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Can someone have both amyloidosis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes. This combo is fortunately now rare. Occasionally patients with long standing severe RA can get a type of amylodosis known as secondary amylodosis or saa. With early aggressive treatment of RA this serious complication is very uncommon now. Read more...

What would happen if someone stopped their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

See below. If you are in remission on medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis, under a doctor,s supervision and in remission long enough he may guide you to discontinue. Otherwise, you should never attempt on your own because it can recur worse than ever and the drugs that once worked may not if started again. This disease can damage your joints. . Read more...

How is it possible for someone to have rheumatoid arthritis with a negative rheumatoid factor?

Negative RA test. Yes. About 10% of cases have a negative RA test though sometimes newer tests can still be positive. Read more...
Great question! Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that generally causes stiffness, swelling, and pain of the small joints of the body (wrists, fingers) in a symmetric manner. For the majority of patients with RA, rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies are found in the blood. However, these tests are not required to make the diagnosis if there are other findings on exam that are consistent with RA. Read more...

What is a good diet for someone with rheumatoid arthritis?

Anti inflammatory. A whole food diet, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, lean protein and healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids found in some fish like salmon. Avoid processed foods, too much sugar, simple carbs, like bread, cookies cakes and crackers.These cause your blood sugar to rise quickly and increase inflammation in your body. Some people do better avoiding nightshade vegetables. Read more...
Foodstuffs. Unless contraindicated with concurrent medications, no particular foodstuffs are contraindicated for rheumatic conditions. Read more...

What is rheumatoid arthritis? How can I help someone who has it?

Inflammat. arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease (can affect many different organ systems) that causes swelling, pain, and joint damage or destruction if untreated or undertreated. The immune system's white blood cells "get confused" attacking your own body, including joints like they are bacteria. Best way to help someone with RA is to get them to a board certified rheumatologist soon. Read more...

Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Depends on symptoms. If the disease goes into remission it may be possible to stop medication this is something to discuss with your rheumatologist. If the disease is still active it may harmful to the joints and frankly dangerous to stop your medications abruptly. Read more...
Under supervision. Reduction or cessation of meds requires supervision to assure any associated flare is recognized early and properly addressed. Read more...