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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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Which medicine for arthritis is most effective?

Which medicine for arthritis is most effective?

Arthitis medicine: The definition of arthritis is deceptively simple: an inflammation that involves one or more joints. More than 100 diseases fit this description, from the simplest inflammation in one joint to complex autoimmune diseases. Most common used madication are:nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (relafen, voltaren, Mobic (meloxicam) and ibuprofen, celebrex, vioxx and Bextra and Aspirin and magnesium salicylatethank. ...Read more

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What is a good OTC ointment or medicine for arthritis pain?

What is a good OTC ointment or medicine for arthritis pain?

Arthritis pain: Many otc heat or icy rubs can give some relief. Look for products with capsacein. ...Read more

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What are some effective OTC ointment or medicine for arthritis pain relief?

What are some effective OTC ointment or medicine for arthritis pain relief?

Menthol, capsaicin: If limited to over the counter ointments, some options include counterirritant products (menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil), capsaicin, or ointments with salicylates. Some of the above ointments include icy hot, tiger balm, bengay, aspercreme, capsaicin.

There are other perscription options that should be discussed with your physician such as lidocain based patches, anti-inflamatory based ointments. ...Read more

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Are there pain medicines for arthritis that won't cause drowsiness?

Are there pain medicines for arthritis that won't cause drowsiness?

Anti-inflammatories: Arthritis is best treated with anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen, etc. None of them usually cause drowsiness to any great extent. Pain killers (opiate derivatives- codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone) cause drowsiness and are not the best choice for arthritic pain as they only treat the pain, not the underlying cause- the inflammation. Be careful of stomach irritation. ...Read more

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What's the best natural medicine for arthritis of the knee?

What's the best natural medicine for arthritis of the knee?

Chondroitin. Glucosam: Some people believe that chondroitin and glucosamine can be helpful. No studies have shown better than a 50/50 outcome for these medications but some patients swear by them. ...Read more

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What's a good medicine for arthritis I just had xrays and I have severe arthritis in my neck by my C5 and c6?

What's a good medicine for arthritis I just had xrays and I have severe arthritis in my neck by my C5 and c6?

The bsest meds: Are the nsaids, with Ibuprofen being the first line. You can take up to 600-800 mg four times a day if your stomach can handle it. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for juvenile arthritis? Does it change over time?

What is the best medicine for juvenile arthritis? Does it change over time?

Several Rxs: The depend on the type of jia. Most children below the age of puberty have early onset adult spondyloarthroparhies, and respond to sulfasalazine, methotrexate, the biologics (enbrel, humira), and and conventional nsaids (ie naproxen. However nsaids only help with pain/fever, and do not get rid of the inflammation well to be used alone. ...Read more

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Can holistic medicine work for arthritis patients?

Yes...: We refer patients to holistic md's and we have seen some encouraging results from doctors prescribing supplements. Also holistic doctors are likely to suggest that a patient make some dietary changes and consider doing a cleanse to remove toxins including heavy metals. A clifford report may be used by a holistic doctor to help guide treatment. ...Read more

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What's the best over-the-counter medicine to relieve arthritis pain?

What's the best over-the-counter medicine to relieve arthritis pain?

Exercise: Exercise (gentle stretchings, walking, swimming) is one of the best things you can do for arthritis pain; its better than over-the-counter, its free. You can take supplements such as combination of glucosamine and chondroitin. Additionally, you can also take painkillers such as advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. ...Read more

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Can there be any herbal medicine to stop arthritis pain in the joints?

Can there be any herbal medicine to stop arthritis pain in the joints?

Supplements: Like glucosamine, chondroitin, curcumin, L-carnosine, Reservatrol, BioPerine and bitter melon have shown good success with some arthritic pain. Check Out the Regenexx Advanced Stem Cell Support Formula, they have all those highly quality ingredients in their formula together. Check out Regenexx. Com ...Read more

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What medicine is good for arthritis?

NSAIDS: Non steroidal anti- inflamatory drugs are the first line treatment for arthritis. These include medicines such as motrin, ibuprofen, naprosyn, alleve, advil, mobic, celebrex, etc. The adversed side effects of these can include GI upset, GI bleeding, or kidney problems. These should be taken with food. An alternative is tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen.) side effects of tylenol (acetaminophen) are liver problems. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to help/relieve arthritis in the knees? Is there an over-the-counter medicine or a perscription medicine?

