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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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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

Autoimmune disease is also known as Autoimmune conditions. In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more

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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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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Communicate with physician if breakthrough flares occur to adjust meds
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed and keep active
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I've had pain in my joints, I got blood tests related to autoimmune diseases I got a positive ANA and anti-rnp, is this found in rheumatoid arthritis?

I've had pain in my joints, I got blood tests related to autoimmune diseases I got a positive ANA and anti-rnp, is this found in rheumatoid arthritis?

Possible: You should ask your rheumatologist. ANA and anti-RNP are seeing in mixed connective tissue disease and can overlap with rheumatoid arthritis but more information is needed, talk to your rheumatologist about them. RA by itself usually have other 2 antibodies positive called RF ( rheumatoid factor) and anti-CCP ( citrullinated peptides). ...Read more

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
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Contact doctor immediately for any medication side effects
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Stay active walking, biking or swimming
5x week
Eat a healthy diet
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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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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Rest when you are tired,R.A. causes fatigue.
every 4-6 hours
Relieve pain with heat; Soaking hand joints in wax baths,warm shower
3x week
Exercise can maintain and improve quality of life
5x week
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Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

no: But, if someone has hiv, they should see an expert in HIV management and treatment. I suggest looking for someone certified by the aahivm. ...Read more

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more

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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

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