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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an Autoimmune disease. It is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but mainly affects the joints.

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How can Rheumatoid arthritis affect an infant?

The same way as it does an adult. RA is an inflammatory disease that is usually starts to show up i the joints. and like it does in adults it will start to destroy cartilage which in turn will lead to chemicals being produced that will lead to more damage to tendons ligaments and bone, RA can also damage many other parts of the body including the brain lungs eyes heart and vascular/ arterial systems.

Can rheumatoid arthritis affect the xiphoid process?

I have done a reasonably thorough search and there seems to be no connection. However Ra Does effect cartilage and connective tissue throughout the body.

Is rheumatoid arthritis treatable?

There is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but many different types of treatment can alleviate symptoms and/or modify the disease process.

RA should generally be treated with at least one specific anti-rheumatic medication, also named DMARD, to which other medications may be added depending on how long a person has had RA, how active the disease is, and prognostic factors (such as X-ray evidence of bone erosion; elevation of blood factors such as Rheumatoid factor, and anti-cyclic citrullinnated peptide; age and gender; physical functioning; and smoking, for example).

Cortisone therapy has offered relief in the past, but its long-term effects have been deemed undesirable. However, cortisone injections can be valuable adjuncts to a long-term treatment plan, and using low dosages of daily cortisone (e.g., prednisone or druprednisolone, 5-7.5 mg daily) can also have an important benefit if added to a proper specific anti-rheumatic treatment.

Pharmacological treatment of RA can be divided into disease-modifying anti-rheumatic

gs (DMARDs), anti-inflammatory agents and analgesics. Treatment also includes rest and physical activity.

AnswerThe symptoms of RA can be treated in most cases however there is still no cure.

What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis that occurs in people under the age of 16 is referred to as juvenile arthritis. "Juvenile arthritis" covers a number of different types of arthritis in children. The most prevalent type is called "juvenile idiopathic arthritis" or JIA, and also called "juvenile rheumatoid arthritis" (JRA) or "juvenile chronic arthritis" (JCA). A child can be struck by this disease at any age from babies onwards. It may present with only mild symptoms or it may start with a severe full blown attack. Many children, while suffering some discomfort and pain from this disease, are able to get on with normal lives. However, for others it can be a very debilitating condition accompanied by pain and limited mobility in everyday activities. As there is still no cure for juvenile arthritis we can only treat the symptoms in an effort to limit pain and damage to joints and other tissue. For some children the symptoms of arthritis may disappear for a time, or the arthritis may even go into remission entirely. Others will continue to have arthritis into their adult years.

About 250,000 children are said to have JRA in the USA.

Arthritis Arthritis is a very painful chronic illness. I should know, I am a thirteen year old who has had it since the age of eight. It causes joint pains. There is no way to tell if you can outgrow it. It usually stays for the rest of your life.

For more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation or visit their website: arthritis.org

Also here is a article of a older brother's story of what happens when a younger brother gets arthritis: URL moved to discusion section

Can you get Rheumatoid Arthritis at a young age?

Rheumatoid arthritis is thought to be among other things a genetic disorder and yes even baby's can be stricken with it, When children get it it is known as JRA or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

What is Anti CCP antibodies?

Anti-CCP, which stands for anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody, is a new blood test that helps doctors confirm a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

Anti-CCP is a test that can be ordered during the diagnostic evaluation of people that may have rheumatoid arthritis. If it is found at a moderate to high level, it confirms the diagnosis and may also indicate that the patient is at increased risk for damage to the joints, as lower levels of this antibody are less significant. Previous to this the rheumatoid factor (RF) was measured to help confirm a diagnosis.

I have rheumatoid arthritis. can i qualify for disability?

That would depend on the degree of disability caused by the disease. A person can have RA without being disabled by it.

Can Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis kill you?

No JRA or RA for that mater are not diseases that will kill you. However they can as a result of the drugs used to treat you or infections caused by the damage related with the disease lead to a shortening of life and in some instances death.

