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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is also known as Back pain. Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Is Arthrotec better than Meloxicam for arthritis and back pain?

Is Arthrotec better than Meloxicam for arthritis and back pain?

Somewhat different: Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that taken long term may require a proton pump inhibitor such as prilosec to prevent G. I. Problems such as ulcer. Arthrotec contains diclofenac, also an N SAID but also misoprostil an older drug to protect the G.I. tract. You should try diclofenac separately without and Mexican to see which is better. Long term u need pump inhibitor separately. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice of arthritis & back pain?

What is the drug of choice of arthritis & back pain?

No such thing: There are many good arthritis drugs and the drug of choice is more individual than anything. I use Mobic and Duexis the most due to less stomach upset. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have arthritis or if it's just back pain?

How do I know if I have arthritis or if it's just back pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How to relieve chronic back pain due to inflammation and arthritis?

Conservative care: Chronic back pain can be difficult to treat but for most patients at your age, conservative treatment will work - physical therapy, regular exercise, core strengthening/stretching, smoking cessation, improved diet. Keep in mind that if your imaging studies have not shown anything severe, it is ok to push through some pain in order to acheive the improvement that you want. ...Read more

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I keep reading about doctors prescribing glucosamine for arthritis. Will this medication help my back pain?

I keep reading about doctors prescribing glucosamine for arthritis. Will this medication help my back pain?

Facet Arthropathy: You do have joints in the back called 'facet joints' that can become arthritic & cause pain. The pain patients generally complain of when they have arthritis in their spine is when they lean back & the pain increases. If you have this pain you could have 'facet arthropathy'. It's something that can be treated symptomatically first with cold/hot compresses, nsaids, activity modification & rest. ...Read more

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How do I relieve chronic back pain due to inflammation and arthritis?

How do I relieve chronic back pain due to inflammation and arthritis?

Several ways: Be proactive in terms of lifestyle changes including: weight control, regular exercising & not smoking. Have adequate sleep & good vitamin d/calcium intake. Most remain functional without spine surgery for back pain. You may need additional treatment including physical rherapy, medication as well as possible pain management techniques. Back support can help. ...Read more

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How to relieve chronic back pain due to inflammation and arthritis?

Conservative Mgmt: Nsaids (if not medically contraindicated), pt, home exercise programs, spinal injections may be considered if indicated. Ask you spinal specialist. Rheumatoid arthritis has to be ruled out, as this would also have additional available treatments. ...Read more

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Besides back pain, what else should I expect if I have degenerative arthritis?

Besides back pain, what else should I expect if I have degenerative arthritis?

Leg symptoms: The degenerative process can allow the spinal canal to become narrow. This in turn could affect you legs. You could develop sciatic type symptoms. You could also develop symptoms where you only walk for a short distance and then have to rest up and lean forward. ...Read more

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A dr on here is concerned im on morphine at 27, why? I have ms, arthritis, back pain, and am disabled. Whats the problem?

A dr on here is concerned im on morphine at 27, why? I have ms, arthritis, back pain, and am disabled. Whats the problem?

Dependence: The concern stems from use of opiod narcotics have short and long term complications. You do seem to have many medical issues, yet there are many non narcotic alternatives without the problems of addiction/dependence. Querry your physician about other non narcotic alternative which could help just as effectively. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more