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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Can alcohol (in moderation) cause joint pain? My wrists and elbows have been bothering me every weekend, and I usually go out for a couple of drinks with friends every Friday, but don't really drink otherwise. Could alcohol be the cause?

Can alcohol (in moderation) cause joint pain? My wrists and elbows have been bothering me every weekend, and I usually go out for a couple of drinks with friends every Friday, but don't really drink otherwise. Could alcohol be the cause?

Yes: Alcohol can cause a mild dehydration which can cause some joint pains. Also any amount of alcohol with the other medications you have listed is not really the best idea. If you do drink try to limit it to one drink only and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. If this does not resolve the problem see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does joint pain lessen with less alcohol consumption? Whats a good minimum of alcohol to stay healthy & happy? Have you heard of this happening?

Does  joint pain lessen with less alcohol consumption?  Whats a good minimum of alcohol to stay healthy & happy? Have you heard of this happening?

Gout: Alcohol is a major trigger of gout attacks. Drinking less (or not at all) can significantly reduce the frequency of gout flareups. There are also medications that can treat and help prevent gout as well. Optimal levels of alcohol range from zero for people with alcohol related health problems to 1-2 drinks a day for a healthy adult. ...Read more

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120mg of cymbalta (duloxetine) generic feels like too much for me. I tapered to 60mg for 3 weeks but joint pain came back. Would 90mg be better?

120mg of cymbalta (duloxetine) generic feels like too much for me. I tapered to 60mg for 3 weeks but joint pain came back. Would 90mg be better?

Hard to say: What about the 120 mg. dose makes you think it's "too much?" You can certainly talk to your doctor and try the 90 mg. dose to see if it's efficacious enough for you (probably your best bet). If not, perhaps a combination therapy or Cymbalta (duloxetine) augmented with another medication might work for you. ...Read more

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I just turned 24 and I'm suffering from joint pain, what are some causes for this?

I just turned 24 and I'm suffering from joint pain, what are some causes for this?

See details: There are literally over one hundred causes of joint pain. The best advice I can give you is to see a rheumatologist and then you will have your answer. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Joint Pain (Definition)

Joint pain is a clinical finding in which a joint (where two bones meet) is painful to move. This can occur with arthritis, crystal build up in joints, ...Read more