Rheumatoid arthritis is such a far-reaching disorder that almost 1% of people on earth is affected by this illness; however the surprising factor is there are innumerable wrong ideas associated with this generally appearing joint complication.

In fact, RA is a baffling ailment. Constant study is being carried out and novel treatments are being uncovered continuously for it and because of this, perspective of the disease is unsettled in minds of people. Leave apart the common people; even experts don't possess a complete information of this disease.

Generally this ailment is mistaken to be arthritis. But the arthritis in people's mind is osteoarthritis, which is a consequence of harm or degeneration of joints due to age. It often occurs in an age group above middle age. Contrary to this, RA is a long-lived, progressive autoimmune disease and is a result of unknown cause. Rheumatologists observe that the confusion is mostly because RA patients may have osteoarthritis too.

Another wrong assumption regarding RA is it appears only in old age. In fact, the disease makes its presence anytime from 20 to 70 and the highest incidents occur between 30 and 55. Teenagers as well may get RA. Elderly people may suffer from drastic manifestation of the disease, as they are living with it for longer duration.

People also misunderstand about the criticality of the sickness and don't take it seriously. Actually this disorder can even be fatal, if not tackled correctly and on time. There are innumerable incidents in which people didn'y pay the necessary attention to the disease and lost all the opportunities of recovering. People only delay seeing the doctor and their joints go on worsening increasingly for months and for years. Additionally, rheumatoid arthritis patients are at higher risk of heart illness as well as other critical sicknesses like infections and lung ailment.

On the other hand, some people think that RA makes the patient totally disabled and hospitalized. Really speaking, the manifestation of RA cannot be predicted in any such definite way and nearly all of the sufferers can spend life independently. It was true about the past days that the situation was such, however with the course of time, there is plenty of advancement in the treatments and today majority individuals having this disease, albeit not entirely recovered, can enjoy life without having to rely on anyone having retained their ability to move around. And also, individuals suffering from this disorder can go to work with no difficulty. Though some of them have some restraints and require certain changes to be done when they suffer from flares, most of them do well too.

The most drastic misunderstanding is therapies for this ailment are toxic and it is better to wait till the disease progresses, prior to commencing the treatment. There are numerous evidences available to confirm that on time treatment of the sickness not only decelerates the advancement of the disease, but also ceases it. Though it is correct that some of the therapies for RA have severe side effects, side effects of untreated RA are more serious than them. And the side effects of the therapies can be known easily by various laboratory tests.

Some people get an information that there is higher risk of cancer with RA which is true to some extent regarding lymphoma (blood cancer), but it is also a brighter side that possibility of colorectal cancer is diminished with RA, although reason for both is unknown.

Although rheumatoid arthritis is thus a baffling disease in majority of ways, you can tackle with it by having knowledge about it correctly.

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what is rheumatoid arthritis – how and when does it happen

32 thoughts on “What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis – How And When Does It Happen

  1. specialme9

    Does anybody know anything about Hepatitis B? I was told I need to get the shot because I am not immune to it.
    I had a physical done for work and they said that I needed to have a Hepatitis B shot. My levels were like .22 as apposed to the .99 it should be. What does this mean? I have a low immune system because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so could that be the reason why this happened?

    1. wlitan

      Have you already had the hepatitis B series? You’d remember it if you had. It’s a 3-dose vaccine series administered intramuscularly at 0, 1, and 6 months.

      It produces a protective antibody response in approximately 30%–55% of healthy adults aged <40 years after the first dose, 75% after the second dose, and >90% after the third dose–so you pretty much have to have all three.

      Usually people are screened for immunity to hepatitis B only if they have not had the series.

      In people who have had all three shots, tested 1-2 months after the last shot, if the results are 10 or more milliinternational units (>=10mIU/mL), a protective antibody effect has been developed. This testing is usually only done in cases where it might change medical management.

      I’m not sure about the rheumatoid arthritis. Immune compromised people do have different responses to the series, so it’s probably a question best asked of whoever you see for your rheumatoid arthritis.

  2. ✞ Lora ✞

    What happens if you take doxycycline hyclate and you were not prescribed tuis med?
    I know a girl that said she was going to take this stuff. Her father has rheumatoid arthritis that needs totaled the 2 tomes a day. She was really depressed and said she’s gonna take it.
    Now, I turned this girl in.
    Bit it made me wonder…….what would have happened?

    1. july

      I have read that methotrexate and doxycycline have been prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis treatment. So it’s possible that this girl’s father’s medication regime included doxycycline.

