Can a knee or ankle MRI without contrast show rheumatoid arthritis? Or spondyloarthropathy?

Can indicate. Mri of knee or ankle joint may shows signs of arthritis (fluid, synovitis, cartilage lost, erosions) but these signs are not specific for rheumatoid arthritis. Ra is diagnosed by blood tests and clinical history as is spondyloarthropathy.
Maybe. It can show arthritic changes suggestive of ra, but other forms arthritis can mimic these changes. A blood test is less expensive and can diagnose ra.
Yes. Mri can spot early erosive changes suggesting ra. Ultrasound can do this as well but at a much lower cost. The first thing is evaluation by a rheumatologist and having appropriate lab has been done.

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Can rheumatoid arthritis be diagnosed through MRI. I have bilateral knee effusion and loss of cartilage in 3TMRI. Rest is normal. What arthritis is it?

Autoimmune. rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes bone erosion that does not affect the cartilage it is an actual bone demise not connective tissue demise. A plain film of the bones will usually suffice as well as lab tests that indicate elevated said rate and rheumatoid factor positivity in addition to other markers to make the diagnosis. It is not normally diagnosed on MRI. Read more...

My MRI on my knee says joint effusion and soft tissue swelling. Is this connected to rheumatoid arthritis?

Most likely. If you have the disease, the joint effusion is most likely related to ra. It means synovitis. However, other causes of joint effusion such as trauma, lyme disease etc should be excluded by your doc. Read more...
Maybe. Recurrent joint effusions and swelling are typical symptoms of RA. But you do not have to have RA to get these symptoms. If you are worried that you may have RA, have your Doctor do some blood tests, which are more reliable indicators for RA. Read more...

Knees make crunching and popping sounds. Hurts to kneel, squat, etc. I have rheumatoid arthritis in knees & ankles, not sure if related. Any ideas?

Knee popping. You need to follow up with a Rheumatologist particularly at your age. You will need follow up xrays and labs. if this is due to your RA, your Rheumatologist will be able to tell by your xray and labs. There are great treatments for RA now, but they need to be started as early as possible and you need close follow up. Read more...

I have Graves Disease. I now have pain, swelling & heat in my ankles & knees. Numbness in my hands. Is this Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Not necessarily. You could have autoimmune thyroid disease causing your graves. This is called Hashimoto's disease. The joint complaints from could be part of an inflammatory type of process, in the family of rheumatoid arthritis but also with other immune possibilities. You need to have your physician have you see a rheumatologist so we can clarify for sure what your diagnosis is. Read more...

How do I ease the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis? Usually on necks, elbows, wrists, fi gers, especially on thighs, knees and ankles.

See a rheumatologist. There are some excellent medications to control rheumatoid arthritis; they can have side effects, but used appropriately they can reduce or prevent long term damage to your joints. They work best if used early in the course of the disease. See a specialist, and get a second opinion if necessary. Read more...
See a doctor. A rheumatologist can prescribe proper medication for pain and swelling. Read more...
You need. To be under the care of a rheumatologist. There are many medications that can help you. Read more...

I have itp - tested for rheumatoid arthritis 3 months ago - negative. Past 2 weeks I've got deep pain in arms, wrists, thighs, ankles, hips knees. Ra?

See rheumatologist. With two potentially serious autoimmune disorders, it is time to see your rheumatologist. Read more...
Other disease too. Itp is associated with several of the rheumatic diseases, and the commonest is systemic lupus, but several others. It may take some time for tests to turn positive and besides arthritis muscle inflammation can. Read more...