What is the best medicine to help/relieve arthritis in the knees? Is there an over-the-counter medicine or a perscription medicine?

Varies: There is not really a single best medication and every medication has its own potential risk. NSAIDs such as Advil or alleve are traditionally tried first if not contraindicated and are over the counter. There are much more powerful medications if it does not respond to the simpler things. ...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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Can I use arthritis medicine after surgery?

Can I use arthritis medicine after surgery?

Usually not: Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, Aspirin can interfere with bone healing. If you have had a fracture or a fusion procedure, please avoid them and use only medications we have prescribed. Acetaminophen (tylenol) would be okay unless you have been told otherwise. Avoid arthritis medicine at least 2 weeks, but 6 to 12 weeks if you can. ...Read more

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Which medicine is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

Which medicine is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

See rheumatologist: There are many meds. You need a comprehensive program to lessen the damage to your joints. Included are nsaids, prednisone, Methotrexate, embral and many others. These are only given by a doctor that will monitor you long term to help lessen the bad side effects and change drugs when response is not good. Find a good rheumatologist! ...Read more

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What is a good medicine to stop swelling from arthritis or gout?

Not just about....: These are two different issues. Gout is caused from overproduction or underexcretion of uric acid proteins. Arthritis can be degenerative or traumatic or gouty. See your local podiatrist or rheumatologist to further evaluate the problem. Medicines should be used when diagnosis is definitive, not suspected. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the arthritis medicines mobic (meloxicam) and celebrex?

What is the difference between the arthritis medicines mobic (meloxicam) and celebrex?

Depends.: Celebrex, or celecoxib, las a lower risk of bleeding from the gut, but also is the only NSAID that does not block the effect of low dose Aspirin used to prevent heart disease or stroke. Meloxicam blocks aspirins effect, as do all other drugs like Naproxen (aleve), and Ibuprofen (motrin). Unfortunately, Celebrex remains on patent and is much more expensive. For most, Meloxicam is a good choice. ...Read more

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I'm taking methotrexate along with folic acid. Are there any holistic medicines to treat my psoriatic arthritis?

I'm taking methotrexate along with folic acid. Are there any holistic medicines to treat my psoriatic arthritis?

Yes, many: There are a huge array of holistic/complementary approaches to treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. See http://www. Thorne. Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/12/4/319.Pdf ; http://www. Familynaturopath. Ca/tips-resources/articles/solving-psoriasis/ ; http://homeopathyplus. Com. Au/psoriasis-treated-by-homeopathy/ ; http://bit. Ly/17eaeuh
i advised working with a good holistic md ;/or homeopath. ...Read more

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What arthritis medicine is safe for someone on heart meds for cardiomyopathy etodolac almost caused a trip to the hospital?

What arthritis medicine is safe for someone on heart meds for cardiomyopathy etodolac almost caused a trip to the hospital?

Few choices: Most ndaids like motrin, edodolac, Naproxen hold onto fluids which can tip the balance with cardiomyopathy. You can take include tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin if it's okay with you dr., no acetylated salicylates like: choline salicylate, or limbrel."any therapy needs to be clear with your physician. ...Read more

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How do I treat arthritis without taking medicine?

Depends on the type: That depends on the specific type of arthritis. Gout does well with low purine diet. Exercise is good for many types of degenerative arthritis. Auto-immune types of arthritis need medications though. ...Read more

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How do I reduce the pain of arthritis without drugs?

How do I reduce the pain of arthritis without drugs?

Let food b ur medici: Start w/ an anti-inflammatory diet (find online). This takes time but will serve you well in the long run. Add antiinflammatory herbs like turmeric, ginger, rosemary to your food or supplements. Try same (but not if bipolar or prostate cancer) with b-complex. Start same 400 mg/ day up to 800 mg 2x/ day. Glucosamine helpful 500 mg 3x/ day. 2-3 months for full effects. Capsaicin cream (careful). ...Read more

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How can you treat arthritis without taking medicine?

How can you treat arthritis without taking medicine?

See details: Stay active, do low impact aerobics and strength training, stretch. ...Read more

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How to treat arthritis without medicine?

How to treat arthritis without medicine?

Diet: There are diets that are very much anti inflammatory and then there are foods that promote inflammation and should be avoided. ...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