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Mesenchymal stem cell. Is this a potential treatment or cure for chronic rheumatoid arthritis patient in the 70s suffering from it for 30+ years?

No. After 30+ years of arthritic degeneration the bone deformity and articular degeneration have progressed well beyond any hope of salvage via stem cell therapy. Read more...
Treatment Possible. Cure unlikely. Several patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been treated with the Regenexx Stem Cell Therapies. Did all get relief, unlikely but some did. Depends on everyone and what medications you are on or how severe your RA is. Check out Regenexx.Com to see if this is helpful for you. Read more...

Pediatrician is almost certain my 5 year old has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Can a child have RA with the pain, but no swelling?

Yes. There are a number of criteria used to make the diagnosis.....As long as your doctor is using these standard criteria, he/she is probably correct. You can look them up on the internet viat the american arthritis foundation. Read more...
Yes. I have had patients with jra present with pain and limitation of movement without any swelling. Read more...

I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

If you are unlucky. Persons on immuno-suppressive meds have a suppressed immune system! they should avoid sick people, if at all possible. Wearing a medical face mask, along with good hand-washing, can help avoid catching viruses. The current coxsackie a6 strain, in the news, is causing worse hand-foot-mouth symptoms than the typical strain. Bad symptoms include high fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, brain problems, etc... Read more...

High albumin and CO2. Just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Is the RA the reason those levels are high?

No. It is not generally worrisome to have high albumin and CO2 if they are just slightly up. Not related to R.A. Ask doctor abut tests who ordered. Read more...

Is buckling of the knee a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis? I never had RA and now my doctors is considering it to rule it out? Any suggestions?

Knee instability. If buckling of the knee is the only symptom your having with or even without pain, it's not a common symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. Buckling is usually a result of some kind of internal derangement in the knee like a meniscus tear or acl tear. I think if this is the only joint you're having problems with, the diagnosis of RA is highly unlikely, especially if it's just buckling or giving way. Read more...

Can RA factor become +ve due to some other auto immune disease such as vitiligo, a skin prob? Or should I accept that I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Depends . Rf can be a false positive. A rheumatologist can determine if you have RA or not. Read more...
RA is not specific. A rheumatoid factor is relatively nonspecific and can be positive in numerous other conditions. The ccp antibody is a much more specific test for ra. If you have generalized joint pain and swelling then the rf may be important. Read more...