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Why So Tired All The Time Rheumatoid Arthritis
February 2006 i thought what was the flu but since that time i have chronic pain and fatigue. One Dr says Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibro myalgia. My prostate right lung left kidney are calcifying and?
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
Yes: Complaints of fatigue are present in over 80 percent of patients with active ra. Successful treatment of the RA with medications decrease these symptoms. It is felt that the fatigue is due to pain. Another factor is depression which can be treated with medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: It is possible to have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis at the same time.Your knee may be affected by rheumatoid arthritis but your spine may have degenerative changes. Clinical findings in RA differ enough from osteoarthritis that the diagnosis is usually readily made. Most people with aging have osteoarthritis. Ra is systemic autoimmune disease affecting multiple small and large jts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: In ~ 40% of people with bona fide Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) the RHEUMATOID FACOR (RF) test will never be positive. Non specific tests that measure inflammation (WESR/CRP) may also be normal in early RA. The CCP test, however, is very sensitive in early RA ; ~ 80/90% of the time it will be (+). One of the "best" tests is to see a doctor who can recognize the early signs of RA: synovitis of joints. ...Read more
How can we protect our joints if we have rheumatoid arthritis?
Does it develop with time ? And years !?
See below: Follow with your rheumatologist regularly to make to that you disease is under control to make sure that it does not progress. Maintain a healthy weight as being overweight on weight-bearing joints can cause more joint damage. The onset of rheumatoid can occur can occur acutely or it can be a gradual process. Hope that helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
Being treated for rheumatoid arthritis my elbows will ache sometime. It feels like the pain travels to my wrist at the same time. Is this normal?
Yes.: The radial, ulnar ; median nerves r in close proximity to the elbow, ; the inflammatory process can irritation can effect the nerves and give u referred pain down the arm ; into the hand ; wrist. ...Read more
What specialty should I look for in a doctor to treat my wegener's granulomatosis and rheumatoid arthritis? I believe that my current rheumatologist is doing a fair job. However; the few times that I am able to actually see him and not his p.A. I feel put
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
No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it.It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impossible to answer: Every patient is different with differing degrees and intensity of disease and differing potentials for long term damage. Varied drugs are used includind anti inflammatory medications and low dose steroids. Disease modifying drugs like plaquenil, azulfidine (sulfasalazine) or Methotrexate are quite helpful the most recent additions, the biologics, like Enbrel or Humira are the most potent and trul;y inhibit diseu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune : Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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