Inflammatory Arthritis

A group of diseases that result in inflammation of the joints and other tissues is called inflammatory arthritis. It includes rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and ankylosing spondylitis.

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Is Arava taken for inflammatory arthritis likely to cause headache?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a low-grade inflammatory arthritis. I have awful joint pain but minimal swelling and occasional slight inflammation in blood tests. The RA test is negative. Systemic steroid injection gives massive improvement. My consultant started me on Arava recently. At the same time, I ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Catherine Bevington

Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The headache is likely to have been caused by a combination of the Arava (Leflunomide) and your raised blood pressure. Although we cannot know how much each of these contributed? Anyway, if your blood pressure rose a lot on Arava it is probably best not to have this a...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in my hands and wrists?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having pain in my hands and wrist and it started a few months ago. It is typically in the morning. I visited a doctor and she did blood tests. The result flagged in my blood tests was anti-Sm/RNP 2.8 and she has referred me to a rheumatologist, who cannot see me for the next two ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, the antibody as such does not match your symptoms. It is an antibody for autoimmune disease more like SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus). Since it is positive, I would like to know if your ANA (antinuclear antibody) was positive as well, or only this came positive. ...  Read Full »

What causes bilateral metatarsalgia?

Query: Hello doctor, I have hypertension and bilateral metatarsalgia. I am seeking a second opinion on my medical reports. I have attached them for your reference.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are a few things which will need to be addressed. Your ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is 45 which is high and simultaneously you are complaining of arthralgias. ...  Read Full »

I have numbness in fingers with swollen joints. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been waiting for over a year to meet with a rheumatologist in my area. I am 39 years old, and a year and a half ago I was in the best shape of my life, having 10 % body fat, working out 4 to 5 days a week. I own my company and work on a computer daily, and my hobbies include ti...  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Agarwal

Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the possibility of inflammatory arthritis is definitely there, however that can be confirmed only when a rheumatologist examines you. The other symptoms are prolonged stiffness in your hands lasting more than half an hour, swollen knuckles and tenderness. The pain wh...  Read Full »

I have a low functioning thyroid which my doctor is unable to regulate. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been searching for answers for over three years. The past two years, my quality of life on a scale of 1 to 10, has been a 2. I am grasping at anything to find the answers. My doctors have not helped. I was diagnosed 15 years ago with fibro/CFIDS, and very low thyroid, which they...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. I will try to address each point one by one. You have been labeled as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It is a diagram of exclusion, and there are no effective meds except sometimes treatment with antivirals have been seen effective. However jo...  Read Full »

I get joint pains, 3 to 4 times a month. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from joint pains from last two years. I get pain in fingers, palms, knee joints, heels, and soles. I consulted doctors few times, and they tell me to take Colchicine, Dolo, Myotop, and Nucoxia, whenever I get pain. But these days, I am getting the pain very frequently, lik...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

General Practitioner, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This seems to be related to inflammatory arthritis. Your lab reports are not clear, please attach them again. Regards. Revert with more information to an orthopaedician and traumatologist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/orthopaedician-and-traumato...  Read Full »

Is Staphylococcus infection dangerous?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex two months back and developed Streptococcal infection within a day. I took Amoxicillin to get rid of it. Within five days developed yeast infection and got treatment for that. Now, I have reactive arthritis. I got two painless red bumps on the back of my hand and I d...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com Could you give me the exact duration of the disease? Which are the joints involved in your case? For reactive arthritis (painful form of inflammatory arthritis), you do not need much of treatment. It normally subsides by itself. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs...  Read Full »

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