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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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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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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

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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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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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Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head ? some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head ? some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Humira (adalimumab) and lupus: Anti-TNFs drugs have been associated with Lupus. But it may also be other conditions like fungus ,eczema. impetigo. Could try over the counter selsun blue see if helps .Discuss with rheumatologist , http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/7/716.full.pdf ...Read more

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Im not on any medicine and I've been getting small bruises, constantly out of breath is this associated by rheumatoid arthritis?

Im not on any medicine and I've been getting small bruises, constantly out of breath is this associated by rheumatoid arthritis?

It cold be: easy bruising, could happen to people without any association with any illness or a disease,simply the blood is too thin naturally,they have to be careful and declared that if they are going through any invasive surgical procedure. it could be associated with some illnesses, or could be side effect of some medication. if you are concerned, blood tests, or a consult with a hematologist will do it. ...Read more

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Thank u doc .that u prescribed me rheumatoid arthritis,should I use med or oint n how long I use this bc my spots r little. is this safe in breastfeed

Thank u doc .that u prescribed me rheumatoid arthritis,should I use med or oint n how long I use this bc my spots r little. is this safe in breastfeed

Wrong site: Docs on this public site do not diagnose or prescribe you medication. You may be thinking of Heathtap prime.On this public site we do not have access to any other questions you may have submitted or data uploaded.We cannot comment on any question about medicatioon unless you give us the name. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive later?

Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive  later?

Yes: Yes, there can be periods of increased as well as decreased synovial & soft tissue activity. Some immune testing may be more sensitive than others, with results varying with time as well. ...Read more

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I have a small ball in my leg and every time i touch it it moves. Could it be a of inflammation or a cist? I do have rheumatoid arthritis.

I have a small ball in my leg and every time i touch it it moves. Could it be a  of inflammation or a cist? I do have rheumatoid arthritis.

Leg nodules : Nodules under the skin in rheumatoid arthritis are common . It could be that. Other movable nodules under the skin in leg area include lipoma( fatty benign nodules) or cyst. Get it examined and followed up based on doctor recommendations. ...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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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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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

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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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