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Being treated for rheumatoid arthritis my elbows will ache sometime. It feels like the pain travels to my wrist at the same time. Is this normal?

Being treated for rheumatoid arthritis my elbows will ache sometime. It feels like the pain travels to my wrist at the same time. Is this normal?

Yes.: The radial, ulnar ; median nerves r in close proximity to the elbow, ; the inflammatory process can irritation can effect the nerves and give u referred pain down the arm ; into the hand ; wrist. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Does subluxation of trapezium from myocardial joint in my thumb mean arthritis. If not, what does it mean? How to treat?

Does subluxation of trapezium from myocardial joint in my thumb mean arthritis. If not, what does it mean? How to treat?

I think so: There may be some confusion regarding the language you use. Arthritis of the base of the thumb (carpometacarpal aka cmc joint) commonly involves subuluxation of the metacarpal from the trapezium. There are non-op options (meds, injections, splints) & surgical options. See these links for more:
http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00210

http://www. Permanente. Net/homepage/kaiser/pdf/46743.Pdf. ...Read more

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What works best for arthritis in your wrist?

What works best for arthritis in your wrist?

Depends on the type: You can always use a wrist splint but depending on the type of the arthritis there are different medications we can use. You should see your physician for Hannah valuation and see a rheumatologist ...Read more

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My wrist is in pain for a while is this a sign of arthritis?

My wrist is in pain for a while is this a sign of arthritis?

Possibly: I would consult your hand surgeon to obtain radiographs of the wrist. ...Read more

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Will basilar thumb arthritis get better over time?

Will basilar thumb arthritis get better over time?

Not likely, sorry: Basilar joint arthritis (tmc arthritis) develops from ligament damage and laxity which impairs stability. Cartilage surfaces do well under compression but not shear forces. The instability with grasp and pinch leads to cartilage breakdown and arthritis. Many patients benefit from a supporting splint. Treatment depends upon symptoms, not severity of x-ray changes. ...Read more

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What type of food and activities should be banned for a patient with osteo arthritis in wrist?

What type of food and activities should be banned for a patient with osteo arthritis in wrist?

Patient sets limits: There's no diet restrictions; life's difficult enough without folks making food rules that are of little or no help. The discomfort and disability of the osteoarthritis itself will set the limit on activities. Osteoarthritis in the wrist is especially tricky as a bone may have been injured contributing to the problem. The treating rheumatologist can give you more guidance. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Do the nail charges seen in psoriatic arthritis occur with the start of symptoms or before/after?

Do the nail charges seen in psoriatic arthritis occur with the start of symptoms or before/after?

95% after: . Most psoriatic nail disease occurs in patients with clinically evident psoriasis; it only occurs in less than 5% of patients with no other cutaneous findings of psoriasis. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you dislocate your pinky does that mean you will get arthritis in that finger?

I'm just wondering, if you dislocate your pinky does that mean you will get arthritis in that finger?

Not necessarily: Unless there was damage to the bones or joints at the time of dislocation. Most often, there is no significant bone or joint damage with an uncomplicated dislocation. ...Read more

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My index finger hirts to bend or crackit. Could it be mild arthritis from cracking my fingers too much?

My index finger hirts to bend or crackit. Could it be mild arthritis from cracking my fingers too much?

Pop away: There is no evidence to suggest that popping the knuckles causes arthritis later in life. Yes, the pain in your joint could indeed be from arthritis. It is unlikely that cracking your knuckles is to blame. ...Read more

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I have sharp shooting pains around the thumb into the wrist. Told it is a symptom of arthritis. Is that true?

Can be: Yes but it could also be the symptom of an irritated nerve. Pain with use, not at rest, points more toward a joint or tendon pain. ...Read more

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I have sharp shooting pains around the thumb into the wrist and they said it is a symptom and of arthritis but that make sense?

I have sharp shooting pains around the thumb into the wrist and they said it is a symptom and of arthritis but that make sense?

Thumb arthritis: At the basilar joint or cmc joint where the thumb and wrist meets often presents with pain radiation to the thenar eminence the muscles that help move the thumb or along the wrist up the forearm it is a very common problem. Treatment begins conservative with ice, OTC NSAIDs, part time soft splints. And understanding how to modify activity without impacting daily use. If symptoms worsen prescriptions injections and even surgery can help you could find more information by seeing a hand surgeon ...Read more

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Can arthritis cause nail bed to shrink?

Can arthritis cause nail bed to shrink?

Potentially: Some conditions that cause arthritis can also affect the nail bed and thus the nail it produces. ...Read more

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I damaged the nerves in my knuckle years ago. Will I inevitably get arthritis?

I damaged the nerves in my knuckle years ago. Will I inevitably get arthritis?

Not likely: Although nerve damage can lead to arthritis in the lower extremities (charcot joint) it is unusual in the hand. Damage to the cartilage of the joint or a fracture which involves the joint are more likely to cause arthritis than nerve damage. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my wrist. I used it too much at work today... help please?

I have arthritis in my wrist. I used it too much at work today... help please?

Arthritis wrist: I have arthritis in my wrist. I used it too much at work today... help please? ANS: increase the dose of your arthritis med for a few days after talking with your Dr. Heating pad may help. Tell your employer about your problem. I would discuss with your health car team and ask about work advice. ...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