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Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan (rituximab) cause this?

Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do  have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan (rituximab) cause  this?

Rituxan (rituximab) is RA therap: Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). You physician will have you see a rheumatologist to clarify the diagnosis and decide on the best therapy. Rituxan (rituximab) is one of many therapies we use to treat . ...Read more

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 have rheumatoid arthritis in two disk in my neck. Could that be the reason for my right arm pain. The xray does not show why my arm hurt so bad.

I have rheumatoid arthritis in two disk in my neck. Could that be the reason for my right arm pain. The xray does not show why my arm hurt so bad.

The RA affects the -: Whole body and arms specifically, alone or from neck. Xrays of the neck will confirm spondylosis but not the disks themselves. Xray of arm may not show a cause of pain in it, except excluding a number of them. Mri neck will confirm disc herniation ; if its causing a nerve to be pinched. If so, then that might be a reason of your pain. Otherwise other causes will need to be found with an exam. ...Read more

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Would arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis appear different on an xray of joint? Can you have both in the same joint&can arthritis become rheumatoid?

Would arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis appear different on an xray of joint? Can you have both in the same joint&can arthritis become rheumatoid?

Rheumatoid arthritis: is a type of arthritis, so the question is unclear. Are you referring to osteoarthritis? The xray findings of oesteoarthritis are different from rheumatoid arthritis, but you can have both in the same joint, so at that point the features would overlap. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis and it not show up in any bloodwork?

Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis and it not show up in any bloodwork?

Yes but there are ot: other criteria and tests a rheumatologist has to use to assess. One other thing to ask about is a so called rheumatoid negative spondylarthrophy, that can accompany IBS, psoriasis, and other seemingly unrelated diseases. there are other tests for these too ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone who's 50 to have rheumatoid arthritis even if the blood work n X-ray was negative..??

Is it possible for someone who's 50 to have rheumatoid arthritis even if the blood work n X-ray was negative..??

No: There is a group of diseases called "seronegative arthritis." In this case, the lab tests do not demonstrate rheumatoid arthritis but do often show elevated levels of inflammation in the body. These diseases can have some similar symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis and are often treated using the same medications. ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission. ...Read more

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Will an ANA test show if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Will an ANA test show if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

No: The ANA is a screening test for lupus. The ccp antibody is the test you want for ra. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis with a normal RA factor? My labs show my level was 12.6 but I have the symptoms of the condition.

Is it possible to have rheumatoid arthritis with a normal RA factor? My labs show my level was 12.6 but I have the symptoms of the condition.

Unlikely but possibl: Unlikely, but possibile. Get a ccp antibody, much more specific! but some rfs are of the igg class. Conventional assays miss these. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Ra factor very high, but not rheumatoid arthritis? I am 56 women, my RA factor result is super high, is 380, but other testes of related rheumatoid arthritis all normal ( including blood testes and x ray). After three month i did all test again, the resul

Ra factor very high, but not rheumatoid arthritis? I am 56 women, my RA factor result is super high, is 380, but other testes of related rheumatoid arthritis all normal ( including blood testes and x ray). After three month i did all test again, the resul

Rheumatoid : Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that requires certain criteria for it s diagnosis . We automatically think that if a test for a disease is positive you have to have the disease , but that is not how it goes. For example there are to types of anti-globulins , igg and igm , they may be positive in different situations for the same disease so one is positive for the acute phase and the other becomes positive later , this is only an example..So things need to be proven to be valid. An is not an automatic concept , if is positive I have it and if not what do I have. There are many things we still need to learn about many diseases and many laboratory results. Rheumatoid factor can go up , with age , with certain infection etc etc if you google it , you will find the complete list. You saw the rheumatologist , and obviously he did a diagnosis based on your clinical picture and is not rheumatoid arthritis , in the same manner he will consider other possibilities for that findings , he would have order additional test if there was a suspicion of another entity that may give a positive rheumatoid factor . Since he evaluated you he would be the best person to ask, rather than to figured out the other way oround, doctors see patients and suspect diseases, and then request labs to confirm the diagnosis or ruled them out , the other way around is difficult and is not how it is usually done. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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