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Dr. Thomas Namey
2,404 doctors shared insights

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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Do drs ever prescribe medications to help alleviate chronic fatigue from rheumatoid arthritis?

Do drs ever prescribe medications to help alleviate chronic fatigue from rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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Can I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis at the same time?

Can I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis at the same time?

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 more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis take time to show in blood work?

Can rheumatoid arthritis take time to show in blood work?

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

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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 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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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?

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

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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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Rheumatoid arthritis steam room?

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

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How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Mechanics and anti : Assure mechanical challenges are address, joint protection, appropriate exercises and then progress through anti-inflammatory regimens. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

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 more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

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 more

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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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Do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint pain swelling: If you have joint pain, joint swelling. These are a start but other things can also occur. Your evaluation will help clarify the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Swelling in joints : There are a lot things you can have but not all are specific for RA alone. These can be swollen joints painful joints, morning stiffness to name some things. Your physician can help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best med for rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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Which type of disease is rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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