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Arthritis Bruising Swelling
See details: You should see a rheumatologist or orthopedist and get it diagnosed and treated. ...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
Not always: In some patients the hands can be spared. In some cases of ra, only one joint can be involved (usually a knee). ...Read more
R/o hemarthrosis: On a well known hemophiliac any abnormal joint may have blood (hemarthrosis) in it so the treatment is to replace the coagulation factor that is deficient (viii or ix or a substitute for this (the hematologist should be asked). If there is no suspicion for blood then antiinflamatories that has no similar effect to Aspirin (Acetaminophen c/s Codeine)or topical medications (capsaicin) are safe. ...Read more
Most people with RA: Joint swelling of the fingers is seen early in the course of RA in the majority of patients. The knuckles are tender to the touch and there is soft tissue swelling around the knuckles causing limited motion and stiffness. This can progess to puffy swelling of the whole hand. Warm compresses and simple hand exercises can reduce swelling. Isotoner gloves worn overnight reduce swelling. ...Read more
Stiffness: Arthritic pain is generally worse first thing in morning or after sitting idle and trying to move. Stiffness and aching are usually the types of pain. ...Read more
You should be able: To answer this one on your own. Use them...Observe...If you notice increased swelling afterwards then the answer is yes... ...Read more
Depends on type: It depends on what type of arthritis you have. Soaking in warm water can give relief to painful joints, adding epson salts can help aching joints and muscles. If you have arthritis you should discuss with your rheumatologist what medications are best to control your symptoms. Some people find supplements helpful, discuss these options with your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: If it is under control then there may not be swelling. ...Read more
I was told I have arthritis in left leg only. Is that common? And what can I do other than meds to keep swelling and pain down?
It is a: Not unusual unless you had an injury. The best thing besides meds you can do is to move and keep the joints going. After using the painful joint apply ice for 15-20 minutes. Frozen peas or corn make a great reusesble ice bag that bends around! ...Read more
Yes but: Yes but just reducing the inflammation and swelling is considered temporary treatment for many diseases causing inflammatory arthritis and long term use has many mild to serious side effects. A Rheumatologist should follow and diagnose a person with inflammatory arthritis taking prednisone. ...Read more
What type?: There is a long list of diagnostic possibilities for a joint swelling. Analysis of the fluid of the joint may help. Depending of the cause, the treatment may vary. We start offering antiinflamatories or Acetaminophen topical or local ointments and some elastic support, local heat or cold. Injections of cortisone (or short course of cortisone in pill form are good when there is no infection. ...Read more
If a focal joint: I would inject the toe with stroids and make sure you were on systemic meds like mtx or sulfasalazine. In refractory cases, Humira or Enbrel (etanercept) are last resort. ...Read more
Psoriatic arthritis: Your doctor may recommend tumor necrosis factor-alpha (tnf-alpha) inhibitors if you have severe psoriatic arthritis. These drugs block the protein that causes inflammation in some types of arthritis and can improve signs and symptoms of psoriasis, as well. This group of drugs is the best to treat arthritis caused by psoriasis. ...Read more
Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive later?
Yes: Yes, there can be periods of increased as well as decreased synovial & soft tissue activity. Some immune testing may be more sensitive than others, with results varying with time as well. ...Read more
I still have pain and swelling from gouty arthritis after 45 days. Uric acid levels are back to normal but I still can't walk. What do I do?
Gout: I recommend you see a rheumatologist to get optimal therapy for this. ...Read more
My knee was sprang in 2006. Arthritis runs on my dad side of the family. I've had lots o problems with swelling an pain. Could I have arthritis?
By the definition of the term arthritis, anyone wiht a joint problem has it.
Many causes of joint problems
trauma/wear and tear tends to be here and there.
overall inflammation (rheumatoid, lupus, etc) is all over.
Bad/fragile joints would be a (RARE) genetic condition of rapid wear and tear of joints. ...Read more
I have 2 meniscus tears and severe arthritis in knee. Lots of swelling too. Dr started inj again. Dr said scoping might help but won't replace knee?
I've been having spasms and swelling on the left sid of my head. Doc said I might have temperal arthritis and took some blood but that was a month ago?
Depends on results: Of lab tests and whether your symptoms persist. Temporal arteritis can cause blindness, so you should follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
I have osteio arthritis in b/knees with degenerative changes w/swelling below knees. What can I take or use to help pain? Ty
Varies: NSAIDs, Tylenol (acetaminophen) based products, and nutritional supplements with chondroitan and keratin sulfate are the typical oral things used to varying degrees of success. Visco supplementation involves the injection of a lubricant into the knee which can sometimes give good relief for months at a time. I would not hesitate to discuss with orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist. ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
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