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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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My wife is suffering from arthritis. She has her thumb knuckles swollen, her back near the lower rib cage and her back knee very pain. What to do?

My wife is suffering from arthritis. She has her thumb knuckles swollen, her back near the lower rib cage and her back knee very pain. What to do?

See details: I have no idea what medical options one has in Nepal. If you are able to see a rheumatologist then do it. Otherwise have a primary care doctor evaluated the issue. ...Read more

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I am having severe pain in my basal thumb joint of my right hand, arthritis?

I am having severe pain in my basal thumb joint of my right hand, arthritis?

Probably: Basilar joint arthritis is a very common problem. In fact, hand specialists see it daily. There are treatments that are non-operative which can give relief, but ultimately you may need to have surgery. See your hand specialist. ...Read more

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Can having part of my pinky finger amputated cause arthritis to develope in my other hand's thumb joint?

Can having part of my pinky finger amputated cause arthritis to develope in my other hand's thumb joint?

No it will not: There is no reason for arthritis to develope due to amputation of pinky. Yes you can get arthritis in any joint like anybody else but not related to amputation of pinky. ...Read more

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Imhave mild arthritis in right thumb have pain in hand and lowerback pain after sleep and knee pain and fatigue what are these symptom?

Imhave mild arthritis in right thumb have pain in hand and lowerback pain after sleep and knee pain and fatigue what are these symptom?

Joint pain: It is common to have joint pain upon awakening when people reach their 50-60, fatigue has so many things it can be associated with it would be hard to provide advice without a consult. So. If these symptoms are becoming more pronounced you should be evaluated ...Read more

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I have sharp pain just below thumb on left hand when I twist wrist in certain way. Could this be arthritis or is it likely to be muscle pain.

I have sharp pain just below thumb on left hand when I twist wrist in certain way. Could this be arthritis or is it likely to be muscle pain.

Joint pain: Pain in that location could be arthritis. Another possibility is dequervain's tenosynovitis, which is a tendon inflammation often caused by the way your wrist/thumb is extended or flexed against a force. An exam by your doctor can help to narrow down the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Relief for hand arthritis.

Tylenol (acetaminophen): In a 75 year old it is important to know medical history, other meds, previous meds tried, kidney function and other variables before suggesting meds. Tylenol (acetaminophen) would be the safest bet. ...Read more

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What are exercises for a pinched nerve in hand or arthritis?

What are exercises for a pinched nerve in hand or arthritis?

Exercises: Gentle stretching and massage. Median nerve exercises are called nerve gliding exercises and resemble the "chicken dance" maneuver. Digital exercises of "hook and claw" can help with digital ip joint tightness. ...Read more

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What kin of medicine can I take for my arthritis pain in my hand?

What kin of medicine can I take for my arthritis pain in my hand?

NSAIDS: Nsaids will be helpful for hand arthritis. Also nsaids like dicliofenac gel might be more helpful as it helps locally and will hae less adverse effects... ...Read more

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What is the treatment of arthritis in the hand?

What is the treatment of arthritis in the hand?

Heat: And anti-inflammatory medications if there are no contraindications and gentle exercise ...Read more

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What causes arthritis in your hand?

What causes arthritis in your hand?

Many causes: There are many types of arthritis that can effect your hands. Some causes include, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and lupus. If you think you may have arthritis get a evaluation so you can get the correct diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have arthritis in your hand at 27?

How do you know if you have arthritis in your hand at 27?

It's uncommon, but..: If you've had a significant injury including a fracture - especially one that extends into the joint, say of the thumb or the bones in the wrist - there might be the beginning of arthritis development. An xray could help show if there's any arthritis there. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can you still get arthritis if you do hand conditioning exercises?

Can you still get arthritis if you do hand conditioning exercises?

Yes: Strengthening is an important tactic in delaying deformity, but does not replace medical rx. ...Read more

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Arthritis symptoms? Hand /fingers achy stiff each mornin

Arthritis symptoms? Hand /fingers achy stiff each mornin

See details: Then see your primary care or a rheumatologist and have the issue evaluated. ...Read more

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Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the back of your hand?

Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the back of your hand?

Maybe: Osteoarthritis occurs in the joints. One can get osteoarthrtis in the joints of the wrist or in the knuckles of the fingers. Common also in the base of the thumb, particularly in women. ...Read more

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What is the best hand exercise for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the best hand exercise for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Hand Exercises: The best hand exercises are to improve and maintain range of motion. Getting a soft rubber ball and squeezing it helps with establishing motion and strengthening. Also getting small objects, such as marbles and picking them up individually works more with fine motor control. ...Read more

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Should I seek hand therapy for arthritis?

Should I seek hand therapy for arthritis?

Depends: This would depend on the kind of arthritis you have and what you mean about "hand therapy". Many have plain and simple osteoarthritis of the hands and it is painful. Warm parafin baths help. Usually no "hand therapy" needed. Some have rheumatoid arthritis and may need some splinting and other hand therapy and orthopedic treatment by a specialist in hand care. Hope this answered your question? ...Read more

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Does lupus arthritis go hand in hand with lupus?

Does lupus arthritis go hand in hand with lupus?

Lupus: The joints are an unfortunate target of the ailment known as lupus, so the arthritis is simply another component. ...Read more

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Why does my hand keep going numb? (i have juvenile arthritis too)

Why does my hand keep going numb? (i have juvenile arthritis too)

Carpal Tunnel Syn: Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the most common cause. Jra itself doesn't cause numbness, but the swelling associated with jra can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Finding it hard to move my finger on my left hand. Is this onset of arthritis?

Finding it hard to move my finger on my left hand. Is this onset of arthritis?

Several things: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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Arthritis in left hand and wrist lose of movement?

Arthritis in left hand and wrist lose of movement?

Wrist Arthritis: This is a statement not a question. Do you have a specific question regarding your wrist? ...Read more

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Can I try cannabis for rheumatoid arthritis in hand?

Can I try cannabis for rheumatoid arthritis in hand?

See details: That is up to you. If the disease to well controlled meds such as marijuana will not be needed. ...Read more

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Does second hand smoke effect on rheumatoid arthritis?

Does second hand smoke effect on rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: The american college of rheumatology annual scientific meeting in 2000, researchers reported that the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis is nearly double for current smokers compared to non-smokers. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis. Can hand deformity be prevented and if it already occur can it be stopped?

Rheumatoid arthritis. Can hand deformity be prevented and if it already occur can it be stopped?

If you already: If you already have joint damage, you will need to go on Methotrexate and probably a biologic if you are candidate for it.

The combination of two can halt progression of the disease. Sometimes bone erosions can heal, but if you have extensive joint damage the medications will not be able to reverse all that.
Hope that helps. ...Read more

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My fingers hurt in my right hand. When opening bottles etc. Of just squeezing them. Why? Ix it arthritis

Maybe: Unlikely arthritis if it well localized pain. Usually can be tendinitis, triggering, indflammation, mass. Should be checked out. ...Read more

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Strange pain in the palm of my hand. I would expect arthritis if it was in a joint, but square in the middle of the palm? It will actually throb.

Strange pain in the palm of my hand. I would expect arthritis if it was in a joint, but square in the middle of the palm? It will actually throb.

Consider carpal tunn: I think of carpal tunnel or tenosynovitis based on your discriptionbadiliar thumb DJD can vause this see an orthopod. ...Read more

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My wrist hand and fingers start to hurt when I'm holding my phone texting or cleaning or forcing pressure while doing something can it be arthritis?

Wrist pain: Wrist pain can be caused by muscle/tendon injury, nerve injury (carpal tunnel syndrome) of the median nerve, arthritis of the joints of the wrist/hand. A thorough musculoskeletal exam with x-rays may be necessary to determine the cause. Sometimes, MRI and emg/ncs testing (nerve testing) are necessary to determine if ligament tear or nerve injury is the culprit of your pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a lot of joint pain in my hand. Is this due to arthritis?

