RA and Major Organs

Question

I hav been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and arthritis (both RA and OA)- what could the damage to my major organs be? Also I have arthritis in my neck, what are the dangers? It takes me a long time to get comfortable at night, is there a specific way to sleep that would help? I am taking Bextra at the moment.

Answer

Major organ involvement does not occur in fibromylagia and occurs very rarely in RA. In fact, we have all noticed that lung and heart involvement in RA has decreased to almost non-existent levels over the past several years likley due to more aggressive treatment strategies. An orthopedic neck pillow (U shaped pillow) is helpful at night.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University