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Pain lower back spasms from rib cage, got it overnight while asleep. I d however suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?

Pain lower back spasms from rib cage, got it overnight while asleep. I d however suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?

Back pain: This could be all muscle, but you do have risk factors for occult fracture because of your rheumatoid. TYLENOL (acetaminophen) OR Motrin for starters. You should have a low threshold to get checked if not improving. ...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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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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How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Mechanics and anti: Assure mechanical challenges are address, joint protection, appropriate exercises and then progress through anti-inflammatory regimens. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

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

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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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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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Do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint pain swelling: If you have joint pain, joint swelling. These are a start but other things can also occur. Your evaluation will help clarify the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Swelling in joints: There are a lot things you can have but not all are specific for RA alone. These can be swollen joints painful joints, morning stiffness to name some things. Your physician can help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if have rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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What is the best med for rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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Which type of disease is rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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Are there last stages of rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission. ...Read more

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Are there good tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there good tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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Rheumatoid arthritis, what can I take for pain?

Rheumatoid arthritis, what can I take for pain?

See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra. ...Read more

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Which medicine is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

Which medicine is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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What can rheumatoid arthritis affect in a person?

What can rheumatoid arthritis affect in a person?

Rheumatoid arthritis: Surely your primary doctor has discussed this with you. If not, you must make an appointment to see your doctor.
Hope all goes well. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Why is my rheumatoid arthritis worse in the summer?

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

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What can I do for controlling rheumatoid arthritis?

What can I do for controlling rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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What medications are needed for rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Ra is treated with disease modifying agents (dmards), usually starting with methotrexate. If that is not sufficient tnf agents such as enbrel, Humira or Remicade (infliximab) may be indicated. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What tests would prove if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

What tests would prove if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

CCP antibody: The ccp antibody is the most specific test that is generally available. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis something that is limited to age?

No: It can occur at any age although in adults it most commonly occurs between ages 40 and 60. ...Read more

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What happens in your body to lead to rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens in your body to lead to rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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What is the definition or description of: rheumatoid arthritis?

Symmetric joint pain: A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect tissues outside the joints. ...Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the major presenting 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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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis?

Exam / Blood: Ra affected joints have more swelling than oa due to synovitis. An exam and blood work can help differentiate. ...Read more

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Endocin &/or azulphadin for rheumatoid arthritis, do these work?

Endocin &/or azulphadin for rheumatoid arthritis, do these work?

Yes: Indocin is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like Motrin. It can help the pain and stiffness but does slow down joint damage. (disease progression) Asulfadine is a diseases modifying medication (DMARD). This class of drugs can help pain and stiffness and also help slow down disease progression. Other commonly used DMARDS include: methotrexate, Arava, (leflunomide) and plaquenil. ...Read more

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What medications are usually prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis?

What medications are usually prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many drugs: Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis have potentially serious side effects. Doctors typically prescribe medications with the fewest side effects first. You may need stronger drugs or a combination of drugs as your disease progresses.
Nsaids
steroids.
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
immunosuppressants.
Tnf-alpha inhibitors
other drugs. (anakinra, Abatacept, Rituximab, actemra). ...Read more

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Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Depends on symptoms: If the disease goes into remission it may be possible to stop medication this is something to discuss with your rheumatologist. If the disease is still active it may harmful to the joints and frankly dangerous to stop your medications abruptly. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what has rheumatoid arthritis got in store for me?

Depends: Your rheumatologist should be able to tell you. The history and your experience should allow the doctor to explain. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the earlier symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Common firsts...: 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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Would doing crossfit and be good for someone with rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: I haven't seen any particular studies of Crossfit and RA. But there is plenty of data that exercise improves pain control, moods, bone density and longevity in RA patients. Be aware, that depending on the severity of your RA, you may require significant modifications of any Crossfit workouts to allow you to participate. ...Read more

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What are the primary differences between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the primary differences between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Osteo vs. Rheuma: Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory degenerative disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis is systemic as well as autoimmune and mixed connective tissue disorder. ...Read more

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What are common meds for rheumatoid arthritis and their positives/negatives?

See details: The answer is much too long to fit in the space provided. If you have RA, discuss the meds with your rheumatologist. If not, Google the topic and read for yourself. ...Read more

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Don't know if it is rheumatoid arthritis or not. Fammily history. Could I have it?

Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis.

Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. ...Read more

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What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Immune dysfunction!: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx. ...Read more

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How can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

Do not smoke: There are many potential triggers for the development of RA in patients who are genetically susceptible. Though are many suggestions given, the single proven modifiable factor is to not smoke. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more