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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.?

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!

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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What is the best hand exercise for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the best hand exercise for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

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.

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Can I try cannabis for rheumatoid arthritis in hand?

Can I try cannabis for rheumatoid arthritis in hand?

See details: That is up to you. If the disease to well controlled meds such as marijuana will not be needed.

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Does second hand smoke effect on rheumatoid arthritis?

Does second hand smoke effect on rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: The american college of rheumatology annual scientific meeting in 2000, researchers reported that the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis is nearly double for current smokers compared to non-smokers.

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Rheumatoid arthritis. Can hand deformity be prevented and if it already occur can it be stopped?

Rheumatoid arthritis. Can hand deformity be prevented and if it already occur can it be stopped?

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.

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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.

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Why would a doctor cast my wrist & hand for rheumatoid arthritis?

Why would a doctor cast my wrist & hand for rheumatoid arthritis?

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.

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What medicine/remedy is best taken if you feel hand cramps (rheumatoid arthritis)?

See your doctor: If you have rheumatoid, you might want to see your doctor see if anything else is going on or whether your current is controlling your arthritis. I hope that helps.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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Rheumatoid arthritis can increase risk of cancer? My age is 20? only right hand wrist swelling.

Rheumatoid arthritis can increase risk of cancer? My age is 20? only right hand wrist swelling.

True, but: Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with increase in some cancers. But the lifetime risk is small and depends on many risk factors, not just several joints, and usually severe disease requiring a lot of drugs for treatment that increase the risk.

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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?

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...

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I have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis but what causes pain and/or pins and needles in ring finger (left hand)?

I have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis but what causes pain and/or pins and needles in ring finger (left hand)?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes. Among the two most common are a pinched nerve in the neck (cervical radiculopathy) or at the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome) or both. A nerve conduction test would likely tell the cause. Don't hesitate to be seen.

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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

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: 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!

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Dr. William Singer
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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