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Could moving to a warmer climate help allay the pain of osteoarthritis?

Could moving to a warmer climate help allay the pain of osteoarthritis?

Yes...: We're not sure why the weather effects people with osteoarthritis... But it does. People who live in dry warmer areas usuallly report less discomfortt. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

This common degenerative condition impacts the joints, where normal wear and tear on them gets to a point where they can no longer keep up with the pace of generating fresh cartilage. As a result, the joint space thins, the bone becomes exposed and painful, and bone spurs ...Read more


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Expert opinion - should moving to a warmer climate help allay the pain of osteoarthritis?

Expert opinion - should moving to a warmer climate help allay the pain of osteoarthritis?

No: Osteoarthrtis is a disease with degenatives changes in the cartilages. Some people experience pain some don t . When people move to a warmer or even a colder enviroment , a change occurs and people feel better , but when the individual gets acostumed to the new enviroment , symptoms occur again. The signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis will not differ in different climatic regions. ...Read more

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Chrondolamacia getting worse, pinched nerve in back, symmetrical joint pain, esp in hands & wrists. Morning stiffness. Fatigue. A little redness. RA?

Chrondolamacia getting worse, pinched nerve in back, symmetrical joint pain, esp in hands & wrists.  Morning stiffness. Fatigue. A little redness. RA?

Needs work up: Diagnosis of autoimmune arthritis (such as RA) includes blood work, clinical exam, and if nec. a variety of imaging. See your Dr. From a radiology viewpoint, there are many tools. First and foremost are plain films. Quantitative dynamic MRI may actually be good for RA prognosis as well as early response to treatment. There are now good biologic drugs for RA, so it is not as scary as it once was ...Read more

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Knee pain on/off 7 yrs. Around kneecaps. Both legs, not always same time. Can’t link to weather, activity, temp. Heat=more discomfort. Knees crack.

Knee pain on/off 7 yrs. Around kneecaps. Both legs, not always same time. Can’t link to weather, activity, temp. Heat=more discomfort. Knees crack.

Patellofemoral: This sounds like patellofemoral syndrome, which refers to pain behind the kneecaps, in the patellofemoral joints. Early degeneration and cartilage wear can cause these symptoms (including cracking/grinding), as can misalignment of the patella. For many patients, simple physical therapy to strengthen the medial quads can help. See a physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Terrible stiff knee, constantly popping & pressure while walking, aching and burning in knee. Could chondromalacia be getting worse? Heat unhelpful

Terrible stiff knee, constantly popping & pressure while walking, aching and burning in knee. Could chondromalacia be getting worse? Heat unhelpful

Patellofemoral pain: Given your age and gender I suspect pain may be coming from around your kneecap or patellofemoral joint. This is more common in females and has a clear assoc w/ hip/quadriceps/core weakness, hamstring tightness, sometimes abnormal alignment. Mainstay of treatment is physical therapy/home exercises to correct abnormal mechanics and optimize strength. See knee specialist to coordinate care. ...Read more

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Why is joint pain worse in summer?

Why is joint pain worse in summer?

Increased activity..: In fact, many patients have increased joint pains in the winter when the weather turns cold. Changes in barometric pressure, such as cold and rain, can increase joint pain. For you, could it be that your area has rainy summers, or could it be that you are more active in the summer? ...Read more

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Would short ankle air cast help ankle tendonitis, pain more when going Down stairs/ circular swelling @ lateral area. AchePain progresses during day..

Would short ankle air cast help ankle tendonitis, pain more when going Down stairs/ circular swelling @ lateral area. AchePain progresses during day..

Ankle injury: A long leg pneumatic cam walker would be best. Achilles/Gastroc-soleus complex would be better immobilized. Some of the tendons do cross above the knee joint. MRI is best for ankle injury. Good luck ...Read more

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Diagnosed with joint hypermobility syndrome, pain in joints including ribs hips knees sometimes excruciating. Constant fatigue, always cold, normal?

Diagnosed with joint hypermobility syndrome, pain in joints including ribs hips knees sometimes excruciating.  Constant fatigue,  always cold, normal?

