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14 Things That Could Be Making Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Worse

CreakyJoints discusses every day habits that could be making rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms worse according to experts including Elizabeth Schulman, MD, rheumatologist at HSS.

Dr. Schulman explained that a cold or sore throat could cause a disease flare. “Infections, including both viruses and bacteria, can trigger activation of your immune system.” In addition to prompt treatment, any symptoms from the infection should be shared with a doctor to determine if medications need to be adjusted.

Having an additional chronic condition can also be a trigger for RA. Dr. Schulman noted some chronic conditions have symptoms that can overlap symptoms of RA. “For instance, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia are two different illnesses that can cause pain, and it’s important for your rheumatologist to help tease out those differences.” 

If symptoms continue or get worse, Dr. Schulman advised, “Rheumatologists rely on your symptoms to help guide treatment decisions and determine if your medications are working for you.”

Read the full article at CreakyJoints.org.