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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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Could you tell me what are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

Could you tell me what are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

Let the buyer beware: I don't know a lot about alternative treatments for jra, but i see lots of patients that missed their opportunity to prevent permanent joint damage when very effective medications are available. That's very sad, especially for young patients. ...Read more

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What natural supplements can I take for rheumatoid arthritis? I've been looking for natural supplements to help with my rheumatoid arthritis.

What natural supplements can I take for rheumatoid arthritis? I've been looking for natural supplements to help with my rheumatoid arthritis.

Natural cures: Rheumatoid arthritis is best managed with strong medicines to help the immune system turn off. While you will be able to find a zillion web pages on natural cures for arthritis (because there are so many folks with it and there is money to be made) your best bet is with a board certified rheumatologist. If he says you need surgery it will be very bad. ...Read more

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Can you tell me alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

Can you tell me alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

There is none: Unless joint inflammation is controlled one runs a significant risk of permanent damage and disability. There are no alternatives that will prevent this damage other than appropriate medication. ...Read more

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Why would my rheumy prescribe plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for osteoarthritis? I can't find any research that supports it's use for OA.

Why would my rheumy prescribe plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for osteoarthritis? I can't find any research that supports it's use for OA.

Anti inflammatory : Plaquinal is used in cases of inflammatory arthritis such as rhiematoid arthritis and lupus because it has strong anti-inflammatory characterics. It certainly has a significant side affect profile as well. Presumably your rheumatologist thinks it is indicated for your OA to treat inflmation. Don't hesitate to discuss this with him and never hesitate to get second opinion. ...Read more

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I am allergic to shellfish, and i can't take glucosamine. Is there another alternative for arthritis?

I am allergic to shellfish, and i can't take glucosamine. Is there another alternative for arthritis?

No need to: New data from a long-term study of the dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin for knee osteoarthritis pain reveal that patients who took the supplements (alone or in combination) had outcomes similar to those experienced by patients who took Celecoxib or placebo pills. ...Read more

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I am 16 and have ankylosing spondylitis, I have taken 4 different tnf blockers and nothing is working. Recommend any treatment options?

I am 16 and have ankylosing spondylitis, I have taken 4 different tnf blockers and nothing is working. Recommend any treatment options?

Need 2B 17 YO 2 post: Please refer any questions to your pediatrician to answer. When you're 17, please come back to post your questions here. We look forward to seeing you then. Thank you! ...Read more

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I would like to know advice on taking rituxan (rituximab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

I would like to know advice on taking rituxan (rituximab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Great choice: Rituxan (rituximab) is a very effective medication for rheumatoid arthritis. People do very well some go into remission. Remission is our goal in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Your rheumatologist will decide with you if this is the best choice for you. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating advanced Lyme disease?

I want to know my options for treating advanced Lyme disease?

ID Consult: How advanced and what's involved? Do you have cardiac involvement, cerebral involvement, etc. These factors determine the plan of care. You need to see an infectious disease specialist, and bring along copies of your studies if you have them. ...Read more

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I would like to know experience on taking rituxan (rituximab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

I would like to know experience on taking rituxan (rituximab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Good experience: Rituxan (rituximab) has been used in rheumatoid arthritis and it has demonsrated good response-in my experience. Jus like anything else, there are some possible side effects from Rituxan (rituximab) but majority are very tolerable. You need to be screened for hepatitis b - prior to Rituxan (rituximab) administration.-as Rituxan (rituximab) can cause hep b exacerbation. ...Read more

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What are some good homeopathic treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

What are some good homeopathic treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

Full case-taking: For a chronic condition like psoriatic arthritis you need a professional homeopath to thoroughly review your case. There are literally thousands of homeopathic medicines (remedies) that could be helpful to you at a deep level, to catalyze a healing process. Finding the ONE that's effective for you takes your willingness to describe your experience in detail to the practitioner, who will prescribe. ...Read more

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Which treatment options for RA do I have other than drugs?

Which treatment options for RA do I have other than drugs?

None: The major issue is that RA can often cause significant joint damage and disability relatively early in the disease course. The longer you delay in starting meds that can prevent this damage, the more likely you will develop irreversible damage to your joints and future health. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Caution tetracyline: In children tetracycline can stain the bone. We are fortunate that we can use most of the medications we use in adults in children, but some are not approved for children. We can use Methotrexate and some of the biologics are approved for treatment of jia children such as Etanercept and adalimumab. Iv Infliximab is approved for childhood ibd, IV tocilizumab and Abatacept for jia. Others not yet. ...Read more

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What can beauty therapy do for an arthritis patient?

What can beauty therapy do for an arthritis patient?

Beautify: I'm not sure what beauty therapy is unless you mean a facial. By doing spa treatments you can feel better and improve your self-esteem. ...Read more

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Which medicine best for RA arthritis or osteoarthritis. We can stop or rid off arthritis.Also I have diabetic border line. I'm waiting ur answer?

