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Have paining, swollen knee and calf. Blood test done. On medication but no relief

Helo I have knee pain and swelling on my knee and calf I can't walk properly and can't bend my leg it's very pain full situation I'm 30 yr old and I have never problem before but last four months this problem start and my doctor refer me to rethmoligiest specialist and he took my blood test and my reports show my RA is +ve so he start the medicine but problem is still there and nothing difference please reply me I become normal life or not thanks
Asked On : Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Hello, swelling in calf can be due to a problem called popliteal cyst or Baker's cyst which generally occurs in long standing arthritis. Knee swelling can be aspirated but definite management will be with DMARD which needs to be adjusted every 6 weeks till you have maximum benifit. Once the dose is adjusted you can have almost normal life though there are some issues with arthritis as it affects other organ system of the body also like lungs. Age related + chronic arthritis issues can manifest later which can be taken care off lately. Thank you
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