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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Exams and Tests

    No single laboratory test can diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Instead, rheumatoid arthritis is most reliably diagnosed on the basis of symptoms and by eliminating other diseases that can cause similar symptoms. Symptoms that help in diagnosis are stiffness and pain in the same joints on both sides of the body (symmetrical), morning stiffness, and development of rheumatoid nodules.A medical history

  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about rheumatoid arthritis:What is rheumatoid arthritis?What causes rheumatoid arthritis?What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?What increases my risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis?What happens with rheumatoid arthritis?What else could be causing my symptoms?When should I see my doctor?How common is rheumatoid arthritis?Being diagnosed:How is rheumatoid arthritis ...

  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis - What Happens

    The course of rheumatoid arthritis is difficult to predict because it may progress slowly or quickly. If the disease progresses, joint pain can restrict simple movements, such as your ability to grip, and daily activities, such as climbing stairs. Rheumatoid arthritis is a common cause of permanent disability. Early treatment may significantly control the course of the disease.In rare cases, you .

  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Treatment Overview

    Rheumatoid arthritis is most often treated with medication, exercise, and lifestyle changes. While treatment may help relieve symptoms and control the disease, there is no cure. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis usually continues throughout your life, but will vary depending on:The stage (active or in remission) and severity of your disease.Your treatment history.The benefits and risk of ...

  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you have:Sudden, unexplained swelling and pain in any joint or joints.Joint pain associated with a fever or rash.Pain that is so severe that you cannot use the joint.Call your health professional within the next few days if you have:Mild to moderate joint pain that continues and has not improved for over 6 weeks.Side effects that occur with large doses

  6. Trigger Finger

    WebMD describes trigger finger and trigger thumb, what causes it, the symtpoms, and treatment.

  7. Gout - Medications

    Learn about drugs used to treat gout.

  8. Gout - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when you should call a doctor about gout.

  9. Gout - Treatment Overview

    Read about the goals for gout treatment.

  10. Gout - Topic Overview

    Read about gouty arthritis causes (high-purine diet, uric acid), symptoms (pain, swelling, inflammation), diagnosis, and treatment (medication, reducing alcohol intake).

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