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What causes rheumatoid arthritis?


After 6years of BP meds I am now getting rheumatoid arthritis; my bones are aching and a bone on the back of my hand has begun to get larger: at the end of the big thumb between the wrist and the end of thumb. what could be causing this arthritis; i am health savvy meaning that i take vitamin supplements and eat the five a day too with moderate exercise: stationary bike.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014
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Hello,

I have studied your case with diligence.

If not relieved then possibility of polyarthritis needs to be considered

Rheumatoid arthritis may involve small joints and early morning stiffness in joints, do you have such complain?
Ankylosing spondylitis typically involve spine and hips with other large joint also. There is reduced chest function in this disease. Stiffness in spine is increased do you have such stiffness in spine?

When such patients come to our hospital I advise them blood test like RA factor, ACCP, ESR, complete blood count, HLA B27

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.
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