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What to do if I have rhumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. what can I take to benefit both?

What to do if I have rhumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. what can I take to benefit both?

Very Different: Medications that help RA are anti-inflammatories and they don't treat FMS well. Medications that help FMS are neurological and don't treat RA well. To benefit both - clean, healthy eating; moderate exercise; sleep. It's a tough combination to have. ...Read more

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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Rhumatoid arthritis possibly lupus - possible diagnosis for my 45 year old uncle. Could I get it?

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

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I have rhumatoid arthritis and am taking azathiaprin since monday I have increased gut motility stomach cramps terrible wind and runny poo.

I have rhumatoid arthritis and am taking azathiaprin since monday I have increased gut motility stomach cramps terrible wind and runny poo.

Stop it and call MD: It may or may not be related but your physician needs to know and evaluate you. Stop the azathioptine and see your physician. ...Read more

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What tests are able to detect artheritis?

What tests are able to detect artheritis?

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

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Inflammation: Arthritis is inflammation within a joint. The most common type is osteoarthritis which is a wear and tear arthritis. Another is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune problem where the body attacks its own tissues. The common syptoms of arthritis is pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected joint. ...Read more

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Cartilage damage: Arthritis is a progressive damage to the cartilage in your joints. It can be cause by several things including wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis among others. When the cartilage is damaged, there is increasing pressure on the bone that leads to bone spurs. There is also an increase in the chemicals that trigger inflammation, which causes pain. ...Read more

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What is arthritis ?

What is arthritis ?

Inflammation: Autoimmune arthritis is when the body attacks the joint lining and causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. There are other forms of arthritis, such as after trauma to the joint. ...Read more

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What causes arthritis?

See details: They are over 100 different types of arthritis with each having a different cause. ...Read more

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How to solve arthritis?

How to solve arthritis?

No cure: Researchers are working to develop cures, but we are not there yet. Depending on your type of arthritis, different treatments can be used to alleviate your pain. ...Read more

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