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I have RA symptoms. How to know that I have rheumatoid arthritis? Is there a test to confirm RA? If yes, what test is done? Can it be cured?

Dr. Julie Mercy J David 92% (14078 ratings)
Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
I have RA symptoms. How to know that I have rheumatoid arthritis? Is there a test to confirm RA? If yes, what test is...
It is called as Rheumatic arthritis. If your pain is more in the distal joints, ie. In the upper limbs if the pain is present in the fingers/wrist and in the lower limbs it the pain is present in the toes/ ankle, then we shall definitely say it is Rheumatic arthritis. Wear elbow brace and wrist brace which will make her to feel warm and that will make the joints become firm. Hot water fermentation will help Knee cap will also help to prevent the damaged cartilages. If your pain is more in the distal joints, ie. In the upper limbs if the pain is present in the fingers/wrist and in the lower limbs it the pain is present in the toes/ ankle, then we shall definitely say it is Rheumatic arthritis. Which joints you have pain? If your proximal joints (ie. Shoulder, hip & knee has pain) then you can pour hot (warm) water in that area to reduce the inflammation. If you have pain in the distal joints ie. Wrist, fingers, ankle, toes then you can wear either elbow brace or wrist brace which will help you to feel warm and very protective. And also immerse the distal joints in the hot water tub which will help you to reduce the pain. Consult the near by physiotherapy clinic and also consult a general physician to check with your ESR levels to check whether you have inflammation The sound what you hear is called as Crepitus /ˈkrɛpɪtəs/ (also termed crepitation) is a medical term to describe the grating, crackling or popping sounds and sensations experienced under the skin and joints or a crackling sensation due to the presence of air in the subcutaneous tissue. Popping Knees and Crackling Knuckles. Occasionally hearing pops, snaps, and crackles when you bend your knees doesn’t necessarily mean you have arthritis. The kneecap (patella) is the small, convex bone that sits at the front of the knee, shielding the joint.
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How to differentiate between rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis? Wht is RA factor?

Dr. Nalin Kumar 88% (46 ratings)
BPTh/BPT, Post Grad Dip. Developmental Therapy
Physiotherapist, Ranchi
How to differentiate between rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis? Wht is RA factor?
Hi Miss lybrate-user, For the Rheumatoid Arthritis you may have pain in multiple joints, with involvement of the small joints of hands and fingers. The pain usually agrevates in the morning. Osteoarthritis, is a disease of large joints, which occur due to wear and tear and high load. Whereas the Rheumatic arthritis is related to your immune system. Rheumatic Arthritis (RA) Factor is present in our blood. An examination of this rules out wether you have an Rheumatic Arthritis or not. BEST WISHES. NALIN.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis
Homeopathic Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis
Psychotherapy Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis
Surgical Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis
Other Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis
What is Rheumatoid arthritis
Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis
Causes of Rheumatoid arthritis
Risk factors of Rheumatoid arthritis
Complications of Rheumatoid arthritis
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis
Precautions & Prevention of Rheumatoid arthritis
Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis

Homeopathic Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis

Homeopathy is extremely successful in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Homeopathic treatment gives relief in arthritis with inflammation, pain, stiffness and lameness. It is useful in preventing and treating deformities associated with the disease. Some of the homeopathic remedies that can be used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are:

Arnica
Bryonia
Calcarea
Causticum
Chinin s
Dulcamara
Kali carb
Pulsatilla
 

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis

The acupuncture and acupressure stimulate dilation of the blood vessels, potentially reducing swelling and pain. Acupuncture and Acupressure helps in nourishing the tendons and joints. It also has a strong effect on promoting the smooth flow of chi throughout the body. Obstruction to the smooth flow of chi causes pain and discomfort. Acupuncture gives lasting relief in rheumatoid arthritis.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis

Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can help in stress relief. They can help in better coping and early relief.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis

Allopathic Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis involves the following medications:

NSAIDs – ibuprofen and naproxen
Steroids – prednisone
DMARDs – leflunomide and hydroxychloroquine
Immunosuppressants – cyclosporine and cyclophosphamide
TNF-alpha inhibitors – etanercept and infliximab
 

Surgical Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis

Surgical Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis involves the following surgeries:

Total joint replacement
Tendon repair
Joint fusion
 

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis

Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid such as soybeans, walnuts and avocados
Avoid saturated fats
Avoid fried and grilled food
Avoid tea and coffee
 

Other Treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis

Heat compresses relax your muscles and stimulate blood flow
Applying cold also decreases muscle spasms.
 

What is Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. Hands, feet and wrists are commonly affected, but it can also damage other parts of the body.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis

Swollen joints
Pain in the joints
Fatigue
Fever
Weight loss
Morning stiffness
 

Causes of Rheumatoid arthritis

The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown.

Risk factors of Rheumatoid arthritis

More common in women
Between the ages of 40 and 60
Cigarette smoking
Family history
 

Complications of Rheumatoid arthritis

Carpal tunnel syndrome
Heart problems
Lung disease
Deformities
Osteoporosis
 

Diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis

Diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis involves the following tests:

Physical exam
Blood tests
X-rays
 

Precautions & Prevention of Rheumatoid arthritis

You can gain control of rheumatoid arthritis and improve your chances by taking the following steps:

Get the treatment early
Avoid exercising tender, injured or severely inflamed joints
Rest when you need to
Use a cane in the hand opposite a painful hip or knee

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. N C Gupta 92% (16192 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Delhi
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints, symmetrically (usually). The joints become swollen, red, hot, painful & tender. The joint movement becomes limited due to pain & swelling
It starts with inflammation of the synovial membrane but may involve the joint capsule and other surrounding soft tissues.



