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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

  • By Kelly Dabel Moderator

    Hello lad78518, Thank you for reaching out! I hope that others in our community respond as well with their personal experiences to share. In addition to speaking with your doctor, this summary of community feedback related to PRP may be helpful to you: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/use-platelet-rich-plasma-prp-community-feedback/.
    Let us know your questions, we’re here to support you. Kelly, Rheumatoidarthritis.net Team Member

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  • By lwoods2468

    Hello, I was having ear problems, like something was in my ear. It was not fluid, nor ear infection. It was RA.
    Also having problems with my throat, feels like something is in there. Ears hurting some. Feels like trying to get
    ear infect .Also the back of my head was hurting so bad, Could not even move my head to the right or left. That has let up.
    Never experienced anything like this. The docs. said that I have RA. before this happened. I always thought I would get it
    in my hands like my mom had.

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  • By Richard Faust Moderator

    Sorry you are having these difficulties lwoods2468. First, always report any new symptoms/problems to your doctor. Unfortunately, while people tend to think about visible joints, such as the hands, in relation to RA, the reality is that it can affect the bones and joints anywhere. It can also affect the connective tissues and various internal organs.

    RA is an autoimmune condition, so as this article from our editorial team on RA and the autoimmune response states “RA is both an inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disorder, so immune system function and inflammatory response are key concepts in understanding how RA works, as well as in understanding how therapies are used to treat RA.” https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/what-is-ra/ra-and-the-autoimmune-response/.

    Inflammation is key to understanding RA. This article from our editorial team looks at inflammation and the joints, including, as you mentioned, the neck, throat, and head regions. “Inflammation may affect the joints of the cervical spine, making it difficult to move your head and causing stiffness in the neck. Additionally, the larynx joint (also called the cricoarytenoid joint) may become inflamed, resulting in hoarseness in the voice.” https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/symptoms/inflammation-of-joints/. In addition, there are tiny bones in the ears that may be affected.

    You may also want to inquire with your doctor about whether any medications they have prescribed could lead to any of your new issues.

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Best, Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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