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History and physical: There is no routine screening test for arthritis. There are over one hundred different types of arthritis. Doctors look for arthritis if patients have joint pain. All investigations start with a thorough history and physical examination. More specific tests are ordered afterwards. ...Read more
RA: I am not aware rheumatoid arthritis affects only the back of the head. Are you sure of the diagnosis? Any other joints involved? Is there tenderness to touch just at the "edge" of the back skull where the neck begins? Ask your doctor if you might have a condition called suboccipital nauritis. ...Read more
Inflamed vessels: The immune system sometimes attacks the blood vessels around the head. The symptoms can be severe headache, jaw pain with chewing, tongue pain, double vision, and sometimes permanent visual loss. Some have fatigue, fever, and pain/stiffness of shoulder and hip areas. ESR and CRP usually elevated. Diagnosed by biopsy of the temporal artery. Typically affects those over 50 and not a 37 year old ...Read more
Correct diagnosis: There are many types of arthritis (over 300) and the most important step is to make the correct arthritis diagnosis. After the diagnosis then one can individualize and develop therapy along the lines of exercise, weight control and a variety of diffferent types of medications. Some medications are taken by mouth, others need to be injected and some are given intravenously. Diagnosis is #1. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Careful w/ intake: In general it's important to keep your water intake high, 64 oz's per day. Avoid drinks with alot of salt and potassium, like diet drinks. Watch your intake of highly processed foods and simple sugars. Watch how much table salt you eat also. In some cases kidneys r inv. So keep protein below 200g/day. ...Read more
I have artheritis in my lower back. Can the cold and damp weather bother my back and make it hurt.?
Rhumatoid arthritis possibly lupus - possible diagnosis for my 45 year old uncle. Could I get it?
Genetics can play : There are genetically controlled immune responses that can be stimulated to cause connective tissue disease. There are these genetic issues in 2/3 of sle people but environment plays an important role. Even twin studies show that not all lupus is seen in both twins. Yes you have a risk but it is not that high. ...Read more