I have a lot of joint pain in my hand. Is this due to arthritis?

It is quite possible: With age, disease and use the incidence of joint pain and arthritis may increase significantly. There are many reasons why joints hurt, not all are arthritic in nature; and most problems can and may be addressed sucessfully without surgery. The best treatment starts with a clear diagnosis; and you get that at your doctor's evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the bones of your hand?

In the joints: Arthritis of any time is condition of the joints- "arth"=joint, "itis"=inflammation. So technically it isn't the bones that get it, but rather the cartilage on the surfaces that meet at the joint. The hand is just as vulnerable as any joint- and hand arthritis is common. Osteoarthritis usually refers to wearing out of the cartilage as opposed to inflammatory where the body attacks its own tissues. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor cast my wrist & hand for rheumatoid arthritis?

Why would a doctor cast my wrist & hand for rheumatoid arthritis?

Ask your doctor: Why don't you ask the doctor who did it? Casting in RA is not done very frequently as you do not want to immobilize joints but rather want to move and exercise them. ...Read more

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When I use a pencil for too long, my hand starts to ache or shake. Is this arthritis?

Can be, it sounds: Like there is pain. But tendonitis, nerve compression and others can cause simialr issues. ...Read more

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Slightly swollen wrist with pain and hand pain. No injury. Common with Lupus? Is this arthritis?

Potentially: Patients with lupus can have an associated inflammatory arthritis that can cause pain and swelling in various joints. The hands and wrists can definitely be involved. Don't hesitate to let your doctor know this is occurring and there may be medicine that can help. ...Read more

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Small red spots on the back of my right hand they don't itch or hurt I do have juvenile arthritis?

Small red spots on the back of my right hand they don't itch or hurt I do have juvenile arthritis?

Can't diagnose: With the available information. This rash would likely need to be examined and more history obtained to be able to provide you with useful input about the diagnosis or possible treatment. ...Read more

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Neck arthritis, told to do surgery, too risky. But now she suffers from pain. Pls advise. Her hand gets numb.?

Neck arthritis, told to do surgery, too risky. But now she suffers from pain. Pls advise. Her hand gets numb.?

Cervical traction: Physical therapy might help you. The therapist can have you try traction, and if this helps, you can do home cerivcal traction using very inexpensive equipment. Your hand numbness might be coming from a neck problem (i.e. A 'pinched nerve'), but it might be from something else such as carpal tunnel syndrome. An EMG (a test for carpal tunnel syndrome, etc) might be useful. ...Read more

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Have subtle but constant swelling in first two fingers of right hand. All tests for arthritis negative. Any ideas? Thanks.

Have subtle but constant swelling in first two fingers of right hand. All tests for arthritis negative. Any ideas? Thanks.

Arthritis in fingers: Does not have to be infalmmatory or assicated with blood tests, it can be osteo arthrits in which a blood test will not be positive. Tendonitis, tenosynovitis, trauma, osteoarthritis, infection, circulation all can effect the way fingers feel. Even nerve issues that give very mild tingling may make the fingers feel swollen. Trigger fingers can make the finger seem swollen too. ...Read more

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Tingling in hand and heavy head from 7 days I am an arthritis patient what is the reason of above symptoms other then arthritis?

Multi-reason: Possibly from your neck. Nerve compression, from many possible reasons, including arthritis and its effect on joints in the neck.....could be a source. Or symptoms independent of each other, and nerve compression may occur at shoulder, elbow, wrist. Sometimes nutritional deficiencies, but I'd expect symmetric limb involvement then. Get well. ...Read more

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45M. Husband wakes up with a few stiff fingers each morning just on 1 hand. Hot water makes it better. Guitar player. Arthritis?

45M. Husband wakes up with a few stiff fingers each morning just on 1 hand. Hot water makes it better. Guitar player. Arthritis?

Probably: However, do not worry. These symptoms may be a transient flare of osteoarthritis and fade without treatment. It could also be tendinitis. If symptoms persist more than a few months or if symptoms worsen, have him see a doctor. ...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