid Arthritis, have severe painful feet red hot & swollen.

My Rheumatoid Factor went from 29 to. 53.  Could this be mild start to  rheumatoid Arthritis, have severe painful feet red hot & swollen.

Possibly: A CCP antibody is a much better test but your symptoms could suggest RA. See a rheumatologist to establish a diagnosis and begin treatment. Intense inflammation limited to the feet can also suggest gout. ...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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I have Graves Disease. I now have pain, swelling & heat in my ankles & knees. Numbness in my hands. Is this Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I have Graves Disease. I now have pain, swelling & heat in my ankles & knees. Numbness in my hands. Is this Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Not necessarily: You could have autoimmune thyroid disease causing your graves. This is called Hashimoto's disease. The joint complaints from could be part of an inflammatory type of process, in the family of rheumatoid arthritis but also with other immune possibilities. You need to have your physician have you see a rheumatologist so we can clarify for sure what your diagnosis is ...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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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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I am 37 yr old lady i am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since 10 yrs i am going with wysolone n folitrax all the joints r affected so i want some exercise also I'll b very thankful to you?

I am 37 yr old lady i am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since 10 yrs i am going with wysolone n folitrax all the joints r affected so i want some exercise also 
I'll b very thankful to you?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: It is tough to live with Active Rheumatoid arthritis. swimming and simple range of motion exercises (like squeezing a soft ball with you hands) are reasonable. you might also discuss with rheumatologist other option that just steroids treatment. best wishes ...Read more

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How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: Start with your primary doctor. If you do not have one, get one or see a rheumatologist (medical specialist that cares for rheumatoid arthritis). ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis..?

I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis..?

Needs treatment: Rheumatoid arthritis needs early and aggressive treatment with currently available drugs. This can prevent much joint damage and deformity and lead to major disease control and sometimes remission. Follow treatment diligently. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis home remedies?Website would help/

Please see a rheumat: Go see a rheumatologist. The more aggressive the early treatment the better. ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Hi, do you think I can do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Depends: If your rheumatoid arthritis affects your fingers, then you may not be able to grab your parnter's gi (uniform) which is essential in judo. It also involves throwing your partner on their back, so if you have an arthritic back I would not recommend it either. Tai chi, would be a good alternative for someone with RA. ...Read more

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What is a good diet for someone with rheumatoid arthritis?

What is a good diet for someone with rheumatoid arthritis?

Anti inflammatory: A whole food diet, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, lean protein and healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids found in some fish like salmon. Avoid processed foods, too much sugar, simple carbs, like bread, cookies cakes and crackers.These cause your blood sugar to rise quickly and increase inflammation in your body. Some people do better avoiding nightshade vegetables. ...Read more

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What to do about my recent rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis?

See rheumatologist: There are many new treatments for ra, which are best obtained from a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Pain/ stiffness: Stiffness of the hands and feet is most common. There is varying degrees of pain and swelling of the small joints of the hands and wrists. Deformities of the hands are common after some years as this disease destroys the joint cartilages due to ongoing inflammation. ...Read more

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What's the cost for getting tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

What's the cost for getting tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

Depend on your need: There is no one simple answer. Some of the lab tests are very inexpensive, while others are very expensive. Depending on your clinical setting, the type of x-rays that are indicated, the need for additional imaging by ultrasound and MRI or other type of scanning, the price will vary. You can discuss this with your doctor, and if you decline certain test your doctor will decide how this may affect. ...Read more

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How should I help out my girlfriend with rheumatoid arthritis?

How should I help out my girlfriend with rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The best way to help her is to have her evaluated by a rheumatologist to make sure that she is taking the proper medication for her conditon. ...Read more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis and what can be done to deal/help it?

Acute inflammatory : Rheumatoid arthritis is an acute inflammation of the joints which causes much pain, swelling and stiifness of the joints and commonly occurs in the younger age groups. There are good treatments available for it now but you need to see a specialist called rheumatologist in order to get the best medical care. ...Read more

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What is the difference between rheumatic and rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Rheumatic arthritis is no longer used as a term for rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease. Acute rheumatic fever, an infectious disease, can cause arthritis but it does not cause rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can there be ways to control rheumatoid arthritis without medicine?

Can there be ways to control rheumatoid arthritis without medicine?

Maybe...: Standard medical theory and treatment options say no to that question. If you are having joint pain from RA, and you wish to try another therapy, then maybe I can help. I have had some success with an at home program which does not interfere with any other medical or surgical treatment. If you are interested, then google "Principles of Intrinsic Medicine" to find an email link to me. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more