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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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I have RA and suffering from swollen feet and unbearable pain. Should I got to an ER?

Query: Hello doctor, I have RA and have been on prednisone for 15 years or more. I was tapered off with the last dose taken five months before. I now can barely walk, my pain is unbearable, and my right leg and foot are swollen. I have tried every OVC pain medication possible, and nothing is working. What...  Read Full »


Dr. Srivastava Durgesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think you need more DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs), preferably a combination of Leflunomide, and Methotrexate should be tried. And Prednisolone will be required until the Dmards combo works. It does not help in reducing the steroids dose in three to...  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 had unusual symptoms. It started with joint and stomach pain. Then, it was a lot worse 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 ...  Read Full »


Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

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...  Read Full »

I married my first cousin. Will this affect our child?

Query: Hi doctor, I have married my first cousin, daughter of my maternal uncle. I would like to know, will there be any genetic issue with our future kid. What are the things we need to take care off? Do we need to take any test? Could you please give some guidance on this. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your situation. Genetic disorders are more likely in such marriages. I am not trying to scare you but if there is any familial disease in your family it would be good to get it checked in early pregnancy. Any autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, a...  Read Full »

My hands are swollen after taking multiple vaccines. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I was given Hepatitis A and B, Shingles, PPSV23, and the latest COVID-19 vaccines. The first week I could not lift my arms. I have had nothing but problems, since both hands have been swollen, and can barely use them. And I can not get anyone to help me. What should I do? I was prescribed...  Read Full »


Dr. Davra Kaushalkumar Dilipbhai

Answer: Hi, We welcome you to the icliniq.com family. I appreciate the confidence you place in me for your healthcare consultation. I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing these symptoms after receiving multiple vaccinations. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Firstly, yo...  Read Full »

Can I have a side effect due to Methotrexate 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 was 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 y...  Read Full »

I have pain in my left knee and wrist. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with RA two years back and I am taking treatment for the same. My left knee is affected badly and the swelling is not coming down. Initially, I was not able to walk, but now I can walk slowly but cannot climb the staircase or fold my left leg completely. Recently I am ge...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your rheumatoid arthritis is not controlled which is evident from your high ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) of 60. The reason for this is that you are not adequa...  Read Full »

Does Hodgkin's lymphoma elevate CD3 and CD57 NK cells?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently tested positive for Lyme disease. I have a history of stage IIA lymphoma, 15 years ago, and I am in full remission ever since. My reports, that I have attached, show elevated CD3 and CD57 NK cells. The lab recommended that an oncologist looks at this for a possible Hodgkin'...  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Hassan Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lyme disease is usually associated with decreased CD57, especially in the chronic form. But, the lab findings reveal a high CD57. It also reveals high CD3 levels. Both high CD57 and CD3 ...  Read Full »

I have had random body aches recently. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old married female. I have had moderate to severe fatigue intermittently for about six months. My recent laboratory work was all good, except for the RF, which was 29. Sed rate was normal, and ANA was negative. I have random body aches as if I am coming down with the flu...  Read Full »


Dr. Puri Divya Inder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your first query consult is on us! Your pains do not seem to be due to RA (rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation of the joints). Sometimes episodic pains can occur in RA with swelling, which usually lasts a day or two, and then goes to another joint. This is called palin...  Read Full »

Which medication offers relief to my mother's fibromyalgia?

Query: Hi doctor,Five years ago my mother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I think she also has rheumatoid arthritis. For the past five years, she was managing the pain with anti-inflammatory medicine, Lyrica, Mythycobal, Voltaren injections, herbal creams, etc. You can see the veins in her hands popping o...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all your mother does not have rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia. From her reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) I found that she has connective tissue disorder and the most possible diagnosis would be systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Th...  Read Full »

Why do I get swollen hands and feet post fever treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old. My sickness started with a slight fever Tuesday night, then Wednesday I got a higher temperature 100 degree Fahrenheit. Then Thursday night rashes appeared. I went to a local doctor Friday morning as my fever reach 102 degree Fahrenheit . They gave me a fast drip to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aleph

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Has this happened before or is it the first time? Can you describe the rashes or better a photo of it? Is it itchy, is it generalized or located in specific areas, blanching, flat or elevated? Regarding the swelling of the hands and feet, Is it the first time? Does taki...  Read Full »

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