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danasparks

Wed, Jan 20 at 5:02pm EST by danasparks · View  

Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis

close-up of hands with rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

Complications

Rheumatoid arthritis increases your risk of developing:

  • Osteoporosis. Rheumatoid arthritis itself, along with some medications used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, can increase your risk of osteoporosis — a condition that weakens your bones and makes them more prone to fracture.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. If rheumatoid arthritis affects your wrist, the inflammation can compress the nerve that serves most of your hand and fingers.
  • Heart problems. Rheumatoid arthritis can increase your risk of hardened and blocked arteries, as well as inflammation of the sac that encloses your heart.
  • Lung disease. People with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of inflammation and scarring of the lung tissues, which can lead to progressive shortness of breath.

Read about the symptoms, causes, treatments, risk factors and more. 

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jstreed

Tue, Jan 19 at 11:09am EST by jstreed · View  

Thumb Arthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

It can make some of the most everyday actions painful, even impossible.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Sanj Kakar discusses thumb arthritis.

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Thumb Arthritis

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lizatorborg

Nov 14, 2015 by lizatorborg · View  

Mayo Clinic Q and A: With psoriatic arthritis, the sooner therapy is started, the better

closeup of itchy dry skin, psoriasis on elbow

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and am confused about all of the treatment options. What do you recommend for your patients?

ANSWER: Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that develops in some people who have psoriasis — a chronic skin condition characterized by thickened, reddish patches of skin that are often flecked with dry, white scales. It can cause painful, swollen joints — similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Any joint can be affected, and the pain can range from mild to severe. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, you may find that symptoms flare up, recede and then flare up again.

People with psoriatic arthritis often feel worn down by the chronic itching and pain that accompany the two diseases. Although there’s no cure, there are effective treatments that can help relieve the symptoms and even help prevent further joint damage. The sooner therapy is started, the less time the disease has to progress and cause permanent damage to your joints.  [...]

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stheimer

Nov 9, 2015 by stheimer · View  

Deaths From Heart Disease Declining Among Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Rheumatoid arthritis patients are twice as likely as the average person to develop heart disease, but a new study shows that efforts to prevent heart problems and diagnose and treat heart disease early may be paying off. Despite the heightened danger, deaths from cardiovascular disease among people with rheumatoid arthritis are declining, the research found. The study was among Mayo Clinic research being presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

Other Mayo studies discussed at the conference chronicled a significant increase in gout; examined rare intestinal microbes in rheumatoid arthritis patients; and discovered that people with rheumatoid arthritis use opioid painkillers at a hCoronary artery diseaseigher rate than the general public, but that it isn’t related to disease severity.

In the study on rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease, researchers looked at heart disease deaths within 10 years of rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis among two groups of people: 315 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis from 2000 to 2007 and 498 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in the 1980s and 1990s. They also looked at heart disease deaths among 813 people without the rheumatic disease. Roughly two-thirds of patients studied were women, and the average age was 60.

They found a significantly lower rate of deaths from heart disease in the more recently diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients than in those diagnosed earlier: 2.8 percent and 7.9 percent, respectively.

Media contact: Sharon Theimer in Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005 or newsbureau@mayo.edu.

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jstreed

Oct 12, 2015 by jstreed · View  

Exercise and Osteoarthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Shreyasee Amin has some tips on staying active while dealing with the pain of osteoarthritis.

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Exercise and osteoarthritis

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jstreed

Aug 24, 2015 by jstreed · View  

Quality Health Care/Enlarged Prostate/Thumb Arthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio

Quality health care is something we all want. But what does it mean ... and how can we find it? This week on Mayo Clinic Radio, endocrinologist Dr. Victor Montori outlines the criteria you can use in choosing a quality provider. Also on the program, one of the most common problems men have as they age is an enlarged prostate gland - urologist Dr. Amy Krambeck explains how an enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia, is diagnosed and treated; and severe pain, swelling and decreased range of motion in your thumb may be a sign of arthritis - orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sanjeev Kakar discusses what can be done to treat thumb arthritis.

Here's the podcast: MayoClinicRadio 08-22-15 PODCAST

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rdietman

Aug 17, 2015 by rdietman · View  

Mayo Clinic Radio: Quality Health Care/Enlarged Prostate/Thumb Arthritis

Quality health care is something we all want. But what does it mean ... and how can we find it? This week on Mayo Clinic Radio, endocrinologist Dr. Victor Montori outlines the criteria you can use in choosing a quality provider. Also on the program, one of the most common problems men have as they age is an enlarged prostate gland - urologist Dr. Amy Krambeck explains how an enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia, is diagnosed and treated; and severe pain, swelling and decreased range of motion in your thumb may be a sign of arthritis - orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sanjeev Kakar discusses what can be done to treat thumb arthritis.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: The number of a particular procedure done each year by a provider can be one indicator of the quality.

Miss the show?  Here's the podcast: MayoClinicRadio 08-22-15 PODCAST

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Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.

