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

Query: Hi I was prescribed methotrexate 15mg a week I am on my ninth week. Is this a safe medication? I regularly done blood tests? I used to get a lot of joint pain especially in shoulder elbow and finger. I also got skin issues so my doctor said it will be psoriatic arthritis? My dermatologist has giv...  Read Full »

Dr. Reinhard Spyra


Answer: Hello Welcome to icliniq. I'm happy to answer your query with a background of 40 years in Rheumatology. Please be aware that this is for information and doesn't replace the privileged patient-doctor relationship. Methotrexate, the drug is used worldwide, very well known since half a century for ar...  Read Full »

Do you know whether steroids help to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hi . My mom is taking Prednisolone oral tabs daily in the morning. she is taking it for past 5 years. recently she got red spots in her body . docs stopped this medicine for weeks . she got very ill. at tat time she was in tb medication. tb is not detected. still prescribed. after getting worse do...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello Dear sorry about your mother's health condition. For rheumatoid arthritis now very good DMARDS available. No need of taking steroid for a long time. Probably she is suffering from vasculitis or other autoimmune disorder which will give temporary relief with steroids and flare up of symptom...  Read Full »

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

Query: Good day doctor I am a 22 year old female. 5.3' and 97lbs And I started experiencing pain in my joints an year ago.The pain continued and increased in intensity. Before eight monts I was told that my blood was a bit low. I fractured my arm very easily before seven months. After that the pain was a...  Read Full »

Dr. Nischith

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hello , I understand that you have been diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis through your Blood and clinical parameters. You have been treated for Anaemia and Arm fracture. Your blood reports say , you Are having high inflammatory markers. To diagnose Rhematic arthritis , we need to have several ...  Read Full »

What can cause pain in and around the ankles after waking up in the morning?

Query: My wife feels pain in and around the ankle of her both feet just after sleeping in the morning. She gets some relief after walking some steps within half an hour. There is small lump like swelling at the anterior side of the ankle region. The problem started 1 year ago with mild symptom but at pr...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupoor Acharya


Answer: Hello. Welcome to iclinique. The symptoms you have described in your wife is suggestive of inflammatory arthritis. Ankle arthritis can be seen in different conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathy, sarcoidosis, Ponset's disease etc. It is essential to know if your wife have other sy...  Read Full »

What does it mean if you have an elevated ESR?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 32 years old, and she recently got a blood test done and her ESR is 120. She frequently falls sick and suffers from leg pains, body pains, and sore throat. We consulted the doctor, and he said some infection is hidden but not coming out. I am much worried about her health. Can...  Read Full »

Dr. Rohit Jain

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Only ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) does not tell us anything specific. We need more details to find out where the infection is. In arthritic diseases, an elevated ESR is most closely associated with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA). Rhe...  Read Full »

Please suggest a solution to my increasing hip pain and swollen ankle.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44-year-old male. I have left hip pain for two and half months. Left hip pain started gradually two and a half months back, while doing repetitive hip hyper flexing exercises, jogging, and stretching exercises. Initially, the pain is present on the back of the hip, while doing ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Agarwal


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There seems to be arthritis going on. The MRI report shows (attachment removed to protect patient identity) an effusion of the hip joint, and as you explain, the ankle also swelled up once. The blood reports seem normal, except for mildly elevated WBC (white blood c...  Read Full »

I married my first cousin. Will my child be affected genetically?

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 Gupta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

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, any ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for the past four years and it was diagnosed six months ago. I feel excruciating pain in my lower and upper limb joints and I am not feeling relief even after taking NSAIDs. I was given steroids and penicillin, and it did not work properly. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Kumar

Rheumatologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A diagnosed case of rheumatoid arthritis on biological agent, still having pain needs to evaluated in detail. Pain can originate from muscle, nerves, or joints. The odd point is diarrhea for a month and it needs to be evaluated. It can be due to drug-related or disease-...  Read Full »

How long will it take for the elevated D-dimer level to decrease after an infection in an older person?

Query: Hello doctor, My uncle is 63 years old. He was detected positive and had some issues with the oxygen level so was admitted in the hospital for around 15 days. He was tested negative and brought home. In a day the situation changed and his sugar level was high that it could not even get detected on...  Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Family Physician, Infectious Diseases Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. D-dimer is a portion of the blood clotting proteins that get elevated during increased clotting states like disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) (or simply widespread coagulation in various organs in the body). The latter gets also activated in this disease, ...  Read Full »

Can my grandmother discontinue one of her gout medicines?

Query: My 83 year old mother is taking two different medications for gout. She is having lots of hand and shoulder pain, as well as weakness (unable to grip her walker and even at times hold a water bottle) I was told by the pharmacist that one of the prescriptions she's on daily is usually for flare up...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Kumar

Rheumatologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, The symptoms you are describing is not usually seen or not usually related to gout unless it is chronic tophaceous gout. This may be the symptoms of : 1. CTS 2. Flare of RA If the symptoms are more in early morning and gradually decreases to some extent then it may be due to RA. If the sym...  Read Full »

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