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How Can I Tell The Difference Between Arthritis Or Just Back Pain
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
I have fibromyalgia and arthritis and just found out I am pregnant. should I stop taking my Morphine ER? I can barely walk with my back pain right now
Affirmative: 32y pregnant has "arthritis, fibromyalgia", & uses Morphine; should consult Rheumatologist & Pain Management Physicians about alternative pain control. See Osteopath about low back pain generator. During pregnancy, hormone Relaxin loosens ligaments, especially in women w. benign Hypermobility Syndrome; sacroiliac joint, SIJ, can generate pain. Investigate SIJ belt to support pelvis. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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