Rheumatoid Arthritis - FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Treating rheumatoid arthritis requires team work of rheumatologist, orthopedic surgeon, physiotherapist and dietician.

2. Are Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis same?

No, they are entirely different from each other but they both affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease affecting the lining of the joints (synovium). Whereas, osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease affecting the structure covering the joints.

3. Does Rheumatoid Arthritis affect Children?

Yes, rheumatoid arthritis also affects children and it is called as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) with symptoms of joint stiffness and premature closing of growing ends of bones. Treatment is similar to that for adults.

4. What are the Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
  • Septic arthritis- Two or more joints are affected with septic features. This is potentially fatal.
  • Osteoporosis- Reduction in bone density. The bone becomes fragile.
  • Rheumatoid Lung- Damage to the lung tissue.
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis- Inflammation of the blood vessels, which can lead to skin, nerve, heart, and brain problems.
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

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kiel888

I have RA,and the causes are the food I eat,when I work so hard and tired and then accidentally. i washed my hands with cold water.

Don't eat all kinds of beans, peanuts, vegetables with high uric acid like cabbage and fish with so much blood...red meats...

raksha22

my name is raksha thaker I suffering from Rhematoid Artritis since ten years guide me

I'm 39 yrs. old now, but I started feeling pain in my joints [knees and ankles] when I was very young. As I grow older, the swelling includes my fingers and wrest. When I was in college, my joints in ankles, knees, wrest and finger were inflamed. I can't even walk and use the toilet by myself. My parents could not send me to a doctor because medication is not included in the budget and is very expensive. When I start working, its my neck that is inflamed. Finally I had the chance to see a doctor. It was seen in my x-ray that I had spurs in my cervical spine 3,4 and 5, that's why my hands sometimes are weak and numb. 4 yrs ago, my doctor asked me to undergo MRI, but until now I did not do it because it cost a lot. thanks to this website, I learn more about my condition.

why did u nt gone to rhematic department of kolkata medical college,one of the best hospital for rheumatism disease. imran

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