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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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Does arthritis cause a radiating pain up your arm?

Does arthritis cause a radiating pain up your arm?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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Can arthritis in your neck cause pain in your arm?

Can arthritis in your neck cause pain in your arm?

Yes: Arthritis in the cervical spine may effect exiting spinal nerves. These nerves contain different fibers, some of which provide sensation and pain. So a pinched nerve in your neck can cause pain to radiate down your arm. ...Read more

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What exercise can I do for arthritis in the arm?

What exercise can I do for arthritis in the arm?

Depends: Depends on type of arthritis. There are over 200 varieties. Some improve with exercise; others, worsened. It is impossible to identify specific exercises without knowing what type of arthritis and what joints are affected. ...Read more

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Is Excedrin pm good for arthritis in the arm?

Is Excedrin pm good for arthritis in the arm?

It's a pain reliever: It can help some depending on what type of arthritis one has. It's not an anti-inflammatory but an analgesic with Acetaminophen (which is also in tylenol) and Diphenhydramine (which is in benadryl) and is an antihistamine and can make people drowsy and is used to help sleep (the pm component).For osteoarthritis Acetaminophen can help some people. ...Read more

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Is arthritis pain felt only in joints? My mid arm aches

Is arthritis pain felt only in joints? My mid arm aches

Arthritis: By definition, arthritis is a condition that affects joints only. There can be other symptoms associated with arthritis such as referred pain, swelling, and warmth, but the term "arthritis" is for joints. ...Read more

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I live alone, and need to put creams on my back, areas I cant reach due to arthritis in shoulders and joints in my arm any tips to reach those areas?

I live alone, and need to put creams on my back, areas I cant reach due to arthritis in shoulders and joints in my arm any tips to reach those areas?

Topical patch: Topical anti-inflammatory patch such as Diclofenac or Flector patch (diclofenac) or oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are few alternatives that you and your physician may consider as alternative treatment for your arthritic condition. ...Read more

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Having arthritis type pain in right shoulder all the way down arm. When I inhale its more intense what could this be?

Having arthritis type pain in right shoulder all the way down arm. When I inhale its more intense what could this be?

Several causes: Too many causes can cause these symptoms to be specific. Do you have tenderness over the shoulder joint? Does range of motion worsen the pain? Is there pain or tingling in your hand? Get an exam by a qualified healthcare provider for more info. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in arm and shoulderblade for a month now but it doesn't seem 2 b getting any better. My mom has arthritis my pain is episodic.?

Pinched nerve: Pain into the arm and shoulder blade is usually from the neck. This is a typical distribution for a pinched nerve from the cervical spine. ...Read more

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I have psoriatic arthritis & fibromyalgia. I frequently have a problem with my dominant arm, left, with tingling and a very uncomfortable feel, why?

I have psoriatic arthritis & fibromyalgia. I frequently have a problem with my dominant arm, left, with tingling and a very uncomfortable feel, why?

Arm problem: Neither psoriatic arthritis or fibromyalgia don't seem to manifest with tingling as their main symptoms. Both are manifested with pain primarily, arthritis in the joints and fibromyalgia in the muscles. Tingling may not be related to these. There may be a nerve involvement or a medication side effect. You should talk to your doc about that. ...Read more

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6yr old says his legs hurt sometimes. Happened few times months b4.in the morning mostly, and now his arm hurts sometimes, could it be arthritis?

6yr old says his legs hurt sometimes. Happened few times months b4.in the morning mostly, and now his arm hurts sometimes, could it be arthritis?

Mgt: This can occur with growth, but if there are any other signs such as stiffness, swelling, fever or rash, I would advise seeing a Pediatric Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can you get poly arthritis novosa twice as alans arm is swelling and spreading& is getting painful red lumps on his wrists and one foot so far

Yes: Polyarteritis is an inflammatory disease of medium size blood vessels (arteries). Even when successfully treated it can reoccur
defijitely should be seen evaluated and treated by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Spondylolisthesis, had L4L5 fusion w/ instermation. (L4L5 ;11-2013) Now I have severe shake in rt leg and rt arm. I have spinal Stenos, arthritis, degd?

Spondylolisthesis, had L4L5 fusion w/ instermation. (L4L5 ;11-2013) Now I have severe shake in rt leg and rt arm. I have spinal Stenos, arthritis, degd?

CS/LS ARTHRITIS: Since you have had severe issues with lumbar disc disease, the likelihood is high that cervical disc disease is involved too. You need MRI OF CS and LS. EMG OF UPPER AND LOWER EXTREMITIES. Neuro and PMR consult. Also you would benefit from lyrica (pregabalin) or gabapentin at bedtime. I recommend a gluten free diet. And PT evaluation ...Read more

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I have moderate to severe shoulder pain that at times radiates down my arm and into my hand. I've got arthritis and have had injections a few times. What should I do?

I have moderate to severe shoulder pain that at times radiates down my arm and into my hand. I've got arthritis and have had injections a few times. What should I do?

Find diagnosis: So you got to see an orthopaedic surgeon. You have to get the correct diagnosis first to be able to have successful treatment outcome. Shoulder arthritis should not cause pain down into your arms. So it might be a cervical spine problem. That needs to be evaluated. It could be peripheral nerve issues, unrelated to the shoulder, or brachial plexopathy, or thoracic outlet syndrome, etc. ...Read more

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Can arthritis in my back cause pain in my arms because I have been feeling pain elbow down on my left arm heart tests all ok?

Can arthritis in my back cause pain in my arms because I have been feeling pain elbow down on my left arm heart tests all ok?

