Just One More Question About RA!
In this exclusive series, a top rheumatoid arthritis doc tackles your biggest questions. Don't miss her surprising answers.
You know how there never seems to be quite enough time to get all of your questions answered during your doctor visits? Well, HealthCentral's "Just One More Question!" video series is here to help! We're asking the top docs in their field to answer all your Qs so you can get a real handle on your condition.
For this edition on rheumatoid arthritis, we asked rheumatologist Susan M. Goodman, M.D., attending physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, to explain what RA is, who it affects, and what treatment options and lifestyle considerations can help you live your best life with this disease. Here's what she told us.
What Is RA?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is much more than joint pain. Here's what's going on.
Who Gets RA?
Well, women for starters, but men get it, too. Beyond gender, here's what else to know about your RA risk factors.
What Causes RA?
Short answer? We don't know. But here are some factors that influence your risk.
What Are the Earliest Symptoms of RA?
The joint pain and swelling plus fatigue you've been feeling over the past few months? That tracks.
How Is RA Diagnosed?
It starts with a conversation with your doctor and will likely lead to some blood tests.
Is RA Curable?
It won't ever go away completely, but the right treatment can bring long-term remission.