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Can femara (letrozole) attack the joints?

Can femara (letrozole) attack the joints?

It causes pain!: Femara doesn't really "attack" the joints, but it definitely causes joint pain! this occurs in 4 out of 10 women taking the drug. It is likely due to lowering of blood estrogen levels. Sometimes switching to another similar drug (anastrazole, aka arimidex) can help. If your vitamin d level is low, getting it back to normal levels with supplements can help the joint pain. ...Read more

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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 gout attack shoulders?

Can gout attack shoulders?

Gout can...: Gout or acute gouty arthritis can affect many joints, but most often involves the lower extremity, particularly the great toe. Shoulder is infrequent but possible. ...Read more

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Can smoking joints lessens anxiety attacks?

Can smoking joints lessens anxiety attacks?

Stay away from it: Please don't use cannabis for anxiety. Some people have alternate and opposite reactions to cannabis and will get increasingly anxious or paranoid on cannabis. Also, it hurts the movement toward research and legalization when people may "just want to get high" and use cannabis "medicinally" without the research to back these anecdotal claims up. ...Read more

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38y female seroneg ra. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) not work. Bone scan show si joints & feet. Start 10mg mtx. Doc said may not be RA since si joints?4 relative w/ra. ?

38y female seroneg ra. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) not work. Bone scan show si joints & feet. Start 10mg mtx. Doc said may not be RA since si joints?4 relative w/ra.  ?

Talk to your doctor: There are other forms of inflammatory arthritis, which include the seronegative spondyloarthropathies. It might be something like ankylosing spondylitis. Additional testing might be necessary, and a rheumatology referral may be necessary. Also keep in mind being seronegative does not mean you absolutely don't have rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Gout pain attack?

Gout pain attack?

Can take : Colchicine when attacks are acute, antiinflammatories, warm water soaks and at times injection into the region. ...Read more

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Crp showed high inflammation fingers /thumbs hurt and stiff after activities major joints hurt. Taking mobic (meloxicam) family history of RA knotts on thumbs ra?

Crp showed high inflammation fingers /thumbs hurt and stiff after activities major joints hurt. Taking mobic (meloxicam) family history of RA  knotts on thumbs ra?

See a rheumatologist: Mobic (meloxicam) is inappropriate therapy if you have ra. The thumb issues could have several possible causes including an inflammatory osteoarthritis. See a rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Can gout attack the lung area?

Can gout attack the lung area?

Concerning Question: Your question really worries me. What are your symptoms? We do not mess around with lung or chest symptoms. Gout is not known to cause lung troubles. ...Read more

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I've lupus (sle), r.A., raynaud's syndrome, anemia, &hypertension. I take methotrexate, plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) Neurontin & lisinopril/hctz. I'm told i've decreased kidney function.Is that because of the medication?

I've lupus (sle), r.A., raynaud's syndrome, anemia, &hypertension. I take methotrexate, plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) Neurontin & lisinopril/hctz. I'm told i've decreased kidney function.Is that because of the medication?

Probably not: Lupus usually damages the kidneys and hypertension always does to some extent. Not all "decreased kidney function" picked up by today's lab screenings is real kidney damage -- any guy who lifts weights will get a warning from the creatinine from his muscles -- but i'd keep with your rx. Good luck -- this is a challenging disease. ...Read more

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What could this be cpr 13.4, alkaline phospatose 163, aion gap 4, RA factor <10, cyclic citrullinate pep 52, demineralization of synovial joints ?

What could this be cpr 13.4, alkaline phospatose 163, aion gap 4, RA factor <10, cyclic citrullinate pep 52, demineralization of synovial joints ?

Early RA: Early stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) may demonstrate "demineralization" of joints due to inflammation. The CCP test is fairly specific for the diagnosis of RA, even if the "RA" factor is (-). Alkpo4 is found in liver/bones and with joint inflammation may be elevated . The best time to seek help to control RA is during the first 6-12 months after the onset of joint symptoms. ...Read more

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Recent ana, low titer. Positive rnp. No raynauds. Muscle aches, joint pains, severe heartburn, pleurisy 3 times last year, enlarged liver, heart races?

Recent ana, low titer.  Positive rnp.  No raynauds.  Muscle aches, joint pains, severe heartburn, pleurisy 3 times last year, enlarged liver, heart races?

Positive RNP: Occur in around 50% of patients with lupus and in patients with other connective tissue disease notably mixed connective tissue disease. Diagnosis of sle depend on recognition of characteristic multisystem disease and exclusion of infection and malignancy. Mctd characterized by overlapping clinical features of sle, polymyositis, systemic sclerosis and high titters of anti-rnp. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I'm taking allopurinol together with colchicine.if no more flare,can i drop colchicine but continously take allopurinol?will gout attack reoccur?

I'm taking allopurinol together with colchicine.if no more flare,can i drop colchicine but continously take allopurinol?will gout attack reoccur?

Yes; possibly: You can stop Colchicine and use Allopurinol alone to prevent recurrent attacks. Keeping your Uric Acid level below 6 with Allopurinol and a low purine diet can reduce your likelihood of attacks in the future. ...Read more

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Joint pain in knees,left ankle & left elbow. I'm 32 & my c-reactive was 1.4, RA factor <10, uric acid 4.7, sed rate 6, pos ANA 1:40 homogeneous. Clue?

Joint pain in knees,left ankle & left elbow. I'm 32 & my c-reactive was 1.4, RA factor <10, uric acid 4.7, sed rate 6, pos ANA 1:40 homogeneous. Clue?

Pain : It may be minor inflammation of the jts. Which does not produce positive blood tests. I would try an anti-inflammatory, Aleeve 400mg daily with food for 10 days. If this does not help I would see your physician again ...Read more

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Is lipoprotein associated phospholipase a2 blood test better predictor of heart disease, heart attacks and stokes than myeloperoxidase (mpo) in men?

Is lipoprotein associated phospholipase a2 blood test better predictor of heart disease, heart attacks and stokes than myeloperoxidase (mpo) in men?

No, Different Issues: Mpo tends to reflect more active/prone to rupture vulnerable plaque activity, whereas lpla2 a protein on LDL particles which correlates with ?ed atherogenicity. Keep in mind artery ds typically begins age 7, ; earlier. Measured ldl, large hdl, hba1c ; BP are bigger issues. Many other biomarkers, like the ones you mentioned, also involved ; less important. Illusions of high tech often marketed. ...Read more

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Can gout attack shoulders and chest?

Can gout attack shoulders and chest?

Possibly: While an acute gouty attack can occur anywhere, the most common place is in the foot. More specifically, the great toe joint is the #1 place of occurrence. On a side note, uric acid levels or a 24hr urine can be negative during an acute gouty attack. Visit your doctor and give them a complete history which should help determine your best course of therapy. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis linked to rheumatoid arthritis?

Is pericarditis linked to rheumatoid arthritis?

It can be : There are many possible causes of pericarditis. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are known to cause inflammation of internal organs or tissues. Inflammation of the linng of the heart, the pericardium, is called pericarditis. ...Read more

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