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I have moderate/severe arthritis in both knees. I'm already on a signifigant amount of pain rx's. Im looking for ways to ease morning pain/stiffness.?

I have moderate/severe arthritis in both knees. I'm already on a signifigant amount of pain rx's. Im looking for ways to ease morning pain/stiffness.?

Try alternative med.: I'm an internist, and also practice functional medicine, so my answer will reflect both practices. "moderate/severe arthritis, " and "significant amount of pain rx's" means smthn is not working. Correct diagnosis? Osteo vs rheumatoid arth? If you have correct diagnosis and still not working, explore treatments like magnesium, fish oil, avoid processed foods salt and sugar, water, green tea. ...Read more

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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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Barely any cartridge in either shoulder. Moderate to severe neck & lower-back arthritis. Any yoga positions to eschew?

Barely any cartridge in either shoulder. Moderate to severe neck & lower-back arthritis. Any yoga positions to eschew?

Everyone's different: One should not over-flex, over-extend, nor over-rotate joints that have damage, so it's a good idea to avoid the yoga positions that do those undesired things to the damaged joints. How far to flex, extend, or rotate? The general rule is that one should try not to have pain during the stretch or exercise, and should not have pain afterwards (or the person may have over-done it). ...Read more

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I get neck massages for moderate to severe neck arthritis, often the pain seems to emanate in the muscles of my upper-back. Which should be main focus?

Multi focus: Moderate to severe neck arthritis can cause referred pain and spasms to the upper back muscles. Massage therapy can be helpful in reducing pain. In order to decrease the pain a multi disciplinary approach will likely be more successful including being mindful of posture/ergonomics, stretching and strengthening program, stress reduction and others. Discuss with your md. ...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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My wife has moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.on few medications for RA. but can't take any NSAIDS at all. She is allergic to all Nsaids(rash n swell) all including the new nsaids celebrex. I hate 4 her to be on Norco for life.Any suggestions?

My wife has moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.on few medications for RA. but can't take any NSAIDS at all. She is allergic to all Nsaids(rash n swell) all including the new nsaids celebrex. I hate 4 her to be on Norco for life.Any suggestions?

Diet: I know this might not fall under the realm of traditional medicine, but I have seen rather dramatic changes in patients who undergo a change to a vegan diet. There are some that believe that dairy products in particular can cause chronic inflammation that can worsen arthritis. Two good resources are- the china study and forks over knives. ...Read more

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Xray=3 mm Anteriolisthesis @ C3-4 facet arthritis, Mild DDD @ C4-5 & C5-6, Grade 1 Anteriolisthesis @ L4-5, Moderate-severe DDD at L5-S1. Doc says no treatment. In lots of pain. Numb feet & hands. Low back feels unstable walk w/ cane. Butt pain too?

Xray=3 mm Anteriolisthesis @ C3-4 facet arthritis, Mild DDD @ C4-5 & C5-6, Grade 1 Anteriolisthesis @ L4-5, Moderate-severe DDD at L5-S1. Doc says no treatment. In lots of pain. Numb feet & hands. Low back feels unstable walk w/ cane. Butt pain too?

Further work up : May want to consider further work up including an mri of the cervical and lumbar spine and a nerve conduction test if your extremities. Xrays don't tell the whole story and there may be a simple solution to your symptoms. If you are not being taken seriously, consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are some good home remedies for severe arthritis?

What are some good home remedies for severe arthritis?

See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra. ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective remedies for severe arthritis?

Include:: (depending on the type of arthritis)
1) Acetaminophen (for osteoarthritis), nsaids only for a short duration, for rheumatoid arthritis potential steroids, Methotrexate and other meds.
2) moderate exercise. Depends on the joint involved.
3) modalities, including heat/ice, ultrasound and estim, paraffin baths help for RA involving the hands
4) equipment to help with activities of daily living. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a person have severe arthritis and not know it?

Might it be possible that a person have severe arthritis and not know it?

See below: It all depends on pain perception---some patients may feel severe pain while others may feel minimal pain with the same degree of arthritis. ...Read more

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What typrs of pain would radiaye from severe degenative arthritis of T 11 & T 12?

Nerve pain: Radiating pain from a degenerative spine travels in the direction of the nere that is being irritated or compressed. If T11 or T12, this would radiate into the flank and to the front near the belly button (may feel like painful rib). If the spinal canal is very narrowed, legs can be affected as well. ...Read more

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So I have arthritis and am used to the usual pain that comes with it, but when the temp is either severely hot or cold the pain intensifies.Why?

So I have arthritis and am used to the usual pain that comes with it,  but when the temp is either severely hot or cold the pain intensifies.Why?

perhaps pressure: Temperature changes affect barometric (atmosphere) pressure. For some reason, some arthritis patients are sensitive to those changes, perhaps from stimulation of pressure sensors around the joints. ...Read more

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Is excersize recommended or no. Severe anamia but arthritis too. trying to eliminate pain?

Is excersize recommended or no. Severe anamia but arthritis too. trying to eliminate pain?

Weights and Cardio: Light weight training will strengthen the muscles around the joints without taxing the joints too much. Low impact aerobic work such as swimming and elliptical machine will be beneficial as well. ...Read more

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How can I cope with this severe arthritis flare up?

How can I cope with this severe arthritis flare up?

Arthritis flare up: Somewhat depends on the type of arthritis, so best to get this checked out with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is 40 mgs of predisone for a 53 year old women with severe arthritis ok?

Can you tell me is 40 mgs of predisone for a 53 year old women with severe arthritis ok?

Depends: Depends. Any use requires protective measures also be taken for side effects, including bone loss. The real issue is if steroids are needed. There are many other treatments available for arthritis, so there is usually no need, especially at that dose. Rheumatologist should clarify. ...Read more

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Can severe osteoporosis and arthritis come from the same root cause or are they both independent of each other?

Can severe osteoporosis and arthritis come from the same root cause or are they both independent of each other?

Independent: These are generally indpendent except both can occurs more frequently as one ages and some meds used to treat arthritis such as Prednisone can cause osteoporosis. ...Read more

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I have severe arthritis on my fingers. What foods to avoid?

I have severe arthritis on my fingers. What foods to avoid?

Food has little effe: Food has little or no effect on arthritis. But there is considerable fatigue associated with rheumatoid type of arthritis ..So some foods like coffee and team may provide a bit of extra energy to allow you to move around better. ...Read more

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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