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What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Arthritis means inflammation of joints. RA is a common form of arthritis. (There are various other causes of arthritis and RA is just one cause.) About 1 in 100 people develop RA at some stage in their lives. It can happen to anyone. It is not an hereditary disease. It can develop at any age, but most commonly starts between the ages of 40 and 60.http://patient.info/health/rheumatoid-arthritis-leaflet ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune disease: Ra occurs when our immune system attacks the linings of our joints causing pain and stiffness. Small and large joints can be affected. Fatigue is common. Treatment helps the symptoms and also prevents future joint damage and disability. There are many treatments available. Common treatments include disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs or dmards. These include methotrexate, enbrel, (etanercept) and humira. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammat. arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease (can affect many different organ systems) that causes swelling, pain, and joint damage or destruction if untreated or undertreated. The immune system's white blood cells "get confused" attacking your own body, including joints like they are bacteria. Best way to help someone with RA is to get them to a board certified rheumatologist soon. ...Read more
Acute inflammatory : Rheumatoid arthritis is an acute inflammation of the joints which causes much pain, swelling and stiifness of the joints and commonly occurs in the younger age groups. There are good treatments available for it now but you need to see a specialist called rheumatologist in order to get the best medical care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Your rheumatologist should be able to tell you. The history and your experience should allow the doctor to explain. ...Read more
Joint swelling: In the most classical presentation there is symmetrical swelling around the middle joints (pip) in the fingers and in the knuckles. The end joints, nearest the nails, are usually spared. It is also symmetrical in both hands. The areas between the joints are relatively normal. The swelling may be warm and there may be slight redness as well. ...Read more
Undetermined: Ra is caused by unknown factors. It is believed that the tendency to develop rheumatoid arthritis may be genetically inherited (hereditary). Certain genes have been identified that increase the risk for rheumatoid arthritis. It is also suspected that certain infections or factors in the environment might trigger the activation of the immune system in susceptible individuals. ...Read more
Several factors: Stress one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress.Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated. Echinacea echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood test negative : For ra. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is the rheumatoid arthritis in which the blood doesn’t contain rheumatoid factor (rf or rhf). While diagnosing ra, doctors get a range of laboratory tests done and also evaluate the physical symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood test: To diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, a patient needs to have certain distinguishing criteria. Among them is a marker in the blood called rheumatoid factor. An elevated rheumatoid factor alone isn't enough to diagnose someone with rheumatoid arthritis but combined with other symptoms may aid in its diagnosis. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autoimmune: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the joints instead of fighting intruders like bacteria and viruses. Genetic factors play a role in risk for developing autoimmune diseases. Exposure to certain viruses may play a role as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Osteoarthritis-: Can develop from many factors, including systemic inflammatory arthritis. My patients with RA or AS frequently need hip replacement because cartilage loss do to inflammatory damage to their cartilage! The discussion is not between either or or! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Immune System, Hormo: It is the immune system and hormones. In ra, the body has an aberrent hyperimmune response to the joint lining causing arthritis. But in pregancy, trhe mother is accepting a \fetus with 50% different genes. A kidney would be rejected if that foreigal changes. N. The hyperimmune response in dampened during pregancy, primarily for homonal changes. Arthritis remits! ...Read more
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