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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Arthritis And Back Pain

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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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Is Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol) better than Meloxicam for arthritis and back pain?

Is Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol) 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 (diclofenac and misoprostol) 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 (meloxicam) 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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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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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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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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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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Could reiki heal serious deseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and heavy back pain?

Could reiki heal serious deseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and heavy back pain?

NO: No such thing as healing happening, however Reiki might help reduce or make the pain issues more tolerable. ...Read more

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Are massages good for my lower back pain from neck arthritis?

Are massages good for my lower back pain from neck arthritis?

DEFINITELY: Massage is very good for muscle tension and so would heat. Some exercising is also beneficial. Get guidance from your physician. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain - any tell tale signs that it is arthritis versus normal aches and pains?

Having upper back pain - any tell tale signs that it is arthritis versus normal aches and pains?

None. Why? Arthritis: is just a catch-all term, just a contraction of Arthro (joint) + itis (inflamation of), yet commonly promoted as a diagnosis even when not involving a joint. The term is just repeating back to the person complaining of pain their stated complaint using a different term, as if useful. Yet many seem to perceive this as useful. Normal just means average/common, not diagnostic or predictive. ...Read more

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I have back pain from arthritis, use an nsaid, have pt exercises, still have bad pain, worst in am. What else can I do?

See details: Get a new MRI and consult with an interventional pain specialist. Targeted injections may help. ...Read more

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63 healthy m chronic back pain. Gr 1 spondylolithesis l34&l45+ facet arthritis. Bil facet blocks helped but still have bil butt pain. Advice?

63 healthy m chronic back pain. Gr 1 spondylolithesis l34&l45+ facet arthritis. Bil facet blocks helped but still have bil butt pain. Advice?

Generally Good: Radiofrequency procedures work well if a previous facet injection or medial branch block was performed with greater than 75-80% relief that was obtained. As with anything there are failures, but quite low if the block worked well. Risks are the same as with any spine procedure, no different. Rare that you would be worse off afterwards. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of back pain? I think it might be a herniated disc or arthritis

See details: Moist heat, rest, nsaids. Acute strains will usually resolve over 1-3 weeks. If pain persists, see a doctor. If this is a long term problem, get it evaluated now. ...Read more

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What causes arthritis in the knee i don't think I have this b/c i didn't injured myself the pain is awful front of knee & back pain?

What causes arthritis in the knee i don't think I have this b/c i didn't injured myself the pain is awful front of knee & back pain?

Osteoarthritis: The most likely reason is ligament or cartilage damage. This leads to excessive sliding and grinding of the joint. This results in osteoarthritis which in this case is degenerative wear and tear of the knee joint. ...Read more

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I was in a MVA in the early 90's. I had some damage to L4-L5, L5-S1. I have had back pain ever since. I had an MRI a couple years ago that showed i had degenerative discs, arthritis, and narrowing of the nerve pathways due to sclerotic discs or tissue. I

I was in a MVA in the early 90's. I had some damage to L4-L5, L5-S1. I have had back pain ever since. I had an MRI a couple years ago that showed i had degenerative discs, arthritis, and narrowing of the nerve pathways due to sclerotic discs or tissue. I

Second opinion ?: 41 y male w. MVA in 90's & "pain ever since" & now has Degenerative Disk Disease, DDD, which is not reliably a pain generator; as medical lit. well reports, which DDD did not develop until years after the pain onset in the 90's & which is likely a red herring. Concern for acute SIJ ligament injury never detected; because it is radiolucent. See an Osteopath. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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