what other autoimmune diseases mimic rheumatoid arthritis

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

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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!
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Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease?

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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
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Dr. Gary A. Sterba answered:

Might having kidney problems, or chronic kidney disease, lead to some form of rheumatoid arthritis?

No !

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having kidney problems or chronic kidney disease will not lead to rheumatoid arthrtis . Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease with it s own patho physiology and is not secondary toi kidney disease
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

My Aunt's in ICU, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which led to interstitial lung disease - been told 2 weeks to live - any natural alternate tips?

None

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Unfortunately, interstitial lung disease is often very resistant to any therapy.
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Dr. Gary C. Steven answered:

Are canker sores more common in people with an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis?

Can be

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Canker sores are more common when the body is stresses - either emotionally or physically. Any uncontrolled disease process places a stress on the body, and can lead to more canker sores - either directly, or by causing other stress such as a loss of sleep or poor sleep quality.
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Dr. Ronan Monsef answered:

Can RA factor become +ve due to some other auto immune disease such as vitiligo , a skin prob ? Or should I accept that I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Depends

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RF can be a false positive. A rheumatologist can determine If you have RA or not.
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Which type of disease is rheumatoid arthritis?

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An autoimmune joint inflammation which can involve most joints in the upper and lower extremities. The exact trigger is not yet known, but untreated, it can cripple. Also, the inflammation from the RA can accelerate atherosclerosis of the arteries & lead to premature heart disease or stroke. There are many non-joint issues which can also occur. Consult with a rheumatologist to quiet inflammation!!
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

Can Osgood schlatters disease possibly lead to rheumatoid arthritis when older?

No

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They are unrelated.
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Dr. Angus Worthing answered:

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

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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.
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