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Is pericarditis linked to rheumatoid arthritis?

Is pericarditis linked to rheumatoid arthritis?

It can be : There are many possible causes of pericarditis. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are known to cause inflammation of internal organs or tissues. Inflammation of the linng of the heart, the pericardium, is called pericarditis. ...Read more

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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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Rheumatoid arthritis -15yr. Chestxray- increased interstitial markings, prominent hila. Handxray- reduced PIP&MCP joints. Reason for this? Treatment?

Rheumatoid arthritis -15yr. Chestxray- increased interstitial markings, prominent hila. Handxray- reduced PIP&MCP joints. Reason for this? Treatment?

See details: joint narrowing suggest damage. The chest x ray findings may be related to infection or to interstitial lung disease secondary to the RA. This individual needs immediate evaluation to determine the cause and extent of the pulmonary issue. Aggressive treatment is needed and that treatment depends on the cause. Have you seen a rheumatologist? ...Read more

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Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

See details: JRA is arbitrarily defined as rheumatoid arthritis starting before the age 16 and adult RA as starting at age 16 or later. RA does not cause chronic kidney disease unless there is a secondary amyloidosis and medication toxicity. ...Read more

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Do rheumatoid arthritis drugs sometimes damage the lung?

Do rheumatoid arthritis drugs sometimes damage the lung?

Yes: Some of the drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can cause damage to lungs. The most common would be the drug methotrexate. This drug requires lung function monitoring with breathing tests/xrays because it can inflame the lungs (pneumonitis) or cause scarring of the lungs (fibrosis). Other drugs for rheumatoid cause problems less significant. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis curable?

Is rheumatoid arthritis curable?

No: Though rheumatoid arthritis is not curable, there are now many treatments that dramatically lessen the symptoms of arthritis. If the disease is treated early enough, there is also a reduced chance of developing joint deformities. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis the affliction as inflammatory arthritis?

Not really: Ra is one type of inflammatory arthritis but the are many different types of inflammatory arthritis that are unrelated to ra. ...Read more

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Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Not technically: Jra, now called jia (juvenile idiopathic arthritis), has several forms which are different from adult rheumatoid arthritis (ra). One form of jia has the same characteristics as adult RA with many joints involved and a positive rheumatoid factor on blood testing. This may persist into adulthood. Some doctors believe this is simply the adult RA starting in childhood. ...Read more

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Which disease usually has the best prognosis: 1. SLE, 2. Rheumatoid arthritis, 3. Psoriasis or 4. Psoriatic Arthritis?

Which disease usually has the best prognosis: 1. SLE, 2. Rheumatoid arthritis, 3. Psoriasis or 4. Psoriatic Arthritis?

Impossible to say: It depends on the severity of each disease. Psoriatic would be considered the most benign. ...Read more

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What causes hair loss in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

What causes hair loss in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

The medecation used: About 20% of patients using Methotrexate could have side effects. They include nausea and vomiting, rash, mild hair loss, headache, mouth sores, and muscle aches. ...Read more

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What distinguishes arthritis & rheumatoid arthritis?

What distinguishes arthritis & rheumatoid arthritis?

None and all : There are more thar 140 types of arthrtis . Arthritis is a general name used to include all diseases that may affect the joints . Rheumatoid arthritis is a specific disease with well defined characteristic , one of the arthrititis. ...Read more

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Does ostio arthritis, diverticulitis , connective tissue disease, hypothyroidism , early menopause, uterus polyp, asthma collectively mean anything ?

Does ostio arthritis, diverticulitis , connective tissue disease, hypothyroidism , early menopause, uterus polyp, asthma collectively mean anything ?

