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Joints at the base of my fingers aare tight, painful to vend and very red. Ciuld this be rheumatoid arthritis?

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

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis cause skin rash?

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause skin rash?

Yrs: Rheumatoid arthritis is a total body disease. It can cause several types of rashes. Having EA does not mean that a rash has to be from the disease. Your doctor should be able to help dirt out if the problems are connected. ...Read more

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Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head? Some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head? Some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Rare side effect: Demyelination CNS disease and drug induced lupus are rare side effects of humira (adalimumab). Best to consult with your prescribing Doctor sooner than later. Best wishes ...Read more

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What could cause my scalp to be sore for this last week? I do have Rheumatoid arthritis, but I can't touch my head from soreness.

What could cause my scalp to be sore for this last week? I do have Rheumatoid arthritis, but I can't touch my head from soreness.

Nonspecific: Could be a skin problem related or unrelated to hair follicles. Best to have an exam by your primary care provider. May need a dermatology referral. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in- of allplaces- my eyelids! I'm thinking sarcoidosis is possible. Thoughts? For many years, I have had swollen upper eyelids with a bumpy texture (looks like chicken skin). I've also been to an optometrist

I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in- of allplaces- my eyelids! I'm thinking sarcoidosis is possible. Thoughts? For many years, I have had swollen upper eyelids with a bumpy texture (looks like chicken skin). I've also been to an optometrist

Rheumatoid: Rheumatoid arthritis unfortunately can present in many ways. To be sure of the diagnosis you really need to see a rheumatologist and have blood tests to confirm the diagnosis. A biopsy would have shown the probem to be sarcoidosis so that probably can now be eliminated. If you have not seen an oculoplastic specialist, I would do this as well. ...Read more

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Can Rheumatoid Arthritis cause the skin to itch? (Head, arms, torso, legs) I have tender spots and bumps on my scalp and one turned to an open sore.

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis cause the skin to itch? (Head, arms, torso, legs) I have tender spots and bumps on my scalp and one turned to an open sore.

There can B rheuma-: -toid nodules that can itch, also the itching can B increased possibly by Ur meds. Talk 2 Ur rheumatologist. ...Read more

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37 yr-old woman has 2 years of pain and swelling in multiple joints, including stiffness, and is hoping to get her normal life back as aerobics.....?

37 yr-old woman has 2 years of pain and swelling in multiple joints, including stiffness, and is hoping to get her normal life back as aerobics.....?

Joint pain: Multiple joints swelling and pain sounds like you have active arthritis, Have yourself examined to rule out Rheumatoid arthritis or any other connective tissue problem. ...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?

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 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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What sort of symptoms has a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Many Sx!: Joint pain is most common, but high fevers and rash can occur, but usually in less than half. Inflammation of the eye can occur, but much less common. If a child has a hot swollen joint, see a rheumatologist! ...Read more

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What are the basic differences in symptoms and clinical menifestations between Psoriatic arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the basic differences in symptoms and clinical menifestations between Psoriatic arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis?

Less symetrical: Psoriatic arthritis comes in several forms. The main difference between RA and the type of psoriatic arthritis that is closest to rheumatoid is that psoriatic is less symetrical. Psoriatic is also associated with nail changes, more tendinitis problems, and psoriasis. It is very rare for RA to affect DIP (joints at end of finger). Psoriatic will affect these. There are many other small diff. ...Read more

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Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrist pain: Rheumatoid arthritis can indeed cause joint pain in the wrist. However, there are many causes of wrist pain: osteoarthritis (degenerative wear-and-tear arthritis), tendinitis, bony abnormalities (keinbock's disease, scaphoid stress fracture), carpal tunnel syndrome, cartilage abnormalities, capsulitis, intersection syndrome, dequervain's tenosynovitis, and still many others. Your doctor can help. ...Read more

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Can minocin (minocycline) as a drug to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Can minocin (minocycline) as a drug to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

In some cases: Minocin (minocycline) can help some people with rheumatoid arthritis. Even though it is an antibiotic its effect in arthritis is felt to be due to its anti-inflammatory effects and interferring with substances that cause joint and cartilage damage called metalloproteinases. ...Read more

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If you had rheumatoid arthritis in the fingers at an early stage, what were your symptoms?

If you had rheumatoid arthritis in the fingers at an early stage, what were your symptoms?

