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What other things should people with arthritis do apart from take medication?

What other things should people with arthritis do apart from take medication?

Mobility: Arthritis of all forms tends to rob you of your joint motion. As a result the soft tissue envelope around the joint then also get tight. I would recommend stretching around the affected joint as well as the joint above and below. Both static and dynamic stretching are helpful as well as active assisted stretching. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there 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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What medications should I take for juvenile arthritis?

What medications should I take for juvenile arthritis?

MTX & TNF-inhibitor: Kids tolerate the combination of weekly Methotrexate injected under the skin (mtx)and a tnf-inhibitor (enbrel, humira, (adalimumab) remicade)so well, there is no reason to not start both medications. The goal in children should be no active arthritis.There is not the same risk of infections that adults have w/ meds. Kids are growing and anything less than total remission of their disease can inhibit normal growth. ...Read more

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If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

Probably not: This is a good question for your own doctor. In general, the short answer is: your arthritis may just get worse and worse without medicines. The longer answer is that studies are starting to show that improved treatment of RA lowers risk of heart attack and possibly risk of death. Medicines have various risks but most people do well when monitored appropriately. ...Read more

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What happens if I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens if I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis?

A disaster: You will likely develop progressive joint damage, deformity and disability. This process starts often very early in the disease course. Do not risk it. ...Read more

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What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

Shorter life: Untreated rheumatoid arthritis shortens lives. The effect on the lifespan depends on the severity of the disease and the amount of inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly causes joint deformities which, if they occur, can only be reversed by surgery. It is best to get prompt diagnosis and treatment. Ra is serious chronic disease like diabetes. ...Read more

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I'm taking celebrex (celecoxib) for arthritis, so what medications can I take for headaches?

I'm taking celebrex (celecoxib) for arthritis, so what medications can I take for headaches?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): You should not have a problem plain tylenol (acetaminophen). There does not appear to be any serious interactions with celebrex. ...Read more

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What medications are safe to take during pregnancy to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

What medications are safe to take during pregnancy to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Only safe category a is tylenol (acetaminophen) - the other medications you need to discuss with your rheumatologist and ob/gyn. ...Read more

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My grandmother has arthritis in her hands and she takes medication. Are there any supplements or natural treatments that may help her?

My grandmother has arthritis in her hands and she takes medication. Are there any supplements or natural treatments that may help her?

Glucosamine: You can try the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin. There are small studies suggesting it may help. The daily dose should be 1, 500 mg of glucosamine and 1, 200 mg of chondroitin. Give it a 3 month trial. ...Read more

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I'm on meloxacam for arthritis in my knee also have arthritis in shoulder and elbow is there any stronger medication I can take I still have pain?

I'm on meloxacam for arthritis in my knee also have arthritis in shoulder and elbow is there any stronger medication I can take I still have pain?

Let me help you: 15 mg or 7.5 mg if 15 you could change to 7.5 twice a day.
You could change it to something stronger like (celebrex).
Another thing you could do to add pain killer to the medication like tylenol (acetaminophen) extra strength 2 tabs twice a day. Good luck. ...Read more

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I take Elavil (amitriptyline) (Amitriptyline) along with my Rheumatoid arthritis medications 2 control pain but it causes morning headaches. How 2 stop these headach?

I take Elavil (amitriptyline) (Amitriptyline) along with my Rheumatoid arthritis medications 2 control pain but it causes morning headaches. How 2 stop these headach?

Headaches may result: From all 3 meds Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) (acetaminophen/hydrocodone), Elavil (amitriptyline), rheumatoid arthritis, Iron deficiency anemia, ovarian cyst and stress. Using amitriptyline together with hydrocodone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Seek evaluation. Use lifestyle changes and stress reduction. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and take methotrexate and humira (adalimumab) injections. I want to get look better by getting filler for my face. Please let me know which ones are not in conflict with my medications. Thanks?

Filler options: You need to avoid sculptra with RA as you may be at increased risk for nodule and granuloma formation. Ha fillers like juvederm or Restylane (dermal fillers) should be safe but last only a year or so. Fat transfer is a good long term option but has more down time. Consult with a local experienced facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How does taking anti-inflammatory steroid medication affect the outcome of vision correction surgery? My rheumatoid arthritis requires me to take steroid medication to keep it under control. I would like to have vision correction surgery for advanced myop

How does taking anti-inflammatory steroid medication affect the outcome of vision correction surgery? My rheumatoid arthritis requires me to take steroid medication to keep it under control. I would like to have vision correction surgery for advanced myop

Unfortunately,: Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis is an absolute contraindication for laser vision correction. In fact, anyone with an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis is not considered a candidate for laser vision correction at this time. If you are considering vision corrective surgery, your best option would be a refractive lens exchange given your condition, but you would need to be evaluated by an eye surgeon to establish your candidacy for this procedure. ...Read more

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I'm using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg and prednisone 10mg for rheumatoid arthritis, can I take vitamin C while using these medications.

I'm using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg and prednisone 10mg for rheumatoid arthritis, can I take vitamin C while using these medications.

Yes: Vitamin c is fine to take while taking these medications. Not sure why you would take it, though. Recent studies have shown that your food should provide you with enough vitamins so if your food is inadequate, dietary modifications are necessary to get it where it should be. ...Read more

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My wife has moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. On few medications for RA. But can't take any NSAIDS at all. She is allergic to all Nsaids (rash n swell) all including the new nsaids celebrex. I hate 4 her to be on Norco for life. Any suggestions?

My wife has moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. On few medications for RA. But can't take any NSAIDS at all. She is allergic to all Nsaids (rash n swell) all including the new nsaids celebrex. I hate 4 her to be on Norco for life. Any suggestions?

Diet: I know this might not fall under the realm of traditional medicine, but I have seen rather dramatic changes in patients who undergo a change to a vegan diet. There are some that believe that dairy products in particular can cause chronic inflammation that can worsen arthritis. Two good resources are- the china study and forks over knives. ...Read more

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What drugs can I take for excruciating arthritis pain and where to get it?

What drugs can I take for excruciating arthritis pain and where to get it?

Arthritis Drugs: Drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis include Leflunomide (arava) and the "biologic" medications Etanercept (enbrel), Infliximab (remicade), Anakinra (kineret), Adalimumab (humira), Rituximab (rituxan), Abatacept (orencia), golimumab (simponi), certolizumab pegol (cimzia), and tocilizumab (actemra). Each of these medications can increase the risk for infections but are very effective. ...Read more

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What are drugs you can take for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are drugs you can take for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many!: Methotrexate, sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, doxycycline, minocycline, cyclophosphamide, azothioprine and more! Then, you have the tnf-alpha drugs: humira, remicade, enbrel, cimzia, and more. Then other biologics: Rituxan and orencia (abatacept). New drugs will shortly be online as well! ...Read more

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I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

If you are unlucky: Persons on immuno-suppressive meds have a suppressed immune system! They should avoid sick people, if at all possible. Wearing a medical face mask, along with good hand-washing, can help avoid catching viruses. The current coxsackie a6 strain, in the news, is causing worse hand-foot-mouth symptoms than the typical strain. Bad symptoms include high fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, brain problems, etc... ...Read more

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How long does it take for medication for arthrities to start working?

How long does it take for medication for arthrities to start working?

Minutes to weeks: There are many different medications used in arthritis treatment depending what type and severity of your arthritis etc. Pain medicine typically works quite fast, maybe in 30 mins, but medicines to treat rheumatoid arthritis may take weeks to couple months to start working (disease modifying drugs such as methotrexate, Enbrel (etanercept) etc.) thus, please repost your question. Consult doc. Good luck. ...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