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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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I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What can I expect?

I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What can I expect?

Wide variety: If you have a new diagnosis and you have positive blood work, it most likely will not be very aggressive and can be managed with medicines. Some people develop severe arthritis that require joint replacements but that is more common in those that develop RA at a young age. Be sure to find a good rheumatologist and an ortho specialist if surgery is needed. ...Read more

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What are some reasons that the medication isn't working for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are some reasons that the medication isn't working for rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrong diagnosis: Diagnosis is wrong or your activities prevent it from working, but medications don't always work. Your doctor should be able to provide direction. ...Read more

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Don't know if it is rheumatoid arthritis or not. Fammily history. Could I have it?

Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis -- i don't know whether I have or not, very much confused. What are the tests?

See details: The best test for RA commercially available is the ccp antibody. Ra is a disease characterized by often generalized joint pain and swelling. If you think this is a problem you need to see a rheumatologist for proper care. ...Read more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

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 more

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Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...Read more

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How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Exercise, medication: The therapy included physical exercise and medications. Once diagnosed we begin intensive therapy with medications such as Methotrexate alone or in combination with other dmards which are disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or we add biological medications to the Methotrexate such as enbrel, humira, remicade, cimzia, simponi (golimumab) - anti-tnf or other biologics-rituxan, abetacept, actemra. ...Read more

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How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Mechanics and anti : Assure mechanical challenges are address, joint protection, appropriate exercises and then progress through anti-inflammatory regimens. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more