4 doctors weighed in:

How can I treat the causes of rheumatoid inflammation and not just treat the symptoms?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: RA

Etiology (cause) is unknown.
There may be a genetic component, but not a cause. It has been proposed (not proven) that an infection may be a triggering factor in genetically suceptible patient (no specific infection has been identified) . This is clinical diagnosis (symptioms and physical findings). Labs and xrays provide prognostic information. Simply stated there is no cause for ra.

In brief: RA

Etiology (cause) is unknown.
There may be a genetic component, but not a cause. It has been proposed (not proven) that an infection may be a triggering factor in genetically suceptible patient (no specific infection has been identified) . This is clinical diagnosis (symptioms and physical findings). Labs and xrays provide prognostic information. Simply stated there is no cause for ra.
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Thank
Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Medicine

Another way to frame this is to say that NSAID therapy reduces symptoms but only "dmards" (disease modifying anti rheumatic agents) like methotrexate, other pills, and the biologics really stop the underlying process.

In brief: Medicine

Another way to frame this is to say that NSAID therapy reduces symptoms but only "dmards" (disease modifying anti rheumatic agents) like methotrexate, other pills, and the biologics really stop the underlying process.
Dr. Angus Worthing
Dr. Angus Worthing
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified,
14 years in practice
382K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors