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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Cartilage damage: Arthritis is a progressive damage to the cartilage in your joints. It can be cause by several things including wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis among others. When the cartilage is damaged, there is increasing pressure on the bone that leads to bone spurs. There is also an increase in the chemicals that trigger inflammation, which causes pain. ...Read more

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Dr. C Julio Aponte
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Gouty Arthritis (Definition)

-presence of uric acid crystals within the joint. They ear a physics irritant, & the resulting reaction 2 their presence is a very painful joint, angry appearing & swollen & red from inflammation. There is an error in metabolism of Utica acid, & when it reaches a critics concentration in the blood they crystallize just like maple syrup sometimes does, & the crystals R rough ...Read more


Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Engage in regular, low-impact cardiovascular exercise
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Take a Glucosamine Chondroitin supplement
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Can I get diisability for arthritis?

Can I get diisability for arthritis?

Hopefully not!: Most patients with arthritis lead quite functional lives. A number may have modest functional damage, but keep working! but I have patients with trivial problems, who want to drop out because of a diagnosis! most are not and will not become disabled! ...Read more

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What are typical signs of arthritis?

What are typical signs of arthritis?

Pain..: Near or in the joints. Swelling and warmth. Indicate inflammation. There are many causes for arthritis. I would see a rheumatologist after a baseline screen from my primary care doctor! ...Read more

Dr. Martin Morell Dr. Morell
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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Ask your doctor to adjust your medication if you experience breakthrough flares
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from a rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed
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How to help control your arthritis ?

How to help control your arthritis ?

Too many options!: Depends on the type. There are so many drugs used frequently in combination, that a definitive answer cannot be given. See a rheumatologist for the specific diagnosis and the treatment options available! ...Read more

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What does having arthritis feel like?

What does having arthritis feel like?

Your joints hurt.: Joint pain is the common symptom. If degenerative, it frequently hurts a joint with activity. With inflammation, pain in the joints is frequently greater after having been immobile (sitting). Pain can be sharp, sore, or burning in quality! ...Read more

Dr. Jessica Allan Dr. Allan
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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatologist to guide your treatment
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Maintain a healthy lifestyle
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Go to the National Psoriasis Foundation for more support
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Can arthritis cause me to drop things?

Can arthritis cause me to drop things?

Absolutely!: Can be due to pain reflex. Structural damge and weakness of hands. Secondary carpal tunnel. Weakness from nerve root compression in the cervical spine. Many possibilities. You need to see someone in rheumatology to ferret out the answer. Rheumatism or secondary neuromuscular problems are most likely! ...Read more

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What do people with arthritis do to cope?

What do people with arthritis do to cope?

Stay active.: Remain as mentally engaged as possible. Remember the adage: "the fire of pain refines the heart to pure gold." if you have deformities, you have been treated too late or ineffectually. If your arthritis is new, relief should be forthcoming. See a specialist in rheumatology. Your empathy for others in pain will be better. All things do pass. Take the good from bad! ...Read more

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Can cracking your back too much cause arthritis?

Can cracking your back too much cause arthritis?

Unlikely!: Obviously there are degrees of doing this. Io suspect unless a problem already exists, that little harm will occur. As a former three year collegiate wrestler, we would do this to teamates regularly. No harm! ...Read more

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What else, other than age, can cause my arthritis?

What else, other than age, can cause my arthritis?

Many things!: Joints can be inflamed in an inflammatory arthritis. Prior injuries causing joint instability can do this. The more joints involved, the more likely is is a primary rheumatic problem. See a rheumatology practitioner! ...Read more

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Where is the best place to live if I have arthritis?

Where is the best place to live if I have arthritis?

Arthritis: Because some people with arthritis are worse with cold weather, then living in a warmer climate should help. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could children suffer from arthritis?

Please tell me, could children suffer from arthritis?

Absolutely!: Many children develop inflammatory arthritis, which is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis, since most young children under twelve do not have true rheumatoid arthritis. If you suspect as such, take your child to their doctor and ask for a referral to a rheumatologist, or pediatric rheumatologist, although they are much harder to find! ...Read more

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What are some good low impact exercises with arthritis?

What are some good low impact exercises with arthritis?

Swimming: Swimming is a great exercise for people with arthritis. Make sure to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program to make sure it is safe for you. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to temporarily stop the pain of arthritis?

Can there be any way to temporarily stop the pain of arthritis?

Yes!: Topical patches like salonpas, lidoderm. Topical gels-voltaren gel. Topical creams with capsaicin-zostrix. And anti-inflammatory pain meds such as aleve! but if your arthritis is inflammatory, you need to reduce inflammation, both for pain relief, and more important, to prevent joint damage! ...Read more

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Which types of arthritis are most likely to strike at age 17-18 in males?

Which types of arthritis are most likely to strike at age 17-18 in males?

Spondyloarthritis!: Spondyloarthritis: ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reiter's syndrome; reactive arthritis; enteropathic arthritis, and others. Still's disease, jia, and rheumatic fever are others. Gout at that age, very uncommon. Rheumatoid in a teenage male-rare! ...Read more

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Can you tell me which foods should I avoid to keep arthritis from flaring up?

Can you tell me which foods should I avoid to keep arthritis from flaring up?

Only those that you-: Only those foods that you are allergic to. No one has shown that without food allergies, any specific food exacerbates arthritis! ...Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Antibody (Definition)

I assume that you mean rheumatoid factor. Rf.This test is sometimes sent when the patient describes joint pain. It needs to be interpreted in the context of the patients symptoms because sometimes a positive test is meaningless or associated with a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. The ccp test is more specific for rheumatoid arthritis than the rf. Both ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more