      Doxycycline is an antibiotic, and this girl will not get buzzed or die from taking it. It can have the usual antibiotic side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Doxycycline doesn’t have many adverse effects unless it’s taken in huge doses, taken over a very long time, or unless the person’s allergic to it.

      The girl’s father, however, might have suffered if some of his medication was stolen and was not available for him to take.

  3. Stop me Babe!

    What is the affect of removing gallbladder?
    I have an older sister whom is 23 years old. She’s getting her gallbladder remove. She also have Rheumatoid Arthritis and lately below her belly is hurting off and on.
    I would like to know..what happens when the gallbladder is remove? Can she still urine as normal?
    Does she have to wear diapers from now on? Although, I had called her and told me that she can still urine and eat normal without gallbladder. I still have questions in my head.

    what do you think?

    1. Ann

      Removal of the gall bladder is a relative common surgery in the U.S. After gall bladder surgery all organs function as normal and does not interfere with body functions.

  4. Kayla

    Is it responsible for my mother to get pregnant?
    I am 20, married, and pregnant with our first child. My mother is 47, has many health issues such as rheumatoid arthritis and slipped disks in her back, doesn’t have health insurance, is about to be a grandmother, and wants to have a child of her own. Is this a responsible decision? She wants to do it naturally and if it happens it happens, but I just feel like she should practice some kind of birth control for her health’s sake. What do you think?

    1. Platinum Mama

      I think that you can relax, and let out a sigh of relief. I say this because with her being 47 years of age, and with an autoimmune disorder (RA), her chances of natural conception are nil to none. She’s mostly day dreaming about the idea of becoming a mother again. Her chances for natural conception are about a 1% chance. (If even that much.) Other than that, if you try to instill some common sense into her about her situation (no health insurance, poor general health) it will only cause a riff between you two. And you wouldn’t want that; especially with her first grandchild on it’s way. Just nod your head at her, and “go along with it”, and you’ll see: without any type of artificial reproductive treatment (IVF) she will not produce another child. Best of luck to you, and congrats on your baby.

  5. Stop me Babe!

    What is the affect of removing gallbladder?
    I have an older sister whom is 23 years old. She’s getting her gallbladder remove. She also have Rheumatoid Arthritis and lately below her belly is hurting off and on.
    I would like to know..what happens when the gallbladder is remove? Can she still urine as normal?
    Does she have to wear diapers from now on? Although, I had called her and told me that she can still urine and eat normal without gallbladder. I still have questions in my head.

    what do you think?

    1. Anonymous

      This surgery will not affect your sister’s ability to use the restroom. The gallbladder is very different than the bladder. After her gallbladder is removed, she may need to change her diet somewhat. For a quick tip, she can add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to her meals. Without her gallbladder, it will be a little bit more difficult to digest fats. By adding in a bit of acids, it will help her body break the fats down. Best of luck!

  6. niki_aunt

    What happens to someone who is on social security that gets married?
    I have rheumatoid arthritis and receive social security(medicare) and an SSI payment. Also I have a PA access card.
    Would the state take away all of my benefits or would I have an option to pay for my medicare? I could use any information…

    1. Brick House@

      It shouldn’t make any difference whether you get married or not. Unless your husband has a really good insurance policy and job. I guess you could get updated. If that was the case for me, I wouldn’t get married and loose my funds. Your marriage could go sour in a year and you would have a hard time getting your funds back.

  7. ♥ DDC ♥

    Could a service dog help someone who chronically pass out?
    I have this thing where I pass out a lot, last year I passed out like 25 or more times. I am afraid that I will pass out alone and something happen to me. I also have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and it is very sever and I thought the dog could help me with that on the really bad days. Also I will be 15 in a month and a girl if that makes a difference. So could a service dog help me?

    1. lil_farfa

      First, I’ll address the medical issue. You need to have an echo done to look for a mitral valve prolapse. If that is negative, you need to have a tilt table done to test for Dysautonomia. Dysautonomia translates into Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. There are several types, the most common being POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) ie…you stand up, your heart rate skyrockets. The other most common type is NCS (Neurocardiogenic Syncope), ie….you stand up, the blood pressure bottoms, you faint. I have both!

      As for the service dog question…That’s why I have a service dog. He alerts me before I faint (that’s not trainable though…a dog can do it or they can’t), he picks things up off the ground because to bend over/kneel will cause a bp drop and a faint, he helps we walk when I get dizzy, he “catches” me and helps me to the ground when I do faint, he wakes me up after a faint.

