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10 Serious RA Symptoms to Never Ignore

10 Serious RA Symptoms to Never Ignore

(ĐTĐ) – Painful, swollen joints are a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis. But for people with RA, it's not the only thing to watch out for.   A result of the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues, rheumatoid arthritis requires more than just managing the pain. Other symptoms that might even seem unrelated to the condition may pose a threat. “This is a disease process, not just something that happens in the joints,” rheumatologist Joan Bathon, MD, tells WebMD. “It…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Avoiding 6 Common Mistakes

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Avoiding 6 Common Mistakes

(ĐTĐ) – Most people with rheumatoid arthritis can live full, active lives despite their disease. But living a good life with RA often means you need to work at managing your disease and get the help you need. Take care to avoid these six common mistakes.   RA Mistake 1: Not Seeing a Rheumatologist If you’re like most people with RA, the first doctor you saw for your joint symptoms was a primary care physician. But a specialist has more…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

(ĐTĐ) – At 35, Chicago flight attendant Michele Mason says her bones felt like “pins and needles” were in them, and her hands were so swollen that she found it difficult to put on her infant son’s socks. Her knees ached, too. “I couldn’t even get out of the bathtub by myself,” she says.   When her doctor suspected rheumatoid arthritis, Mason worried that traditional medicines might not be good for her breastfeeding baby. So with her doctor’s blessing, she…

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Family Planning and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Family Planning and Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – Although anyone can get rheumatoid arthritis, women with RA outnumber men by three to one. Many women with rheumatoid arthritis are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s, just when marriage and family start to take life’s center stage.   With pain, fatigue, and medication side effects to consider, there’s no question rheumatoid arthritis makes family planning more complicated. But RA doesn’t have to put your dreams of having a family out of reach, experts tell WebMD. If you’re…

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The Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – Osteoarthritis is the result of the wear and tear on joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, occurs when the immune system goes haywire and begins attacking joint linings. This chronic inflammatory condition also affects other tissue, but the joints are usually the most severely affected.   Here is what we know about the causes of rheumatoid arthritis. What causes rheumatoid arthritis? Although doctors aren’t sure of the exact cause, it’s thought that rheumatoid arthritis may result from…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression

Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression

(ĐTĐ) – Although there have been cases of remission without rheumatoid arthritis treatment, these are not common. So you’re right to be concerned. Most people with rheumatoid arthritis experience some progression of their disease during their lives.   But there are treatments that can help, and each person responds to the disease differently. What can you expect? That depends on many factors. How advanced your rheumatoid arthritis is at the time you are diagnosed Your age at the time you…

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA), is the most common childhood arthritis. This disease may affect up to 294,000 children in North America alone. What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis? Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than six weeks in a child aged 16 or younger. Inflammation causes redness, swelling, warmth, and soreness in the joints. Still, many children with JRA do not complain of joint…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview

Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview

(ĐTĐ) – Arthritis is a general term that means inflammation in a joint. Joint inflammation is characterized by redness, warmth, swelling and pain within the joint.   Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of chronic arthritis that typically occurs in joints on both sides of the body (such as hands, wrists or knees). This symmetry helps distinguish rheumatoid arthritis from other types of arthritis. In addition to affecting the joints, rheumatoid arthritis may occasionally affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood,…

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Inflammation and Arthritis

Inflammation and Arthritis

What Is Inflammation? When you think of arthritis, you think of inflammation. Inflammation is a process in which the body's white blood cells and chemicals help protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. In some diseases, however, the body's defense system (immune system) triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body's normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, Smoking, and Alcohol

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Smoking, and Alcohol

(ĐTĐ) – The potential risks smoking and drinking pose to people with rheumatoid arthritis. You already know that smoking is bad for you and that it's unhealthy to drink too much alcohol.   But do you know how tobacco and alcohol relate to rheumatoid arthritis — your odds of developing RA, or, if you already have RA, your odds of making it worse? Here's what the research shows. RA, Smoking, and Your Genes Smoking may make people more likely to…

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