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What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis ra?

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.

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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What are the symptoms and signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Immune dysfunction!: 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.

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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.

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What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: The most common are generalized joint pain, tenderness and swelling, and morning stiffness. The diagnosis is most often confirmed by appropriate lab tests.

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What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected.

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What are your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint pain: Joint pain, joint swelling, joint deformity. Fatigue often accompanies flares. Classically, the hands, wrists, proximal (knuckles closest to the hand) finger joints, knees and/or feet are involved. Morning stiffness for 30 minutes or more is another classic symptom.

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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.

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What are the major presenting symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the major presenting symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected.

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Can you please describe the earlier symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Common firsts...: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Painful Joints (Definition)

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