Tender warm & stiff. Swollen joints. Morning stiffness that may last for hours, firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules). Fatigue, fever and weight loss rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go. Periods of increased disease activity, called flares, alternate with periods of relative remission. Deformity of the joints especaily the hand and feet.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and live in Ky. I have the opp to move to FL. Would that help my RA symptoms where it hurts so bad in the winter months?
RA. Yes definitely. But not all patients get this benefit. I would suggest that you try this in the winter months and see if you get benefit. Also Sea water pool also helps. None of this is based on science - but on numerous patient reports.
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.
Can loss of normal cervical lordosis be caused by rheumatoid arthritis? If so, would there be signs of RA on the x-ray or MRI of cervical spine?
It can be seen in- -many conditions spasm, positioning on an X ray tsbl, can be seen in advanced RA, ankylosing spondylitis. It in of itself is not diagnostic. Exam & labs are needed 2 Dx RA.
Yes. Rheumatoid Arthritis commonly affects the cervical spine and can change the. Normal London's due to pain and involvement of the facet joints. A good radiologist could see changes due to RA if advanced enough, but often hard to tell early on. Involvement of the upper vertebrae can be serious. It is uncommon for RA to involve the thoracic and lumbar spine.
Spasm. Loss of the lordosis is usually due to muscle spasm especially in people under age 40. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the cervical spine but there are usually signs of RA in other joints. The X-ray and the MRI can show if RA is affecting the cervical spine but these tests are not always necessary, especially if the person does not show signs and symptoms of RA. Blood test for neck pain - useless.
It could and yes. Although people with rheumatoid arthritis can have loss of normal lordosis we usually would also see x-ray changes. Or the loss of Lumbar lordosis is due to another intercurrent problem. RA causes pain in the upper spine initially but usually is more important in peripheral joints in general.
Joint pain/swelling. The mayo clinic has a a good patient information article: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/juvenile-rheumatoid-arthritis/ds00018.
Immune dysfunction! Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx.
Is it difficult to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy because signs and symptoms are similar?
Not usually. There are several blood tests that help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. I recommend seeing your primary care doctor or a rheumatologist to discuss these concerns and get the blood tests.
Unknown. Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive.