How Does Rheumatoid Arthritis affect getting a tattoo?

It’s always been strange to me that my RA symptoms started a couple weeks after I got my first big tattoo. I want to get it finished but I’m almost afraid to. Anyone know how RA affects getting a tattoo?

Added to say that the ink used was the most natural ink on the market.

Crystal Huffman
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I want another tattoo but I am also afraid it will bring on a flare.

Wendy Goldstein
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I never thought about this, but mine started after I got my tattoo, or some months later. I did flare badly with fibromyalgia. I always wanted more, but did not want to flare again like that.

Kristen Boudreaux
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Our bodies take much longer to heal. Most tattoos get infected afterwards and require a round of antibiotics. This is stress believe it or not to our immune systems which cause the flare.. And they are generally some. G. of the worst n last until your completely healed.. Weeks even months sometimes. Wait till you have to have a surgery.. İts even worse

Catherine Hogan
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Mine did get infected!!

Crystal Huffman 3 years

It's like were prone to staff inf..

Catherine Hogan 3 years

Crystal Huffman mine too

Catherine Hogan 3 years

I’ve had no issues. I had a large tattoo done last year and did not affect my RA at all. It also never became infected - I’m not on any meds.

Brianne Wall
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You must be in the beginning phase.

Catherine Hogan 3 years

No, not at all. I’ve had it for over 5 years and keep it managed through a healthy diet

Brianne Wall 3 years

Brianne Wall Same here, no issues at all. In fact, going to get some more work done today.

Yoli Cisneros 3 years

I have lots of tattoos I don’t remember any flares

Aaron Felix
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I believe it has to do with how bad you have it or sum. I know, I'll never get my eyes worked on.. Too afraid.

Catherine Hogan
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Not really. I've seen people pretty far in their disease that have gotten tattoos, without any issue whatsoever. Honestly, I don't see a correlation, other than somebody's body responding poorly to pain and the stress leading them into a flare.

Yoli Cisneros 3 years

I had a really bad flare after my tattoo this summer, but it wasn't the main factor. I haven't had any infection thank goodness. However, a tattoo is a wound and a wound creates an immune response. Had I not paid a deposit I would have put it off as I was already going into a flare. It was like the cherry on top, but it did heal beautifully. I'm not on any meds, either at this time. My doc passed away and my new doctor is talking some medications. I had to get all kinds of tests and it has been awhile so I'm due. I love wearing the art of tattoos. This one was my largest and while the artist is top notch, it did take a toll on me.

Sheri Oneal
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I have 33 tattoos and this one in particular was a cover up of a name which i you can see i clearly couldnt get finish ... İ flared so bad while getting it done i had to stop it took almost a month for my arm to feel any relief and i have been scared to get anymore ... İm not sure if it has anything to do with the ink, needles or artist this cover up was done 6 months after i was diagnosed with severe RA and im going into my 3rd year of diagnosis.. Still terrified to get anymore and its disappointing because i also love the art of tattoos

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Leticia Ewing
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Leticia Ewing what do you mean you flared up badly during the appointment

Yoli Cisneros 3 years

While i was getting the tattoo done i started flaring and my whole hand a wrist was swelling so bad and painful i had to stop my artist

Leticia Ewing 3 years

Leticia Ewing likely it was reaction to your pain receptors, if you're uncomfortable it causes high levels of stress. And it could also have been related to the type of ink they were using, if they were not using something that is kosher.

Yoli Cisneros 3 years

I've had zero issues. In fact, getting more ink today.

Yoli Cisneros
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Lucky youim so terrified lol

Leticia Ewing 3 years

Leticia Ewing Why are you afraid?

Yoli Cisneros 3 years

I don't have any tattoos

Danielle Burgos
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I had a similar experience with red ink i have 19 and i got two one on each arm w red ink an shortly after got hives. I always thought it was a strange coincidence. The red on my back didn't have any reactions tho. So idk.

Suz Fink
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*Hives that lasted 2 years chronically and ended with my pregnancy then following my actual diagnosis

Suz Fink 3 years

Just got this done

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Yoli Cisneros
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I have a tattoo but it was years before my RA. The bottom like is though anything that can stimulate your immune system should be avoided when you have autoimmune disease. That would include tattoos.

Mel Miller
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Got my first tattoo, had an allergic reaction to the red dye, all the area's blistered wide open. Never thought about the relationship between the two..

Pamela Drummond
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Most people are allergic to red ink, just as they are to the red dye #5 in food.
I have 5 tattoos which never got infected. Infection comes from 1. The equipment depending on how it was or was not cleaned 2. How the person took care of the art once on their body.

Jewlz Sanford
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I always wondered abt red ink or if it was the reused sterile equip that had something

Suz Fink 3 years

I wasn’t given proper instructions when I got my tattoo and waited a whole 24 hours before washing it so I definitely could have brought the infection on myself!

Crystal Huffman 3 years

Easy answer. Ink = toxins. If your body was already handling its maximum load of toxins, then this tattoo tipped you over the edge and absolutely could have triggered your RA. I would not do any further tattoos and I would be learning and putting into practice everything you can do to eliminate the toxins in your body. This could well put your RA into remission.

Here are a couple of videos showing easy lymphatic exercises. This is a great start to eliminating toxins and infections from the body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4IkyHxwj4k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t8Kp99e50k

Susan Marshall
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Sometimes the symptoms come on so gradually, you only realise they are there when they are aggravated. That's how it was with me.

Mehreen Goss
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I have no tattoos and I have RA
My mom has no tattoos and she has RA
My daughter is 19 and has no tattoos but a very stressful senior year and freshman college year which I believe brought on her recent diagnosis of RA

Lenore Spangler
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Most of us get our original immune systems from our mom in utero, so your experience it typical (like mine).

Jim Boucher 3 years

I don’t think that my tattoo caused my RA. I think that maybe I was in the very beginning stages with minimal symptoms until I got the tattoo and my immune system when into overdrive. I can remember even trying to google the correlation between tattoos and joint pain because I thought they were related.

Crystal Huffman 3 years

I have tattoos and never had issues, I also have a full red one, didn’t know people reacted to that color more.

Virginie Morgan
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I’ve gotten several tattoos. My tattoo artist is well aware of my RA. So we take a lot more breaks than we would if I didn’t so I can move around and not be in one position too long. Also I never get one done if I’m already in a flare or feeling under the weather. It’s important to communicate your tattoo artist so they don’t get offended if you have to reschedule and so they understand you will need a lot of breaks. Also make sure you are as comfortable as you can be. Maybe that means brining a pillow that can be sanitized or extra clothing to stay warm. I’ve never had one get infected. I understand some will have issues because everyone is different but those are the tips I can provide that have helped me.

Jenny Quinn
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