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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)

Arthritis 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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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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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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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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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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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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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