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Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis

Glomerulonephritis in ra basics

Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammation of kidneys caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with autoimmune disease.


Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning an abnormal immune system in the body.

In the normal condition, all of us have a strong immune system to protect our body. Various immune cells have their own unique skills to deal with the foreign substances. However, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the antibody designed abnormally cannot distinguish the foreign substances and domestic cells. And the antibodies aim at the tissues around joints and some organs. Especially in the joint where two bones meet, the joint inflammation causes swelling, pain, stiffness and redness in the joints.

Due to the release of antibodies, numerous immune complexes are formed. Unfortunately, kidneys happen to have special seat for immune complexes which can deposit and stay in the renal tissues for a long time. This causes endless inflammations and kidney damages.

Risk factors

The following risk factors may increase your risk of Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis.

- your age. It involves all ages, but people at the age of 40~60 is more often to develop this disease.

- your sex. Women are more likely to get the disease.

- your family history. If your family members have this disease, you have more change to get the disease than others.

- Smoking. Quitting the smoking helps reduce the risk.


The prognosis of Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis depends on various factors. And amongst them, the severity of symptoms is very important.

The patient with rheumatoid factor, the anti-CCP antibody, or subcutaneous nodules seem to have a more severe from of the disease. And if you develop the disease at younger age, the prognosis may be poorer.

Right treatment and life style changes help to prevent further damages developing in patients.

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Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis affects both immune system and kidneys, which may cause systemic symptoms over time.

Glomerulonephritis in ra symptoms

- Morning stiffness in joints. It may last about or more than 1 hour.

- Joint pain.

- Deformed joints. Joints may lose the range of motion, leading to deformed joints.

- Dry eyes and mouth

- Poor sleep

- Numbness, tingling, or burning in the hands and feet

- Chest pain when taking breath

- Proteinuria. It is a very obvious symptom, which patients can perceive through their foamy urine.

- Edema in eyelids and legs. Low protein in the blood makes the water move to the tissues, causing edema especially in eyelids and lower limps. And some patients have blood in urine at microscopy.

If you are suspected with Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis, talk to your doctor and take necessary tests for the final diagnosis as soon as possible. Besides the routine tests, some special tests not only help make a final diagnosis of the disease, but also indicate the details of your comprehensive condition.

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Glomerulonephritis in ra treatment

Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis may need more than one treatment. Read on and find out the current treatment for Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis.


Most of drugs for Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis is anti-inflammatory. Methotrexate (Rheumatrex) is the most commonly used for rheumatoid arthritis. Celecoxib (Celebrex) is another anti-inflammatory drug, but it is labeled with strong warnings about heart disease and stroke. Talk to your doctor about whether COX-2 inhibitors are right for you. These drugs may have serious side effects, so you will need frequent blood tests when taking them.


When your joints are damaged seriously, surgery may also be used to remove the joint lining or make a total joint replacement.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine was established for more than 2500 years, which is a natural therapy for most chronic diseases, including kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis. TCM is especially helpful in correcting your abnormal immune system and repairing the damaged kidney tissues.


As it is known that, Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by the underlying immune disorder, which releases excessive antibodies, causing damages to joints and kidneys.

Immunotherapy is a systemic therapy which helps correct the immune disorder, remove the excessive antibodies in the blood and improve kidney function.

Blood Purification

Blood purification is specially suggested for Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis. It helps remove all the toxins in the blood, including the excessive antibodies and immune complexes.

Hemodialysis is used to deal with the small sized toxins in the blood, such as urea, BUN, creatinine, electrolytes and water etc.

Hemofiltration is used to remove the small and middle sized wastes in the blood, such as chemicals, bilirubin and excessive vitamins, cytokines, inflammatory mediator etc.

Hemoperfusion is used to remove a few large sized, all middle sized and some small sized toxins in the blood, such as endotoxin, cytokines and inflammatory mediator etc.

Plasma Exchange is used to deal with the small, large and middle sized toxins and it especially can remove the excessive antibodies in Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, it can remove the immune complexes in the blood and prevent the deposition in the kidneys, preventing further kidney damages.

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy is designed to provide artificial kidney support to patients who could not tolerate traditional hemodialysis. This machine can deal with all kinds of waste products in the blood.

Generally speaking, patients with Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis usually uses more than one therapies.

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Most patients with RA will have some abnormal test results, although for some patients, all tests will be normal.

Glomerulonephritis in ra diagnosis

Routine Tests

- Rheumatoid factor test

- Anti-CCP antibody test

- Complete blood count

- C-reactive protein

- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate

- Joint ultrasound or MRI

- Joint x-rays

- Synovial fluid analysis

Special tests

Autoimmune Antibody Tests: to find out whether you have rheumatoid arthritis; how severe the rheumatoid arthritis is; which drugs are right choice. According to individual conditions, you may need Autoimmune Antibody I tests or II tests.

Complement Tests: to help diagnose the activity of rheumatoid arthritis.

Kidney Damage Tests: to whether your kidney are injured or not; which part of your kidney are injured, glomeruli or renal tubules; How severity your kidney damages is; the tests offer directions for your doctor to choose drugs for you.

Lymphocyte Subpopulation Tests: to help monitor the effectiveness of kidney disease treatment you are taking; to monitor your immune system and help you decide whether, when, how to start immune treatment and other therapies to prevent infections.

Circling Immune Complexes Tests: Circling immune complexes disturb the working of various lymphocytes, leading to Vasculitis, Glomerulonephritis, Arthritis and other damages.

Special tests help your doctor to figure out your accurate condition. This is helpful for the further treatment plan management.

If you have been diagnosed with Glomerulonephritis in RA, we're here to help. Call us: +86-311-89262207 OR Email us: kidneyabc@hotmail.com(Monday through Sunday) to make an appointment.

Glomerulonephritis in ra knowledge

When patients are diagnosed with Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis, some concerns are hot issues for them. This article talks about the pregnance and sexual life of patients with Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis.


You are not suggested with Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis, especially your kidney functions are extremely low. In such a condition, pregnance will overload your kidneys, causing risk to the mother and fetus. If your kidney functions are good enough, planning ahead is important and you should talk your plans as soon as possible with your doctors.

The women who are pregnant or planning a baby, with Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis, are suggested to take folic acid supplements to decrease the risk of spina bifida.

During the pregnance, you have more than 75% of risk to aggravate the pain and swelling. Besides, other symptoms, such as backaches, tiredness will become more serious.

Another thing should be pointed here, if you have the disease, it is more often for your children to develop the disease than others. Thereby, before you plan to have a baby, keeping your condition stable, especially your kidney functions, is very important.

Sexual life

Most patients said there is no or just little impact on their sexual life that caused by the Glomerulonephritis in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Here is a data for your reference. Namely, 31% reported no impact on sexual activity; 38% said there was little impact; 21% complained of considerable impact; 3% said sexual activity was almost impossible; 7% said sexual activity was impossible.

How does the disease influence the sexual life?

For women with the disease, she may suffer from vaginal dryness, loss of desire and decreased endurance. Even for men, the symptoms of Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, fatigue, emotional issues and morning stiffness may also make them tired and decreased in desire of sex.

If you have problems in sexual life caused by Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis, you are suggested to talk with both your doctors and your partners, which will help you a lot.

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Glomerulonephritis in ra health care

If you have Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis, you can take measures to care for your body. Healthcare management helps you manage your signs and symptoms.


Avoid saturated fats. This fat increases inflammation in the body, which aggravates pain, joint destruction and swellings. The following foods are rich in saturated fats, such as steak, butter, bacon and cream.

Take fish oil. Fish oil is found to contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may suppress inflammation and decrease the risk of illness. The food resource of omega-3 fatty acids can be found in tuna, salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines. In addition, fish oil helps lower the risk of heart disease which is a common complication of Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis.

Supply with Vitamin B. Vitamin B helps the body manufacture red cells, which is important if you take methotrexate, a commonly prescribed medication for rheumatoid arthritis.


Certain exercises or mild sports are safe and beneficial for patients with Glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis.

Aerobic exercise is suggested for it improves cardiovascular fitness. You can choose the following activities as your helper, such as bicycling, swimming, walking and using elliptical machine.

Strength exercise is good to against muscle. Resistance training strengthens the muscle and increases the amount of activity you can do pain-free.

Stretching may be the best choice for it is simple and easy to do. Stretching improves flexibility, and daily stretching is the basis for any exercise program.

Other suggestions

Relax. Find the way, such as hypnosis, deep breathing, guided imagery, and muscle relaxation, to cope with the pain by reducing stress in your life.

Applying heat or cold. Cold may dull the sensation of patina while heat can help ease your pain and relax tense, painful and muscles.

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