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jstreed

Aug 5, 2015 by jstreed · View  

CDC Arthritis Rate: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Shreyasee Amin comments on numbers out from the CDC on the rates of arthritis.

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Arthritis Rate

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jstreed

Jul 28, 2015 by jstreed · View  

Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Smoking can have all kinds of negative effects on your body.  Did you know that includes rheumatoid arthritis?  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Eric Matteson explains why.

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Smoking and RA

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jstreed

Jul 17, 2015 by jstreed · View  

ACL-Osteoarthritis Study: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Michael Stuart explains how studying people with A-C-L injuries could help osteoarthritis patients.

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ACL Osteoarthritis Study

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jstreed

Jul 16, 2015 by jstreed · View  

Rethinking Rheumatoid Arthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. John Davis discusses current and future therapies for rheumatoid arthritis.

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Rethinking RA

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jstreed

Jun 3, 2015 by jstreed · View  

Thumb Arthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

It's more common than you might imagine.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Sanj Kakar fills us in on thumb arthritis.

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Thumb Arthritis

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jstreed

Apr 17, 2015 by jstreed · View  

Osteoarthritis and Weight: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Shreyasee Amin tells us about the association between osteoarthritis and being overweight.

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Osteoarthritis and Weight

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jstreed

Apr 13, 2015 by jstreed · View  

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cardiovascular Risk: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, we hear from Dr. Eric Matteson on the increased cardiovascular risk for women with rheumatoid arthritis.

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RA and CV Risk

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jstreed

Jan 2, 2015 by jstreed · View  

Hand Arthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Shreyasee Amin addresses some of the risk factors for osteoarthritis in the hand.

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Hand Arthritis

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jstreed

Dec 26, 2014 by jstreed · View  

CDC Arthritis Rate: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Shreyasee Amin comments on numbers out from the CDC on the rates of arthritis.

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Arthritis Rates

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jstreed

Dec 12, 2014 by jstreed · View  

Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Smoking can have all kinds of negative effects on your body.  Did you know that includes rheumatoid arthritis?  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Eric Matteson explains why.

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Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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lizatorborg

Nov 24, 2014 by lizatorborg · View  

Tuesday Q and A: Reverse shoulder arthroplasty may be best option for patient with torn rotator cuff and arthritis

illustration of shoulder anatomy rotator cuff tearDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have severe arthritis in my shoulder. I recently found out my rotator cuff is also torn. I can’t lift my arm much anymore without a lot of pain. My doctor recommends reverse shoulder arthroplasty. What does this surgery involve? How successful is it for someone in my situation?illustration of shoulder arthroplasty

ANSWER: Reverse shoulder arthroplasty is surgery used to replace a damaged shoulder joint. The procedure differs from standard shoulder replacement surgery because it switches the shoulder’s normal ball-and-socket structure around to allow for more stability in the joint after surgery. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty is particularly useful for people like you who have a damaged rotator cuff along with shoulder arthritis. In such cases, this surgery often can effectively reduce pain and increase shoulder mobility. [...]

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stheimer

Nov 17, 2014 by stheimer · View  

Blood Test Could Prevent Medication Trial and Error for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

ds00020_im02689_r7_rheumatoidarthritisthuBoston — A molecule in the blood shows promise as a marker to predict whether individual rheumatoid arthritis patients are likely to benefit from biologic medications or other drugs should be tried, a Mayo Clinic-led study shows. The protein, analyzed in blood tests, may help avoid trial and error with medications, sparing patients treatment delays and unnecessary side effects and expense. The research is among several Mayo Clinic studies presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Boston.

Researchers tested blood samples taken before rheumatoid arthritis treatment was given. The patients then were treated with anti-inflammatory biologic drugs, tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors, a new class of medications used for rheumatoid arthritis. They found that a protein made by the immune system, type 1 interferon, appears to serve as a valid marker to tell whether individual rheumatoid arthritis patients will respond to biologics, or other medications should be tried.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

Journalists: Sound bites of Dr. Niewold are available in the downloads below.

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lizatorborg

Nov 15, 2014 by lizatorborg · View  

Weekend Wellness: Carpal tunnel affects hands, symptoms differ from arthritis

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a job in which I make repetitive movements with my hand, and have had pain and numbness in my hand for years. I assumed it was due to osteoarthritis, which I was diagnosed with 20 years ago. But my doctor thinks it may be carpal tunnel syndrome. Are the two conditions related? How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?illustration of hand with carpal tunnel

ANSWER: Although carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis can happen together, the causes of the two conditions are not related. But if you are diagnosed with osteoarthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, effective treatments are available for both.

When you have arthritis within your hand, the two most common places to get it are the ends of the finger joints and at the base of the thumb. From your description, it sounds like you may have thumb arthritis. Arthritis happens when the cartilage in your joints wears away. Without cartilage to cushion them, the ends of the bones in the joint rub together. That can lead to a variety of symptoms. [...]

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