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Why does humidity and the pain from arthritis so much?

Why does humidity and the pain from arthritis so much?

Fluid retention: Heat and humidity causes some fluid retention which aggrevates joints. Cold causes stiffness in the muscles. So you get it from both extremes. But most arthiritis patients are bothered more by a barometric pressure drop (comes before a storm front). This was confirmed by a rheumatologist in denver who used a pressure chamber to study this phenomena. ...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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In hot, dry weather my arthritis is happy but add a bit of humidity and the pain goes through the roof. Why does this happen?

In hot, dry weather my arthritis is happy but add a bit of humidity and the pain goes through the roof. Why does this happen?

This is common: Folks with arthritis can often tell when the barometric pressure changes. There are pressure sensors around joints, and arthritis (can be of several kinds) seems to turn the sensors on. Many arthritis sufferers have this, but not all. ...Read more

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Fell on left palm months ago. Wrist now hurts with rain and humidity. Onset arthritis? Any remedies to ease pain? Pain is heightened during rain

Fell on left palm months ago. Wrist now hurts with rain and humidity. Onset arthritis? Any remedies to ease pain? Pain is heightened during rain

Possible arthritis: You may have an un-diagnosed fracture or arthritis, i would recommend visiting your primary doctor and obtaining xrays as a start. You may need consultation with a hand surgeon if there is anything suspicious on xray, . ...Read more

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Is there medication for someone to live in a more humid area with psoriatic arthritis?

Is there medication for someone to live in a more humid area with psoriatic arthritis?

Moderate humidity?: Moderate humidity is good. High humidity and arid (dry) air is bad for psoriasis. Significant humidity can lead to excessive perspiration, with bacterial and dungal growth in areas prone to psoriasis and worsen the skin disease. Zinc oxide 5% found in gold bond extra-strength can help with skin disease. Otherwise, the medication for psa for joint disease can be increased. ...Read more

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What can be done for arthritis effected by rainy damp humid weather?

What can be done for arthritis effected by rainy damp humid weather?

Common problem: This is a very common complaint among my patients. Weather change is notorious for causing an acute worsening of joint pain. Unfortunately, not much can be done to combat this aside from staying in a climate controlled environment. ...Read more

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Can you get arthritis in your early 20's?

Can you get arthritis in your early 20's?

Yes: There are many types of arthritis. People born with a congenital abnormality like hip dysplasia, are more likely to get early onset arthritis. Trauma to a joint early in life can lead to arthritis. Some autoimmune diseases such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, ra, and lupus can present with early arthritis. A rheumatologist can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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What type/s of arthritis are associated with either hyper mobility syndrome?

What type/s of arthritis are associated with either hyper mobility syndrome?

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in patient with hypermobility. There is also an increased risk of joint dislocations. ...Read more

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

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 more

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Cartilage damage: Arthritis is a progressive damage to the cartilage in your joints. It can be cause by several things including wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis among others. When the cartilage is damaged, there is increasing pressure on the bone that leads to bone spurs. There is also an increase in the chemicals that trigger inflammation, which causes pain. ...Read more

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What is arthritis ?

What is arthritis ?

Inflammation: Autoimmune arthritis is when the body attacks the joint lining and causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. There are other forms of arthritis, such as after trauma to the joint. ...Read more

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What causes arthritis?

See details: They are over 100 different types of arthritis with each having a different cause. ...Read more

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How to solve arthritis?

No cure: Researchers are working to develop cures, but we are not there yet. Depending on your type of arthritis, different treatments can be used to alleviate your pain. ...Read more

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Can arthritis be cured?

No: Arthritis cannot be cured as of yet. There are different forms of arthritis. Regardless of the cause, once joint damage has taken place, it is unlikely for it to revert to normal. Some forms of arthritis may be controlled or slowed down with treatment. Although a cure is not available, effective therapy is. Stem cell therapy is showing promising results. ...Read more

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What is osteo arthritis?

What is  osteo arthritis?

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 more

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When is arthritis common?

When is arthritis common?

Aging: Arthritis www.Idph.State.Il.Us/public/hb/hbarthritis.Htmthe term arthritis refers to about 120 different diseases that can affect the joints, muscles and other soft tissues. The three most common forms are osteoarthritis, ... ...Read more

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What is migrant arthritis?

What is migrant arthritis?

Also known as the --: "Fleeting Arthritis", generally refers to Rheumatic fever, where one joint might the site of symptoms for a while, and then some other. Like it might be one knee or ankle, the it affects the other side joints. An Internist or surely a Rheumatologist will help you, in dealing with it. Another cause is Side effect of some Meds like Topamax (topiramate). ...Read more

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What to do with arthritis?

What to do with arthritis?

It depends: It depends on the type of arthritis, the areas involved and the severity of the involvement. Discuss various treatment options with the doctor who knows you best. ...Read more

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Does food affect arthritis?

Does food affect arthritis?

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 more

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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