How can stress affect rheumatoid arthritis?

Worsen Symptoms. Stress can make rheumatoid arthritis worse. Proteins in the body called cytokins regulate the immune response. Stress can increase proinflammatory cytokins which can worsen the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Don't know if it is rheumatoid arthritis or not. Fammily history. Could I have it?

Arthritis. There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. Read more...

Rheumatoid arthritis -- I don't know whether I have or not, very much confused. What are the tests?

See details. The best test for RA commercially available is the ccp antibody. Ra is a disease characterized by often generalized joint pain and swelling. If you think this is a problem you need to see a rheumatologist for proper care. Read more...

What are some reasons that the medication isn't working for rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrong diagnosis. Diagnosis is wrong or your activities prevent it from working, but medications don't always work. Your doctor should be able to provide direction. Read more...

I have had arthritis since I was 2 but I don't have rheumatoid arthritis since I had a blood test done. Help?

Rheumatologist. You need to see a board certified rheumatologist for an examination and testing and advice. There are several kinds of arthritis in childhood and a negative test for rheumatoid arthritis doesn't have as much meaning as in adults. And even in adults you can see rheumatoid arthritis with a negative e Rheumatoi Factor. Read more...

I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, but have been diagnosed with arthritis. Will steroids help me with this pain?

Yes, but.. Steroids will help the pain and swelling but taking them regularly is very bad for your health. Using them occasionally is ok but not the answer. See an orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist for better long term options. Read more...
Not recommended. Unless you are talking about occasional joint injections, long term steroids are not recommended for osteoarthritis. As you have neuropathy (burning hands and feet), neck and shoulder pain as well, i recommend seeing a pain physician who can manage all of these issues. Read more...
Rheumatoid Arthritis. Steroids can provide temporary relief but the side effects of multiple or long term use can be as bad or worse than the disease itself. Talk to you rheumatologist about alternative treatments. Read more...

What to do about rheumatoid arthritis running in my family, I can't go a night without waking up from the pain in my shoulders. Is there any medication that can help?

Be checked. Well, for one thing you could be checked to see if you have RA. If you do, there are medications that can help. I am also a firm believer in the antiinflammatory properties associated with a whole food type diet. Consider giving it a try and if it works you can recommend it to your family members. Read more...