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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Overview)

Arthritis is the progressive degeneration of articular cartilage.


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What is the definition or description of: reactive arthritis?

What is the definition or description of: reactive arthritis?

An inflammatory dis.: An inflammatory condition that occurs after exposure to certain digestive and urinary infections, especially chlamydia, salmonella, shigella. The infection occurs 1-4 weeks before arthritis develops. It causes fever, arthritis affecting the larger joints or spine, also conjunctivitis and skin lesions. It is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids (cortisone-like), or other medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Overview)

Arthritis is the progressive degeneration of articular cartilage.


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How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

Big difference.: Rheumatoid arthritis is but one of over 100 types of arthritis. Most are inflammatory and need management by a rheumatology specialist. But the term generically applies to degenerative arthritis, with minmal inflammation. Or tendon issues, ie. Rotator cuff that may be mechanical in origin-impingement syndrome, yet be called "shoulder arthritis.". ...Read more

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Is it curable? When do you recommend epidural shots or surgery? Are they effective? Do I have arthritis? ...See 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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My symptoms: arthritis in right hand, left foot, and neck; ankles sore when sitting on for a while, sharp outer chest pain. Are these connected?

My symptoms: arthritis in right hand, left foot, and neck; ankles sore when sitting on for a while, sharp outer chest pain. Are these connected?

It's possible: You have "asymmetric" arthritis. There are some systemic illnesses that can cause this. Gout comes to mind. Osteoarthritis is another. Consultation with a rheumatologist would lead to an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Communicate with physician if breakthrough flares occur to adjust meds
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed and keep active
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What are some signs of arthritis and is it preventable?

What are some signs of arthritis and is it preventable?

Pain in joints: Some types of arthritis might run in the family. However, that does not mean a person cannot do things to delay onset or decrease the effect. Start by getting a family history. Take that to a primary care provider for consultation and examination. Ask for a list of activities to avoid and for things to do for prevention. If needed, ask for a referral to a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatolgist to guide your treatment
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Choose healthy lifestyle by quitting smoking, exercising & eating well
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Go to the National Psoriasis Foundation for more support
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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more