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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 edta safe and without side effects? I hear it's good for clearing the arteries. I am 62 years, have rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis.

Is edta safe and without side effects? I hear it's good for clearing the arteries.  I am 62 years, have rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis.

Controversial: Currently the one accepted indication for edta chelation is for lead and other heavy metal toxicity. It is a very controversial treatment for other conditions including coronary artery disease. Most mainstream medical organizations do not advise this treatment. Organizations like acam which is an alternative medicine organization advocate its use. I do not recommend this myself. ...Read more

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Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis dose it work and anyone had side effects?

Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis dose it work and anyone had side effects?

Yes.: My colleagues believe it is the first choice (acr and eular), but while I use it as a second or third drug, the benefit/risk ratio is incredibly good. Methotrexate has little or no justification to be taken orally though. Unpredictable absorption, stomach concenbration build up, and going to the liver on first-pass! The liver sees 600x the ultimate concentration in the blood. ...Read more

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I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis frm past 20 years. Hv been on medications which led to side effects. Is physiotherapy a good option to deal with it?

I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis frm past 20 years. Hv been on medications which led to side effects. Is physiotherapy a good option to deal with it?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Physical therapy is a very good option in RA to prevent muscle atrophy and joint pain. You have to consult physiatrist (not psychiatrist!) to formulate appropriate pt plan. Ask your pcp or rheumatologist to refer you to one! ...Read more

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I have sarcoidosis and am having severe joint pain on both sides of my body. Could it be rheumatoid arthritis?

I have sarcoidosis and am having severe joint pain on both sides of my body. Could it be rheumatoid arthritis?

Maybe: Although both can coexist in the same person it is tough without something to biopsy to know what is coming for which one./; ...Read more

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What causes rheumatoid arthritis and severe cramp top right side under rib?

What causes rheumatoid arthritis and severe cramp top right side under rib?

Undetermined: Ra is caused by unknown factors. It is believed that the tendency to develop rheumatoid arthritis may be genetically inherited (hereditary). Certain genes have been identified that increase the risk for rheumatoid arthritis. It is also suspected that certain infections or factors in the environment might trigger the activation of the immune system in susceptible individuals. ...Read more

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My wife has extreme pain in her shoulder and wrist on opposite sides bad enough to make her cry re doc thought it might be rheumatoid arthritis?

My wife has extreme pain in her shoulder and wrist on opposite sides bad enough to make her cry re doc thought it might be rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatism?: Polyarthralgia it is called and can be due to systemic arthritis like RA. But, need know lab tests, age, occupation, history of injury, bone density, symptoms, tenderness to pressure, numbness, weakness, duration and response to OTC meds and much more. Take some Aleve (naproxen) and get tested if it persists. ...Read more

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What are effects of taking methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are effects of taking methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis?

Works: Methotrexate has become the standard of first choice forra treatment but rarely results in remission, ie no one can tell if you have it including the doctor. The risk is extremely low, although you cannot use alcohol, and is not usually used if ther is preexisting liver disease. Most patients have to add several other disease modifying drugs to get better. ...Read more

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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! ...Read more

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How can you stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. ...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 long 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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What things can cause rheumatoid arthritis symptoms to flare up?

What things can cause rheumatoid arthritis symptoms to flare up?

Fatigue,stress,infxn: There are several possible causes of flares include stress, fatigue & overexertion which can trigger RA inflammatn as well as possibly food allergies vs. a chemical sensitivity.RA meds suppress the immune system, which means a higher risk for infections. Thus even the common cold or flu may trigger a flare of RA. Thus learn to recognize your triggers, get rest, work w/MD & decrease stress w/meditaiotn ...Read more

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If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

Probably not: This is a good question for your own doctor. In general, the short answer is: your arthritis may just get worse and worse without medicines. The longer answer is that studies are starting to show that improved treatment of RA lowers risk of heart attack and possibly risk of death. Medicines have various risks but most people do well when monitored appropriately. ...Read more

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What are the odds of getting as you grow older rheumatoid arthritis?

Older ?: Since RA is an auto-immune condition, its development is not really age dependent. Often it is not recognized until later in life when the conditions start showing signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

Shorter life: Untreated rheumatoid arthritis shortens lives. The effect on the lifespan depends on the severity of the disease and the amount of inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly causes joint deformities which, if they occur, can only be reversed by surgery. It is best to get prompt diagnosis and treatment. Ra is serious chronic disease like diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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