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How can you see having arthritis as a blessing?

How can you see having arthritis as a blessing?

I see having any: Chronic disease is another problem or illness we as humans need to get used to and deal with. One could say there are worse diseases then arthritis biu to say arthritis is a blessing is hard for me to strongly support. I wish i could be a better confidence booster. We just have to remember there are more treatments for arthritis now then in the past. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

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


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I am confused i went to see a second opinion and was told i had arthritis but the one that operated told me i didn't how can that be?

I am confused i went to see a second opinion and was told i had arthritis but the one that operated told me i didn't  how can that be?

Things change: Things can change with time. Every doctor has a different criteria for diagnosing arthritis and there can be some disagreement in the beginning before any xray changes occur. But as it progresses and xray changes occur there will be less disagreement. ...Read more

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Which specialist should I see for increased pain from arthritis and impingement of shoulder?

Which specialist should I see for increased pain from arthritis and impingement of shoulder?

Orthopedic surgeon: I believe that an orthopedic surgeon who has a special interest in shoulder disorders is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you. ...Read more

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I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean? < 10 kU/L (range)

I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean?  < 10 kU/L (range)

Slight elevation: This is a slight elevation of your Rheumatoid factor WHICH IS SEEN IN A LOT OF DISORDERS BESIDES heumatoid arthritis! You should see a Rheumatologist for a more complete work-up! Hope this helps Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more

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Can an X-ray really diagnose arthritis? My doctor says my X-ray shows signs of osteoarthritis. I thought arthritis was when there’s not enough cartilage in your joints. How can you see that on an x-ray?

Can an X-ray really diagnose arthritis? My doctor says my X-ray shows signs of osteoarthritis. I thought arthritis was when there’s not enough cartilage in your joints. How can you see that on an x-ray?

Yes, to some degree.: Xrays cannot show cartilage, however, loss of cartilage is reflected in narrowing of the joint space where the cartilage should be. Decreased thickness of bone (demineralization) around joints can suggest inflammation. Erosions or holes in the bone and where they are located can aid in diagnosing types of inflammatory arthritis. ...Read more

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Would it be a good idea to go see a chiropractor to treat arthritis?

Would it be a good idea to go see a chiropractor to treat arthritis?

Probably not: Manipulation can help a little in the short-term, but longterm management should be left to dos or mds. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor as soon as I start suffering / experienced arthritis pain?

Should I see a doctor as soon as I start suffering / experienced arthritis pain?

YES: Pain in the joints can be effectively treated and specific strategies exist for limiting joint damage. Doctors have many treatments that can help and they can also advise you on lifestyle changes (like exercise and weight loss) that can help. Finally, other diseases can cause joint pain and a doctor can identify these and treat them. Arthritis is not inevitable, it can be effectively managed. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my arthritis until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my arthritis until I can see a doctor?

Anti-inflammatories: Fish oil, ginger, turmeric are all stellar anti-inflammatories without the side effects of over-the-counter popular ones. A recent study showed that in patients with previous heart attack taking anti-inflammatory medication, there is a 40% increased risk of repeat event within the first seven days. ...Read more

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19 and i just found out that I have rheumatoid arthritis. I have to go see a rheumatologist, what can I expect?

Complete eval: Complete history and physical examination and x-rays, perhaps laboratory studies, with diagnosis and treatment options explained. ...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