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How Can I Tell If It Is Fibro Or Psoriatic Arthritis Pain
I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid as well as osteoarthritis. How can I tell what is causing the pain?
Sx are similar!: You need a clinicians expertise to differentiate arthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis of the shoulder.If they co-exist, inflammation is likely.If you are young, arthritis of the shoulder would be inflammatory, most likely. If all three exist, arthritis most likely.However, all three can be degenerative, caused by injury, overuse, spurs (impingement syndrome, etc. An exam and x-rays, and a few labs! ...Read more
Different conditions: Fibromyalgia and RA are very different, so the medications that work for one, may not work for the other. Antidepressants such as duloxetine (cymbalta) or others are frequently helpful for chronic pain. Exercise can also be helpful for chronic pain. See a rheumatologist if you haven't already. ...Read more
What can I do to prevent rheumatoid arthritis? My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. How likely is it that i will get it too? Is there anything i can do to prevent it?
Some increased risk: Family members of RA sufferers are at a mild increased risk of developing ra, but the disease is not inherited directly. Your best bet is to stay generally healthy, so that your body can "fight." most important in being generally healthy is don't smoke. Smokers probably have greater risk of ra, and studies suggest they don't respond to treatment as well as they should. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bone cancer: Bone cancer is very rare and generally distinguishable from arthritis. Pain that is progressing, wakes you from sleep, perhaps a soft tissue mass is more consistent with bone cancer than arthitis. Either way, if you have newly progressive pain in a joint/extremity you should be seen by a physician and evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably you cannot: There is no telling why or when rheumatoid disease gets worse. It is extremely rare for the disease to spontaneously go into remission. You need to speak with your rheumatologist and plot out a treatment plan ...Read more
How can I tell if my shoulder pain is bursitis, fibromyalgia pain, or the beginning of arthritis?
Shoulder pain: Best answer is go see a doctor. If it is fibro u would have pain above and below ur waist and both sides of ur body, if bursitis it would get better w time, if arthritis it won't, . Don't forget it could be a bicultural tendon problem, rotator cuff, or ac joint problem or even a supra scapular nerve problem. So go see a doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have moderate facet arthropathy at L4 and L5 what can help to treat it or fix it. What is it. Does it cause pain to walk.
Avoid extension ...: Facet arthropathy is arthritis in the posterior joints of the spine. Any arching of the back will aggravate your condition. Axial loading is also not recommend. You need to keep your lumbar spine flexed and avoid any arching of the back. Hip capsule & flexor stretches will help maintain your posture. You need to see an physical therapist after the orthopedist writes the appropriate prescription. ...Read more
Ankylosing Spondylit: Ankylosing spondylitis (as) is a chronic inflammatory disease with a strong genetic predisposition of the axial skeleton with variable involvement of peripheral joints. As mainly affects the spine and the sacroiliac joint in the pelvis, and can cause eventual fusion of the spine. Unfortunately, no cure for as is known yet, although treatment and medications will reduce pain and improve mobility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnose with DDD
Also known as degenerative disc disease. Can anybody tell me what this is ? And how can I fix it ?
Not fixable: It's a result of living! As we all develop degenerative(wear and tear) changes by moving and weight bearing: some of us more than other. You can't reverse it but by optimize your weight, posture/ergonomics, and optimizing your core strength(think balance between your back and abdominal muscles) you can help minimize further damage to your spine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes not Easy.: Sometimes separating the two possibilities is not so easy. More than once, I have been referred a patient for the wrong initial assessment. A very mild gout attack can mimic an inflamed bunion problem. The proof of the pudding is in the clinical presentation, experience and the family history. A person having a raging attack is a whole lot easier to recognize and differentiate from bunion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is arthritis curable? How would you know when you are diagnosed with arthritis and what type it is?
See below: There is no cure for arthritis---all we can do is try manage pain or depending on the type put into remission. The rest of your question is not clear because if a doctor diagnoses arthritis usually he or she would typically inform a patient of it. If your doctor did not clarify this for you, you may want to discuss this with them. ...Read more
Do you need to have swollen joints to have juvenille arthritis ? Or is it possible as long as there is joint pain?
See a rheumatologist: You can go a long way to eliminating the pain by controlled the underlying inflammatory process. See a rheumatologist. There are several medications which can be dramatically beneficial. ...Read more
Inflammat. arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease (can affect many different organ systems) that causes swelling, pain, and joint damage or destruction if untreated or undertreated. The immune system's white blood cells "get confused" attacking your own body, including joints like they are bacteria. Best way to help someone with RA is to get them to a board certified rheumatologist soon. ...Read more
Why are doctors so hard on prescribing pain medication if it seems to be the only thing getting through day by day with psoriatic arthritis pain?
