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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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I am in great health in general, but am subject to aches and pains from muscle strains, sprains etc, usually from something I did during exercise or sports. I have osteo-arthritis in both knees but am pain-free at the moment with no restrictions on activi

I am in great health in general, but am subject to aches and pains from muscle strains, sprains etc, usually from something I did during exercise or sports. I have osteo-arthritis in both knees but am pain-free at the moment with no restrictions on activi

Your question?: 1st congrats on arriving in great health & especially for staying active via exercise & sports. If you like what you do, try to build up to it to avoid overdoing it & thus suffering strains, sprains, etc. If you're taking a statin, check w/your family doc to be sure it's not the cause of unexplained muscle aches. Swimming & H2O aerobics tends to be easier of joints. Don't forget good nutrition. ...Read more

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Can I get disability with arthritis?

Can I get disability with arthritis?

The criteria for get: The criteria for being eligible for disability is dependent on the type of disability you are applying for and the functional impact that the diagnosis has on your life and work ability. A diagnosis of arthritis alone does not make one eligible for disability. A proper assessment by a physician who understands the best treatment options and is able to do a functional assessment would be helpful. ...Read more

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At what stage of arthritis can I qualify for disability?

Depends: Disability laws vary from state to state, but in general a person is disabled when they can not longer go to work. Depending on your local laws, this usually means any work not just the job you were trained / schooled for. Persons filing for disability usually have to undergo a separate medical exam in order to determine this. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and arthritis and can only work part time i was wondering if you could tell me the best way too get disability ? Thanks !

I have fibromyalgia and arthritis and can only work part time i was wondering if you could tell me the best way too get disability ? Thanks !

From whom?: Disability rating requirements can vary. Social security disability has some criteria, private insurance. May have more detailed requirements such as a functional capacity evaluation and rating. Start with what avenue you wish to take then see the doc who diagnoses your conditions. ...Read more

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Is arthritis the nation's most common disability?

Is arthritis the nation's most common disability?

Number 1: Arhtritis is the nation's leading cause of disability. 21 million american have their activities limited by arthritis. ...Read more

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How bad does my arthritis have to get before I can get disability?

How bad does my arthritis have to get before I can get disability?

Disability: This really depends on a variety of factors. You will definitely need to see the disability doctor and you may be asked to get an fce. Disability is tough to get in the current anvironment of deficit spending and a government that spend more than it has. ...Read more

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What physcian speciality performs a range of motion test? Related to arthritis for purposes of social secuirty disability.

What physcian speciality performs a range of motion test? Related to arthritis for purposes of social secuirty disability.

Your : Your primary care provider should be able to do this. However if you are under the care of a rheumatologist your doctor may defer to the specialist. All the best. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with a connective tissue disease (lupus arthritis). Can I claim disability?

I have just been diagnosed with a connective tissue disease (lupus arthritis). Can I claim disability?

Insurance: You are asking an insurance question. You must know the terms of your policy to answer. If you are talking about ssi, contact your social security office and ask what their criteria is regarding this disorder. ...Read more

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Can a person get social security disability with flat feet and osteo arthritis in knees?

Can a person get social security disability with flat feet and osteo arthritis in knees?

Probably not: Even with flat feet and osteo arthritis, paind and funciton can be maintained with orthotics nad medicine. Also a sitting job does not require you to be very mobile. ...Read more

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Need guidance in finding a new doctor to help with private disability claim forms. I am at a loss. I have cervical disk herniations, arthritis & disk compressions in my lower back. Have had this for 5 yrs and have been on disability (private insurer) for

Need guidance in finding a new doctor to help with private disability claim forms. I am at a loss. I have cervical disk herniations, arthritis & disk compressions in my lower back. Have had this for 5 yrs and have been on disability (private insurer) for

Primary care: Start with you primary care doctor who is technically responsible for overall over site of your care. Multiple and long forms are frustrating for doctors, perhaps you could offer up front that you would be willing to lay a reasonable fee for each form. He/she might be more receptive as you are showing respect for the value of their time. ...Read more

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Could i claim disability benefits for having arthritis, bursitis, trapped nerves, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, IBS and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Could i claim disability benefits for having arthritis,  bursitis, trapped nerves, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, IBS and carpal tunnel syndrome?

You could: Depending upon your state, you may be required to under go a functional examination by an internist as part of your evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Oz, i can't sleep, so i'm taking an over-the-counter sleep aid called diphenhydramine 50mg & red wine, will this kill me? I have not been able to sleep for 2 years now because of my disability. I have arthritis, anxiety and a problem with my wrist. Th

Dr. Oz, i can't sleep, so i'm taking an over-the-counter sleep aid called diphenhydramine 50mg & red wine, will this kill me? I have not been able to sleep for 2 years now because of my disability. I have arthritis, anxiety and a problem with my wrist. Th

Hi, : Hi, this isn't dr. Oz. You don't note how much red wine. A moderate amount of red wine and 50mg of diphehydramine should not kill you. However, this is not a good cocktail for sleep. Over the counter sleep aids that contain antihistamines can eventually lead to rebound insomnia. Alcohol is the number one cause for insomnia in this country. Over time, it can cause problems with sleep. Try going to bed at the same time each night. Use the bedroom only for sex or sleep (no tv, radio or other distractions). It is best to have a very quiet and dark bedroom. Avoid caffeine in the evening. Avoid large evening meals or late dinners. Limit exercise to late afternoon or earlier. Avoid napping. Limit alcohol use (or don't drink). Try to encorporate a calming routine at night (like taking a warm bath with lavender). Consider drinking warm milk or camomile tea at bedtime. Melatonin can be very helpful for sleep. Medical acupuncture can be used in the treatmet of arthritis, anxiety and pain. It is effective, safe and there are no medication interactions. It is not covered by all insurance plans however. Take care. ...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


Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more