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    Me, my mother and rheumatoid arthritis
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    Cwest79 posted:
    My mother is 54 and was just diagnosed with RA about 3 weeks ago. I am 33 years old and have a very physically demanding job and worry that I may need to change careers late in life if I am diagnosed at my mothers age. Should I begin routine checking once a year for RA? If I am diagnosed with it now what I can I do to slow down the process?
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    Scott Zashin, MD responded:
    The risk of developing RA if you are the daughter of a person with RA is 5-10% and lower in men. I do not typically recommend routine evaluation for my patients children. If they ask, I alert them to the signs and symptoms which include pain ful, swollen or stiff joints that last for more than 2 weeks.The symptoms of RA are typically worse in the morning and improve with activity. If this occurs, I recommend an evaluation.


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