Yes different diseas: Different diseases can co-exist, I am not aware of a syndrome encompassing all those, a rheumatologist and an allergist/immunologist can definitely help, goodluck, . ...Read more

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What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive. ...Read more

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When do subcutaneous nodules appear in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

Anytime/often later: Rheumatoid nodules occur in about 35% of RA patients. Interestingly, smoking and the use of Methotrexate increases the risk of developing these nodules. They tend to appear later in the disease course but can occur really at any time. ...Read more

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What is worse lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

Neither: Both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are serious autoimmune illnesses that can range from mild to severe. They can effect other organs in the body, not just the joints. The long term complications of these illnesses can be minimized by seeking care from an experienced rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

Osteoarthritis-: Can develop from many factors, including systemic inflammatory arthritis. My patients with RA or AS frequently need hip replacement because cartilage loss do to inflammatory damage to their cartilage! The discussion is not between either or or! ...Read more

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When do subcutaneous nodules appear in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

Anytime/often later: Rheumatoid nodules occur in about 35% of RA patients. Interestingly, smoking and the use of Methotrexate increases the risk of developing these nodules. They tend to appear later in the disease course but can occur really at any time. ...Read more

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How to know when do subcutaneous nodules appear in course of ra(rheumatoid arthritis)?

Usually never: Subcutaneous nodules are only present in about 20% of cases, they are usually associated with more severe disease. ...Read more

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I am a 53 year old female and have excessive burping. Tried every OTC medication and also ginger root to no avail. I have been to my dr. And he says that i could have soft tissue disease due to having rheumatoid arthritis. When i burp my chest hurts. I do

I am a 53 year old female and have excessive burping. Tried every OTC medication and also ginger root to no avail. I have been to my dr. And he says that i could have soft tissue disease due to having rheumatoid arthritis. When i burp my chest hurts. I do

Hello. : Hello. I am not answering with a differential diagnosis. Burping can be quite painful and bothersome. Medical acupuncture can be very effective for burping. If there is an underlying medical condition, it won't fix that but it might provide some relief between now and when you see the doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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Do rheumatoid arthritis drugs sometimes damage the lung?

Yes: Some of the drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can cause damage to lungs. The most common would be the drug methotrexate. This drug requires lung function monitoring with breathing tests/xrays because it can inflame the lungs (pneumonitis) or cause scarring of the lungs (fibrosis). Other drugs for rheumatoid cause problems less significant. ...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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How serious is the rheumatoid arthritis?

How serious is the rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: It can be very serious unless it is treated aggressively early to prevent joint damage and deformity. Anyone with RA should be under the care of a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

Several factors: Stress one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress.Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated. Echinacea echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, . ...Read more

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What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

Blood test negative : For ra. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is the rheumatoid arthritis in which the blood doesn’t contain rheumatoid factor (rf or rhf). While diagnosing ra, doctors get a range of laboratory tests done and also evaluate the physical symptoms. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: The most common are generalized joint pain, tenderness and swelling, and morning stiffness. The diagnosis is most often confirmed by appropriate lab tests. ...Read more

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What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

Cause of RA: The exact cause is unknown. Leading theories are that people with a genetic predisposition are exposed to something in the environment that triggers an abnormal immune response leading to rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can a person die from rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a person die from rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: Overall mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is higher than the general population. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, the risk drops down. Be aware that RA patients generally do not die from their arthritis per se. Ra patients have increased cardiovascular risk (heart attacks and strokes) in ra. Therefore, monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, and weight. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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How to know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

How to know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

See a rheumatologist: You see a rheumatologist and have the issue evaluated. A history, physical exam, lab tests and x rays will tell you for certain. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis actually hereditary?

Partly: Ra and other common diseases exhibit multifactorial determination--some genetic predisposition with modification by environemental factors. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for rheumatoid arthritis?

Good: We have developed a variety of medicines that can help rheumatoid arthritis. The important thing is early as possible diagnosis and immediate and intensive therapy including medications, exercise including physical therapy. We need to start medication as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What are your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint pain: Joint pain, joint swelling, joint deformity. Fatigue often accompanies flares. Classically, the hands, wrists, proximal (knuckles closest to the hand) finger joints, knees and/or feet are involved. Morning stiffness for 30 minutes or more is another classic symptom. ...Read more

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Is there any ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Is there any ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Many: In the past twenty years, many new treatments have been developed. Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications. Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. The biggest advances have been in medications called biologic response modifiers. Good news for many. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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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