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Smoking Cuts Radiographic Disease Progression in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

By August 2, 2013

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Smoking has long been recognized as a risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis. Each time I reported on a study that concluded smoking was a risk factor for the disease, I would get emails or comments from current smokers asking what that meant for them. I wasn't sure because I had not seen studies that clearly stated how tobacco exposure influenced severity of rheumatoid arthritis in people already diagnosed with the disease.

According to study results published online (July 2013) in Arthritis Care and Research, in a large prospective cohort of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis, smoking had no apparent effect on disease activity and disability but smoking did reduce radiographic disease progression (i.e., progression evident on x-rays) at 1-year follow-up. Researchers concluded that nicotine may play an anti-inflammatory role which would account for lower systemic inflammation and less progression of joint damage in current smokers with early rheumatoid arthritis.

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August 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm
(1) jood says:

Wow…one for smokers, who would have thought? Just a heads up on RA. In 2008 I was given a toxic antibiotic called CIPROFLOXACIN one in a group called FLUOROQUINOLONES, along w/ LEVAQUIN and AVELOX. I went into a shock, felt like I was burning on fire outside and in, felt like I was going into a paralysis. Not a heart attack, not one to call EMT`s. Went to doc of 14yrs. She said I had Rheumatoid Arthritis, ???. 2 months later went back and she said I never said that, I said you had an osteoarthritis attack.??? One tends to remember life-changing remarks. After 2 yrs. of chronic joint, muscle and spinal pain, insomnia, deep depression and anxiety and lots of research found an adverse reaction group on yahoo. Bingo. Went back to her and nonchalantly asked when did I have the poison ivy, 6/08 and when did you give me the CIPRO? 6/08 and you don`t see a connection? She said you mean that tendon rupture thang? Smirked, headed towards the door and said, well I gave it to you before!!! I was stunned. If you google cipro side effects, there are 9 million hits and there isn`t a problem? There are many groups on FB too. Tens of thousands are in wheel chairs and crutches crippled. I`m in my 6th yr. and see no recovery in sight. It gets in your DNA, sometimes it takes months to show up. The list of side effects are endless. Big Pharma is planning on putting Levaquin in babies ear drops. If you`re a strong, healthy adult or child and suddenly get unusual symptoms, get a printout of the drugs you`ve been given from your pharmacist. Maybe you had an UTI, men/women, asthma , sinus infections etc. etc. There is no cure and no doctor will admit it was the FQ`s thanks to Big Pharma`s sales peoples brainwashing. Pass it on and refuse to take it unless you`re on your death-bed. Be well.

August 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(2) Lulu says:

Jood, your symptoms sound more like Fibromyalgia. I would stop googling and make an appointment with a Rheumatologist so that you can, hopefully, get a definitive diagnosis. All the best!

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