Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz

From best foods to eat to what joints are affected, how much do you know about rheumatoid arthritis? Test your RA knowledge.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz
Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Rheumatoid arthritis is the result of wear and tear on joints over time.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition. It develops when part of the immune system, which is designed to protect your body from outside invaders such as bacteria and viruses, attacks your joints instead.

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Which of these is a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of joints and surrounding cartilage and bone, resulting in pain, redness, heat, swelling and stiffness. Other symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite and general malaise.

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True or false: The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may come and go.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may come and go. Returning symptoms are known as a flare; symptoms which have subsided are known as in remission.

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What part of the body does rheumatoid arthritis affect?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect body parts other than the joints, including the eyes, lungs, heart, skin and blood vessels.

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Which body part is most often affected by rheumatoid arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Rheumatoid arthritis most often affects the hands, including the wrist and finger joints, but it can affect other joints as well.

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True or false: Rheumatoid arthritis usually causes symmetrical joint pain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A common symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is symmetrical joint pain -- that is, if your right elbow is affected, your left elbow will be, too.

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If you think you might be experiencing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, how soon should you see your doctor?

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The correct answer is: If you experience symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis -- particularly joint discomfort -- for more than two or three weeks, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Early, intensive therapy is key to stopping RA's progression.

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True or false: Rheumatoid arthritis is most commonly diagnosed after age 50.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Rheumatoid arthritis is most commonly diagnosed between ages 25 and 55, but it can begin at any time. Osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis) is the result of wear and tear on bones and begins later in life, usually after age 50.

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True or false: Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Women are two to three times more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis. The reason for this is unclear, although it's believed hormones, such as estrogen, may play a role.

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True or false: Smoking -- or exposure to second-hand smoke -- can increase your risk significantly for developing rheumatoid arthritis.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are among the top rheumatoid arthritis risk factors. It may also increase the severity of the disease.

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True or false: If your parent has rheumatoid arthritis, you are more likely to develop it as well.

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The correct answer is: This is true. People with a family history of rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop it, but not everyone with a genetic predisposition for RA develops it in time.

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Which of these tests will a doctor use to determine if you have RA?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based on a combination of blood tests, imaging results (from X-ray, CT scan, MRI or ultrasound) and physical examination, as well as a thorough medical history and a review of your symptoms.

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Which of these doctors specializes in diagnosing and treating rheumatoid arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Rheumatologists specialize in treating rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases of joints, muscles and bones.

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Which of these methods is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition to lifestyle changes, medicine is used to treat the symptoms and slow the progression of RA. Medications that treat the symptoms include acetaminophen (Tylenol); nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen; and corticosteroids. Medications that slow or stop the disease are called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Intensive treatment with DMARDs can prevent joint damage and send RA into remission.

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True or false: Treating rheumatoid arthritis will eventually cure it completely.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The goal of treating rheumatoid arthritis is to halt or at least quiet and slow the disease while improving the patient's well-being. There is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis.

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Which of these tips can help fight fatigue during flares of RA?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. During flares, most physicians recommend 10 to 12 hours of rest each day, including nighttime sleep, brief periods of rest and daytime naps.

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Rheumatoid arthritis increases your risk of which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Rheumatoid arthritis increases your risk for conditions such as lung cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, cataracts, glaucoma and damage to the lung tissue.

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True or false: Physical exercise can actually make symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis worse.

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The correct answer is: This is false, but with a caveat. Exercise not only strengthens and protects your body, it can reduce joint pain and stiffness, boost energy and mood, reduce stress and help you sleep better at night. However, during a flare, you should scale back exercise and rest up. Try only doing gentle stretching during these times.

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Which of these forms of exercise are encouraged for people who have rheumatoid arthritis?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Range of motion exercises such as yoga and tai chi can decrease stiffness and help strengthen the joint. Low-impact aerobic activities, such as walking and bicycling can help improve joint function while reducing swelling. Swimming or water aerobics are also beneficial because you can work your range of motion and build strength without stressing your joints, thanks to the water's weightless effects.

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Which of these diets is considered especially healthful for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Though eating a healthy diet of any kind is beneficial in people with rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests that eating a typical Mediterranean-style diet -- with plenty of fruit, vegetables and healthy unsaturated fats (olive oil, nuts and fish) -- may help reduce inflammation and improve the symptoms of RA.

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