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Can arthritis be fatal or just painful?

Can arthritis be fatal or just painful?

Arthritic Antics: It depends on the type of arthritis you're dealing with. Oddly enough, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can predispose a person to more serious issues with the lungs, heart and kidneys which could ultimately lead to death. Ra has also been associated with some predispositions to lymphoma. Degenerative arthritis, post injury, would not nor would osteoarthritis be directly associated with fatalities. ...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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What type of arthritis is painful to the touch?

What type of arthritis  is painful to the touch?

See below: All types can hurt to the touch but the most painful can be gout attack. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for painful arthritis?

What is the best treatment for painful arthritis?

First of all: the type of arthritis must be determined. In general ASPIRIN is pretty much an accepted treatment (exception GOUT which may get worse with Aspirin) Suffices to say..get your joint pain evaluated first by your PCP then a referral to a RHEUMATOLOGIST may be advisable Hope this helps!] Dr Z ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis very stiff and painful in the mornings. Is anything i can do to ease & loosen up?

Rheumatoid arthritis very stiff and painful in the mornings. Is anything i can do to ease & loosen up?

Control the disease: Severe morning stiffness is usually a symptoms of disease that is not well controlled. Are you seeing a rheumatologist? The treatment is better control on the underlying inflammation. ...Read more

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Arthritis on the knee painful. What can ease the pain?

Arthritis on the knee painful. What can ease the pain?

Start w/ Tylenol (acetaminophen) Now: Pt; heat/cold; tens; mud pack therapy; taping; bracing; splints; specific land and/or aquatic based exercises; weight loss; orthosis-wedged shoe insoles; topical analgesics, salicylates, capsaicin & nsaids; ?Glucosamine/chondroitin; acetaminophen; oral nsaids; "cortisone shorts"; hyaluronons injection; +/-opioids (codeine, tramadol); +/- colchicine; +/- plaquenil; prp; prolotherapy; regenerative. ...Read more

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My finger locks and is very painful. Could it be rheumatiod arthritis?

My finger locks and is very painful. Could it be rheumatiod arthritis?

Trigger Finger: This is not the start of ra, but we have to mention RA in the later stages could do that. I believe what you are suffering from is trigger finger or tenosynvitis. ...Read more

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What can I do at home for a painful shoulder?I have full mobility and strength, it just hurts to move it.'been told I have a bone spur and arthritis.

What can I do at home for a painful shoulder?I have full mobility and strength, it just hurts to move it.'been told I have a bone spur and arthritis.

At home U wait: C an ortho & have imaging & an eval. Many times it is impingement, calcific tendonitis rotator cuff disease. Get a DX now, early surgery is better than waiting until u have a cuff tear. ...Read more

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Dr thinks I either have arthritis or fibromyalgia.I'm only 23.Is my life going to be a painful one?Can it ever be normal?I'm just so depressed over it

Dr thinks I either have arthritis or fibromyalgia.I'm only 23.Is my life going to be a painful one?Can it ever be normal?I'm just so depressed over it

Pain: Please consider a team approach to your discomfort. See a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in dealing w/pain. See the work of John Sarno, MD (search the net). Look into clinical hypnosis (see www.asch.net for referrals). There are many options. Please do not get a fixed idea into your head. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have more than one question. My first question is I'm having really bad knee problems. Could it be arthritis bc it's painful.

I have more than one question.  My first question is I'm having really bad knee problems. Could it be arthritis bc it's painful.

See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments or exercise therapies available. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in both hands, right now they are tingly and kind of num , they are also extremely painful. I don't know how to make them calm down.

Hand arthritis: If your experiencing early am pain ,stiffness in. Your fingers and hands try gentle low heat for 15-20 minutes. Consider a consistent use of NSAIDs such as alleve 500 mg twice a day form 2-3weeks. Instead of alleve you could consider buffered aspirin 325 mg 4 x a day ...Read more

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Is it early arthritis if painful joints at 50?

Is it early arthritis if painful joints at 50?

Depends: "arthritis" means joint inflammation. There are many causes of joint inflammation that can occur at any age and there are many causes of joint pain without inflammation. You should see your primary care doctor to start an evaluation if you've had joint pain for more than a few weeks that isn't going away. ...Read more

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Does drinking coffee affect the painful effects of gouty arthritis?

It can : The more caffeniated coffee one drinks can correlate with an increase in gouty flares. Though, no one is quite sure of the direct cause and effect of why this happens. Interestingly, caffeine has a similiar chemical structure to Allopurinol , which is a medication used to treat gout. It can also initiate or cause a flare up for first time users. ...Read more

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If i sit or stand for too long my back feels very stiff & gets very painful. Could this be arthritis or pulled muscles?

If i sit or stand for too long my back feels very stiff & gets very painful. Could this be arthritis or pulled muscles?

Not arthritis: It is very common to feel stiff from standing or sitting for long periods. Try taking a break every so often to stretch. ...Read more

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Child has jia/jra. What are the symptoms to watch out for if arthritis develops in the hip? Is painful hip cracking a symptom?

Pain, loss of motion: Pain and unwillingness to move from sitting position are common problems with hip involvement. Cracking is not necessarily a problem, but pain requires examination. ...Read more

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Need medication increase I am only 25 years old but have scoliosis through out my spine and arthritis in my upper back which are both extremely painful and crippling. Even simple tasks are hard because of these issues. In addition to my back I have severe

Need medication increase I am only 25 years old but have scoliosis through out my spine and arthritis in my upper back which are both extremely painful and crippling. Even simple tasks are hard because of these issues. In addition to my back I have severe

Scoliosis and pain: Scoliosis is a non painful condition and if you are experiencing pain then a complete workout is indicated to find the source of your pain and begin proper treatment. At your age your scoliosis should not be crippling you and other sources should be found. Treatment properly can result in a painless life style and you should be able to enjoy all the activities your desire with proper care. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called painful joints (arthritis).?

Explain the condition called painful joints (arthritis).?

Involves soft tissue: Arthritis in joints starts as an inflammatory reaction in the soft tissues (synovium) lining the joints. It subsequently when chronic or severe leads to weakening of the ligamentous support and altered fluids within the joint which damage the frictionless cartilage surfaces. ...Read more

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What causes pressure filled and painful joints other than arthritis?

When you say joints!: Pain and swelling of joints, is by definition, arthritis. Arthritis can be immune, metabolic, degenerative, metabolic, or infectious! so the answer: nothing else! ...Read more

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Are liver biopsies for people with psoriatic arthritis extremely painful?

Psorisis: Presumably the liver biopsy is being done prior to the use of a medication such as methotrexate. Liver biopsy should not be painful for anyone but can be. A local anesthetic is used to "numb" the area. In some instances the medication may not be completely effective or discomfort may be experienced after the procedure when the effect of the anesthetic has "worn off.". ...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