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Why Does My Arthritis Always Flare Up During My Period
What type of arthri?: Menstruation occurs when the female body is at it lowest estrogen and Progesterone levels. So your arthritis may have a hormonal component. Some physicians are using vitamin d for premenstrual syndrome (vitamin d is a hormone and helps prevent breast cancer). Ask your rheumatologist or gynecologist. ...Read more
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
I have neck arthritus, when I sit for a period of time, my left shoulder begins to hurt. I can raise, lift, turn in a circular movement no pain, what?
Does juvenille rhuem arthritis have to be tested for during a flare up or can it be tested for anytime? What method is best blood or fluid from knee?
Neither: The DX of jra requires a pt to be under 16 yrs. Blood tests and x-rays can help r/o other causes of joint pain, swelling ;/or stiffness, but the DX is a clinical one in most cases. The amt of inflammation in the body can be suggested by bloodwork, but many times the blood tests ; even joint taps are nl or suggest only an inflammatory process. Jra is the most common inflam arthritis in children. ...Read more
Is it easier to see/diagnose arthritis during a scan while the patient is currently having a flare up of pain, or will it always look the same? Thanks
Yes: Diagnosis is always easier when problems are present when evaluation takes place. ...Read more
Yes: This is very common. With your period, your body experiences a surge of prostaglandins which causes smooth muscle contraction, contracting the uterus, but also the vulnerable intestine of crohn's. This is believed to be one possible cause, but there are probably other triggers of inflammation. You don't want to use nsaids for pain, though, since they can cause GI bleeding. ...Read more
Would endometriosis cause my Crohn's to flare during my period? Ceohns only flares during my period.
Endometriosis/Crohns: Endometriosis (endo) and crohn's disease seem to be related in that women with endo have a higher incidence of crohn's. Endo implants on your intestines can mimic crohn's symptoms- is this a flare caused by endo? Probably sometimes yes, sometimes no. Clearly if one has both, it's important to treat both as they seem to feed the painful symptoms of one another. ...Read more
I've been having severe sciatica symptoms that flare up even worse before and during my period for the past 3 months. Thes symptoms have bothered me f?
Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more
I have a numbet of sebaceous cysts on the back of my thighs that flare during times I get my period or depending on my diet, what can I do?
Unless a doctor told you that the lesions are sebaceous cysts, you may not have them. Back of the thigh is not a usual site for sebaceous cysts. It would be prudent to consult a doctor for an evaluation and if needed, a biopsy.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more
I have interstitial cystitis, and I have excruciating flares during my period. Would a partial hysterectomy help? I can't take the pain anymore.
Can my RA be affected by my period? My hips are the only joints affected, and my flare ups only seem to occur right before/during those days.
My mother is suffering from arthritis...? How much time will it need to be cured? And what are the precautions during this period?
Medication: Gout is caused by the inability of your body to eliminate waste products. When the levels get too high, crystals form and are deposited in your joints, causing the severe pain. There are medications which can help prevent the build up of waste products in your blood stream. Speak to your doctor to determine if these would work for you. ...Read more
Am experiencing stiffness and pain very like a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis. Are these normal symptoms?
Depends: If you are experiencing stiffness for more than 20 min and you have a diagnosis of ra, you are probably having a flare. Call your rheumatologist right away and let him/her know. Flares of disease can be triggered by stress or infection but sometimes nothing. You should discuss with your rheumatologist whether you might benefit from a short burst of oral steroids, or need to modify your RA meds. ...Read more
How does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis affect someone during adulthood if it is different from rheumatoid arthritis?
It depends: It really depends on the type of juvenile ra. Some types often do not carry over into adulthood and others may. ...Read more
one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress. Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated.
echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, . ...Read more
Fatigue, stress, infxn: There are several possible causes of flares include stress, fatigue & overexertion which can trigger RA inflammatn as well as possibly food allergies vs. A chemical sensitivity. RA meds suppress the immune system, which means a higher risk for infections. Thus even the common cold or flu may trigger a flare of RA. Thus learn to recognize your triggers, get rest, work w/MD & decrease stress w/meditaiotn ...Read more
Pressure: It is thought that osteocytes, bone cells, respond to changes in barometric pressure. These changes often occur with bad weather. ...Read more
various measures can be taken to keep your hands warm in colder weather.
There are, of course, obvious things like wearing gloves. Any pair of comfortable gloves will do, but if you want something tighter, protective and easy to function with, try isotoner gloves.
Another measure is paraffin baths, a wax that is heated. Try it with an ot or purchase a unit for home use. ...Read more
How fast could an inflammatory arthritis flare up come on and how quickly could it resolve? Thank you
The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more
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