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Dr. Thomas Namey
2,357 doctors shared insights

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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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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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