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Which type of disease is rheumatoid arthritis?

An autoimmune joint- An autoimmune joint inflammation which can involve most joints in the upper and lower extremities. The exact trigger is not yet known, but untreated, it can cripple. Also, the inflammation from the RA can accelerate atherosclerosis of the arteries & lead to premature heart disease or stroke. There are many non-joint issues which can also occur. Consult with a rheumatologist to quiet inflammation! Read more...
Autoimmune . Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist. Read more...

Can osgood schlatters disease possibly lead to rheumatoid arthritis when older?

No correlation. Osgood schlatters is due to trauma from high impact sports. It is not an autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that has no correlation with osgood schlatters. Your chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis is no higher than that of the general population. Best wishes and not to worry. Read more...

Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease?

Great sources . There are great resources for this information such as the arthritis foundation, the american college of rheumatology, the lupus foundation of america, the national institute of health, etc. Read more...

Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Mild suppression. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. Read more...

What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Nobody Knows. We are not sure what gets the ball rolling, but autoimmune disease in general is a case of "misprogramming" in which the immune system begins to incorrectly recognize the body's own tissues (joints in the case of ra) as though they were foreign. It then attacks them as it would any invading substance. Smoking definitely raises the risk of ra, though we don't know why! Read more...

How does the genetics affect rheumatoid arthritis is there any mutations responsible for having the disease?

Perhaps. Rheumatoid arthritis is a mystery as to cause. Genetic factors do not seem to be a certain causal factor, but cannot be ruled out. In recent years there was a study of thousands of sufferers who had in common significant exposure to chemicals used to kill weeds and agriculture pests. Read more...

What is the best medication to start for mixed connective tissue disease that has more rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? When to start?

It depends on you... If you have RA type findings, your doctor will likely want to select a medication that is used for RA even if your diagnosis is mctd. The choice of medication depends on the severity of your arthritis, your response to previous medications, allergies, other medical problems, and the potential for drug interactions or side effects. It's a complex decision! speak to your doctor. Read more...

Is seronegative rheumatoid joint disease as same as rheumatoid arthritis or something else?

Yes. A patient with a positive serology and rheumatoid arthritis can have severe disease. But also people who are seronegative can have severe damage. The highly positive seropositive patient can have more severe rheumatoid disease beyond the arthritis rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease of which arthritis is one manifestation. There can be systemic disease of eyes, lungs, heart to name some. Read more...