  8. jenkinsdavejenkins

    What is the procedure for handcuffing adults with rheumatoid arthritis shoulder or other joint damage?
    I am especially interested in what happens to suspects with frozen shoulder syndrome who are being arrested.

    1. Nightrider

      Whether they have an impairment, loss of motion or only one arm, the individual still has to be immobilized.

      Several sets of cuffs linked together will restrict the movement. Belly chains around the waist with one or both hands cuffed to the belly chain is perfectly allowable.

      The main point is to prevent the inmate from being able to attack. But it can still be done in many ways that will not injure the person and can accomodate their disability.

      I hope this helps and you can find it useful

  9. Bunny

    How can I convince that I have rheumatoid arthritis to my rheumatoligist?
    I do have arthritis but not sure if it is that severe. I feel like I have it but seems these days doctors don’t believe people anymore. And also what about fibromilagia? I am sure I have it but how can I convince my doctor?
    I am 37 years old.

    1. gpk.gr

      If I understood right you suffer from pain in your joints but your doctor does not find any pathologic signs during clinical examination nor any laboratory discrepancies. If that’s the case I would ask for an ultrasound examination of the affected joints. This way you will see if there’s arthritis, tenosynovitis or some other pathology in the region, above that you can quantify the degree of inflammation (if any). Let us know what happened!

  10. Tess

    Will a person with Rheumatoid Arthritis recover with a fractured Tibia/fibula ?
    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I fractured my tibia/fibula and had a gram negative staph infection in the injured leg. What is my prognosis for recovery and how long ?

    1. Dr Rosemary

      There are a few issues here.
      Fracture of the tibia/fibula is rare except in bad trauma cases. If this has happened in a low impact trauma, your bone could be osteopenic.

      In a rheumatoid patient, this is likely secondary to the medication, particularly the steriods that are used.

      In general, rheumatoid patients are at least on a NSAID or some immunosupressent drugs. These medication slows down the healing of the bone.

      I think you mean coagulase negative staph, as all staph are gram positive. Coagulase negative staph infections are rare. Most times, theses are contaminants found on the skin. However, if you have a true infection the treatment depends on where the infection is. If it is on the skin, antibiotics will help.
      If the infection in the bone, a long course of intravenous antibiotics will be needed.

      A normal tibia fibula fracture takes about 10 weeks to heal in a young adult and about 14 weeks to heal in a 50 year old.
      Add approximately 4 to 8 weeks more if you are on the medication mentioned above.

  11. ♥ DDC ♥

    What do doctors do if you have a spinal fusion?
    My doctor said I might have a spinal fusion so she is going to do some tests. She never said what would happen if I do have one and I want to know. If it helps she thinks I may have one because I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and I am 14, 15 soon. Thanks in advance for the help 🙂

    1. Gracinda

      a fusion takes the pressure off the nerves and stabilizes the bones.
      when the nerves are compressed, you can have pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness, depending on what is affected &how your body reacts.

  12. Dorothy. :)

    My dad was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. What should we expect?
    His blood work came back positive, he’s getting a second test done but we’re pretty sure he has it. I know what Rheumatoid Arthritis is but I don’t know what really happens to the body other than the splaying of hands. Can somebody shed some light? We’re really nervous.

    1. Katrina H

      I was diagnosed with RA 4 years ago, just after I turned 27. At the time I was diagnosed, my SED rate was 88, which was pretty miserable. I was terrified, because my great aunt’s RA had crippled her and that was all I knew of the disease. However, she’d been diagnosed at 38, and was at that point 80 and hadn’t been able to benefit from the treatments available today.

      I first took prednisone to address my immediate inflammation. It caused me some anxiety, so they also gave me clonazepam to take occasionally to help me sleep. I began taking methotrexate, plaquenil, naproxen and folic acid (to counter the side effects of the methotrexate). After about 6 months, my doctor finished weaning me off the prednisone.

      After about a year and a half of treatment, I was still having some trouble. My wrists were inflamed to where my ligaments moved. I thought that was something I was going to have to learn to live with. But my doctor prescribed Enbrel, which I auto-inject every week. It’s not a pleasant thing to do, but I feel much better – it’s well worth the brief weekly discomfort. I still do take the other meds, although we’re tweaking things now.

