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Why does arthritis hurt more at night?

Why does arthritis hurt more at night?

No motion: At night you do not move much during your sleep so you get swelling in that joint and it starts to hurt. At night you do not have anything distracting you so you are more aware of the pain.

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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Arthritis? I have been hurting in my joints going to my hips. It really hurts at night. Mostly on my right side. I don't think it's arthritis because it hurts if it rains or not if that makes a difference. It has been hurting on my right side for about

Arthritis? I have been hurting in my joints going to my hips. It really hurts at night. Mostly on my right side. I don't think it's arthritis because it hurts if it rains or not if that makes a difference. It has been hurting on my right side for about

You: You should seek medicak evaluation, if the pain is as you describe it and has lasted for more than six weeks, there is no doub that a physician should evaluate you to determine what is going on. A differentiation has to be made on the causes of pain, if it does not let you sleep, then a pain of a bonny origin has to be ruled also.

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I'm 47/f, on celebrex (celecoxib) 10 years/arthritis. Recent stopped due to $$$. Now been 3 months w/o meds - pain terrible at night but not in day. Why? Thanks

I'm 47/f, on celebrex (celecoxib) 10 years/arthritis. Recent stopped due to $$$. Now been 3 months w/o meds - pain terrible at night but not in day. Why? Thanks

Still have arthritis: You are learning to live with your pain. You likely block it out while you're awake. Unfortunately, when you go to rest your defenses are down and you feel the pain more. Celebrex goes generic in 2014, until then you may need to find an alternative that you can take for your night-time pain. Try glucosamine/chondroiton, tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis, or another nonspecific nsaid.

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Knee spasms at night from arthritis. Cause?

Knee spasms at night from arthritis. Cause?

See Your Doctor: Best to see a primary care doctor or a rheumatologist so that they can hear your full story and so they can ask you pertinent questions and examine you. That way, they can help you figure out what is going on. There are may different possibilities that can be causing your symptoms.

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Can I get arthritis at 20 years old. If so what are the symptoms. Could I get it from bathing in a pool late at night?

Yes and No.: Yes, one can develop juvenile arthritis in childhood or early adulthood. No you cannot get it from bathing in a pool late at night. F you have diffuse and chronic joint pain, see your doctor for an evaluation and some tests.

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I get a pain in my arms at night time it goes away sometimes and I've been tested for arthritis and came back clear. The pain is excruciating.?

I get a pain in my arms at night time it goes away sometimes and I've been tested for arthritis and came back clear. The pain is excruciating.?

Both Sides: People can notice this from the shoulders but other things can make this occur. When you get evaluated by your physician other things to look for - pressure on nerves from the shoulder: thoracic outlet syndrome, brachial plexis syndrome, pressure in the neck or pinched nerves in the neck from the position on the pillow would all be looked for in you evaluation.

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At night I can't sleep on my left side as I get tingling pains up and down my left leg. Is this early signs of arthritis?

At night I can't sleep on my left side as I get tingling pains up and down my left leg. Is this early signs of arthritis?

Pinched nerve: Peroneal nerve based on review of your symptoms. May be due to bony overgrowth at knee from arthritis. Have a neurologist check this out.

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Taking arthritis meds increases peptic ulser pain. Already told docs about this. Unable to sleep at night. What should be done? Any home remedies???

Taking arthritis meds increases peptic ulser pain. Already told docs about this. Unable to sleep at night. What should be done? Any home remedies???

Insomnia and pain: You said..."Taking arthritis meds increases peptic ulcer pain. Unable to sleep at night. What should be done? Any home remedies? " Not sure if you have tried acetaminophen for pain. It can be very effective. Also home remedies like herbal tea can help you rest.

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Said to have trigger finger. Not convinced. Finger joint get stuck then painful pop, then fine again. Swells at night only. Neg test arthritis. Ideas?

Said to have trigger finger. Not convinced. Finger joint get stuck then painful pop, then fine again. Swells at night only. Neg test arthritis. Ideas?

Trigger finger: You have just described trigger finger. The treatment is physical therapy, followed by steroid injection, followed by surgery. There is an alternative treatment with a chemical however not everyone is doing it and it is not FDA approved for trigger finger. Some surgeons do attempt trigger finger release is in their Office, depending on experience and skill this may have unpredictable results.

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I have terrible pain in my right leg & hip at night. Is it arthritis. Pain killers don't help?

Maybe: Any time there is pain at night is a good idea to visit your doctor to rule out any systemic problems. Try heat or ice (whichever works better) for about 15-20 minutes. Hope this helps. Www. Otwithmd. Com.

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I just received Medrol (methylprednisolone) for my arthritis and I have been taking ZZZquil to sleep at night cause I cant shut my brain off! Can I take those together?

I just received Medrol (methylprednisolone) for my arthritis and I have been taking ZZZquil to sleep at night cause I cant shut my brain off! Can I take those together?

Yes: High doses of cortisone often keep people awake. You may try ZZZquil and hope it works. In such instance, I'd not hesitant to provide my patients with a few sleeping pills when placed on high-dose cortisone treatment.

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What is better for arthritis inflammation and pain? I have been taking 3250 mg of Bufferin (aspirin) and Dr. Suggested Aleve (naproxen) 2 at night 2 at morning?

What is better for arthritis inflammation and pain? I have been taking 3250 mg of Bufferin (aspirin) and Dr. Suggested Aleve (naproxen) 2 at night 2 at morning?

See answer: I am hoping you meant to place the # 325mg NOT 3250! The latter would be way too high. I would take your doctors advice as s/he is caring for you and can best deliver advice to you situation. Generally speaking aleve (naproxen) is a good medication, but as stated, this needs to be addressed with your treating Doctor. Best wishes to you.

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Went to dr about my sore ankles at night when cold he mention gout but I don't have signs he also mention arthritis on naproxen and had blood test?

Went to dr about my sore ankles at night when cold he mention gout but I don't have signs he also mention arthritis on naproxen and had blood test?

Wear & tear?: There are a number of possible causes for achey joints. Osteoarthritis (wear & tear arthritis) commonly starts to cause pain in people's 50's and 60's. Often caused by old injuries or a lot of walking/running. X-rays will help to diagnose this. It is difficult to be more accurate without asking a lot of detailed questions and examining you. Your Dr sounds like they're doing a good job.

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Left hand and wrist cramping w computer use. Arthritis/ carpel tunnel issues? Very uncomfortable. And more noticeable at night.. . best treatments??

Left hand and wrist cramping w computer use. Arthritis/ carpel tunnel issues? Very uncomfortable. And more noticeable at night.. . best treatments??

Hand pain cramps: Pain may not be due to carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel is classically associated with numbness and tingling, however many who have chronic carpal tunnel tend to play down or ignore declining sensation, Nerve pain can show up as an aching dull or sharp persistant unremitting pain. Pain can also be sasocosited with arthritis.SPLINTING not too tight at night can help cts and joint pain. ALSO OTC NSAID'S

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

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