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What is worse lupus or ra?

What is worse lupus or ra?

It depends: It depends on the severity of the involvement. Each disease can be relatively mild or be very severe. ...Read more

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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Have copd, worked out 5 days a week extremely. It kept my lungs healthy but made my RA worse. Dr. Said i had to quit. Now lungs r bad again. ?

Have copd, worked out 5 days a week extremely. It kept my lungs healthy but made my RA worse. Dr. Said i had to quit. Now lungs r bad again. ?

See below: Looking over what details you have provided, you are not listing any medications that are disease modifying agents to treat RA which is a concern. Also if you do have ra, do have RA lung involvement in addition to the copd? You need to meet to with your rheumatologist, but also consider seeing a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Lower back pain..Getting worse..Tried stretching, heat, rest..I have RA and is. I didn't do anything but bend down and started back up and boom pain!

Lower back pain..Getting worse..Tried stretching, heat, rest..I have RA and is. I didn't do anything but bend down and started back up and boom pain!

Back pain: Back pain with bending and stooping suggests a mechanical component or instability. It is important to obtain an evaluation with a back expert and imaging studies that will define the problem with your back and develop a plan to reduce or eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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Lately my feet&ankles have been hurting.My knee was randomly swollen,pain is worse in the morning.I have herniation in back.Is that it?could it be RA?

Lately my feet&ankles have been hurting.My knee was randomly swollen,pain is worse in the morning.I have herniation in back.Is that it?could it be RA?

Possible: There are so many reasons why feet and ankles hurt, they need to be evaluated by a podiatrist. RA is certainly a possibility, blood work may help diagnose. Could be the way you walk, weight, flat feet, heel spurs etc. You need a hands on exam ...Read more

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Can RA hurt worse at night ? My joints hurt worse at night but more stiff in the morning. Have pos ANA and high ESR but negative rf family history of ra

Yes but: We see you all different kinds of manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis. If you seen a rheumatologist you should be clear as to what's going on. A rheumatology evaluation is complex, but it needs to be done correctly to help you. The blood test you describe are not enough to make a diagnosis. You need this to be correlated with the rest of your evaluation. You have excellent rheumatologists in columbus ohio and they should be able to clarify this for youmorning stiffness is classy, but pain can occur anytime of day. ...Read more

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Morning stiffness and swelling both wrists for several hours. Redness, pain, warmth in several joints, worse with activity. blood work negative. Ra?

Morning stiffness and swelling both wrists for several hours. Redness, pain, warmth in several joints, worse with activity. blood work negative. Ra?

Arthritis. 3 options: Osteoarthritis: blood work negative, possible family members with similar findings Autoimmune arthritis: Rheumatoid, psoriatic or other. Blood work frequently negative. Infectious/crystal-induced arthritis: Lyme disease, viral infection, syphilis, gout, pseudogout. See a rheumatologist who will sort these options out for you. ...Read more

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Osteo or ra? Neg. Blood test 1 yr ago. Neg x-ray. Swelling, pain & redness in thumb joints worse now.

See below: You have listed in your list of conditions scleroderma and sarcoidosis---either of which can cause your symptoms. Things can change in a year. Consider being reevaluated. ...Read more

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Pain in hand joints, they pop a lot, and hurt worse when typing, could this be RA or OA? The NSAID I'm on is not curing the pain. Thanks! :)

Pain in hand joints, they pop a lot, and hurt worse when typing, could this be RA or OA? The NSAID I'm on is not curing the pain. Thanks! :)

Could be but: Based on your age OA is not as likely but still possible. This is something that needs a physical exam. there are both neurologic and rheumatologic causes of this type of pain including RA, PA, Carpal tunnel syndrome etc. You need to see your primary care MD ...Read more

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I'm being treated for rheumatoid arthritis the pain is getting worse toes, ankles, feet, hands, fingers and wrist. My RA level now 176 is this normal?

I'm being treated for rheumatoid arthritis the pain is getting worse toes, ankles, feet, hands, fingers and wrist. My RA level now 176 is this normal?

There are: Many markers titer slab results and scores used by physicians to monitor effectiveness of treatment for RA but arguably the most important one is your symptoms. If you feel you are getting worse call your tbeumstogust. Modifications in your medication regimen may be needed but do not alter this without discussion. ...Read more

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Chrondolamacia getting worse, pinched nerve in back, symmetrical joint pain, esp in hands & wrists. Morning stiffness. Fatigue. A little redness. RA?

Chrondolamacia getting worse, pinched nerve in back, symmetrical joint pain, esp in hands & wrists.  Morning stiffness. Fatigue. A little redness. RA?

Needs work up: Diagnosis of autoimmune arthritis (such as RA) includes blood work, clinical exam, and if nec. a variety of imaging. See your Dr. From a radiology viewpoint, there are many tools. First and foremost are plain films. Quantitative dynamic MRI may actually be good for RA prognosis as well as early response to treatment. There are now good biologic drugs for RA, so it is not as scary as it once was ...Read more

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Who gets ra?

Anyone: Anyone can get rheumatoid arthritis from old to young, male or female, any race or country of origin. ...Read more

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What is ra?

What is ra?

Rhumatoid arthritis: One of the most common medical conditions for whic the term "ra" is used is rhuematoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory arthritic condition. Ra can stand for oher things as well, for example it is also used commonly to refer to the term "room air". Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Why does RA happen?

Very complex...: Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmunity, the causes of which are still not completely known. It is strongly associated with the inherited tissue type major histocompatibility complex (mhc) antigen, hence family history is an important risk factor as well. ...Read more

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