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Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Sjögren’s Syndrome: What’s the Difference?

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Sjögren’s Syndrome: What’s the Difference?

Like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Sjögren’s syndrome (pronounced SHOW-grins, sometimes called SS) is an autoimmune disease. If you have been diagnosed with RA, your rheumatology team may also have you screened for Sjögren’s syndrome. This is because...
Posted 07/25/2022

Muscle Twitches and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can RA Cause Muscle Spasms?

Muscle Twitches and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can RA Cause Muscle Spasms?

If you’re living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you may occasionally experience muscle twitches (also called muscle spasms). These random muscle movements can make it hard to sleep, exercise, and carry on with your day-to-day activities.Members...
Posted 07/21/2022

RA and Gallbladder Issues: Gallstones, Removal, and More

RA and Gallbladder Issues: Gallstones, Removal, and More

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is most commonly associated with joint inflammation and pain. However, this chronic autoimmune disease can have effects on many other organ systems, including the bones, lungs, and blood — and potentially the gallbladder....
Posted 07/06/2022

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Fibromyalgia: What’s the Difference?

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Fibromyalgia: What’s the Difference?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes significant pain throughout the body. Many researchers believe it occurs when the body misinterprets signals sent through the spinal cord and processes them as painful, even when they are not. Fibromyalgia...
Posted 06/02/2022

Secondary Sjögren’s Syndrome: How RA Can Affect the Eyes

Secondary Sjögren’s Syndrome: How RA Can Affect the Eyes

Most people know rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a joint condition, but it can affect other parts of the body, including the eyes. Sjögren’s syndrome is a rheumatic disease that causes dry eyes, which can increase the risk of eye infections and...
Posted 06/02/2022

Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis and RA: What To Know

Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis and RA: What To Know

Some people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can develop eye complications due to the same inflammation that attacks their joints. Peripheral ulcerative keratitis (PUK) — also called corneal ulceration — is an eye disease that may lead to...
Posted 05/04/2022

High Blood Pressure and Rheumatoid Arthritis: What’s the Connection?

High Blood Pressure and Rheumatoid Arthritis: What’s the Connection?

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of high blood pressure, also called hypertension. The two conditions are comorbidities, meaning they commonly occur together. Large research studies have found the prevalence of...
Posted 01/18/2022

Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Is There a Connection?

Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Is There a Connection?

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a higher risk of osteoporosis than the general population. Inflammation from RA itself, long-term use of corticosteroids taken for the treatment of RA symptoms, and a sedentary lifestyle among people with...
Posted 11/15/2021

Felty Syndrome: Enlarged Spleen and Frequent Infections in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Felty Syndrome: Enlarged Spleen and Frequent Infections in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Frequent infections are an unfortunate part of life for some people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One member of myRAteam wrote, “In the past year, I had three urinary infections, a respiratory infection, ear infection, and a sinus infection.”...
Posted 11/15/2021

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes: Understanding the Connection

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes: Understanding the Connection

The connection between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and diabetes mellitus — commonly referred to as diabetes — is complex because the two conditions are risk factors for one another. In other words, having one of the conditions seems to raise a...
Posted 11/11/2021
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