It is a self limiting disease. But by the time it leaves, the patient is crippled due to contractures & deformities.
Acute phase can be managed with medicines.

Commonly used medicines are ibuprofen/paracetamol/aspirin in therapeutic doses. They help to control symptoms of pain and swelling of the joints in most of the cases by their anti inflammatory properties. Fever is also controlled.

Vitamins, minerals, anti oxidents & other supportive medicines are also needed. Omega 3 fatty acids have a very definite role to play in improving the response to the treatment.

Physiotherapy helps in preventing contractures & deformities.

The patient should do general exercises & keep active.

He may have to be further investigated.

In established cases of rheumatoid arthritis dmard (disease modifying drugs) e. G. Methotrexate, hcq, leflunomide, saaz etc. Have to be used.
They all are toxic drugs & can cause bone marrow depression along with other side effects. They should be taken under medical supervision.
Sometimes steroids may have to used.
The dose of these medicines should be adjusted to the minimum required, to control the symptoms.
Blood, urine tests & other investigative procedures should be done periodically to rule out any side effects.
X rays of the affected part should be done to confirm diagnosis & assess the extent of damage.
Diabetes, vitamin d deficiency or any other metabolic disorder should be ruled out. Sometimes they mimic the symptoms & create confusion in diagnosis. Associated disorders like these, most certainly affect recovery adversely.


It should be ascertained that the patient is not allergic to any of the medicines that he is going to take.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder that lasts over many years with acute exacerbation & remissions. The earning capacity of the family is adversely affected. The cost of medical treatment is high. If the patient needs surgery, it is further escalated. Most of the population in india is not covered by any medical insurance. All these factors put together create an atmosphere of depression in the family. Patient feels morally degraded & may even develop suicidal tendency.
In a situatation like this it becomes essential that a moral support is provided to the patient by his friends & relations. Treating doctor has a very definite role to play in keeping up the moral of patient.
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Recently I have done a general health test.in reports my Rheumatoid factor (ra test) is 65.25 IU/ml which is higher than normal. Please let me know what is it related to and what is the severity and precautions and medication to be taken. Also I have vitamin b12 and vitamin D deficiency. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Sunil Srivastava 89% (502 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho)
Orthopedist, Lucknow
Recently I have done a general health test.in reports my Rheumatoid factor (ra test) is 65.25 IU/ml which is higher t...
If there's vit b12, d3 deficiency in blood test, consult a physician for supplementation may be necessary. Rh factor in isolation is not significant unless symptoms of joint disease.
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I am 28 years old female. Suffering from joint pain since last 7 month. When got lab test, RA factor found negative, Anti CCP result <200 and Vitamin D3 is 13.94. Doctor declared suffered from rheumatoid Arthritis. Please suggest.

Dr. S. Gomathi 88% (849 ratings)
BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Bangalore
I am 28 years old female. Suffering from joint pain since last 7 month. When got lab test, RA factor found negative, ...
Get it treated for vitamin d3 deficiency, and along with get it treated for arthritis, and start with proper calcium rich diet, along with suppliments to increase bone density.
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Sir I did a self examination blood test ear 30 minutes 20mm 6 minutes 45mm ra factor: 105.0 iu/ml what does this confirm?

Dr. Gaurav Kant Pandey 90% (558 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Your ra factor titres are increased. Most people with such conditions suffer from rheumatoid arthritos or sjorgen's syndrome. However rf titre may also be raised in diseases like sle, sarcoidosis, dermatomyositis etc. You may get your'anti-ccp antibody' test done to make a definite diagnosis.
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Differentiation between rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia? Any specific pathological test?

Dr. Karuna Chawla 94% (4596 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
Differentiation between rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia? Any specific pathological test?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia are two different conditions with some similar symptoms. These include: pain that may feel like a dull ache sleep disturbances fatigue feelings of depression and anxiety The causes of these conditions are very different. RA is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its joints. Fibromyalgia is a disorder marked by musculoskeletal pain and symptoms of fatigue, trouble sleeping, and problems with memory and mood. While the Arthritis Foundation (AF) considers fibromyalgia to be an “arthritis-related condition,” there are clear differences between the two conditions. RA and fibromyalgia progress very differently. Fibromyalgia usually causes constant pain that may worsen with poor sleep and stress. On the other hand, RA can flare up and grow progressively worse without treatment. Diagnosing RA There’s no single test for RA, so your doctor will perform a complete medical history and physical examination. They’ll also conduct several tests to help confirm an RA diagnosis. These include: a review of your medical history and that of your family a physical exam to look for joint tenderness, swelling, and pain blood tests to look for inflammation auto-antibody tests, about 80 percent of people with RA have the rheumatoid factor antibody imaging tests, such as ultrasound, to look for joint damage or inflammation A fibromyalgia diagnosis can be difficult to confirm. While there may be clear signs and symptoms, there isn’t one test or examination that can determine if you have fibromyalgia. One of the best ways for your doctor to help diagnose fibromyalgia is to rule out other conditions.
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I had both the hand fingers painful. So I took blood Test yesterday reports ECR 28 and RA Factor Positive. So what medicine you will advise me doctors. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Ramneek Gupta 94% (19376 ratings)
DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I had both the hand fingers painful. So I took blood Test yesterday reports ECR 28 and RA Factor Positive. So what me...
Please discuss with me the history of your Rheumatoid Arthritis ,how and when these pain started and what all treatment have you gonee through till now.
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