      I see my doctor every 3-4 months, and we monitor my liver function every 2 months. So far so good. My SED rate has been in the normal range (0 – 20) for years now, which is far more pleasant than my earlier 88.

      Before I was treated, I couldn’t open my gas tank or a bottle of water, but that’s no problem now. I’ve noticed some adaptations I’ve made, such as using my forearms to push against doors instead of pushing with my hand – it’s just more comfortable and less prone to injury. I can lift weights, although I take it slowish and wear gloves to protect my wrists. And I can type about 70 wpm, so I’m doing ok there. 😉

      What I’m trying to say is, it can be very scary and daunting at first, but there are many, many treatment options. If your dad finds a doctor he trusts and communicates with him, he should be able to find a treatment that works for him.

      I hope all goes well for your dad. I know this is a rough time but try to stay positive. 🙂

  13. NICOLE S

    How come when I stay in the house for too long I get depressed?
    Im a stay at home mom with very little money. I cant work or go for walks because I have rheumatoid arthritis. So I pretty much have to stay home. Is there anything I can do to beat the blues??? Does anyone else get like this. It only happens to me when I have to stay in the house for a long time. Why does this happen?

    1. loves christmas lights

      Start taking walks, get up and move around, make a plan to do some major house cleaning, but, only do one corner of a room at a time, so you dont get over whelmed. Sunlight, and exercise is what your body is craving, but we get in a rut, the dismal winter, the dismal thoughts that life isnt all that exciting right now, not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel type feeling can be so hard to fight! Your not alone by any means.
      Why cant you take walks? Can you go stand and look around outside for a time? Are you in a wheel chair? Let braces? Too painful to walk? I am only asking as you might need someone to give you that push that maybe you can go out and take small walks, or simply go outside with the child or kids that you have. Is there nothing to make you feel better regarding the arthritius, is it Drs orders you do not go out the door?
      Taking a walk does not mean, fast walk for a mile, it can be to the end of the driveway, out the dorr to where some lovely flowers are growing you could enjoy looking at?
      Think about seriously finding a way to go outside, do a practice fire drill if necessary each and every day so you know you can do it!! Can you get to a local library? That is free to do, and there is so much to look at they even have free computers to use and free movies to borrow at most now days.
      Make sure your eating healthy as you are able too ok, and take suppliments too. There are churches that help with extra food too in all areas. Your kids need to see an example of someone beating the odds not giving in to them. Get up get moving, and enjoy life more. Your kids will love you for it, and you will feel better staying a little busier, dont kill yourself over this, but dont let anyone or anything keep you down ok!! 🙂

  14. XxShadowAngelXx

    What are kinds of impairments of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?
    I need to know what kind of impairments can happen with the diagnosis…thank you.

    1. Jacob

      It can vary greatly depending on the severity of the disease, as well as the way the arthritis is managed and treated.

      There are also several different types of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, including Pauciarticular, Polyarticular, and Systemic arthritis, which affect the body differently.

      For example, in Systemic Juvenile Arthritis, it is not uncommon for other organs to be affected by the disease. In Pauciarticular Arthritis, more than four joints are affected and it is classified by the age at which it occurs. In Polyarticular Arthritis, the arthritis typically develops symmetrically, meaning it affects joints uniformly on both sides of the body and more than five joints are affected, often the small joints.

  15. Monk

    What are Testosterone Therapy immediate effects?
    I am 24 years old, 6’1″ 240lbs. I have recently been diagnosed with Low Testosterone and Rheumatoid Arthritis. My sex drive as well as mood has been off for a few years now, and i am at risk of losing my Fiance due to my libido. I will being my inject-able Testosterone therapy tomorrow, then continue the therapy by self medicating. I was wondering what I will immediately feel a change with. Will this help with wanting me to have sex right away?

    1. Jabril

      immediate effects: none.

      testosterone therapy is a gradual process and it may take weeks before you start seeing “re-puberty”, more body hair, stronger erections, increased libidio. This will not happen overnight.

      /jabril

  16. timsgirl

    How long before Rheumatoid Arthritis becomes debilitating?
    My husband is 39 and was just diagnosed, he gets stiffness and pain but no major swelling at this point? I have read that people will have trouble doing simple things like brushing their hair, dressing etc. About how many years after diagnosis until this stuff happens?

    1. Anonymous

      I am around the same age. I was dx almost 2 years ago. I am on a treatment plan and it has helped me with the stiffness/pain. I was told every patient is different. Keep up with your check ups and labwork. I hope he never becomes debiltated. Good luck.

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