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Rheumatoid Arthritis Side Effects Of Anabolic Steroids
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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
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
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
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 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
I have rheumatoid arthritis and when I have a flare up I get a rash on my left side near my bra line that looks like ringworm and itches.?
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
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
My dad is 70 and is a diabetic with rheumatoid arthritis. Since yesterday, he's been having a headache on only one side. Is it just a normal headache?
At that age,: Anything is possible, such as stroke, tumor, bleeding. Take him to see a doctor now. ...Read more
I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 10 years and my foot on side when applied pressure has extreme pain. Will ice or heat work? And will ibuprofen?
Yes: They do offer some relief to most people irrespective of the cause of the pain ...Read more
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
Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. ...Read more
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
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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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
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
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
Get proper treatment: Be sure to see a board certified pediatric rheumatologist. There is no reason to suffer with this disease considering how highly effective the medications now available. General pediatricians and family medicine docs are not familiar or comfortable using weekly low dose Methotrexate and tnf inhibitors that are needed to control 99% of kids with correctly diagnosed jra. Nsaids are not enough rx. ...Read more
Autoimmune: 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
Medication : Pediatric rheumatologists specialize in these issues and can prescribe medications or groups of medications to address the underlying pathology. ...Read more
Not clear: Although there was a study suggesting that alcohol use (10 drinks a month) can reduce the pain from RA associated with inflamation, experts still feel that this is a weak association. In all likelihood, more studies on this would have to be done before anyone can advise a patient to consume alcohol to control their symptoms. ...Read more
Many options: However, there are many options for treatment. Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, steroid medications, methotrexate, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the knee joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Some of these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx. Com for stem cell therapy. ...Read more
Makes no sense: What does this have to do with RA. I have never heard of this association. The RA needs aggressive treatment, period. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more