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Doctor insights on: Rheumatoid Arthritis Impacted By Hot Weather

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What can be done for arthritis effected by rainy damp humid weather?

What can be done for arthritis effected by rainy damp humid weather?

Common problem: This is a very common complaint among my patients. Weather change is notorious for causing an acute worsening of joint pain. Unfortunately, not much can be done to combat this aside from staying in a climate controlled environment. ...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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Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

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

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Is TMJ pain exacerbated by hot and cold?

Is TMJ pain exacerbated by hot and cold?

More cold than hot: Cold weather often makes TMJ pain worse. Heat, not usually. ...Read more

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Can nuclear bone scans distinguish between joint inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation caused by lupus? If so, how?

Can nuclear bone scans distinguish between joint inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation caused by lupus? If so, how?

It can't: Unfortunately the bone scans cannot differentiate between cancer, inflammation or infection. Those conditions both would/could cause a lot swelling of the synovium which would just show up as a flaring on the bone scan, not different from each other. ...Read more

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Have knee, ankle & tendon swelling due to Ankylosing Spondylitis , will soaking it in Epsom salt and cold water help?

Have knee, ankle & tendon swelling due to Ankylosing Spondylitis , will soaking it in Epsom salt and cold water help?

Unlikely: The treatment of your ankylosing spondylitis should include anti-inflammatory medication!!! This should also be sufficient to treat your ankle/tendon swelling unless something ELSE is going on (eg GOUT can be worsened by some anti-inflammatory medications) Consult with your Rheumatologist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

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

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Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Yes: A drop in barometric pressure, which occurs with storm fronts, can make any type of arthritis worse. This includes the joint pain from SLE. ...Read more

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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

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Negative RA blood work. MRI=bone erosion in MCP joint and wrist joint effusion. Pain in both hands. What are conditions other than RA it might be?

Negative RA blood work. MRI=bone erosion in MCP joint and wrist joint effusion. Pain in both hands. What are conditions other than RA it might be?

Rheumatoid arthritis: You should keep in mind that patients can still have rheumatoid arthritis even if blood work is negative, especially if the disease course is relatively early. Other conditions that can present similarly include but are not limited to lupus, gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis or osteoarthritis. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Could plantar faciitis, knees that hurt going down stairs or up, trigger fingers in both hands w/ swollen lumps in palms be related? Crp elev sed low

Could plantar faciitis, knees that hurt going down stairs or up, trigger fingers in both hands w/ swollen lumps in palms be related? Crp elev sed low

Plantar fasciitis : Is a common diagnosis for heel pain. When one combines the other conditions mentioned, there are autoimmune dissorders that come to mind. A very common autoimmune condition inclueds RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and the panus that could associated with it. Additional tests are indicated. See you physician for other tests. ...Read more

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Can sle lupus affect body temperature regulation? Ex: hot then 10 min later cold etc.

Can sle lupus affect body temperature regulation? Ex: hot then 10 min later cold etc.

Lupus: Highly unlikely but possible. Lupus sometimes can affect the thermoregulatory areas of your brain but this would generally occur in the context of other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can my sciatica be affected by degenerative arthritis?

Can my sciatica be affected by degenerative arthritis?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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How to reduce joint inflammation in non-rheumatoid arthritis?

How to reduce joint inflammation in non-rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Decrease consumption of red meat, fried food, and trans fat. Eat more fish, particularly cold water fish like salmon (wild), sardines, mackerel or take omega 3 fish oil as a supplement. Decrease intake of highly refined sugars and white flour. Do not smoke, keep weight down. Exercise is good for people with non-rheumatoid arthritis, walking, swimming, yoga are among my favorites. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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