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My wife has moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.on few medications for RA. but can't take any NSAIDS at all. She is allergic to all Nsaids(rash n swell) all including the new nsaids celebrex. I hate 4 her to be on Norco for life.Any suggestions?

My wife has moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.on few medications for RA. but can't take any NSAIDS at all. She is allergic to all Nsaids(rash n swell) all including the new nsaids celebrex. I hate 4 her to be on Norco for life.Any suggestions?

Diet: I know this might not fall under the realm of traditional medicine, but I have seen rather dramatic changes in patients who undergo a change to a vegan diet. There are some that believe that dairy products in particular can cause chronic inflammation that can worsen arthritis. Two good resources are- the china study and forks over knives. ...Read more

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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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Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

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

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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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Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

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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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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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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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

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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

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What is the best med for rheumatoid arthritis?

Impossible to answer: Every patient is different with differing degrees and intensity of disease and differing potentials for long term damage. Varied drugs are used includind anti inflammatory medications and low dose steroids. Disease modifying drugs like plaquenil, azulfidine (sulfasalazine) or Methotrexate are quite helpful the most recent additions, the biologics, like Enbrel or Humira are the most potent and trul;y inhibit diseu. ...Read more

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Which type of disease is rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune : Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Are there last stages of rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Without treatment end stage RA manifests with severe crippling deformities and loss of function in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and even in the neck. The most severe cases involve lung, eye, cardiac, skin, kidney, nerves, and intestines. All these organs can fail causing death. ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission. ...Read more

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Are there good tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there good  tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: The anti-ccp antibody and rheumatoid factor are the best and are positive in 85% of people with rheumatoid arthritis. A good history and examination by a physician experienced with rheumatoid arthritis is the only real way to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis, what can I take for pain?

Rheumatoid arthritis, what can I take for pain?

See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra. ...Read more

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Which medicine is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

Which medicine is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

See rheumatologist: There are many meds. You need a comprehensive program to lessen the damage to your joints. Included are nsaids, prednisone, Methotrexate , embral and many others. These are only given by a doctor that will monitor you long term to help lessen the bad side effects and change drugs when response is not good. Find a good rheumatologist! ...Read more

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What can rheumatoid arthritis affect in a person?

What can rheumatoid arthritis affect in a person?

Rheumatoid arthritis: Surely your primary doctor has discussed this with you. If not, you must make an appointment to see your doctor. Hope all goes well. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Why is my rheumatoid arthritis worse in the summer?

See below: It is the changes in barometric pressure as any fluid in your joints can expand or shrink with changes in barometric pressure. ...Read more

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What can I do for controlling rheumatoid arthritis?

What can I do for controlling rheumatoid arthritis?

Controlling RA: Dear Chitra: Fortunately there is much you and your physician can do to control RA. The current paradigm is treating to target, that is, we can achieve remission of joint inflammation and limit damage and at the same time keeping the patient active and well. Explore the many disease modifying options with your rheumatologist. I also encourage patients to explore dietary changes and include Omega-3 ...Read more

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How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

Big difference.: Rheumatoid arthritis is but one of over 100 types of arthritis. Most are inflammatory and need management by a rheumatology specialist. But the term generically applies to degenerative arthritis, with minmal inflammation. Or tendon issues, ie. Rotator cuff that may be mechanical in origin-impingement syndrome, yet be called "shoulder arthritis.". ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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