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.
Why Does RA Make You Feel so Tired?
Fatigue can be the worst part of having RA. Here's what's going on.
How Does Diet Affect RA?
There's no such thing as an "RA diet," but maintaining a healthy weight will help you manage the disease.
Can I Still Work Out With RA?
Regular exercise makes a world of difference in how you feel. There are some things to consider before starting a routine with RA.
How Can I Prevent RA Flares?
First things first: Check in with your doc about whether your treatment is working for you.