Workup and PT: There is no good evidence that JHS in and of itself will cause such significant pain. With that said, many people with JHS do present with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue and even autonomic symptoms such as you're describing. Evaluation by a rheumatologist, neurologist and physiatrist could be helpful in sorting out your symptoms, ruling out other problems, and providing appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Yes: A drop in barometric pressure, which occurs with storm fronts, can make any type of arthritis worse. This includes the joint pain from SLE. ...Read more

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Severe pain in shin bone worse when shins get cold. Morphine gives 70% pain relief. ?

What illness underly: What underlying disease do you have that requires morphine to treat? Bone pain could be metastatic cancer pain. Talk to the doctor who prescribes your morphine. ...Read more

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Knee pain on/off 7 yrs. Around/behind kneecaps. Both legs, not always same time. Can’t link to weather, activity, temp. Heat=more discomfort. Akp?

Knee pain on/off 7 yrs. Around/behind kneecaps. Both legs, not always same time. Can’t link to weather, activity, temp. Heat=more discomfort. Akp?

therapy is importan: This sounds like you have patellofemoral pain syndrome. This is the result of mild damage to the cartilage behind her kneecap or a chronic strain to the muscles attaching into the kneecap. If symptoms of swelling, catching, locking and giving way occur he may require surgery. If these do not exist physical therapy stressing the core, hip muscles and the muscles would be indicated. ...Read more

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Joint discomfort throughout bodysome joint pain in right hand.heavy head-body feels run down-sometimes tingling thro legs/arms-slight swelling in face?

Joint discomfort throughout bodysome joint pain in right hand.heavy head-body feels run down-sometimes tingling thro legs/arms-slight swelling in face?

Not sure !: There is insufficient history and very diffuse set of symptoms to reply age?weight? duration of symptoms etc This could be nothing important or sign of conditions like rheumatoid arthritis see an MD ! ...Read more

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Possible permanent nerve problem. pain in hands, painful to bend on waking. Pain eases but returns w rest. PT w/o much improvement. Shoulder cracking?

Possible permanent nerve problem. pain in hands, painful to bend on waking. Pain eases but returns w rest. PT w/o much improvement.  Shoulder cracking?

PERMANENT? Nahhhhhhh: You'd be surprised how resilient nerves supplying the hands and running through the elbows and wrists can be. There may be some type of impingement with a cracking shoulder but I'd like to see an electrical study as well as imaging. If you'd like to write to me at www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi...maybe I can offer some ideas? ...Read more

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Perthes diagnosis @age 4. Now hip/knee ache often esp if cold or about to storm. Lately when hip hurts other random joints ache. 26 too young for arthritis?

Perthes diagnosis @age 4. Now hip/knee ache often esp if cold or about to storm. Lately when hip hurts other random joints ache. 26 too young for arthritis?

See MD: Perthes disease can cause hip problems later in life . However perthes @ age 4 generally does not cause as signifigant problems as those who develop it later in adolescence; so hopefully u are not developing arthritis ... Best option is to see an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and x-rays . Best of luck! ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain, difficulty walking, knee swelling, unable to bear weight, difficulty climbing stairs, severe pain in extremity and popping or snapping sound from joint.

I am experiencing knee pain, difficulty walking, knee swelling, unable to bear weight, difficulty climbing stairs, severe pain in extremity and popping or snapping sound from joint.

Get mri and xray: sounds like meniscus tear , see orthopedic , get xray and mri , if overweight lose wt , if not bad , take over the counter pain meds tylenol/aleve. wear elastic knee sleeve,m can do physical therapy if knee gives way or locks up likely tear ...Read more

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Severe joint pain in hips feet toes hands fingers knees elbows morning stiffness daily 20 mg prednisone no help MRI no inflam ANA 1:320 help?

Severe joint pain in hips feet toes hands fingers knees elbows morning stiffness daily 20 mg prednisone no help MRI no inflam ANA 1:320 help?

Try DMSO: DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide)--aka horse liniment--is available at a health food store or feed/veterinary supply. For systemic inflammatory conditions as you apparently have, I suggest one tsp per day orally. It tastes terrible. Mix with a small amount of water, and chase it with something else to kill the taste. Major adverse effect is that you will "off-gas" the DMSO in your breath and sweat. ...Read more