Q&A: Will I get Rheumatoid Arthritis if my mom has it?

Question by gloomgirl01: Will I get Rheumatoid Arthritis if my mom has it?
I’ve been having some aches on my knees around the same time my mother has them. My mom has had Rheumatoid Arthritis since her early 20s. I’m in my early 20’s now and would I get Rheumatoid Arthritis if she does?

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Answer by hip lady
you could. i would get it checked out

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3 thoughts on “Q&A: Will I get Rheumatoid Arthritis if my mom has it?

  1. Your question made me smile because my children blame me for every ache and pain they get. I’m at the point now where I never mention anything that might be wrong because the reaction I get is this: Oh now I have something new to look forward to.
    But seriously, genetics is a huge factor in our health. And the best thing we can do is be prepared and try to live a lifestyle that won’t welcome any disease predispositions. In my family, heart disease is the primary killer. So my children try to eat healthy meals, watch their cholestrol and blood pressure, and get some exercise when possible.
    I’m not sure what the new treatments are in reference to arthritis, but I know it is a very widely studied condition. I’ve read that exercise is helpful but you should consult your doctor for the best information.

  2. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and my daughter has the same fear. A lab test called RA factor could tell if you could possibly have it. Normal is 0-20. Mine is 217. The reason I mention to have it checked is because my son has multiple sclerosis which is an auto-immune disease, and so is RA. Coincidence? I doubt it. I do believe it is genetic. Good luck and get it checked.

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