ANSWER TO QUESTION REGARDING "OVERLAPPING ARTHRITIS"
From a reader: "I have
an overlapping arthritis, based on my last x-rays, I have deterioration in all
of the fingers on my left hand, as well as my knuckles and wrists on both
hands. I also have deterioration in 3 fingers on my right hand. ...
I would like to know
if you could advise me of any arthritis drugs that could maybe slow down the
Answer: Deterioration could mean several things - including joint deformities or joint erosions.
An even more important question deals with whether you have
active joint disease that would respond to even more aggressive therapy. Perhaps the damage is done, so to speak. If that is the case, no drug is going to
reverse the deformities that have developed as a result of the unchecked
inflammation of progressive rheumatoid arthritis.
You mention swelling, but you have no morning
stiffness. Usually, patients with active
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