What happens in your body to lead to rheumatoid arthritis?

See below. Ra is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system which usually makes specific antibodies to fight off infection from foreign intruders starts making antibodies that attack your own native tissue, in this case the lining of the joints called the synovium. When this attack occurs the joints become very inflamed and as a result of this inflammation, the joints begin to get damaged.
Genetic and envirome. Genetic and environmevertal factors playy a role. Is the enciting mechanism viral? I think so, but this has never been proven. Hormonal factors come into play: estrogen versus testosterone. Woem get this disease at 8-11 x more so then men. Certain protein deficencies in the immune system, such as c4 and c2 or more common than expected. Very complicates sutuation. Much research is needed.

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Can osgood schlatters disease possibly lead to rheumatoid arthritis when older?

No correlation. Osgood schlatters is due to trauma from high impact sports. It is not an autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that has no correlation with osgood schlatters. Your chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis is no higher than that of the general population. Best wishes and not to worry. Read more...

What are some mind/body therapies for rheumatoid arthritis?

Reduce stress. Ra is an autoimmune disease which has a prolonged and devastating disease course if untreated. Reducing stress to the body in addition to meds can help. Alternative therapies including chi gong, yoga, meditation, acupuncture to calm stress can help as adjunct. Read more...
Meditation. Better strategies for coping with stress, like meditation, relaxation therapy, gentle yoga and more can be effective in dealing with this debilitating disease. Read more...

Help can being underweight affect the body's ability to deal with rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly. It really depends if there is a medical cause for being underweight. For instance, an eating disorder can reduce immunity. It also depends on how much underweight you happen to be. Mildly underweight in not an issue. Severely underweight is a problem. Read more...

How does rheumatoid arthritis? Lead to? Joint damage?

Bad synovial tissue. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which affects the synovial tissue, which lines the joints. Instead of lubricating the joint, the synovial tissue overgrows, stretches out the joint capsule and destroys the articular cartilage. This leaves the joint unstable, poorly aligned and without a smooth surface for motion. Read more...

Might having kidney problems, or chronic kidney disease, lead to some form of rheumatoid arthritis?

No ! Having kidney problems or chronic kidney disease will not lead to rheumatoid arthrtis . Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease with it s own patho physiology and is not secondary toi kidney disease. Read more...

I have sarcoidosis and am having severe joint pain on both sides of my body. Could it be rheumatoid arthritis?

Maybe. Although both can coexist in the same person it is tough without something to biopsy to know what is coming fro which one./; Read more...
Special arthritis. Here's an article on the special type of arthritis associated w/ your disease. The good news is that it is likely to be a brief attack and not necessarily to be repeated or become chronic. Talk w/ your providers about it to be sure, but if you get through it okay - this is probably it. Not the same as RA - or even OA. That's a good thing! Read more...