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. RA can be responsible for inflammation around the joints as well as in other organs and tissues of the body. An autoimmune disease is a condition where body's tissues are attacked by the body's own immune system. The immune system is designed to "seek and destroy" invaders or foreign materials of the body, especially infectious organisms. Persons with autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their blood that attack their own body the resulting inflammation then damages or destroys the tissue concerned. Because it can affect several organs of the body it is known as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic illness, meaning it can last for years, patients may experience long periods of time without symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive illness that has the potential to cause joint destruction, Deformity, pain and functional disability. Ra usually presents itself in several joints coinciding on on opposite sides of the body and is also described as a poliarthritis.

Kids can get rheumatoid arthritis too. Most people think that it is only the elderly that can get it. The Arthritis Foundation, a nationwide support group, works to bring this message out to the world.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an Autoimmune disease that leads to the destruction of connective tissue like cartilage in the joints and in other places.

Are Rheumatoid Arthritis and hypertension related?

Yes there are relationships between RA and hypertension. For more information on this go to the related link below (RA and hypertension)

Can rheumatoid arthritis be cured?

There is no cure at present for RA or for juvenile RA

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic auto immune disease and we don't at this point in time understand the cause of it. There are medicines that help control the immune reaction and inflammation but these have to be taken for long time as this is a chronic disease. and at the same time check the index in your blood called RF & Anti "o", heart ultrasound too. Because this disease if not well controlled, is capable of damaging other organs such as the heart lungs , eyes blood vessels, the brain etc.

It is treatable, but someone with rheumatoid arthritis will have it for the rest of their life. It may go into remission or slow down, but as my Rheumatologist told me, it never goes away. There are a lot of different options for treatment, medicines, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc., that help ease some of the pain and help mobility.

I Have had Rheumatoid arthritis all of my life and have had some trouble with it since I was about 8 now at 60 I am under the treatment of a specialist to keep it under control however during my life I have had periods of extreme pain and the times when I had no problems at all, so you can say that it comes and goes. The great thing is that these days things can be kept under much better control. But it will never leave the system completely unless someone comes up with a cure.

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There is no cure for RA at present.

It's treatable with medicine or herbs,which ever you prefer,always consult your Doctor before trying something new. It is treatable, but someone with rheumatoid arthritis will have it for the rest of their life. It may temporarily go into remission or slow down, but as my rheumatologist told me, it never goes away. There are a lot of different options for treatment, medicines, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc., that help ease some of the pain and help mobility.

What proof must you provide for a disability claim for rheumatoid arthritis?

Information for Social Security Disability claims can be found at the SSA website. Please refer to the link on this answer page. Anyone with a debilitating condition that has enough SS credits can apply for SSD. The condition as a rule, has to be such that the person is unable to engage in gainful employment for at least one year. The filing process can be complicated and frustrating. There will be a lot of paperwork, and you will need supporting documents, from doctors, clinics, etc. Sometimes the SSA requires you to be examined by a physician of their choice. Contact your local SSA office, for instructions, much of it can be done by phone. Be advised that it will take a minimum of six months for any decision on your claim. Persons who qualify for SSD may also be eligible for SSI and Medicare benefits. But contact the SSA right away, even though approval is going to take six months. Once you receive approval, your benefits will be paid from the day you applied, so wasting time is wasting money! Are you trying to get disability benefits or obtain a disability policy? If you are trying to obtain a personal policy and your symptoms are mild or controlled with non steroidal drugs then you can obtain coverage. == == == == For information, resources and related links go The National Council On Disability (NCD) In Australia if you are unable to work as a result of a health condition and you dont have insurance or any other form of regular income you are covered by the governments disability pension as is most of the cost of drugs and hospitalization surgery (ETC)

Does diabetes effect erythrocyte sedimentation rate?

According to an article in the American Journal of Epidemiology Vol. 155, No. 1 : 57-64

Copyright © 2002 by The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health there is. Follow the related link below(American Journal of Epidemiology Vol. 155, No. 1 : 57-64)for more information on this article

What is symmetric arthritis?

This would refer to the type of arthritis that tends to affect the same joints on both sides of the body at the same time, there is a symmetry to the way it flares and is generally Rheumatoid arthritis.

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause twitching?

The inflammation that is the reason for RA can interfere with muscle function in situationd like carpel tunel ulnar nerve compression etc, however I have never heard nor have I been ablr to find any specific reference to twitching.