Psoriasis pain: The issues is the type of pain medication. With a chronic condition a long acting steady state drug is the best as this avoids the ups and downs that a short acting agent will do. Using a short acting agent for a long duration is a very bad idea. Taking a short acting agent infrequently is not a problem. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I am in desperate need of a refill of my Tremadol. I had a prescription of 240 and took 2 every 4 hours for my severe psoriatic arthritis pain. I am a?
I have psoriatic arthritis and I can deal with the arthritis pain side of it. How do I manage the psoriasis side? My doctors have tried numerous meds but my hands just won't heal. Other patches come and go but my hands are a constant mess.
My psoriatic arthritis pain in the spine and fingers is mild. Doc has decided not to use any medication yet. When should he consider using DMARDs?
Psoriatic Arthritis pain on left hand no strengt throbs shaky hurts with movement feels swollen I put muscle cream like bengay what else can I do?
Psoriatic arthritis: Is muck like rheumatoid and other inflammatory arthritides, consult your PCP or a rheumaotolgist to learn about different medications, some which are psoariasis specific and may help joint issues concurrently some which are specifically for joint issues. Many advanced in the past few years with DMARDS have helped patients but need to understand risks and benefits. ...Read more
I have psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia, why does getting a massage make my pain feel worse instead of better?
First....: I suspect your psoriatic arthritis is dominant! people who hurt don't sleep, and because psa affects tendons and ligaments, it is the disease i diagnose in place of fibro the most. It depends on the type of massage, how vigorous it is, and whether the person massaging you is trained. So many variables to explain why! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a thirteen year old female with psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and recently been told that I have costochondritis. Is this all one disorder?
I have psoriatic arthritis and also have fibromyalgia. The weather seems to have an effect on how much pain i feel. What do doctors think about this?
Very real: Your grandmother was not crazy saying she could predict the weather with her rhuematism! slowly falling barometric pressure seems to be the major association. You will notice that in a storm system coming in fast you are fine. It's that front that takes days to come in. There is also "fair weather pain" from a high pressure area moving away from you. The mechanism is completely unkmown. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have been diagnosis w/rheum and psoriatic arthritis, as well as fibromyalgia. I'm 37 will i always need meds never been in remission since diagnosis 4 yrs ago?
I have psoriatic arthritis & fibromyalgia. I frequently have a problem with my dominant arm, left, with tingling and a very uncomfortable feel, why?
Arm problem: Neither psoriatic arthritis or fibromyalgia don't seem to manifest with tingling as their main symptoms. Both are manifested with pain primarily, arthritis in the joints and fibromyalgia in the muscles. Tingling may not be related to these. There may be a nerve involvement or a medication side effect. You should talk to your doc about that. ...Read more
I suffer from psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, & peripheral neuropathy. I've had spinal L5/S1 lumbar disectomy ?
Your question is ?: Uncertain about the reason you had the the dissectomy because Ankylosing spondylitis you can have a back pain related to that. We need to know more about your medications to decide what else you should be doing I would suggest you discuss this with your rheumatologist. Each of your issues new different therapy ...Read more
I have Fibro, Chiari, Psoriatic Arthritis, poss. EDS, Adrenal innsufficiency. Fatigued, chronic pain, chest pain, elevated CRP, what could this mean?
See holistic doc: This means you have multiple chronic health problems best addressed by a holistic doc who can explore underlying causes. Odds are good you have a leaky gut, food sensitivities, thyroid imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, chronic infections (probable intestinal candidiasis, possibly Lyme), heavy metal (esp. mercury) toxicity etc. See http://bit.ly/19PetTQ & http://amzn.to/1kqfyZc and my comment: ...Read more
See details: The two major DMARDs for treating psoriatic arthritis are Methotrexate and the biologics such as Remicade, (infliximab) Enbrel and Humira among others. All are extremely effective, especially the biologics. All have potential side effects such as infection risk, reduced blood counts and liver disease. ...Read more
Psoriatic arthritis: Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. They can affect any part of your body, including your fingertips and spine. No cure for psoriatic arthritis exists, so the focus is on controlling symptoms and preventing damage to your joints. Without treatment, psoriatic arthritis may be disabling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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