Rheumatoid Arthritis - I dont know whether i have or not, very much confused?
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May 20, 2019 / By Dixee Question:
I am male of 37, living in Karachi, Pakistan in the first week of march 2008, i felt pain in my back around the area where kidney is located and subsequently next day in my both elbows. I took advise of my family doctor he advised me for some tests in which RA Factor was included. Although other blood tests were ok but RA Factor was positive. He said me to consult with Rheumatologist. Rheumatologist said the symptoms are same such as inflammation in ankle joints, severe pain in wrists, fingers, hip joints, elbows but no one can confirm that i have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Any how he prescribed some medicines which include Naproxen 500 mg (twice a day) Neubrol Forte and Deltacortil and advised me to taper off Deltacortil fortnightly. These medicines were for 10 weeks. It worked and i did not feel pain. It has been two weeks now i have stopped taking deltacortil and still feel no pain in my joints. However, i was taking Naproxin till 2 days back, which I have stopped.
My ESR count is 40 according to the latest result, SGPT= 22, CREATININE= 1.0, AND CALCIUM = 9.4 & CRP = 1.6. since 2 days have been passed I have not taken any medicine, but right now I am feeling low grade fever and slight pain in my left elbow and I think I have to take naproxen 500 mg again. My next appointment with Rheumatologist is on Thursday 26.06.2008.
Can anybody tell me are these symptoms related to Rheumatoid Arthritis and is there any remedy / cure?
Best Answers: Rheumatoid Arthritis - I dont know whether i have or not, very much confused?
Carlene | 7 days ago
Im not familiar with the drugs due to being in the US accept the Naproxen which is a anti inflamatory..
I have Juvenile onset Rheumatoid Arthritis and so far, you do have some signs of it.
Having a positive Rheumatoid Factor doesnt mean very much because a lot of people with RA have it and a a lot of people without RA have it. A lot of people who with RA dont have a Positive RF as well. Confusing I know.. however if you do have RA and you do have a positive RF, thats not so good because it ussualy means the disease will be more aggressive.
Your sed rate is slightly elevated whoch could be because of inflammation or it could be because of any reason.. infection etc.. the ESR is not a very accurate test. Thatys the problem with RA is that its mostly a diagnosis of exclusion which makes it diffiuclt. The one thing that stands out to me is having a CRP of 1.6.. this is not very high however its not normal either. The CRP is a DEFINATE indication of inflammation from a rheumatic disease as it only goes up in rheumatic diseaees Although It ake that back.. recently research has shown that people with higher CRP rates might be at risk of heart disease which is also something that can occur with RA or other autoimmune rheumatic diseases which RA is.
The fact that you are having low grade fevers and joint paain definately sounds indicative of RA. That really sucks. Make sure they check you for the HLA-B27 marker to rule out ankylosing spondylitis since its more common in males and starts in the back since your pain started there and also check your ANA (antinuclear antibody) because this can indicate the presence of an autoimmune disease as well and is likely to be positive/higher if you have RA even though not always.
Thats good that you have an appointment with a Rheumatologist. They are hard to find since alot of people do not go into that speciality. There isnt a cure for RA because it's a chronic illness however there are a lot of treatments for it. There are a lot of medications that can help. Dont let anyonme tell you to take glucosamine chondrotin because that ONLY HElps Osteoarthritis, not Rheumatoid. It can help to increase intake of non acidic foods which you can look up alkalized vs acidic foods on the internet. Some belive that people with RA have more acidic bodies. Eating a lot of red meat isnt good for RA either. Fish is excellent and taking something like some type of evening primrose oil or fish oil is helpful becuase it has been shown ti help reduce inflammation. However for the msot part, RA is treated by taking antiinfammattories like the Naprozen and sometimes adding drugs like Methotrexate. not sure if its called that there. Some times if the disease is very aggressive, they will add some of the newer biologic medications like Enbrel which is like one injection per week and is really strong but can really calm down the immune system for people with severe RA. The disease can be very mild or very aggrressiove. The fact that your pain is moving around so fast does sound liek RA to me and does sound aggressive which means you need more aggressive treatment whioch the rheumatologist will help you with based on your lab test. The fact that you have low grade fevers is also a indiccator of more aggressive disease.
I get a lot of low grade fevers too and I have had the disease ofr many many yeaers now> Im 30 years old and have had it since around 5 along with Fibromyalgia. I can walk but not well. I use a wheelchair a lot but i dont have a lot of major joint disease which is good. I have a friend with a lot of joint deformaties but she wouldnt take a lot of the medicationms because she is scared. Her knees are like grapefruits. she cant open and close her hands all the way and she has many deformaties in her legsa nd hands.... i feel its because she did not do treatments so its important to do your research in consider treatment for this disease.
