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My doctor told me I have arthritis. Does heat help with the pain?

My doctor told me I have arthritis.  Does heat help with the pain?

Yes: Heat increases circulation. Improved circulation improves healing. Healing improves pain. ...Read more

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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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My doc said I have arthritis in my back can getting therapy with a chiropractor help with the pain that i feel?

My doc said I have arthritis in my back can getting therapy with a chiropractor help with the pain that i feel?

Probably not,depends: The chiropractor may be able to help with some of the pain(maybe not), but will not decrease inflammation that can destroy bone in your back and lose back flexibility, and will not change the course of degenerative (osteoarthritis)in your back.The only way to stop inflammatory arthritis in your spine effectively(and its pain)is with meds that stop your white blood cells from attacking your spine. ...Read more

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Went to my dr for ear pain was told I have ear arthritis. What can I do to ease the pain.

Went to my dr for ear pain was told I have ear arthritis. What can I do to ease the pain.

Unlikely: The diagnosis does not make sense to me. See an ENT specialist to find a more appropriate diagnosis for your pain. ...Read more

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Hi nice to meet you doctor . i was wondering. If i could have your help. I recently seen a doctor for my lower back who gave me medrol and some type of muscle relaxers and told me to also take ibprofine and its not helping . what happen to me was when i w

Hi nice to meet you doctor . i was wondering. If i could have your help. I recently seen a doctor for my lower back who gave me medrol and some type of muscle relaxers and told me to also take ibprofine and its not helping . what happen to me was when i w

Your text got cut,: But if this first round of treatment didn't work, would be worth calling your doctor back and let them know this! Physical therapy may be a reasonable next step if they didnt' think there were any "alarm symptoms" and if that's still not effective then you may need some imaging or other testing. ...Read more

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Can i ask my doctor to refer me to a pain mang doct for severe joint pain mainly in my knees or can I call myself cause i can't take the pain?

Wrong approach: See a rheumatologist first. Treating the cause of the pain will be more effective than just taking stronger and stronger pain meds. ...Read more

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My pcp quit helping me with my pain management n told me to go to a pain clinic. Went to 2 and neither helped. What should I do?

My pcp quit helping me with my pain management n told me to go to a pain clinic. Went to 2 and neither helped. What should I do?

Pain Clinics: If what you are looking for is Pain Medications such as Narcotics because of the new regulations most doctors are not willing to compromise their license. You might need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist and be enrolled in a detox program. Anxiety disorder are better treated by psychiatrist not by pain management or primary care doctors ...Read more

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My phisio told me that I have shoulder inflammation and tendinitis. I haven been skiing with my painful shoulder. Can it get worse? What to do?

Inflammation: Of tendons is from overuse or compression. Follow recommendation of your physical therapist or physician. Ice, rest and a trial of NSAID medications is what they will usually recommend. ...Read more

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Dr told me today that I have herniated discs in my neck but i can barely move and have severe pain. Any advice what to do? Dr said rest is all?

Dr told me today that I have herniated discs in my neck but i can barely move and have severe pain. Any advice what to do? Dr said rest is all?

Ask for a referral: Depends on what specialty the doctor is who gave that advice and what your imaging shows as to who they would refer you to see. Usually, disc herniations in the neck can be treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medications (nsaid's or steroids), pain medication, interventional pain management (shots), physical therapy, chiropractic care, and if all else fails surgical decompression. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with sciatica and i'm in a lot of pain and my doctor wont help me i don't know where esle to turn help me?

I was just diagnosed with sciatica and i'm in a lot of pain and my doctor wont help me i don't know where esle to turn help me?

See Pain Doctor: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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Have CRPS. What kind of dr should I see. Surgeon said that he cannot help me. Who can help with the pain?

Have CRPS.  What kind of dr should I see.  Surgeon said that he cannot help me.  Who can help with the pain?

Non surgical CRPS: Since treatment of CRPS is normally not surgical, seeing an Interventional Pain Management specialist who is very familiar with treatment of CRPS, is recommended. You have options for long term management which does not involve addiction to medicines particularly narcotics. Topical & oral non-narcotic medicines, sympathetic nerve blocks, biofeedback, desensitization tx, neurostimulation etc. ...Read more

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Im a bodybuilder and i suffer from shoulder pain and the dr told me I have infection in my ligaments. He gave some med. But how much should I rest ?

Im a bodybuilder and i suffer from shoulder pain and the dr told me I have infection in my ligaments. He gave some med. But how much should I rest ?

Whoa: It's unlikely there in infection in your ligaments and/or tendon and/or joint capsule, and it is highly probably they are inflamed instead. If you've left your physician's office not knowing the dose of the anti-inflammatory medicine, call back. More important is learning how to lift scientifically so the inflammation stops. Very glad you're doing this and are fit, best wishes. ...Read more

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How does physical therapy help lower back arthritis? I suffer from artritis in my lower back and my doctor wants me to go to physical therapy, I am concerned that i will pay for something that will do absolutly no good but the back pain has become incresi

How does physical therapy help lower back arthritis? I suffer from artritis in my lower back and my doctor wants me to go to physical therapy, I am concerned that i will pay for something that will do absolutly no good but the back pain has become incresi

SOME BENEFITS: Although part of goal is create less discomfort, the ultimate success should be gauged based on increased flexibility and strength which can prevent another episode of deterioration, and eventually protect you from acquired injuries secondary to trivial exertion. Have found the best rehab programs include mckenzie back exercises, but feldenkreis approach is also of value. ...Read more

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What can I do to make the pain of a ganglion cyst go away in my wrist! I have tried everything! doctor told me to grow out of it! pain help!

What can I do to make the pain of a ganglion cyst go away in my wrist! I have tried everything! doctor told me to grow out of it! pain help!

Depends: Many wrist ganglions are not painful and do not need to be treated. When they do cause problems such as pain (at rest or with activity) treatment may be indicated. I treat ganglions 1 of three ways: 1. Needle aspiration, 2. Steroid joint injection, 3. Surgical excision. See a hand specialist for and evaluation and to discuss the best treatment for you. Until consider ice and nsaids. ...Read more

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I do not have back pain I do have shoulder pain but doctor told me is my t5 t6 so he wants to give me injection of steroid in my bach how that gone he?

First see someone el: I think that you should get another opinion from a sports medicine doc or another spine ortho doc. If you have shoulder pain i don't think it is t6 or t5, ...I would first have someone take a look at your shoulder so a sports doc can see your shoulder and your back..A shoulder ortho surgeon can see your shoulder...Get another opinoin. ...Read more

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I have osteoarthritis in my left knee and no shots or drugs or therapy help. What else can I do?

I have osteoarthritis in my left knee and no shots or drugs or therapy help. What else can I do?

It depend what is : The problem? What the doctor say about the cause of arthritis in the knee, it is previous trauma? If this the case may be you think about cartilage graft were part of the disease cartilage will be taken out and graft inserted. Check with your doctor about it. ...Read more

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The ER dr told me I have a ruptured disc causing my sciatica pain n left leg. I'm on bed rest for now but what else can I do for the pain besides med?

Physical therapy: non surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation are : 1. Pain medication using NSAIDS 2. Physical therapy /Chiroprat --all geared towrds reducing pain and returning to your normal functioning capacity if after about 6 weeks you are still having increased pain , increased numbness or increased weakness of the leg, you need to see a neurosurgeon ...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