Stiffness: Spares the distal finger joints and stiffness is noticeable symmetrically of both hands particularly in the mornings.. Over time if left untreated, destruction of finger joints occur. ...Read more

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What is your opinion of using minocin (minocycline) to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What is your opinion of using minocin (minocycline) to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

It works for some.: Minocycline and Doxycycline have been shown by eular (multi-unversity), and the nih in the us. Most rheumatologists do not use these, even though there are controlled trials demonstrating equal effececy with Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and sulfasalzine. I use both quite often. ...Read more

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What is your opinion in using minocin (minocycline) to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What is your opinion in using minocin (minocycline) to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Effective!: Most of my colleagues do not use tetracyclines, but in two\large studues conducted in europe and by the acr in the usa, it was quite effective. Dr. O'dell, president of the acr believes Doxycycline to be more effective, and I agree. I start all patients on one of these two drugs wirth mtx, because of safety and cost. ...Read more

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What is the best medication to start for mixed connective tissue disease that has more rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? When to start?

It depends on you...: If you have RA type findings, your doctor will likely want to select a medication that is used for RA even if your diagnosis is mctd. The choice of medication depends on the severity of your arthritis, your response to previous medications, allergies, other medical problems, and the potential for drug interactions or side effects. It's a complex decision! Speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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I saw an article on arthritis linked to IBS and I had all the symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and IBS - are they related and how do I treat?

I saw an article on arthritis linked to IBS and I had all the symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and IBS - are they related and how do I treat?

Rheumatologist: First, you would want to clarify/confirm the diagnosis. At that point treatment could be initiated which can include medication usage and possibly dietary changes. Don't hesitate to discuss with your primary care doctor and possibly a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Pain/ stiffness: Stiffness of the hands and feet is most common. There is varying degrees of pain and swelling of the small joints of the hands and wrists. Deformities of the hands are common after some years as this disease destroys the joint cartilages due to ongoing inflammation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis feel like?

Can you tell me what the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis feel like?

Stiffness and pain: The most common first sign of rheumatoid arthritis is morning stiffness lasting an hour or more. This is usually followed by symmetrical joint swelling and pain especially in the small joints (knuckles) of the hands and the toe joints. ...Read more

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Can you please lay out the primary symptoms of diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis?

Can you please lay out the primary symptoms of diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis?

They are not related: Diabetes may have no symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis always does: joint pain, swelling of joints, joint fluid. Diabetes is metabolic (type2), while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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How to stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in fingers?

Medications: Biologic medications such as tnf inhibitors, orencia, (abatacept) actemra, and Rituxan in combination with Methotrexate offer the best results. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis ra?

Tender warm & stiff: Swollen joints. Morning stiffness that may last for hours, firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules).
Fatigue, fever and weight loss
rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go. Periods of increased disease activity, called flares, alternate with periods of relative remission. Deformity of the joints especaily the hand and feet. ...Read more

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How do symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis differ from symptoms from osteoarthritis?

How do symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis differ from symptoms from osteoarthritis?

Different process: Your RA and SLE are inflammatory. Osteoarthritis is more wear and tear and mechanical. Early inflammatory joints such as the knee do better with usage but osteoarthritis does worse with usage. Osteoarthritis has enlarge bones causing the swelling (but can have fluid) and inflammatory arthritis has swollen soft tissue. Medications like NSAIDs work in both, not methotrexate & cortisone ...Read more

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I have osteoporosis but it acts like symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. What should I do?

I have osteoporosis but it acts like symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. What should I do?

Talk with doctor: Osteoporosis does not hurt! It is a completely painless disease until you break something. This is not what is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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So confused on what symptoms I am having after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia?

So confused on what symptoms I am having after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia Support: I would consider seeking fibromyalgia and/or arthritis support groups to discuss your issues with others who suffer and are confused like you are. Contact your doctors and/or the internet to research. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis with a normal RA factor? My labs show my level was 12.6 but I have the symptoms of the condition.

Unlikely but possibl: Unlikely, but possibile. Get a ccp antibody, much more specific! But some rfs are of the igg class. Conventional assays miss these. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism? I've had a history of JRA- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism? I've had a history of JRA- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Hypothyroid: The typical symptoms are constipation, poor hair and nail growth, fatigue and temperature imbalance (intolerant of the cold) but you should ask your doctor to measure your blood ...Read more

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Is it difficult to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy because signs and symptoms are similar?

Is it difficult to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy because signs and symptoms are similar?

Not usually: There are several blood tests that help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. I recommend seeing your primary care doctor or a rheumatologist to discuss these concerns and get the blood tests. ...Read more

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Is numbness and/or tingling in fingers and toes a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis?

Not necessarily: Best is to speak to your physician and have him listen to you, examine you, perhaps run some blood tests and you may need to see a neurologist especially since you have multiple locations of numbness.
Sometimes it may be as easy as diabetes given the multitude of people who have it, but nothing beats a good history and exam by a physician. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis hereditary? And what are the basic symptoms?

It can be: It can be hereditary. The basic symptoms are joint pain, joint swelling and joint stiffness. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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