What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Unknown. Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive.

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What else other than rheumatoid arthritis could cause one extremely painful finger and three other stiff fingers in the morning. Only one hand is affected. Been tested for ra.?

Trigger finger(s) Trigger fingers and osteoarthritis commonly present with morning stiffness. Unlike arthritis, trigger fingers become stuck in flexion and may snap with movement. Triggering is due to inflammation of the tendon and tendon sheath. Oral/injectable steroids may resolve symptoms and therapy can be helpful. Sometimes surgical release of the tendon sheath is needed. See an orthopaedic hand specialist. Read more...
Osteo Arthritis or.. Osteo arthritis or "flexor tendon stenosing tenosynovitis". That's doctor talk for trigger finger. An examination and x-ray can tell which you may have. Over the counter nsaids like Ibuprofen or naproxyn with tylenol (acetaminophen) can help. Read more...

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

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. Read more...

What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis ra?

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. Read more...