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What does degenerative arthritis in hands feel like?

What does degenerative arthritis in hands feel like?

Stiffness: Is the most common complaint. Pain is usually bimodal meaning worse in the am and then later in the day. Pain should improve in the am within 30 min or so as the hands and fingers are used. If the pain and stiffness lasts longer than 30-60 min then this can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis which is more severe and should be treated sooner than later. Discuss this with your pcp. ...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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How does degenerative arthritis affect your body?

How does degenerative arthritis affect your body?

Rigidity, pain: Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis affects any joint in the body including the back, neck, shoulders, knees, ankles, hips, fingers. It causes chronic pain, and decrease in function of the affected areas usually symmetrical. When the cartilage between the two bones disappears then only replacement of the joint could relieve it. The last resort before surgery is to inject lubricants (hyalgan). ...Read more

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How can you relieve degenerative arthritis pain?

How can you relieve degenerative arthritis pain?

Lots: There are many options for treatment. Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Generally these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

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What does resveratrol do for degenerative arthritis cases?

What does resveratrol do for degenerative arthritis cases?

See below: Resveratrol (3, 5, 4'-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a stilbenoid, a type of natural phenol, and a phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Its benefits are unclear. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mum is in agony with degenerative arthritis?

What can I do if my mum is in agony with degenerative arthritis?

Have her see: It may be good for her to see either a rheumatologist, ortho, or pain management to help come up with some treatment options for her pain. ...Read more

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What's the difference between rheumatoid and degenerative arthritis?

What's the difference between rheumatoid and degenerative arthritis?

Cause of inflammatio: Ra is an auto immune disease. The body actually attacks itself. It is typically degenerative . "degenerative"arthritis ( assuming it is osteoarthritis), is typically a result of either a single accute trauma to a joint or a long chronic wear and tear on a joint. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging disks, degenerative arthritis, what exercise should do?

I have 3 bulging disks, degenerative arthritis, what exercise should do?

Core muscles +: Core muscle strengthening, stretching your back with a gravity inversion device, and losing weight! ...Read more

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What are the safest sex positions for facet problems or degenerative arthritis?

What are the safest sex positions for facet problems or degenerative arthritis?

Flexed positions: Since extension of the spine results in the facet joints approximating causing pain. ...Read more

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Can my sciatica be affected by degenerative arthritis?

Can my sciatica be affected by degenerative arthritis?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And ...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