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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What medicines can be taken for pain in the joints of fingers, knees, and toes?

Query: Hello doctor, I had very mild pain in my finger joints about 10 days ago. But, with due course of time, I also developed pain in my knee joints which is mild to severe, and also a mild pain in the toes of the foot. I also have a headache. Further, I took Sinarest last night, and in the morning, I wa...  Read Full »


Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are a number of causes that clinically present with symptoms like joint pains and fever. The few conditions are chikungunya and rheumatic fever. A detailed history needs to be obtained, and I advise you to go for blood investigation like CBP (complete blood pr...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for the numbness and redness in my left pinky finger while moving?

Query: Hello doctor, My pinky finger on my left hand (which is my writing hand) is hurting a lot. I have to keep moving it so it will not go numb and it is going red like in the photos from my pinky down to the knuckle on the side of my hand, it feels strained or dislocated every time. I run cold water on...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cause of redness with or without numbness in your pinky finger could be from Raynaud's phenomenon, nerve disease, vasculitis or rheumatoid arthritis. Since you are complaining it to be related to cold exposures, it is more likely to be Raynaud's phenomenon. This pro...  Read Full »

How to get rid of severe pain in the hip and leg joint?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is experiencing severe pain in her right hip leg joint. She has taken some ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines before. Presently, she is under rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Which hip treatment would you suggest as her age is 81? What are the risk factors of the suggested treat...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. I would suggest only symptomatic treatment because surgical intervention in such old ages can bring complications, and operations are always risky in old age because bone takes time to heal. Any invasive procedure ca...  Read Full »

Can only children with RA get fever or adults as well?

Query: Hello doctor, Is fever found only in children with RA or can adults get this symptom also? I have had a fever (low grade) for nine days, but enough to make me feel more horrible. My rheumatologist said only children get fever from RA. I am 45 years old and was diagnosed years ago but only started wi...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation is present. So, mild fever can occur. But mostly in adults, fever is not as high-grade like that of a child. You are taking disease-modifying drugs and biological drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. These two medications should be c...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in my hand and finger joints?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 69-year-old male. I have suffered from many types of infections several times in my life from systemic candida infection, valley fever, fungus infections and so on. I also have RA, have experienced Reynauld's several times, I also have SLE and have tested positive for MCTD. I al...  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Repeated infections with different organisms including fungal infection indicate severe immune deficiency which could be due to the steroid therapy you take for MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease) or due to other condition like diabetes. So, please tell me the fo...  Read Full »

Which foods are beneficial in arthritis?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is suffering from arthritis. Is cow milk harmful to consume in her case (she drinks it daily)? Which foods are very beneficial for this disease or diet plan to remove it from the body as early as possible? Please reply. I need your help.  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your RA factor is positive. So, for confirming rheumatoid arthritis, anti-CCP investigation can be done. Local part X-ray also needs to be done. Spinach, beet juice, and green leafy vegetabl...  Read Full »

Will long time steroid use for RA prevent me from having children?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male. I have been diagnosed with RA. And another rheumatologist told me I do not have enough symptoms for RA. However, I have been using Methylprednisolone 4 mg for almost four years every day. And this helps me completely get rid of any problems. If I do not take it...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, it is a tough spot you are on. It will be difficult for a new rheumatologist to diagnose if you are already on steroids and the symptoms get masked. But I will try to simplify it for you here. Could you let me know the results of rheumatoid factor, anti-CCP an...  Read Full »

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 assoc...  Read Full »

Are Wysolone, HCQS, Saaz and Shelcal safe during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 26 years old and she is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for the past one year. Now, she is pregnant. Her tablet pattern is Wysolone 2.5 mg in alternative days, HCQS 0-0-1, Saaz 1-1-1 and Shelcal 0-0-1. The lab tests performed were ANA 1+, RA factor less than 20. Are the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. HCQS (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate), Prednisolone (Wysolone), Shelcal (Calcium carbonate and Vitamin D3) are relatively safe in pregnancy and your doctor will stop Saaz (Sulfasalazine) and if possible, Wysolone too.   Read Full »

Will TB lungs exhibit honey comb damage in radiology?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 67-year-old female. I have a significant past medical history of TB and a lifetime history of bronchitis. My arthritis is currently being treated with Remicade. Last month, while in a temporary job I developed severe altitude sickness (SOB, fatigue, and confusion) followed by b...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from chronic bronchitis with rheumatoid arthritis with recently diagnosed with RA related interstitial lung disease or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. You had a history of PTB and taki...  Read Full »

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