Could you tell me what happens to you if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

It depends. If you see a rheumatologist and treat the disease early in its course you can often achieve disease remission and have no significant issues. The key is to seek this care as quickly as possible.
Normal life, if. Normal life, if correct diagnosis, appropriate treatment initiated early and joint protection observed and treatment appropriately monitored.

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Could you tell me what are natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis?

Essentially none. Aspirin and omega 3 fatty acid (fish oil) may help with ra, but there are no uniquely successful natural or herbal treatments. Read more...

Could you tell me what are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

Let the buyer beware. I don't know a lot about alternative treatments for jra, but i see lots of patients that missed their opportunity to prevent permanent joint damage when very effective medications are available. That's very sad, especially for young patients. Read more...
JRA. Gold, methotrexate, biologic drugs are actually proven to work and prevent severe joint damage. Vitamins, and snake oils, hypnosis, and even acupuncture my temporarily seem to help pain, but that is a placebo response ie the patient believes the medicine helps and fells a little better, but no long term benefits accrue. Read more...

Can you tell me what the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis feel like?

Stiffness and pain. The most common first sign of rheumatoid arthritis is morning stiffness lasting an hour or more. This is usually followed by symmetrical joint swelling and pain especially in the small joints (knuckles) of the hands and the toe joints. Read more...

Can you please tell me how osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ?

See below. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system is attacking your body including your joints. Osteoarthritis is not autoimmune and is what we call a "wear and tear" arthritis where the joints get damaged over time though things such as trauma to a joint tends to hasten the process. Read more...

Can you tell me if there are ways to control rheumatoid arthritis without medicine?

No. Genes have been activate, producing an army of immune cells attacking your joints and sometimes other areas. Attempts with diet have failed so far. Read more...

Can you tell me how I could have rheumatoid arthritis at 29 and how can they tell with just an mri?

See details. First of all, see a rheumatologist. The diagnosis is made on clinical grounds (symmetrical joint inflammation) and a positive CCP antibody. The MRI can detect inflammation and early damage consistent with the diagnosis of RA. Read more...