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Rapid Onset Arthritis Attacks
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
I have a dull weird pain in my armpit It might be a panic attack or arthritis but I'm really really worried can u tell me what it might be?
No one can: You need to see a doctor and have it examined. There are numerous possible causes. ...Read more
Is there a connection between rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease/heart attacks? What would it be?
Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis (and any chronic inflammatory state) accelerates formation of atherosclerotic plaques in the blood vessels, and hence is a risk factor for causing heart attacks. Moreover, chronic steroid use (if used to treat ra) may cause metabolic changes that predispose for heart attacks as well. ...Read more
Are all Psoriatic Arthritis patients going to be disabled at a stage in their life if they are not already killed by a heart attack?
Can I use methotrexate to treat psoriatic arthritis when I also have gallbladder stones and severe attacks?
Yes, but...: ...Why are you enduring the pain and risk of frequent gallbladder attacks? In the modern era of minimally invasive surgery, the risks are often greater to continue to have gallbladder attacks rather than the risk of surgery. Have you spoken with your primary care physician or rheumatologist about these attacks? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's okay to use methotrexate to treat psoriatic arthritis when you also have gallbladder stones and severe attacks right?
Yes: You mean want to use the injectable form rather than the oral form. Using it subcutaneously gives a better response with less risk of side effects. ...Read more
Hi! 27/F. Psoriatic Arthritis, get "gout like" attacks in big toe where uric acid spikes, will colchicine help bring it down even though it is PA?
Probably.: Psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and gout have been shown to have some type of relationship. Exactly how, is still unclear. People with psoriasis has an increased chance of having a gout attack and those with psoriatic arthritis, even higher. The uric acid level is being elevated by the effects of psoriasis breaking down cells and releasing the uric acid. The gout has be monitored and controlled. ...Read more
My father is diagnosed of gout arthritis. He is taking gout stat and diclofenac. Even then he is having small attacks of gout in extremities joints.
I want to stop taking Celebrex 200mg for my arthritis pain because of the long term side effects, heart attack & stroke. I've been on it over 5 years?
NSAIDs: As rheumatologists, we now, educate patient said NSAIDs such as Celebrex should be taken as needed. I routinely recommend topical NSAID treatments as well as other pain medicines which are not opioids. I recommend being seen by a rheumatologist for more detail and specific therapy in your case. ...Read more
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