Is esr result of 48 mm normal?

No an ESR of 48 is high and indicates that there is some sort of inflammation in your body.

The normal sedimentation rate (Westergren method) for males is 0-15 millimeters per hour, and for females is 0-20 millimeters per hour. The sedimentation rate can be slightly more elevated in the elderly and is much lower for children.

What are the remedies to control High Erythrocyte sedimentation rate?

A High ESR indicates there is inflammation somewhere in the body. However it wil not tell you what the cause of the inflammation is. However lets asume you have an infection of some description that can be identified. in that case you would treat the cause of the infection with antibiotics for example, and bring down the ESR. however there are other diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis where tis is much more difficult and disease modifying drugs like methotrexate are used that alter the behavior of the immune system to lower the ESR.

Is there a cure for rheumatoid arthritis?

There is no cure at present for RA or for juvenile RA

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic auto immune disease and we don't at this point in time understand the cause of it. There are medicines that help control the immune reaction and inflammation but these have to be taken for long time as this is a chronic disease. and at the same time check the index in your blood called RF & Anti "o", heart ultrasound too. Because this disease if not well controlled, is capable of damaging other organs such as the heart lungs and other organs.

It is treatable, but someone with rheumatoid arthritis will have it for the rest of their life. It may go into remission or slow down, but as my hematologist told me, it never goes away. There are a lot of different options for treatment, medicines, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc., that help ease some of the pain and help mobility.

I Have had Rheumatoid arthritis all of my life and have had some trouble with it since I was about 8 now at 60 I am under the treatment of a specialist to keep it under control however during my life I have had periods of extreme pain and the times when I had no problems at all, so you can say that it comes and goes. The great thing is that these days things can be kept under much better control. But it will never leave the system completely unless someone comes up with a cure.

There is no cure for JRA the only thing to do is monitor it and use the right drugs and physiotherapy to keep it under control and to stop it from causing more damage then can be helped. With luck the disease can go into remission for unspecified periods of time.

Is rheumatoid arthritis contagious?

No rheumatoid arthritis is not contagious. There does seem to be a genetic connection meaning that if any of your parents have it you are also more likely to suffer from it. However you would for example not get Rheumatoid artritis if you were to receive a blood donation from someone with RA. RA is a chronic Autoimmune disease where for reasons not yet understood the immune system turns on selected tissues of the body leading to their destruction.

What ingredients in steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis?

(cortizone) injections or (kenalog injections) can be given systemically to help reduce arthritis flares.

What happens when you stop taking arava?

Arava is a DMARD (disease modifying anti rheumatic drug) class of drugs a type of medicine normally used to treat rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis.

It helps to slow down joint damage and also to reduce the symptoms of the disease,

such as pain and morning stiffness joint tenderness and swelling.

Arava works by reducing the ability the ability of white blood cells called lymphocytes to

cause the disease response that leads ultimately brings about the symptoms of RA and similar diseases.

It would be wise to discus the discontinuation of this medication with your doctor, before doing anything as it may have prescribed for another purpose.

Obviously if Arava is helping keep the symptoms of your problem under control then you are taking the risk of the symptoms being able to develop once again leading to more damage to joints and pain. If you have an averse reaction to this medication then perhaps you should discus the possibility of alternative medication with your physician.

What causes hands and fingers to cramp up and immobilize painfully?

This problem can be caused by an under active thyroid. However cramping can also be the result of mineral and salts deficiency, however what ever the cause it may be wise to consult a physician if the problem persists. Many people would put this down to a problem with arthritis, however that would not be consistent with an arthict problem as arthritis is a joint disease which can attack muscle but will not cause cramping.

most likely arthritis. there are water therapy classes, check out the arthritis foundation. focuses on movement of all joints with minimal resistance created by warm water. the water must be 86 degrees. check out pools near you as well. the arthritis instructor could be of some help. a doctors opinion would be good as well.

Your questions wasn't specific enough but i get that sometimes. I'll stretch my legs and straighten them as much as possible then my toes start to cramp up and i cant move them any more.. TEMPORARILY though. for maybe 10-30 seconds and man does it hurt. I'm guessing its your muscle being stretched farther then it is used to or then it can and it starts to stop working to get you to relax.