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Doctor insights on: Rapid Onset Arthritis Attacks

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Is it pretty typical to suffer from swollen limbs during an arthritis attack?

Is it pretty typical to suffer from swollen limbs during an arthritis attack?

Swelling/arthritis: Some types of arthritis are associated with swelling in the joints including four and rheumatoid arthritis. However, it usually does not include the whole limb. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

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


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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

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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?

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?

No: No, there are absolutely some very viable treatment options for patients with psoriasis related arthritis. I would make sure you are under the care of a caring rheumatologist.. ...Read more

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Can I use methotrexate to treat psoriatic arthritis when I also have gallbladder stones and severe attacks?

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 more

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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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

See details: His treatment is not the best. He needs to stay on colchicine on a regular basis. Once the current attack has completely resolved, he also needs to start allopurinol to normalize the serum uric acid and prevent future attacks. ...Read more

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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?

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

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