Rheumatoid Arthritis Question

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   Posted 1/26/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know if genetics play a role in RA?  My grandfather was severly disabled from RA and I was wondering what the chances are that others in the family could get it.
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   Posted 1/27/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
What they know is that autoimune diseases run in families. So if grandfather had RA others in the family are more likelly to get any of the autoimmune diseases.
In my family my uncle had MS. I have RA. My ikder sister has Fibro, My mother and her sisters all have an odd autoimmune skin disorder, my younger sister has psoriasis. No one else has RA.

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   Posted 2/15/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree.  My Aunt came down with symptoms when she was 50.  I was 3.  But, my family is large... and we are the only two. :-)
Age 3 fell on my knee.  I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in all my joints, Patellar-Femoral Syndrome, GERD, degenerative hip disease
Medications routine: Mobic, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Nexium.

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   Posted 2/16/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
i believe it is in families, but not limited to that. both my mom and i have RA. i was diagnosed first as mom never let docs know all her pain til i was diagnosed then she thought maybe she should look into it. years of not treating her pain has resulted in noted joint damage. we also think her mom had it and never was treated. her moms hands looked like ours and i recall her complaining once in a while about them hurting real bad. in my family we dont really talk about pain, for some reason it is looked at as weakness? idk why? also both my daughters also have joint pains when they participate in a lot of sports. i worry about them. i pray they dont have to ever deal with the chronic pain. hope my story helps? goodluck~*yally

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   Posted 2/17/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
RA is an AI disease.. and AI disease can be passed down.. it sort of 'opens the door' for other AI disorders..
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   Posted 2/25/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Maternal Grandfather - RA
My mom's sister - RA
Me - RA
Arthritis (poss. RA) - Doc scripts: Enbrel, Methotrexate, Celebrex, Folic acid.  Self-scripts: Glucosamine, GNC Men's Sport multi-vitamin.

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