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Can II get flu shot with rheumatoid arthritis?

Can II get flu shot with rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: I would recommend you to "protect" yourself with homeopathic medicine that should be taken before and after the any immunization. This will help your body to respond appropriately to the immunization and avoid reaction to foreign protein that is the part of any vaccine. Look for medical practitioner who practices homeopathy in your area or call my office 212-675-9355. ...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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early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. has me taking 2 Aleve (naproxen) twice a day no other drugs yet. Is it safe to get flu shot without making joints ache more!

early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. has me taking 2 Aleve (naproxen) twice a day no other drugs yet. Is it safe to get flu shot without making joints ache more!

Flu shot safe: The flu shot is safe and MUCH safer than not being protected against the flu. Hope you are seeing a Rheumatologist because if you really have Rheumatoid Arthritis, even if early you need more than Aleve (naproxen) twice a day. If you are not seeing a Rheumtologist, please see one. ...Read more

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. No recent fever but has had unexplained low grade fevers in past. Swelling and joint pain. Inflammation in blood work.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. No recent fever but has had unexplained low grade fevers in past. Swelling and joint pain. Inflammation in blood work.

See below: Jra is a systemic inflammatory arthritis that can be associated with systemic inflammation, joint pain and swelling, and potentially low grade fevers. Being treated by a rheumatologist with "disease modifying" medications can go a long way in managing symptoms from it. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

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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Why does my sister's rheumatoid arthritis always act up when it's cold or winter?

Joint capsule: Though it hasn't been proven, it is believed that atmospheric changes can cause the joint capsule (covering around the joint) to swell and thus feel painful. Tufts University researchers studied this in 2007 and research was also done many years ago in The Netherlands. The pain is associated with falling barometric pressure and falling temperatures. ...Read more

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Is taking humira (adalimumab) a common treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is taking humira (adalimumab) a common treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes, but.....: Humira (adalimumab) is quite effective. It is also quite expensive. It should not be considered a first-line therapy, as drug companies want us to believe. Other first line dmards like plaquenyl, methotrexate, leflunomide, and sulfasalazine work quite well. I occasionally will give Humira (adalimumab) injections for several visits until other drugs kick in. ...Read more

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How common is rheumatoid arthritis? Is it hereditary?

How common is rheumatoid arthritis? Is it hereditary?

Rheumatoid arthritis: -prevalence: 0.3 - 1.5% of population
-women affected 2-3x more often
-twin concordance: 30 to 50%
-peak incidence ages 30 to 50 years. ...Read more

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Could having a bad cold cause a flare up in things like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

Could having a bad cold cause a flare up in things like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

URTI and flares: A possibility but not definitive or highly probable. Flares can be triggered by many and any things. Drink plenty of fluids/electrolytes and rest a lot which helps mitigate flares. Good luck ...Read more

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How common is it to have lupus Rheumatoid arthritis and hasimoto thyroiditis?

How common is it to have lupus Rheumatoid arthritis and hasimoto thyroiditis?

Uncertain: When more than one autoimmune disorder occurs in a person, it is often called mixed connective tissue disease. The combination however is not well defined but lupus is always included. In a Norwegian study, the prevalence was 3.8/100, 000. http://ard. Bmj. Com/content/70/6/1047.short ...Read more

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What are common meds for rheumatoid arthritis and their positives/negatives?

What are common meds for rheumatoid arthritis and their positives/negatives?

See details: The answer is much too long to fit in the space provided. If you have RA, discuss the meds with your rheumatologist. If not, Google the topic and read for yourself. ...Read more

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Age 25 with possible rheumatoid arthritis. How common is this and how will I be affected long term?

Age 25 with possible rheumatoid arthritis. How common is this and how will I be affected long term?

Not uncommon: Remember that Rheumatoid Arthritis runs in families. Fortunately a blood test can clarify the diagnosis in over 80% of sufferers before there is any permanent joint damage. As an inflammatory condition it can affect all your tissues, not just joints. In your case, with a serious Cancer history, you need your Oncologist as well as blood tests to begin your search for answers. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are canker sores more common in people with an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis?

Are canker sores more common in people with an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis?

Can be: Canker sores are more common when the body is stresses - either emotionally or physically. Any uncontrolled disease process places a stress on the body, and can lead to more canker sores - either directly, or by causing other stress such as a loss of sleep or poor sleep quality. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is diarrhea a common problem with rheumatoid arthritis and the medicine remicade (infliximab)?

Can you tell me is diarrhea a common problem with rheumatoid arthritis and the medicine remicade (infliximab)?

Not typically: Gi problems can result from Remicade (infliximab) but typically are constipation, possible liver disfunction or infection related. Studies done show no difference in incidence of diarrhea between Remicade (infliximab) and placebo. ...Read more

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How does caffeine affect rheumatoid arthritis? Can drinking coffee (other common drugs) cause or aggravate rheumatoid arthritis?

Coffee have some: But according to a finnish research study, coffee can aggravate the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Coffee induces the production of rheumatoid factor. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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