Keep moving.. exercise is important... trying to keep your weight normal.... water exercise if availiable is really terrific...
good fortune.. hope you dont have RA and this is just some fluke.. like a viral issue....
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Originally Answered: Is there any cure for rheumatoid arthritis?
Sus, you ask about cures for rheumatiod arthritis, but I'm not sure your mother has that exact condition. Rheumatiod arthritis is diagnosed by the presence of the rheumatiod factor in blood tests. There are numerous other inflammatory arthritic conditions it could be, if not RA.
If you have access to high quality health care, then your mother needs a referral to a Rheumatologist who will do appropriate tests before recommending treatment. Treatment for different types of inflammatory arthritis vary in how aggressive they are, because some types cause more degeneration and permanant physical incapacity than others. Obviously, your doctor will recommend the mildest treatment consistent with your mother's disease. Some can have nasty side-effects, but it's worth it it you will be crippled in 2 years without treatment.
I've had non-specific inflammatory arthritis for 4 or 5 years now and I'm lucky that it's not a really aggressive degenerative type (so far). My quality of life is improved a lot with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. They have some risks, however, but it's worth it for me.
I'm right into alternative medicine, but nothing alternative I tried helped even a little with this problem. It's a serious disease and needs a "big hammer" not softly, softly. YMMD (Your Mileage May Differ) of course, but it could take away all your mother's enjoyment of life.
My personal belief is that it's stress-related, but not short-term stress. More long-term stress that eventually makes your body's immune system panic and go a bit crazy. It takes a long time to happen and probably just as long to fix (i.e. more time than anyone has)
Imagine for a moment your arthritis completely vanishing right now.
If, in a moment, your pain and stiffness melted away. And your joints all of a sudden functioned like a well-oiled machine.
Like a magic wand was waived, you'd be able to jump up from your chair and run around the room like a kid.
And imagine that you'd never have to suffer as much as a pinch of arthritis stiffness or pain ever again.
I know this sounds impossible right now, but bear with me, because sometimes miracles happen.
It was a gift from a woman on the other side of the world. From the kindness of her heart, she took pity on my suffering and taught me how to completely reverse my arthritis.
Today, I want to do the same for you!
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I know you want answers immediately, but sometimes that is not possible. Making a diagnosis of any auto-immune disorder is usually not black and white. Your test results indicate that yes, something is going on, but the definitive diagnosis is made by looking at the big picture over a period of time.
Please be patient and keep a journal of your symptoms, including fevers, pain location and how long it lasts, and if the pain 'moves around' , also if the pain is bilateral (both elbows or hips or hands). Tell your doctor EVERYTHING that seems unusual. It may help fill in pieces of the puzzle. Like hair loss, forgetfulness, fatigue, rashes, mouth ulcers, etc anything that is different. It;s better to share too much with him or her than not to leave out important details.
Be patient and keep your appointment this week. Take someone with you to help you listen and take notes. Its sooooo hard to remember all they tell you in that short office visit.
Good Luck. I mean it.....
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There is a website you miight like to try - it gives all the info you need to find out whether you have this disease or not. By the way, if the doctors cannot confirm you have the illness, then you might not have it, especially since reducing your medications has not resulted in a return of your pain.
Whilst there is curently no cure for RA, there are a number of treatments that can relieve the pain and improve joint mobility.
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Hi, I suggest u some Ayurvedic treatment from a good doctor. U can also take "Rumalaya forte" [ayurvedic] 2 tablets in the morning and 2 in the evening but be sure to maintain a gap of atleast 60 minutes in this and other medicines u might be taking. Apply Rumalaya gel. Do this for atleast 6 months without any break. U will surely benifit
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There is a very big clinic near you , if you search for the "Lahore clinic" you will see the website. They offer a complete cure of arthritis .
ESR IS HIGH. AND THE FEVER SHOWS that you have a infection.
That site is cidpusa . org
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Originally Answered: Can you have rheumatoid arthritis without it showing up in blood work?
In short yes.
Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, is difficult to diagnose, because there is not a single test that works for everyone. There are also a number of other conditions and factors that can explain differences in blood test results, so even if you show a high C-Reactive Protein Levels, for example, this doesn't necessarily mean you have arthritis.
Since there is no single test, doctors usually preform a number of different tests, as well as looking at the symptoms of the patient. In many cases, it also isn't that they are testing for arthritis specifically, but rather that they are testing for other similar conditions to rule them out.
As far as your age goes, people of all ages can develop arthritis, but it is more common among the elderly. However, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis does occur.