Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that results in chronic inflammation and can affect the joints, skin, eyes, heart, and blood vessels. The symptoms include tender and warm joints, joint stiffness, fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite. Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of osteoporosis, infections, heart and lung problems, and lymphoma.

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Do all my symptoms occur due to lupus?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 44 year old female, and I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and Sjogren's syndrome, with symptoms dating back to as young as six years old. I have also been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, thyroiditis, Raynaud disease, right-sided heart enlargeme...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The diagnosis of asthma is doubtful as pulmonary issues are seen in conditions you are already suffering from like SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) and rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, the right term for you is MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease), which are associa...  Read Full »

Can my mother take the COVID-19 vaccine if she has rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother has been diagnosed with Hepatitis B a year ago and consuming Entecavir 0.5 mg once daily. I have attached reports taken two months ago. Also, I have attached the discharge summary when she was admitted for Hepatitis B for your reference. Her BP levels are 150/100 mm Hg. So far,...  Read Full »


Dr. Nupoor Acharya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have not mentioned her arthritis in detail. I assume she has rheumatoid arthritis looking at her pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). What are her symptoms at present? How much pain and stiffness does she have? The treatment will dep...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take the COVID vaccine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother aging 56-year-old, has rheumatoid arthritis for almost seven years. She also has high blood pressure for 20 years. She has got an appointment for a the COVID-19 vaccine in a few days. I wondered if it is reasonably safe for her to get the vaccine given her condition, which I...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I went through your report (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is absolutely safe to get the COVID vaccine, and for the patient with rheumatoid arthritis, it is mandatory to get vaccinated as early as possible because these patients are on ...  Read Full »

Do you know whether steroids help to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor,My mom is taking Prednisolone oral tabs daily in the morning. She is taking it for the past five years. Recently she got red spots on her body. The doctors stopped this medicine for weeks. she got very ill. At that time, she was on TB medication. TB is not detected, still prescribed. After...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For rheumatoid arthritis, now very good DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) available. No need to take steroids for a long time. Probably she is suffering from vasculitis or other autoimmune disorder, which will give temporary relief with steroids and fla...  Read Full »

Are burning pain and difficulty in walking indicative of rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 53 years old with no significant medical history. I have been trying to lose weight and recently increase my level of activity by practicing yoga for 20 minutes a day. I am 5'2,'' and my weight is 141 pounds. Around last week I noticed some edema on my left upper knee that made w...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, there is a visible difference in the circumference of the left thigh (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is difficult to be precise as the history and examination findings are limited. There is no history of injury. You are not at risk of...  Read Full »

What are laboratory tests available to detect rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have painful swelling of the joints for the last three years. It started on my right hip, then right knee joint. Now I have a painful swollen right knee. I cannot sit, walk fast. My family doctor prescribed the tablet Indometacin and then referred me to an Orthopedic doctor. They belie...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohamad Ali Rida

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Seeing your weight, this might be early osteoarthritis. However, if there is swelling, we need to tap the knee and get the fluid. I suggest taking some laboratory tests to rule out rheumatoid arthritis-like ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), CRP (C-reactive protein)...  Read Full »

Can I have a side effect due to Methotrexate taken for arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor, I was advised to take Methotrexate 15 mg. I am taking it for nine weeks. I get a lot of joint pain, especially in the shoulders, elbows, and fingers. I have some skin issues. My doctor told me it as psoriatic arthritis. My doctor has advised me to use Enstilar spray and Eukroma cream. Is...  Read Full »


Dr. Reinhard Spyra

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Methotrexate is a well-known drug used for arthritis. If you have regular control, then you can manage its side effects. Their side effects are treatable. But arthritis damages joints and it is irreversible. Some people split their dosage or take it in the evening. If you d...  Read Full »

Are joint pain, rashes, and Raynaud's syndrome related to an autoimmune disease?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past few years, I have unusual symptoms. It started with joint and stomach pain. Then, it was a lot worse in times during my monthly cycle. More recently, in the past few years, I have developed an intense reaction to UV exposure. I develop a rash all over my body which used to t...  Read Full »


Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and the history provided above. These symptoms like photosensitive rash, joint pains, or Raynaud's individually do not mean anything, but they suggest an individual tendency towards autoimmune conditions if occurring together. Based o...  Read Full »

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause joint pain, anemia, swollen lymph node, and fever?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. My height is 5 feet 3 inches and my weight is 97 lbs. I started experiencing pain in my joints an year ago. The pain continued and increased in intensity. Before eight months I was told that my blood was a bit low. I fractured my arm very easily seven months ag...  Read Full »


Dr. Nischith

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you have been diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis through your blood and clinical parameters. You have been treated for anemia and arm fracture. Your blood reports say you have high inflammatory markers. To diagnose rheumatic arthritis, we need to have ...  Read Full »

What are the causes of pain radiating from the hip to toe?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 43 years old and she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis three months back. She has a serum uric acid level of 4.3 mg/dl and an RF IgM antibody of 132.1 units/ml. Her treatment was started by taking Defcort 6 mg for a week, Methotrexate 15 mg for three months, HCQS 200...  Read Full »


Dr. Rishav Bansal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Pain radiating from hip to toe occurs due to sciatica and it does not occur due to rheumatoid arthritis. Your mother needs to take nerve suppressing painkillers and physiotherapy. Regarding other joint pains, we need to rule out the cause after having a detailed his...  Read Full »

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