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I'm 65, thin, exercise, but suffer from cervic. Spondy; arthritis in lower back region & knuckles. Does arthritis tend to lower life expectancy?
I doubt it: I you have no evidence of ankylosing spondylitis then you probable have osteo arthritis (oa) which may incapacitate you or other pts to the point of requiring replacement of joints like knee or hip later on in life but do not afect other organs, so life expectancy is not compromised. Complications from surgery or immunoregulators used for other arthritides may lower life expectancy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hla-b27 negative.Worsening back pain, herniated discs &arthritis changes in back shown on 2 MRI 2 yrs apart. Could I have anklydosing spondy w/ neg. ?
Ankylosing Spondylit: The majority of as patients, including 95 percent of white patients, express the hla-b27 antigen and high levels of immunoglobulin a (iga) in the blood. The onset of the disease is typically between 15 and 25 years of age. In short the answer is yes you can have it with a negative hla-b27 but this is very rare compared to discogenic pain from the back. Also, your si joints are not involved? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Osteoarthritis (OA): Is a "wear and tear" arthritis, degeneration of one or more joints. It can have many causes such as an injury, biomechanical abnormalities and more which cause progressive joint damage over time. Treatment is largely symptomatic at first, but it is also wise to look into the underlying cause to help treat it effectively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthitis medicine: The definition of arthritis is deceptively simple: an inflammation that involves one or more joints. More than 100 diseases fit this description, from the simplest inflammation in one joint to complex autoimmune diseases. Most common used madication are:nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (relafen, voltaren, Mobic and ibuprofen, celebrex, vioxx and Bextra and Aspirin and magnesium salicylatethank. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple: This requires a book to answer, but: i'll try. In general, there are two types of arthritis: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Inflammatory involves a systemic condition which is attacking your joints or creating inflammation (rheumatoid, gout, psoriatic, lyme disease, etc.). The non-inflammatory is osteoarthritis (aka degenerative and wear-and-tear). This is the arthritis of wear or aging. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hopefully not!: Most patients with arthritis lead quite functional lives. A number may have modest functional damage, but keep working! but I have patients with trivial problems, who want to drop out because of a diagnosis! most are not and will not become disabled! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on type: 150 types of arthritis. Gout is affected by diet (prot., purines, alcohol); rheumatoid maybe modestly affected by amt and type of fat intake. High fat and omega 6 (land fats) can increase body's chemical mediators of inflammation; lower fat and omega 3 (marine oils) lower them. Flax/walnuts nahclinical effect? Maybe; couldn't hurt. Doesn't take the place of meds. Cherries don't stop gout attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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