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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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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Are some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation of cartilage?

Are some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation of cartilage?

No: The inflammatory process in RA is in the synovium (the tissue that lines the joint). Cartilage damage can occur secondary to this inflammatory process. ...Read more

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Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease?

Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease?

Great sources : There are great resources for this information such as the arthritis foundation, the american college of rheumatology, the lupus foundation of america, the national institute of health, etc. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. ...Read more

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What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Nobody Knows: We are not sure what gets the ball rolling, but autoimmune disease in general is a case of "misprogramming" in which the immune system begins to incorrectly recognize the body's own tissues (joints in the case of ra) as though they were foreign. It then attacks them as it would any invading substance. Smoking definitely raises the risk of ra, though we don't know why! ...Read more

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How does the genetics affect rheumatoid arthritis is there any mutations responsible for having the disease?

Perhaps: Rheumatoid arthritis is a mystery as to cause. Genetic factors do not seem to be a certain causal factor, but cannot be ruled out. In recent years there was a study of thousands of sufferers who had in common significant exposure to chemicals used to kill weeds and agriculture pests. ...Read more

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What is the best medication to start for mixed connective tissue disease that has more rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? When to start?

What is the best medication to start for mixed connective tissue disease that has more rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? When to start?

It depends on you...: If you have RA type findings, your doctor will likely want to select a medication that is used for RA even if your diagnosis is mctd. The choice of medication depends on the severity of your arthritis, your response to previous medications, allergies, other medical problems, and the potential for drug interactions or side effects. It's a complex decision! speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is seronegative rheumatoid joint disease as same as rheumatoid arthritis or something else?

Is seronegative rheumatoid joint disease as same as rheumatoid arthritis or something else?

Yes: A patient with a positive serology and rheumatoid arthritis can have severe disease. But also people who are seronegative can have severe damage. The highly positive seropositive patient can have more severe rheumatoid disease beyond the arthritis rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease of which arthritis is one manifestation. There can be systemic disease of eyes, lungs, heart to name some. ...Read more

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My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. What kind of exercise she should do to treat her disease?

My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. What kind of exercise she should do to treat her disease?

see details: It depends somewhat on the joints involved and the severity of the disease activity. The specifics are best discussed with her rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is seronegative rheumatoid joint disease as same as rheumatoid arthritis or is it something else?

Is seronegative rheumatoid joint disease as same as rheumatoid arthritis or is it something else?

Better prognosis: Same disease. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (where rheumatoid factor and anti-ccp antibody tests are negative) generally has a better prognosis with a better response to medications and lower chance of joint damage. It is treated similarly to seropositive RA except that some biologic medications (rituximab, abatacept) may not work as well in seronegatives. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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