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What happens in your body to lead to rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens in your body to lead to rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Ra is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system which usually makes specific antibodies to fight off infection from foreign intruders starts making antibodies that attack your own native tissue, in this case the lining of the joints called the synovium. When this attack occurs the joints become very inflamed and as a result of this inflammation, the joints begin to get damaged. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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 are some mind/body therapies for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are some mind/body therapies for rheumatoid arthritis?

Reduce stress: Ra is an autoimmune disease which has a prolonged and devastating disease course if untreated. Reducing stress to the body in addition to meds can help. Alternative therapies including chi gong, yoga, meditation, acupuncture to calm stress can help as adjunct. ...Read more

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Help can being underweight affect the body's ability to deal with rheumatoid arthritis?

Help can being underweight affect the body's ability to deal with rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: It really depends if there is a medical cause for being underweight. For instance, an eating disorder can reduce immunity. It also depends on how much underweight you happen to be. Mildly underweight in not an issue. Severely underweight is a problem. ...Read more

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My ESR in blood test is 8 mm/h CRP 1.5 mg/L so why still pain in all my body ?. 15 mg methotrexate weekly one year for rheumatoid arthritis

My ESR in blood test is 8 mm/h CRP 1.5 mg/L so why still  pain in all my body  ?.  15 mg methotrexate weekly one year for rheumatoid arthritis

Need more info: What areas are involved? How long have you had symptoms? Have you been on a higher dose of methotrexate ever. Maybe add another drug--plaquenil. Sounds like you need to revisit your rheumatologist. Feel better ...Read more

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Can calcifications in your body( breasts, kidney stones, spleen, ect) be related to rheumatoid arthritis?

Can calcifications in your body( breasts, kidney stones, spleen, ect) be related to rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes : Rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammatory changes in the soft tissues and joints some of the repair results in areas of calcifications or increased calcium deposition in organs. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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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