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Can Physical Injury (trauma) Trigger (activate) RA?

Can Physical Injury (trauma) Trigger (activate) RA?

Hi, I've had RA since 2002.

I've been in FULL remission (no meds or symptoms) multiple times (for 1 or more years); and then it gets re-activated. Each time my RA becomes active it is related to physical joint trauma/injury.

Does anybody else have a similar story or know of articles, documents, books, or Rhuemys that can substantiate joint trauma being a trigger for RA activation?

Below are 5 articles I have seen so far (with a relevant quote from each):

1. A case–… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

I had a significant flare (more severe than ever experienced) after recent rotator cuff surgery - and I am seronegative (like the people in the study shared by Tinman67KS). When I first asked the surgeon, he did not seem to think there was a connection, but after a few months of my continued symptoms of inflammatory arthritis, he did say it could have caused it! Thank you for sharing the article!

posted over 3 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

My RA was initiated by a major back surgery. I have Degenerative Disk Disease which cause scoliosis in my spine. I ended up having to have a four level @fusion with rods, screws and spinal cage. After about 2 wks post op my knees starts to swell and hurt. I didn't know why,just thought it was from the therapy I was doing. This continued periodically for a few months. Then both my wrist swelled, My left wrist had such pain that I had to go to the ER in the middle of the night. The nurse looked at my wrist and said you have RA don't you. I said I don't think so. The following day I saw my GP, he did blood work and said I did have RA and sent me to a Rhumy. I later had to have surgery on that wrist, the swelling never went out of it, the orthopedist that did the surgery said the fluids in that wrist had turned to a thick gel.

edited, originally posted about 3 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I was diagnosed following a major spinal surgery. 2 months after surgery while in rehab both knees swelled up like balloons and couldnt bend them. My therapist ask me then if I had ra, after this happend a couple more times she told me to ask my gp to test me which I did , the test was positive.

posted over 3 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I believe trauma is a trigger, also physical health and emotional problems. Mine was triggered by surgery. But it's my opinion and not evidence based.

posted over 3 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I believe this to be true. My RA symptoms started right after my best friend died of Breast cancer. I was living with her in the end to care for her. Once I got home and started gardening, my hands were swollen and sore. I had no idea what was going on.

posted over 3 years ago
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