Arm radiculopathy: Lower back arthritis cannot cause arm pain directly, but the spine is like a chain, and lower back arthritis is other not alone... The neck is probably affected too. That can, indeed, cause some arm numbness and tingling, even sometimes weakness due to nerve compression. Other possibility is 'cubical tunnel syndrome', or nerve compression at the elbow, giving arm and hand pain/tingling. Good luck! ...Read more

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Arm has been numb for 4 days cardiac tests came out good in the ER but I have back arthritis and gastritis can this be affecting me in any way?

Arm has been numb for 4 days cardiac tests came out good in the ER but I have back arthritis and gastritis can this be affecting me in any way?

Neck yes, back no: Numbness in the arm can be related to several causes including arthritis in the neck, a peripheral nerve problem and even lyme disease. Have a rheumatologist evaluate the proble. ...Read more

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Every now and then my lunate bone in my wrist hurts the bone in the middle to move it put weight on it lift anything arthritis possibly? My arm hurt 2

Every now and then my lunate bone in my wrist hurts the bone in the middle to move it put weight on it lift anything arthritis possibly? My arm hurt 2

Terry Thomas: You may have torn your scapholunate ligament. There is a condition called a perilunate dislocation that can cause these symptoms. The classic x ray findings show a widened gap like a famous person of old had in the teeth hence the name the Terry Thomas sign. Https://m.youtube. Com/watch? V=gsk9oKyNEEQ
Don't worry you'll be okay ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis in two disk in my neck. Could that be the reason for my right arm pain. The xray does not show why my arm hurt so bad.

The RA affects the -: Whole body and arms specifically, alone or from neck. Xrays of the neck will confirm spondylosis but not the disks themselves. Xray of arm may not show a cause of pain in it, except excluding a number of them.
Mri neck will confirm disc herniation ; if its causing a nerve to be pinched. If so, then that might be a reason of your pain. Otherwise other causes will need to be found with an exam. ...Read more

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Arms feel numb towards the top not the whole arm and legs feel weak they told me I have back arthritis could this be the cause?

Not the low back: Upper arm numbness can be related to the spine, but at the level of the neck.
Nerves exit the spinal canal through small holes. Arthritis in the bones of the neck can cause these holes to become smaller, thus possibly pinching the nerves as they exit. The pattern of numbness around the shoulders is much less common however.
Electrodiagnostic testing may be helpful. ...Read more

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I have severe arthritis in my neck, and shoulders, with pins and needles in my left arm to the elbow. I have had a while, some small weight loss?

I have severe arthritis in my neck, and shoulders, with pins and needles in my left arm to the elbow. I have had a while, some small weight loss?

Have it checked: The pins & needles may be a sign that the arthritis is causing irritation of the spine itselt, or the nerves coming out of the spine. From the description, sounds like C4-5. You should see a neurologist to have it checked. Much of the time, physical therapy will help to alleviate the symptoms. I doubt that the weight loss is related. Keep an eye on it and see your doc if it continues ...Read more

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Having sever back and neck pain. With numbness in the arm and short of breath. Dr said I have spine arthritis. Pt first then surgery how long recovery?

Having sever back and neck pain. With numbness in the arm and short of breath. Dr said I have spine arthritis. Pt first then surgery how long recovery?

Ask surgeon: Surgical recovery varies due to level of repair, patient characteristics, age, pre op activity, etc. Direct this question to your surgeon, as there will be variations based on multiple factors, including surgeon preference. Especially in spine repair, it never hurts to have two or even three opinions. Good luck. ...Read more

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My left arm has been feeling numb all the way to my fingertips, what would cause this? I have arthritis in my neck arms and hands

My left arm has been feeling numb all the way to my fingertips, what would cause this? I have arthritis in my neck arms and hands

Likely nerve impinge: This sounds most likely like nerv e entrapment from the neck. Due to arthritis in the neck there is bony enlaergement which can pinch on nerve leaving the spinal cord. This can cause pain and numbness/tingling traveling down the arm. See a neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Last thumb joint by nail hyperextends on its own. No known injury. Pain up arm toward elbow and under forearm after it happens. No arthritis.?

Last thumb joint by nail hyperextends on its own. No known injury. Pain up arm toward elbow and under forearm after it happens. No arthritis.?

Tendinitis: You have hypermobility and that is why the thumb hyperextended this runs in families and is genetic. The pain may be tendinitis ...Read more

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I have a burning a d tightness feeling in my left under arm what could it be? A lil dizzy pressure in head have sinus problems and back arthritis

I have a burning a d tightness feeling in my left under arm what could it be? A lil dizzy pressure in head have sinus problems and back arthritis

Concerning: Left arm pain, and dizziness suggests that you might have a heart attack, or at least poor blood flow to the heart, and yes, that can happen at your age, but would be rare. None-the-less better safe than sorry, get to an emergency room for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Right shoulder, is so painful cannot use at all my daughter has lost use of her right arm, pain is severe. Many meds she cannot use due to cyst's in her kidneys, they are telling her it is arthritis and cannot find a doctor to help her due to only having m

Right shoulder, is so painful cannot use at all my daughter has lost use of her right arm, pain is severe. Many meds she cannot use due to cyst's in her kidneys, they are telling her it is arthritis and cannot find a doctor to help her due to only having m

She: She should see an orthopaedic surgeon who will evaluate her problem and determine the cause and then a treatment plan can be formulated. Shoulder pain and loss of function can be caused by a variety of disorders: arthritis, rotator cuff pathology, adhesive capsulitis, calcific tendinitis, avascular necrosis and even neck problems. I often see patients who were told they have arthritis by their primary physicians and often it turns out to be some other condition. If her arthritis is severe she could be a candidate for arthroplasty if non-operative treatment fails. ...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