Which medicine best  for RA arthritis or osteoarthritis. We can stop or rid off arthritis.Also I have diabetic border line. I'm waiting ur answer?

See below: The best medication is the one that works. We have no medications to reverse oa. All we can do for oa is control pain. Some medications we use for rheumatoid can help put a patient into remission, but the majority of the time you have to stay on those medications to stay in remission. Without knowing your med hx, we can't recommend what would work, you need to talk to your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have rheum arthritis and considering buying a parrafin wax kit for home use. How often is good for pain management?

It depends: It depends on the severity of disease. Daily use is fine. The main issue is to control the disease and paraffin dips are not the answer to uncontrolled disease. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis: what to do when the patient doesn't respond to therapy?

Rheumatoid arthritis: what to do when the patient doesn't respond to therapy?

Many options : There are dozens of medications for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatologists usually start with a milder, less toxic medication like Methotrexate and add additional therapies as needed. Sometimes it takes trying 6 or more drugs until an effective regimen is found. ...Read more

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How aggressive can initial therapy for rheumatoid arthritis be?

How aggressive can initial therapy for rheumatoid arthritis be?

Multiple medications: It is documented that early, agrressive therapy is indicated in RA and results in much better outcome as opposed to delaying agrressive therapy(as was done in the past). Initial therapy would include plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) methotrexate, and biologic agents, i.e., enbrel, humira, etc. This approach is supported by long term clinical trials and radiographic evidence. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative remedies for rheumatoid arthritis?

See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative therapies for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there any alternative therapies for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Fish Oil: Studies have shown that fish oil can help reduce symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis. However before starting any supplement including fish oil you should discuss it with your doctor to see if it is right for you. ...Read more

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Is there a drug that's less expensive and can be used as a alternative to humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is there a drug that's less expensive and can be used as a alternative to humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

YES: There are multiple drugs for arthritis cheaper than humira. Pills like methotrexate, sulfasalaxine, Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and Leflunomide can be used alone or in combination. There is also an injectable form of Methotrexate that can sometimes be more effective. Prednisone can also be taken. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can be used. Depending on your insurance, another biologic may be cheaper than humira. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Caution tetracyline: In children tetracycline can stain the bone. We are fortunate that we can use most of the medications we use in adults in children, but some are not approved for children. We can use Methotrexate and some of the biologics are approved for treatment of jia children such as Etanercept and adalimumab. Iv Infliximab is approved for childhood ibd, IV tocilizumab and Abatacept for jia. Others not yet. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides drugs?

What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides drugs?

Exercise : You will need medications, but exercise is important pain controller. The cdc has a campaign that says exercise the arthritis pain reliever. We can not emphasize this enough. ...Read more

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Can you tell me alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

There is none: Unless joint inflammation is controlled one runs a significant risk of permanent damage and disability. There are no alternatives that will prevent this damage other than appropriate medication. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

Let the buyer beware: I don't know a lot about alternative treatments for jra, but i see lots of patients that missed their opportunity to prevent permanent joint damage when very effective medications are available. That's very sad, especially for young patients. ...Read more

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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! ...Read more

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What’s the effect of rheumatoid arthritis on the heart and vessels?

Bad: Ra is an inflammotry disorder, characterized by high levels of CRP in the body. CRP does not cause the damge, but is the best surrogate marker for inflammation in the body, particularly the blood stream. Inflammation hurts the ling of blood vessels and increases the tendency to deposit cholesterol plaques. It raises clotting factors, such as fibrinogen which makes the blood more liely to clot! ...Read more

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What will help with rheumatoid arthritis?

What will help with rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying drugs (dmards) such as Methotrexate or tnf agents can often put the disease into remission and prevent joint damage and disability. ...Read more

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Could I do judo with rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: You can try it if the RA is under excellent control. Otherwise, find a less stressful activity. ...Read more

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Is every rheumatoid arthritis case serious?

Potentially: We now know that untreated, rheumatoid arthritis has the potential to cause permanent joint damage that leads to disability. However, there are many very effective and safe treatments to prevent this. The key is to treat it early on and have a good relationship with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What work best to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Disease modifying meds (dmards) are the meds of choice as their can prevent damage, deformity and disability. Rheumatologists usually start with Methotrexate and add other meds such as tnf agents if necessary. Early treatment is essential. ...Read more

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Can a 16y/o acquire adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a 16y/o acquire adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: It can happen and is more likely to occur in young girls than young boys. ...Read more

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Can you develop rheumatoid arthritis overnight?

Can you develop rheumatoid arthritis overnight?

Symptoms may.: Acute polyarthritis can rarely develop overnight and is one presentation of RA , more common in elderly patients. The immune, genetic and enviromental mechanisms which are responsible for RA do not occur overnight, and have been in place for an a significant period of time before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...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