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Rheumatoid Arthritis - Signs & Symptoms | Johns Hopkins Medicine

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - Signs & Symptoms | Johns Hopkins Medicine


    The onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis is very gradual. Often the symptoms are worse in the morning and improve as the day goes on. Because of inflammation, many patents experience restlessness at night and can have flu-like fatigue, fevers, and aches. In this video, Dr. Uzma Haque, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, discusses the signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology


    What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the joints.

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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares: What is a RA flare? | Johns Hopkins Medicine


    Through research, doctors have a clearer understanding of how flares can impact a patient on a personal and emotional level. Dr. Uzma Haque breaks down what an RA Flare could look like and what some possible triggers could include.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - Disease Overview | Johns Hopkins


    Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that not only affects the joints, but the whole immune system. Many patients who have Rheumatoid Arthritis also experience fatigue, dry eyes and mouth, shortness of breath, and skin problems. The good news is, with the advancement of Rheumatoid Arthritis treatments, many patients can live a healthy, normal life. In this episode, Dr. Uzma Haque, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, explains the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the misconceptions many have about it.

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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - Treatment | Johns Hopkins


    While there’s no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis yet, there are many preventative medications. They range from oral pills to injections that can be done at home or by a doctor, which are working for many people who have been diagnosed. All these different treatment options can help patients achieve their goals and stay healthy and functional. In this video, Dr. Laura Cappelli, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, discusses the different treatment options for Rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - Diagnosis | Johns Hopkins


    Sitting down and listening to a patient’s story is the first step in diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. While swollen joints are a large indicator of Rheumatoid Arthritis, there are many other symptoms, such as fatigue, anxiety and depression, and stiffness. Doctors are diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis much earlier now, to prevent joint damage and begin treatment as soon as possible. In this video, Dr. Uzma Haque, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, explains the diagnosis process of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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  • 5 Warning Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis


    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects 1.3 million Americans, and it's three times more common in women. While RA shares symptoms with other conditions, if you're experiencing any of these warning signs, speak to your doctor.

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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares: What Triggers a RA Flare? | Johns Hopkins Medicine


    Knowing the possible Rheumatoid Arthritis triggers can be helpful in preventing an RA flare up. Dr. Uzma Haque talks about the triggers her patients have told her about as well as what a patient should do when they are about to flare up.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis Animation - Etiology, Signs and Symptoms, Pathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment


    Rheumatoid arthritis Animation - Etiology, Signs and Symptoms, Pathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder characterized by joint pain, swelling, and synovial destruction. RA predominantly affects middle-aged women. The condition can also cause various extra-articular manifestations such as rheumatoid nodules and pulmonary fibrosis. Diagnosis is mainly based on clinical features (e.g., morning stiffness, symmetrical joint swelling) and laboratory tests (e.g., anti-CCP). X-ray findings (e.g., soft tissue swelling or joint space narrowing) occur late in the disease and are therefore not typically used for diagnosis. Early intervention with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) plays a decisive role in successful treatment. RA is not curable, but early effective treatment may help offset severe complications (e.g., permanent damage to the affected joints).

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Symptoms and treatments


    Painful, swollen joints are the crippling symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatologist Joe Lee, M.D., explains how newer treatments can help patients with this disease. Dr. Lee is joined by Larry Santora, M.D., medical director of the Orange County Heart Institute and host of Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora television series, which airs weekly on PBS SoCaL Plus. Visit Produced by Chapman University's Panther Productions, Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora is sponsored by St. Joseph Health, Biotronik and Weaver Health Solutions.

  • Signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis - Dr. Prashanth Jain


    Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease of small joints of hands and feet which cause synovitis and deformities and is a very painful condition. This disease is classically characterized by periods of remissions where the patient is absolutely pain free and comfortable with deformity of hands and feet he has. Periods of exuberation, where the disease gets progressed leading to inflammation of the joints, swelling, low fever, severe pain which again leads to further deformities of the joints. Typical features of Rheumatoid arthritis are involvement and deformities of small joints of hands and toes, large joints are very rarely involved, when they are involved disease is of severe category. Patient normally has morning stiffness. Few patients have some modules in their hands then they have loss of appetite, their bones are weak, they break at minimum injury and are painful.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of the hand - Everything You Need To Know - Dr. Nabil Ebraheim


