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How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: Start with your primary doctor. If you do not have one, get one or see a rheumatologist (medical specialist that cares for rheumatoid arthritis). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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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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Why should I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

Why should I get tested for rheumatoid arthritis?

For remission: Don't ever assume you have this disease without being treated or evaluated . If properly diagnosed and treated early remission can occurr before crip[pling deformities. Please seek medical evaluation ...Read more

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What to do if I have rheumatoid arthritis, I am 26/f , should I get married?

Yes: Ra can be well controlled with medications and there is no reason it should effect marital decisions. ...Read more

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How can I get treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

How can I get treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

See a Rheumatologist: Rheumatologist specialize in the treatment of inflammatory arthritis as rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx. ...Read more

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How do you get diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you get diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: As always, the wisest course of action is to see your physician. He/she may refer you to a rheumatologist that will take a history, examine you and perform a number of tests, including blood work and possible x-rays. Based on this information, the rheumatologist will confirm the diagnosis and review treatment options. ...Read more

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Can systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause you to get sick?

Yes: Systemic juvenile arthritis can cause diffuse body rash, recurrent fevers, multiple joint swellings and inflammation, as well as cause corneal changes of the eye resulting in vision loss. Systemic jra can also affect liver and kidney function. ...Read more

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Easing pain in 19-year-old young adult with rheumatoid arthritis?

Easing pain in 19-year-old young adult with rheumatoid arthritis?

Control inflammation: The major way to control pain is to control the inflammation. Are you seeing a rheumatologist? ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with rheumatoid arthritis in young adults?

What is the life expectancy with rheumatoid arthritis in young adults?

Hum: You questionis related to life expectancy in rheumatoid arthritis , but i see other info that is related to tobacco use , and other symptoms. The incidence of coronary heart disease is increased several fold in young women with rheumatoid arthritis ...Read more

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I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean? < 10 kU/L (range)

I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean?  < 10 kU/L (range)

Slight elevation: This is a slight elevation of your Rheumatoid factor WHICH IS SEEN IN A LOT OF DISORDERS BESIDES heumatoid arthritis! You should see a Rheumatologist for a more complete work-up! Hope this helps Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis get in the way of trying to conceive?

Can rheumatoid arthritis get in the way of trying to conceive?

Usually not: Rheumatoid arthritis usually does not interfere with conception. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories taken for the rheumatoid arthritis can at times inhibit ovulation if given around the time of the lh surge prior to ovulation. ...Read more

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I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. How can I get more iron?

I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. How can I get more iron?

Iron rich foods: Foods such a leafy green vegetables (kale), lean red meats, beans, shellfish, nuts and fortified cereals are high in iron. The iron will be absorbed more readily if eaten with foods that contain Vitamin C such as bell peppers, parsley, broccolli, orange juice, kiwi, cooked tomatoes and strawberries. ...Read more

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Can II get flu shot with rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: I would recommend you to "protect" yourself with homeopathic medicine that should be taken before and after the any immunization. This will help your body to respond appropriately to the immunization and avoid reaction to foreign protein that is the part of any vaccine. Look for medical practitioner who practices homeopathy in your area or call my office 212-675-9355. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having to get a joint replacement with rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the chances of having to get a joint replacement with rheumatoid arthritis?

Depends : Depends on age of diagnosis, severity of disease and medical treatment. See a rheumatologist and get treatment early to prevent the destruction of your joints. If you need a joint replacement, realize it is extremely successful at treating the arthritic joint but this is the last stage of treatment, prevention is key. ...Read more

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Will I get general anesthesia and patient with rheumatoid arthritis are at more risk?

Will I get general anesthesia and patient with rheumatoid arthritis are at more risk?

With RA: if you have cervical spine or other limitations to intubation this can increase risk but can be overcome with attention and preparation ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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