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Rheumatoid Arthritis Red Palms
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
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
Hand Exercises: The best hand exercises are to improve and maintain range of motion. Getting a soft rubber ball and squeezing it helps with establishing motion and strengthening. Also getting small objects, such as marbles and picking them up individually works more with fine motor control. ...Read more
If you already:
If you already have joint damage, you will need to go on Methotrexate and probably a biologic if you are candidate for it.
The combination of two can halt progression of the disease. Sometimes bone erosions can heal, but if you have extensive joint damage the medications will not be able to reverse all that.
Hope that helps. ...Read more
My Rheumatoid Factor went from 29 to. 53. Could this be mild start to rheumatoid Arthritis, have severe painful feet red hot & swollen.
Ask your doctor: Why don't you ask the doctor who did it? Casting in RA is not done very frequently as you do not want to immobilize joints but rather want to move and exercise them. ...Read more
Joints at the base of my fingers aare tight, painful to vend and very red. Ciuld this be rheumatoid arthritis?
Possibly: See fp for exam & testing for ra. Early diagnosis & treatment can help prevent deformities associated with advanced ra. ...Read more
What else other than rheumatoid arthritis could cause one extremely painful finger and three other stiff fingers in the morning. Only one hand is affected. Been tested for ra.?
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
23 Male. Keep waking up with sore, visibly red and inflamed middle pinky joint. Hurts pretty badly, eventually lessens during the day. Definitely its worst when I wake up. Scared its onset Rheumatoid Arthritis. What are the other possibilities?
Other arthritis: There are other types of arthritis, including run-of-the-mill osteoarthritis (OA, generic "arthritis"), infections (viral, Lyme disease, TB, Neisseria - latter 3 can be treated), paraneoplastic arthritis (related to cancer), lupus or other autoimmune conditions, & arthritis related to gout, crystal disease, or other systemic disease (IBD). RA runs in families. Recommend seeing your doctor soon. ...Read more
I have rheumatoid arthritis and recently started experiencing frequent dizzy spells hand tingling, could these be related?
RA: It is highly unlikely. See your physician and get a definite diagnosis ...Read more
I am having extreme pain and burning in my index finger and morning stiffness in other fingers it gets better after the morning. It is only in one hand and iblood work does not indicate rheumatoid arthritis.?
I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?
If you are unlucky: Persons on immuno-suppressive meds have a suppressed immune system! They should avoid sick people, if at all possible. Wearing a medical face mask, along with good hand-washing, can help avoid catching viruses. The current coxsackie a6 strain, in the news, is causing worse hand-foot-mouth symptoms than the typical strain. Bad symptoms include high fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, brain problems, etc... ...Read more
I have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis but what causes pain and/or pins and needles in ring finger (left hand)?
My mom started rest tremor in her hand a year ago. She has Rheumatoid Arthritis for10 years, She is70. Can it be PD, parkinsonism or essential tremor.
Parkinson's: Probably Parkinson's. She should see her neurologist to get a definitive diagnosis ...Read more
I have rheumatoid arthritis, I take prednisone every 3rd day, leflunomide every day, and tramadohl for pain. Everynight around 2-3am, I wake up in terrible pain in my knees and hips. Sometimes includes my hand and finger joints. I have to take more tramad
The effective "treatment window" for your pain medications (tramadol or vicodin) is about 4 to 6 hours. If you take your last painkiller about the time you go to bed, you may simply be running out the clock on these particular medications. A longer-acting painkiller might get you through the night, or at least give you a couple more hours of sleep before you're awakened by your painful joints. Alternatively, a dose of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (celebrex, naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.) at bedtime might extend your sleep time. Ice and/or warm packs could be of benefit, too.
Discuss your options with your doctor. He/she might have additional suggestions (e.g., changing your Prednisone dosage or schedule).
I hope you find a solution to this problem soon! ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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