Rheumatoid Arthritis

Soha Dolatabadi, MD -  - Internist

Soha Dolatabadi, MD

Internist & Rheumatologist located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Rheumatoid Arthritis Specialist
Dr. Dolatabadi is a dual board-certified rheumatologist with extensive experience managing autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. By employing safe, advanced treatment techniques, she helps men and women In Westlake and throughout the Downtown Los Angeles, CA, area relieve symptoms and enjoy optimal health and wellness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Q&A

by Soha Dolatabadi, MD

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the healthy tissues of the joints, causing them to become painful and inflamed. Over time, chronic inflammation can destroy the joint tissues and cause joints to become deformed, limiting your ability to perform regular activities, including walking and using your hands. More common among women than men, rheumatoid arthritis typically begins between ages 40 and 60.

What causes rheumatoid arthritis?

The underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known, but researchers do feel genetics plays a role. However, studies have shown rheumatoid arthritis is not hereditary, which means having a family member with the disease does not make it more likely you'll develop it yourself, nor can you pass it down to your children. Researchers believe the disease process is triggered when a bacterium, virus or other foreign “invader” causes the immune system to malfunction.

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint pain and swelling are the primary symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and can develop over a period of months. Joint stiffness and persistent fatigue often occur even before pain and swelling are observed. Low-grade fever, weight loss, loss of appetite and formation of nodules or lumps over pressure points are also common symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis typically occurs symmetrically, affecting the same joint on both sides of the body – for instance, both elbows or both knees. Joints in the hands, wrists, ankles, feet and neck are also commonly affected. Stiffness often occurs after prolonged periods of resting and may persist for several hours.

How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

To some degree, treatment can vary based on your symptoms and how far the disease has progressed. Medicines, exercise or physical therapy, and lifestyle changes are usually all part of any treatment regimen. There is no cure, and treatment is ongoing.

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