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Can my RA be affected by my period? My hips are the only joints affected, and my flare ups only seem to occur right before/during those days.

Can my RA be affected by my period? My hips are the only joints affected, and my flare ups only seem to occur right before/during those days.

Yes: Changes in hormones during a menstrual cycle has been shown to affect RA symptoms in women. The response is variable for each woman as far as increase or decrease in symptoms. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Does RA affect the monthly period ?

The reverse: Actually, the reverse is true. Levels of hormone production, which vary throughout a woman's cycle, affect autoimmunity giving a roller coaster ride for some women with ra. Elevation of hormones seems to help while drops in hormones may induce symptoms so that more RA medication may be required. ...Read more

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I am a 51 yr old female having a period every two weeks. I also have ra. Should I worry, or just peri menopause?

I am a 51 yr old female having a period every two weeks. I also have ra. Should I worry, or just peri menopause?

See doc.: Could be perimenopausal bleeding, but you require a uterine ultrasound to identify the source of bleeding. ...Read more

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Hi, my doctor gave me a tablet that brigs me on my period so he cud do tests to see if I ovulate when I am on my period, but I don't, I'm wondering what the best medicine would be to help me conceive, seen as I don't have periods and when I do which is ra

Hi, my doctor gave me a tablet that brigs me on my period so he cud do tests to see if I ovulate when I am on my period, but I don't, I'm wondering what the best medicine would be to help me conceive, seen as I don't have periods and when I do which is ra

How 2 conceive: 23 F from UK wants to conceive. Asks what is best medicine. ANS: See your Dr for a complete history & medical examination & testing to find cause. There are many solutions to consider once cause is known, Then treat the cause and can become a mother. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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My wife is ra+ and she has breathing trouble and sweats during night even in air-conditioned room. Can you comment?

My wife is ra+ and she has breathing trouble and sweats during night even in air-conditioned room. Can you comment?

B sure 2 R/O TB: Many of the drugs used in rx of autoimmune diseases do suppress ur immune system & they usually carry a warning about tb> if mom is TB negative b 4. Have her worked up with chest x-ray and eval by her rheumatologist & repeat her TB test. ...Read more

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How does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis affect someone during adulthood if it is different from adult ra?

How does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis affect someone during adulthood if it is different from adult ra?

Autoinflammatory dis: Systemic jia/jra is actually an autoinflammatory disease rather than an autoimmune disease and is more similar to periodic fever syndromes than RA or jra. There's a problem with the innate immune system's triggering and control of inflammation, not a problem with mistakenly recognizing one's own proteins as foreign (like a virus). As such, Anakinra and steroids are most effective long term meds. ...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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How can I treat RA During pregnancy having a bad flare up in shoulder and neck, IV taken paracetamol ?

How can I treat RA During pregnancy having a bad flare up in shoulder and neck, IV taken paracetamol ?

RA / pregnancy.: Should talk with your rheumatologist or primary care doc as well as your GYN. This needs to be planned and coordinated carefully. ...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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Does the Rh factor affect an RA patient's ability to go into remission during pregnancy?

Does the Rh factor affect an RA patient's ability to go into remission during pregnancy?

Rh, RF: Rh is the positive or negative in blood type. Think o+, b-, ab -, etc. Rf is rheumatoid factor. Neither affects the possibility of the rheumatoid arthritis being more stable during pregnancy. ...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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Y would diastolic BP lower after exercise, is that normal. How quickly should your heart rate go up during exercise and how far. Is 80 high resting ra?

Y would diastolic BP lower after exercise, is that normal. How quickly should your heart rate go up during exercise and how far. Is 80 high resting ra?

Yes!: Normally diastolic blood pressure will fall during exercise and for several hours afterwards. This is because off vasodilation that normally occurs. Systolic BP should always rise. However, in hypertension, the diastolic pressure will rise too, imposing an unnecessary work load on the heart. Increase in heart rate is based on exercise intensity. Normally the HR max is 220-age in years. ...Read more

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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