Monday, December 07, 2009 jane doe, Community Member, asks

Q: can a car accident cause rheumatoid arthritis?

I was in a car accident in 2007.. had whip lash.. possiblefracture to the scafroid. I also had stress to this accident, I was always in pain, had a hard time getting out of bed. sometimes causing parelization. My joints were swelling up, then i was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis, there is no one in family history with this disease. So is it possible a trauma to the body and stress can cause Rheumatoid arthritis?

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andrew, Community Member
12/14/09 8:08pm

From what I understand, the accident itself is not a cause of RA. But, trauma and other illnesses have been known to trigger the body into full blown symptoms. You were likely already genetically predisposed to RA.

 

Andrew
http://livingwithra.wordpress.com/

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By jane doe, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 12/07/09