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Medical Reference Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Symptoms

    Joint pain can be an early symptom of many different diseases. In rheumatoid arthritis, symptoms often develop slowly over a period of weeks or months. Fatigue and stiffness are usually early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Weight loss and low - grade fever can occur.Joint symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:Painful, swollen, tender, stiff joints. The same joints on both sides of the body .

  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis - What Increases Your Risk

    The only known risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis is a possible inherited factor in some families (genetic predisposition). A genetic factor may affect how the immune system functions, causing inflammation and eventual destruction of the membranes lining the joints.Other factors that may influence your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis include:Being female. Rheumatoid arthritis affects ...

  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Medications

    Medications are usually needed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The type of medications used depends on the severity of your disease, how fast it is progressing, and how it affects your daily life.Medications to treat rheumatoid arthritis are used to:Relieve or reduce pain.Improve daily function.Reduce joint inflammation. Signs of joint inflammation include swelling, tenderness, and limited range ..

  4. 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

  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Overview

    What is rheumatoid arthritis?Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a relatively common disease of the joints. In rheumatoid arthritis, the membranes or tissues (synovial membranes) lining the joints become inflamed (synovitis). Over time, the inflammation may destroy the joint tissues, leading to disability. Rheumatoid arthritis affects women twice as often as men, and frequently begins between the ages ..

  6. 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

  7. 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 ...

  8. What to Expect From Your Rheumatologist

    Ready for your first rheumatologist visit? Here’s what’s going to happen.

  9. How Does Methotrexate Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    If you have RA, you’ll probably start treatment with methotrexate. Learn more about this powerhouse medication.

  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Exams and Tests

    Findings from a physical examination, including the pattern and nature of joint symptoms, are important keys to the diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). In most cases, routine lab results do not point to an obvious diagnosis of this disease.

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