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What should I do to treat arthritis in my back?

What should I do to treat arthritis in my back?

Depends: Depends on how it is affecting you. In general, staying physically active (aerobic exercise at least 30 min 3 times a week), strengthen the core muscles (low back and tummy muscles). Stretching, heat, cold, over the counter pain relievers can also help. When they do not, see your primary provider. Seeing a spinal specialist may be helpful. ...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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I am 28 and have disc bulges and arthritis in my back what do you think about that?

I am 28 and have disc bulges and arthritis in my back what do you think about that?

Not much: I do not view disc bulges as a significant issue. True disc herniations are another issue altogether. Before there were mris disc 'bulges' did not exist. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my dad who has arthritis in his back?

What can I do to help my dad who has arthritis in his back?

Arthritis: Consider cane, weight control, pool and gym membership, nsaids, purified omega, pt/laser/modalities, etc. Check with pcp or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have arthritis in my back (sacroiliac there any foods that worsen arthritis?

What do you suggest if I have arthritis in my back (sacroiliac there any foods that worsen arthritis?

Western diet: The western diet, which consumes a lot of meat, dairy and processed food can be associated with inflammatory conditions that affect the blood vessels and the musculoskeletal system. A vegan diet of fruits and vegetables is the opposite of that and contains anti inflammatory mediators that can help improve overall health and arthritis. ...Read more

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I'm a 45 yr old female . Have touch of arthritis in lower back. Not needing meds at this time. What can I do 2 improve ?

I'm a 45 yr old female . Have touch of arthritis in lower back. Not needing meds at this time. What can I do 2 improve ?

Maintain mobility: Eat a healthy diet, adequate sleep, hydration, and aerobic exercise with weight lifting to build muscle and maintain mobility. Water aerobics is a great exercise for people with arthritis. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my back and im pregnant I've tries evwrything to make the pain stop what do I do?

I have arthritis in my back and im pregnant I've tries evwrything to make the pain stop what do I do?

Pain Treatment.: Simple remedies include medical massages and later in the pregnancy a maternity lumbar support brace. Otherwise, any prescriptive medication treatment would need to be cleared by your obstetrician. ...Read more

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I have spondylosis arthritis in the back but at the moment no pain can I never get pain I must lift a lot at work but do my exercises and lots of spo?

I have spondylosis arthritis in the back  but at the moment no pain can I never get pain I must lift a lot at work but do my exercises and lots of spo?

Yes: At some point in their lives, most patients will develop some degree of degenerative arthritis in their back. This does not necessarily lead to pain or activity restriction. So if you are not having trouble with it, I would not worry about it. ...Read more

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I have jra (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) and my back has been hurting me. What can I do?

You need to see MD: You are 34 years old has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since you were a child you are having back pain, we can not answer your question without knowing what meds you have taken or are taking.You can take any anti inflammatory meds for pain like Motrin or naprosyn (naproxen) for relief and follow up with your rheamatologist. ...Read more

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I've been to the doctors and had blood tests for arthritis they came back with nothing in the mornings I have been waking up and not been able to grip ?

I've been to the doctors and had blood tests for arthritis they came back with nothing in the mornings I have been waking up and not been able to grip ?

History / physical: There are dozens of forms of arthritis, and some have no lab abnormalities, including seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (was an anti-ccp drawn?) assuming you do not have psoriasis or marked back stiffness. There are more labs in rheumatology than any other specialty, but most diagnoses are made on the histories. http://www.mafp.org/other/seronegative%20arthritis%20%28schlesinger%29.pdf. ...Read more

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What are good remedies for arthritis in the back of the knee?

What are good remedies for arthritis in the back of the knee?

Get knee evaluated: If the knee pain is significant and has been present for a while you should really have it x rayed and evaluated if you have not done so already. At age 32, i would not self treat but would determine the cause. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I get a pain in my arms at night time it goes away sometimes and I've been tested for arthritis and came back clear. The pain is excruciating. ?

Both Sides: People can notice this from the shoulders but other things can make this occur. When you get evaluated by your physician other things to look for - pressure on nerves from the shoulder: thoracic outlet syndrome, brachial plexis syndrome, pressure in the neck or pinched nerves in the neck from the position on the pillow would all be looked for in you evaluation. ...Read more

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Could reiki heal serious deseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and heavy back pain?

Could reiki heal serious deseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and heavy back pain?

NO: No such thing as healing happening, however Reiki might help reduce or make the pain issues more tolerable. ...Read more

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Can arthritis in my back affect my arms and chest as in pain wise or maybe the nerves perspective of it?

Osteoarthritis : Osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine (low back) can not affect the arms. Most likely if you have arthritis in the lumbar spine then you can also have osteoarthritis of the cervical spine (neck) . This would affect your arms. A cervical spine x-ray/mri can determine if you have cervical spine spinal stenosis caused by arthritis. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my back which makes it hard to do things but it is now going thru my right hip down my leg what do i do?

I have arthritis in my back which makes it hard to do things but it is now going thru my right hip down my leg what do i do?

Recheck: Pain radiating down the leg, especially past the knee, may signal that it is not arthritis but rather sciatica, a pinched nerve in the back. Also, if you are 24 years old, it would be highly unusual to have significant osteoarthritis of the spine. Sacroiliitis or other forms of arthritis may be present. I would get a re-evaluation through your primary care doc or a spine specialist. ...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