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Why does my arthritis always flare up during my period?

Why does my arthritis always flare up during my period?

What type of arthri?: Menstruation occurs when the female body is at it lowest estrogen and Progesterone levels. So your arthritis may have a hormonal component. Some physicians are using vitamin d for premenstrual syndrome (vitamin d is a hormone and helps prevent breast cancer). Ask your rheumatologist or gynecologist.

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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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I have neck arthritus, when I sit for a period of time, my left shoulder begins to hurt. I can raise, lift, turn in a circular movement no pain, what?

I have neck arthritus, when I sit for a period of time, my left shoulder begins to hurt. I can raise, lift, turn in a circular movement no pain, what?

Sounds like. ...: ...radicular pain coming from nerve irritation in Ur neck. Need 2 C a spine surgeon, or start with Ur PCP & go from there. This type of complaint is common.

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Does juvenille rhuem arthritis have to be tested for during a flare up or can it be tested for anytime? What method is best blood or fluid from knee?

Does juvenille rhuem arthritis have to be tested for during a flare up or can it be tested for anytime? What method is best blood or fluid from knee?

Neither: The DX of jra requires a pt to be under 16 yrs. Blood tests and x-rays can help r/o other causes of joint pain, swelling ;/or stiffness, but the DX is a clinical one in most cases. The amt of inflammation in the body can be suggested by bloodwork, but many times the blood tests ; even joint taps are nl or suggest only an inflammatory process. Jra is the most common inflam arthritis in children.

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What is the likelihood for Crohn's disease to just flare up during the beginning of my period?

What is the likelihood for Crohn's disease to just flare up during the beginning of my period?

Yes: This is very common. With your period, your body experiences a surge of prostaglandins which causes smooth muscle contraction, contracting the uterus, but also the vulnerable intestine of crohn's. This is believed to be one possible cause, but there are probably other triggers of inflammation. You don't want to use nsaids for pain, though, since they can cause GI bleeding.

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Would endometriosis cause my Crohn's to flare during my period? Ceohns only flares during my period.

Would endometriosis cause my Crohn's to flare during my period? Ceohns only flares during my period.

Endometriosis/Crohns: Endometriosis (endo) and crohn's disease seem to be related in that women with endo have a higher incidence of crohn's. Endo implants on your intestines can mimic crohn's symptoms- is this a flare caused by endo? Probably sometimes yes, sometimes no. Clearly if one has both, it's important to treat both as they seem to feed the painful symptoms of one another.

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I've been having severe sciatica symptoms that flare up even worse before and during my period for the past 3 months. Thes symptoms have bothered me f?

I've been having severe sciatica symptoms that flare up even worse before and during my period for the past 3 months. Thes symptoms have bothered me f?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether.

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I have interstitial cystitis, and I have excruciating flares during my period. Would a partial hysterectomy help? I can't take the pain anymore.

I have interstitial cystitis, and I have excruciating flares during my period. Would a partial hysterectomy help? I can't take the pain anymore.

IC: Ic is a condition of unknown etiology and can be affected by hormonal changes that occur during menstruation. Removing the uterus will not change those hormonal changes. You might check with your gyn about the possibility of endometriosis causing your symptoms instead of ic.

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Can my RA be affected by my period? My hips are the only joints affected, and my flare ups only seem to occur right before/during those days.

Can my RA be affected by my period? My hips are the only joints affected, and my flare ups only seem to occur right before/during those days.

Yes: Changes in hormones during a menstrual cycle has been shown to affect RA symptoms in women. The response is variable for each woman as far as increase or decrease in symptoms.

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I'm having arthritis pain in hand during menstrual period, is this normal?

I'm having arthritis pain in hand during menstrual period, is this normal?

Yes: Many female patients experience increased joint pain in their arthritic joints during their menses. See your doctor if there is significant swelling, redness or heat in and around the joints.

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My mother is suffering from arthritis...? How much time will it need to be cured? And what are the precautions during this period?

My mother is suffering from arthritis...? How much time will it need to be cured? And what are the precautions during this period?

Cure is unlikely: Most forms of arthritis cannot be cured but can often be effectively controlled. The precautions depend on the severity of the disease and what joints are involved.

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Can a fall cause a rheumatoid arthritis flare up?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis can affect several joints. Depending on the severity, the joints may not be able to recover from trauma as easily as non-injured joints. A fall or other injury can irrigate the already inflamed joint.

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What can someone do to prevent gout arthritis flare up?

What can someone do to prevent gout arthritis flare up?

Medication: Gout is caused by the inability of your body to eliminate waste products. When the levels get too high, crystals form and are deposited in your joints, causing the severe pain. There are medications which can help prevent the build up of waste products in your blood stream. Speak to your doctor to determine if these would work for you.

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What is the best way to prevent psoriatic arthritis flare ups?

What is the best way to prevent psoriatic arthritis flare ups?

See below: Take your medicine and if it is not working meet with your rheumatologist to adjust your regimen. Also reduce stress in your life as this can trigger flares.

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Am experiencing stiffness and pain very like a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis. Are these normal symptoms?

Am experiencing stiffness and pain very like a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis. Are these normal symptoms?

Depends: If you are experiencing stiffness for more than 20 min and you have a diagnosis of ra, you are probably having a flare. Call your rheumatologist right away and let him/her know. Flares of disease can be triggered by stress or infection but sometimes nothing. You should discuss with your rheumatologist whether you might benefit from a short burst of oral steroids, or need to modify your RA meds.

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How to relieve arthritis of the arms during the night?

How to relieve arthritis of the arms during the night?

NSAIDS: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as advil or Aleve (naproxen) and held with inflammatory condition such as arthritis. I tend to prefer Aleve (naproxen) because it last 12 hours as opposed to advil which only lasts for 4 hours.

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body 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