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How Can I Tell The Difference Between Arthritis Or Just Back Pain
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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