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Stress Is Causing Life Threatening Ra Flare Up
I'm 23 male my ra factor is 100 positive my ccp is 16 negative , sed rate 12 negative, and crp .13 negative can high blood fats cause + ra factor?
See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, rheumatoid factor is not a specific marker for rheumatoid arthritis. It can be positive in many situations, including recovery from infection. High blood fat per se is not a cause of +RA factor. ...Read more
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Both possible causes: Chest pain can be due to numerous causes. Yes, RA can rarely causes chest pain because of involvement of the heart. This type of involvement includes inflammation of the heart muscle, the membrane covering the heart or the walls of the coronary arteries. It is also cause it because certain joints in the chest wall are inflamed. Of course, stress is also a possible cause. Have the pain evaluated. ...Read more
I've had severe RA for 5 years and i'm experiencing something new. My voice going hoarse. It's happening when i'm stressed or tired. What is this?
Easy!: First, there are many types of "flares." for the patient, this usually means increased pain. A drop in barometric pressure will illicit pain. Overdoing it will too. But a true flare will usually be accompanied by several things: an increase in crp; visible joint inflammation with redness and warmth at a joint. A typical flare will involve more than one joint. Can be easily checked out! best! ...Read more
Watch your body: Most of what you read about "acid" and "alkaline" foods online is "misleading" at best. The link between diet and the exacerbations and remissions of autoimmune disease is poorly understood. Anecdotally, there are cases of RA that stop when a particular problem food is identified & eliminated. Ask your physician if a trial of an elimination diet is right for you. ...Read more
Can gluten exposure cause systemic arthritic type flare-ups days after exposure? Lupus & RA negative labs.This has happened 3 times last year.
By Gluten "exposure: i assume you are referring to Gastrointestinal ..ingestion and gluten intolerance (adult "coeliac" disease and other Gastro-intestinal disorders leads to GI symptoms..not arthritic flare ups as commonly associated problems! Talk with your PCP about a referral to a Board Certified RHEUMATOLOGIST for further evaluation! Hope this helps! Dr z ...Read more
I would like to know which foods I can eat to relieve: (1) RA symptoms and it causes, and (2) get me through pre-menopause and actual menopause.?
Low inflammatory die: Ra causes inflammation within the body so eating a low inflammatory diet is key. This is plant based food, low glycemic foods, avoid gluten and dairy since they are often culprits to inflammation, and eat lean organic meats. Using tumeric, the yellow indian spice can help with joint pain. Menopause can make inflammation worse and eating the above can help. ...Read more
RA: is an inflammation of a joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis, chronic condition. During inflammation, tendons become shortened and muscles lose their normal balance. It is a degenerative disease which results in the deformity of joints. Deformed joint can not function properly. Hope it make sense? ...Read more
Yes it can: Ra is now considered one of several major risk for cardiovascular disease/event such as heart attack, thus can result in death. Untreated RA can also affect lungs and kidneys, thus can shorten lifespan. Currently available treatment are getting better and helping people living better and hopefully longer life. Follow doc regularly and treat RA as well as you can. Good luck. ...Read more
Most likely not: Classic gastrointestinal symptoms, such as those involving the stomach, small, and large intestines, are not commonly associated with the disease. Sun et al failed to find any correlation between RA and upper GI disease, while another study from modern rheumatology actually found that having RA might decrease common stomach infections. ...Read more
Can reflux be caused by RA? If so, does RA meds help or do you have to take an additional reflux med?
Vague questions: Have you seen a doctor? What RA medication are mentioned? Dietary approach- Chew food well,Eat small & avoid excessive fat.No big meal before bedtime. Avoid caffeine,methyl xanthines,alcohol & other symptom provoking foods. Sodium alginate,calcium carbonate °lycerinized licorice can help heartburn of reflux. ...Read more
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