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I've got foot ulsers that will not heal i also suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?

I've got foot ulsers that will not heal i also suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?

See details.: There are several causes especially vasculitis. Other possible causes include diabetes. Peripheral vascular disease, diabetes and prednisone. Have them evaluated. You may need to have one biopsied. Consider seeing both your rheumatologist and a wound care specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there 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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If my family has rheumatoid arthritis in the wrists and hands, does this mean I have a higher chance of having foot arthritis?

If my family has rheumatoid arthritis in the wrists and hands, does this mean I have a higher chance of having foot arthritis?

Possibly: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease that can affect any joint in the body. It does tend to run in families so if you have any symptoms, i would recommend testing. ...Read more

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I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

If you are unlucky: Persons on immuno-suppressive meds have a suppressed immune system! they should avoid sick people, if at all possible. Wearing a medical face mask, along with good hand-washing, can help avoid catching viruses. The current coxsackie a6 strain, in the news, is causing worse hand-foot-mouth symptoms than the typical strain. Bad symptoms include high fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, brain problems, etc... ...Read more

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I have a fallen arch on my right foot. & i also have osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. My right ankle give me pain. Would an arch support help?

I have a fallen arch on my right foot. & i also have osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. My right ankle give me pain. Would an arch support help?

Fallen arch: An acquired flat foot can be very painful. The changes in your walking can effect your ankle, knee, hip, and back. May be due to torn posterior tibialis tendon or collapse of bone due to rheumatoid arthritis. An arch support (orthotic) may be helpful to reestablish the normal movement of your foot. Give it a try. ...Read more

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What is the big difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the big difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Wear&tear v inflamma: Think of osteoarthritis (OA) as result of wear & tear that comes w/aging & repetitive injury. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/basics/definition/con-20014749 for more info. Compare that to rheumatoid arthritis which is much less common inflammatory disorder. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/basics/definition/con-20014868 ...Read more

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X-ray on 1st MP joint of big toe said rheumatoid arthritis bc of pain. If it were bone cancer would it be picked up on X-ray?

X-ray on 1st MP joint of big toe said rheumatoid arthritis bc of pain. If it were bone cancer would it be picked up on X-ray?

X-ray findings: of rheumatoid or other arthritis generally are easily distinguishable from bone cancer. Bone cancers can sometimes be picked up on x-rays if large enough, but MRI is much more sensitive at detection. ...Read more

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How to tell if bony growth on big toe base is a bunion, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis or gout/tophi? Only on right foot.

How to tell if bony growth on big toe base is a bunion, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis or gout/tophi? Only on right foot.

See a podiatrist: Go see a podiatrist. Gout would flare up and you have intense pain. Arthritis is due to joint space narrowing which is very possible. Ra 36 yo male not likely and it is on both side, bunion is a possibility. Usually if the bony growth on the side of the big toe joint its a bunion. Top of the big toe joint is arthritis. Podiatrist can tell you exactly what you got and how to take care of it. ...Read more

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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! ...Read more

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What are my chances of going blind with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

What are my chances of going blind with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

Small: First, you need to know which type of jra (a.K.A. Jia or juvenile idiopathic arthritis) you have as the risk of eye disease varies with the different types. Even if you are in a category of increased risk, the chance of blindness is small with proper screening and follow-up. ...Read more

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19 and i just found out that I have rheumatoid arthritis. I have to go see a rheumatologist, what can I expect?

19 and i just found out that I have rheumatoid arthritis. I have to go see a rheumatologist, what can I expect?

Complete eval: Complete history and physical examination and x-rays, perhaps laboratory studies, with diagnosis and treatment options explained. ...Read more

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What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

Bad: Ra is an inflammotry disorder, characterized by high levels of CRP in the body. CRP does not cause the damge, but is the best surrogate marker for inflammation in the body, particularly the blood stream. Inflammation hurts the ling of blood vessels and increases the tendency to deposit cholesterol plaques. It raises clotting factors, such as fibrinogen which makes the blood more liely to clot! ...Read more

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What might cause rheumatoid arthritis to go into remission during pregnancy?

What might cause rheumatoid arthritis to go into remission during pregnancy?

Immune System, Hormo: It is the immune system and hormones. In ra, the body has an aberrent hyperimmune response to the joint lining causing arthritis. But in pregancy, trhe mother is accepting a \fetus with 50% different genes. A kidney would be rejected if that foreigal changes. N. The hyperimmune response in dampened during pregancy, primarily for homonal changes. Arthritis remits! ...Read more

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Huge pain in left sholder , then swelling in the left knee , RA factor +ve, does.That confirm rheumatoid arthritis? If so, how should I go about it ?

No. but trouble: You have migratory polyarthritis, of which rhematoid arthritis is one of the major players. Ou should cojsult with a rheumatologist, a specialist in these disorders. These arthritides are destructive; ie, they destroy the joint tissue is untreated. But we have good medications for them now. So save our joints, get a clear diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: Start with your primary doctor. If you do not have one, get one or see a rheumatologist (medical specialist that cares for rheumatoid arthritis). ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis..?

I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis..?

Needs treatment: Rheumatoid arthritis needs early and aggressive treatment with currently available drugs. This can prevent much joint damage and deformity and lead to major disease control and sometimes remission. Follow treatment diligently. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis home remedies?Website would help/

Please see a rheumat: Go see a rheumatologist. The more aggressive the early treatment the better. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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