    Dr. Ebraheim’s educational animated video describes the condition of rheumatoid arthritis, the etiology, signs and symptoms, the diagnostic tests and indications, and the treatment options and prognosis.
    Rheumatoid Arthritis involves the synovium of the joints. The condition of rheumatoid arthritis will result in deformities. Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs in females more than males. There may be a hereditary component with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis has spontaneous remissions and exacerbations. The disease can have a systemic nature.
    Pain and stiffness of joints especially in the morning (morning stiffness). Rheumatoid Arthritis is typically polyarticular, bilateral and symmetrical and most commonly affects the hands and feet.
    x-rays show periarticular erosions at the time of diagnosis. Osteopenia and minimal osteophyte formation favor the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
    Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease. The disease has two components: immunological reaction. Increased degradative enzymes. The IgM (Rheumatoid factor) is produced by the plasma cell as ana antibody to the native IgG, which is altered in RA. 70% of patient with RA have rheumatoid factor positive. Leucocytes are attracted to the immune complex forming deposits over the inflammatory surface of the synovium. These leucocytes ingest fibrin and immune complex and is called the Rheumatoid cells. The leucocytes release lysosomal enzymes that cause acute inflammatory response and tissue necrosis as well as inflammatory mediators ( IL-1, IL-6, TNF alpha). The chondrocytes respond to stimulation by TNF- alpha, IL-1 and other inflammatory mediators causing cells to become activated and secrete more metalloproteinases which lead to cartilage damage. The synovium becomes hypertrophied (pannus), showing intimal hyperplasia and infiltration by plasma cells and lymphocytes.
    Stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Early: acute: hot swollen tender joints (synovitis)
    •MCP swelling
    •Wrist swelling
    •Flexor sheath synovitis
    Complicated: digital vasculitis, ecchymosis, skin atrophy, nodules.
    •Swelling of MCP joints
    •Lateral slippage of extensor tendon ruptures
    •Ulnar deviation of fingers
    •Xrays show destruction of MCP with subluxation, ulnar deviation and wrist destruction.
    •Finger deformities: Mallet, boutonniere, Swan neck
    The thumb is also involved. These changes occur due to proliferation, inflammation and hypertrophy of the synovium. Involvement of the distal radioulnar joint is usually associated with rupture of the extensor digiti minimi.
    Rheumatoid nodules
    25% of patients with RA will have subcutaneous nodules on extensor surfaces of elbow and forearm. Nodules are often multiple and seen along the ulnar margin of the forearm or pulp of the digits. Vasculitis is more common in patients with SC nodules, it is strongly seropositive disease (aggressive) with less favorable prognosis.
    •Synovitis: splint and medical treatment
    •Joint space narrowing, bone erosions and osteopenia: synovectomy.
    •Joint destruction/fixed deformity/ loss of hand function: surgery based on condition
    Before operating on RA patients, x-ray of the cervical spine is needed because the patient may have subluxation of C1-C2.
    Metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasty of the fingers usually results in decreased extensor lag and improvement of the ulnar drift.

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  • Vasculitis Signs & Symptoms | Johns Hopkins Medicine


    The symptoms of vasculitis can vary depending on the kind of vasculitis. Some effect the big blood vessels, some the medium blood vessels and some the small blood vessels. Overall, vasculitis can leave you feeling like you have the flu.

    Rheumatologist Dr. Eric J. Gapud, physician and Vasculitis Center Director of Research, explains the signs and symptoms of vasculitis, and when you should go see a rheumatologist.

    For more information on Vasculitis, please visit the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center website.

  • Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms


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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - Lifestyle Options | Johns Hopkins


    Exercise, eating well, and speaking openly with a rheumatologist can help prevent flares and strengthen joints. In our final episode on Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dr. Uzma Haque, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, talks about the dangers of elimination diets and the benefits of stretching and exercise.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - Mayo Clinic


    Pain, swelling and stiffness in your joints. All are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. But because these symptoms come and go, the condition can sometimes be tricky to diagnose. And it's important to get the right diagnosis because starting treatment early can make a difference.

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  • Psoriatic Arthritis Signs and Symptoms | Johns Hopkins Medicine


    Early symptoms with psoriatic arthritis are important. People will complain of pain and swelling in their joints – hands, feet, wrists, etc. They may have a small patch of psoriasis or have psoriasis covering many areas of the body.

    In this video, Dr. Orbai with the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center discusses the signs and symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: What Are the Early Symptoms?


