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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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

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


Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Douglas Mund Dr. Mund
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
42 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Depends on symptoms: If the disease goes into remission it may be possible to stop medication this is something to discuss with your rheumatologist. If the disease is still active it may harmful to the joints and frankly dangerous to stop your medications abruptly. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller Dr. Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
47 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What happens if you stop taking immunosuppressive for rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens if you stop taking immunosuppressive for rheumatoid arthritis?

Comes back: Rarely does RA go into true remission without getting worse after stopping the immunosuppressives. This is particuarly true for methotrexate. Many people have stopped gold therapy without a return of the arthritis for many years. Occasionally biologics can be stopped after several years of remission but the RA usually returns. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What happens if kid stops taking methotrexate for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens if kid stops taking methotrexate for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: He/she may experience a flare in his/her symptoms. Let the doctor know what's going on. ...Read more

Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Larry Greenbaum Dr. Greenbaum
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
33 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Since one year it take 15 mg methotrexate tablet weekly for rheumatoid arthritis so when I can stop it now my blood test is normal but still have pain?

Since one year it take 15 mg methotrexate tablet weekly for rheumatoid arthritis so when I can stop it now my blood test is normal but still have pain?

Which blood test etc: Methotrexate is a good medication for rheumatoid arthritis but it doesn't cure your arthritis - it works as long as you take it. If you still have pain, it may because of active disease (inflammation), or damage that the arthritis has already caused. You should follow up with a rheumatologist if possible. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Kuhnley Dr. Kuhnley
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
41 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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I take Elavil (amitriptyline) ( Amitriptyline ) along with my Rheumatoid arthritis medications 2 control pain but it causes morning headaches.How 2 stop these headach?

I take Elavil (amitriptyline) ( Amitriptyline ) along with my Rheumatoid arthritis medications 2 control pain but it causes morning headaches.How 2 stop these headach?

Headaches may result: from all 3 meds Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) (acetaminophen/hydrocodone), Elavil (amitriptyline), rheumatoid arthritis, Iron deficiency anemia, ovarian cyst and stress. Using amitriptyline together with hydrocodone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Seek evaluation. Use lifestyle changes and stress reduction. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

Dr. Gustavo Carbone Dr. Carbone
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
15 years in practice
Universidad Mariano Galvez De Guatemala
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Will rheumatoid arthritis disfigure your hands?

Will rheumatoid arthritis disfigure your hands?

Not necessarily : Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects mostly the smaller joints in hands and feet. Nowadays we are able to achieve remission with the appropriate treatment. If left untreated then YES can deformed your hands permanently but more important if untreated the chronic inflammation can lead to cardiovascular disease and death. Talk to your rheumatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Douglas Mund Dr. Mund
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
42 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...Read more

Dr. Bruce Rothschild Dr. Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
37 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Mechanics and anti : Assure mechanical challenges are address, joint protection, appropriate exercises and then progress through anti-inflammatory regimens. ...Read more

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Dr. Betty Keller Dr. Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
31 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it.It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process. ...Read more

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz Dr. Leibowitz
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
21 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Laccheo Dr. Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
11 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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Do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint pain swelling: If you have joint pain, joint swelling. These are a start but other things can also occur. Your evaluation will help clarify the diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Swelling in joints : There are a lot things you can have but not all are specific for RA alone. These can be swollen joints painful joints, morning stiffness to name some things. Your physician can help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
40 doctors shared insights

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
1,540 doctors shared insights

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