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Q: What is the likelihood that my child will have RA, if I have RA?

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
9/20/10 12:02pm

like Ellen said, it's impossible to say. However, given your family history and your own experience with the disease, should your daughter develop symptoms of RA, it's more likely that she will be diagnosed and treated quickly, which increases the chances of her joints not developing the same kind of damage they might otherwise.

 

 

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kellnlisa, Community Member
9/23/10 4:03pm

I was diagnosed with RA in 1994. I was asked by my doc if anyone in my family had been diagnosed with this disease. The kicker of it all is, NO, no one in my family has RA. I was then told that RA is usually not hereditary, my RA was blamed on my occupation. I had been a master barber since the late 80's, and my doc told me my RA was caused from repitious movement day after day. Standing and cutting hair for 10 hours a day. I have one son, fixing to be 27 y/o in Dec. He hasn't had symptoms as of yet, but his job requirement is staying on the computer 8 hrs plus everyday.

I have started having pain in my arms, wrist, and neck, and scheduled for a MRI in a week or so. Neurologist thinks it mat be corpul tunnel. This has raised a red flag with him. So i do wonder if what my doc told me is correct. Is RA hereditary?

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RAMother, Community Member
9/23/10 8:18pm

I pray everyday that my daughter does not start to show symptoms, but if she does, I have more information to help her deal with it than I ever had. My last rheumatologist was the Dean of Rheumatology at UMASS Medical Center. She was as good as they come, but she never once said anything about passing it on to my daughter. I guess they really don't know. There does appear to be a hereditary factor, then I talk to people like you that say there was none in their family. So, that gives me hope for my daughter. Thank you for taking the time to tell me your story. All of you, thank you.

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lil!em, Community Member
9/26/10 7:03am

Hi all,

Like Kellnlisa there is no history of RA in my family at all. I was formally diagnosed at 2 years old and had a very difficult childhood and adolescence from it, being in and out of wheelchairs/hospitals/new trial drugs etc etc. I am incredibly lucky however that I didn't develop any permanent physical deformities from it, aside from having to monitor low bone density and am now told that due to my RA being of such a volatile nature from such a young age I should not suffer any extreme flare ups again and only have the chronic but relatively mild effects (touch wood). Im now 25 and thinking of children and so of course I am concerned about my children having RA. My rheumatologist has assured me that there is not much of a risk that any children I have will develop it as according to her there is no familial link. Im still not entirely convinced that there isn't but she is the one with a medical degree and 30 odd years experience and for most of my life has been pretty spot on. So I guess all I and anyone else in my position can do is learn all we can, make our choices, go with it and deal with whatever happens when and if it happens.

 

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sjolyjuly, Community Member
12/ 5/10 2:41pm

If you have RA and your spouse does not the chances that your child will inherit the susceptibility - there is no such thing as inheriting the disorder - will be about 50-50.  Whether or not a person with inherited susceptibility gets the condition is dependent on the environment, the other things happening in his or her life.  That is also true of other genetic predispositions, like breast cancer.

 

There is a good explanation at the 'arthritis alternatives' website.

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sudha, Community Member
3/18/11 11:17am

my age is 38 female. i am suffering from Ra after my daughters birth. it is severe now. can my daughter now age 25 get the same disorders and Ar. what is test and precautions to be used  by me to safeguard my daughter from RA. What are the symptoms and tests and treatment.

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sudha, Community Member
3/18/11 11:18am

my age is 38 female. i am suffering from Ra after my daughters birth. it is severe now. can my daughter now age 25 get the same disorders and Ar. what is test and precautions to be used  by me to safeguard my daughter from RA. What are the symptoms and tests and treatment.

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tque, Community Member
3/18/11 5:00pm

My paternal Great Grandmother had RA, and one of my paternal Aunts have RA.  I was officially diagonosed on 3/7/11 with RA.  My mother's family does not have it, and as far as I know, there are no other members of my Dad's family who have RA.

 

You know what to watch for with your daughter...Catch it early and treat it early and she has a good chance at normalcy.

 

T

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