    Hey, Everyone! It’s Dr. Ashley Biscoe here with a short video for you today I want to talk to you guys about rheumatoid arthritis. It’s such a common condition, and I know that a lot of people out there have questions about what some of the earliest signs and symptoms are of rheumatoid arthritis. And so that ’s what we’ll talk about today.

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis: causes and early warning signs


    Leading consultant rheumatologist Professor David Reid explains the early signs of rheumatoid arthritis to look out for and what can increase your risk.

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  • Symptoms & Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis


  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms, Signs & Diagnosis |


    Recognising and diagnosing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as early as possible makes a real difference to the quality of life of patients.

    In this video Jean's story is highlighted. Jean lived with the symptoms of arthritis for many years before her condition was properly diagnosed although she is now receiving effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

    Also in this video the signs, symptoms and causes of rheumatoid arthritis are highlighted by Dr. Graham Davenport, who goes on to emphasise the importance of early diagnosis and advises what symptoms to look out for in your everyday life.

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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares: Tips on Self-managing a RA Flare | Johns Hopkins Medicine


    Dr. Uzma Haque goes over some self-management techniques to help alleviate the symptoms of a flare.

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    Dr. Ana-Maria Orbai speaks with newly-diagnosed Psoriatic Arthritis patient Suzanne about how Psoriatic Arthritis affects her daily life. Dr. Orbai offers some helpful tips to specifically help Suzanne with fatigue.

  • Signs you may have rheumatoid arthritis


    If you have chronic pain or aching in your joints, you could have an auto-immune and inflammatory disease called rheumatoid arthritis. We talk to an expert for ways to recognize symptoms.

  • Signs of rheumatoid arthritis can show up 1-2 years before diagnosis


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    A new study shows patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience functional disabilities for as long as two years before they're diagnosed.
    The Mayo Clinic say difficulties with daily activities like dressing, walking and eating can be seen in patients a year or two before diagnosis.
    The researchers say this may reflect an accumulation of symptoms between the time of onset and the time required for experts to diagnose patients.
    They added their study shows the importance of early treatment, …as they found increased levels of difficulty with daily activities continued even after patients began treatment.
    Symptoms can include joint pain or swelling, …but 40 percent of patients experience symptoms that don't involve the joints …like fatigue, fever and loss of appetite.

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  • What are signs & symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis? - Dr. Yathish G. C


    Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the commonest arthritis that we see. The important signs and symptoms are pain in the joints associated with some alarming signs like swelling and stiffness in the joints when they wake up in the morning, if someone is taking rest for long time then they will develop lot of stiffness in the joints, if there is any warmth, restriction of movements of the joints, the joint pain which doesn’t get relived by usual painkillers or medications. These are the signs and symptoms which suggest that the patient is having inflammatory arthritis, the most common being rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • Vasculitis Disease Introduction | What is Vasculitis? | Johns Hopkins Rheumatology


    Vasculitis is when blood vessels become inflamed due to your body attacking the blood vessel by mistake. This can cause fevers, fatigue, weight loss, and overall pain.

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  • What Are The Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis? - Manipal Hospitals India


    Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

    Tender, warm, swollen joints
    Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity
    Fatigue, fever and weight loss
    Early rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect your smaller joints first — particularly the joints that attach your fingers to your hands and your toes to your feet.

    As the disease progresses, symptoms often spread to the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. In most cases, symptoms occur in the same joints on both sides of your body.

    About 40 percent of the people who have rheumatoid arthritis also experience signs and symptoms that don't involve the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many nonjoint structures, including:

    Salivary glands
    Nerve tissue
    Bone marrow
    Blood vessels
    Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go. Periods of increased disease activity, called flares, alternate with periods of relative remission — when the swelling and pain fade or disappear. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can cause joints to deform and shift out of place.

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    Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disorder in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissue, including joints. In severe cases, it attacks internal organs, which causes damage throughout the body. Chronic inflammation of this disorder can cause permanent joint destruction and deformity.

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  • Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment | Johns Hopkins Medicine


    Early treatment is important in psoriatic arthritis. The earlier the treatment, the more likely you can prevent serious damage down the road. The specific treatment will depend on: how severe your psoriatic arthritis is, the type of psoriatic arthritis you have, and if you have damage already.

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    Psoriatic arthritis, in short called PsA, is a rheumatologic disease that effects about 1.5 million Americans. About one in three people with the skin disease psoriasis, will get psoriatic arthritis. It affects the joints as well as the tendons, and it may also affect the spine.



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