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How bad is it to have a protein deficiency when I have RA ?

How bad is it to have a protein deficiency when I have RA ?

Not good : With or without RA protein def is not a good thing optimizing nutrition in general is a very good idea get your vit d level checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more


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Dull pain on weigh bearing rheumatologist think it's due to chronic vit d deficiency now vit d normal nuclear bone scan ra factor blood test normal can it be osteomalacia my alkaline phosphate normal?

Dull pain on weigh bearing rheumatologist think it's due to chronic vit d deficiency now vit d normal nuclear bone scan ra factor blood test normal can it be osteomalacia my alkaline phosphate normal?

Be patient: Rheumatologist are very knowledgeable, and evaluate this kind of condition several times daily. If your Vit D has been low for several months or years, then thinning of the bones is likely to have taken place. Normalizing the deficient level will not immediately bring about bone density improvement - it will take 1 to 2 years. Hopefully, your symptoms will start to improve within 6 months. ...Read more

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I have Primary Immune Deficiency, MS, POTS, RA, Raynauds, etc... no response to pneumovax or prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine). ANAs always neg. Sero-negative. Please help!

I have Primary Immune Deficiency, MS, POTS, RA, Raynauds, etc... no response to pneumovax or prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine). ANAs always neg. Sero-negative. Please help!

Workup and Mgt: There are many PIDs and some are associated with autoimmune disease. Since there is so much variation, the diagnosis can be difficult. If you are prone to infections, the pattern of the infections, type and location will help your physician determine the diagnosis and treatment. If you have lung involvement, an HRCT is helpful. Most PIDs involve B cells and I would advise B cell studies. ...Read more

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My cousin passed away in her 30's a few yrs after diagnosed with adult stills disease. Read it's like RA, What could have made her pass away?

My cousin passed away in her 30's a few yrs after diagnosed with adult stills disease. Read it's like RA, What could have made her pass away?

Sorry for your loss: Still's disease sets up a severe inflammatory response. Worse case - this causes the sac around the heart to become irritated and can lead to heartbeat irregularity. Rarely, the lungs can become irritated and cause a fluid shift resulting in difficulty breathing. The disease is not considered to be an inherited kind - rather a rare side effect from a viral infection. Prayers for you & family. ...Read more

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What is granulomatous disease? Is it related to ra?

What is granulomatous disease? Is it related to ra?

CGD: Chronic granulomatous disease is a genetic defect of white blood cells, specifically polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Granulomas, on the other hand, are a form of pathological change in tissues usually due to infections, but other causes as well, such as sarcoid, foreign bodies, and so on. Whether it is related to your RA can best be discussed with your rheumatologist, and would definitely do this. ...Read more

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What microorganism causes this terrible disease that is called ra?

What microorganism causes this terrible disease that is called ra?

Rheumatoid arthritis: Is an autoimmune disorder, not yet known to be caused by a microorganism. However most of the RA medications make you more susceptible to infection by micro organisms. ...Read more

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I have deterating disc deasease followed up with, RA in my back, I am 57 yrs old and work in a nursing home, could this be consistered, a disability case, ?

It possible: Since you work in nursing home and you have to be to respond to the need of your patient as far as lifting a, carrying and heavy duty. Those activates could worsen your condition, this could be the base for disability. ...Read more

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Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Yes: Here is an excellent summary http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001467/.

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Is RA really an autoimmune disease?

Is RA really an autoimmune disease?

RA : Ra is an autoimmune disease . It is a systemic autoimmune disease as it affects joints and other systems . The target cells are cells in synovium (lining of joints) , pleura (lining or covering of lungs , pericardium ( lining or covering of heart) and sclera of eyes . The antibodies are to igg fc ( rheumatoid factor) and to citrullinated peptides ( anti ccp ) . Both t and b cells are involved. ...Read more

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