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Arthritis Questions

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  1. FAQ: What Is Osteoarthritis?

    Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common underlying cause of arthritis symptoms. It's sometimes referred to as "wear-and-tear" arthritis, because the symptoms are usually the result of joint cartilage wearing down due to age or hard use.
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  2. FAQ: What Causes Osteoarthritis?

    Osteoarthritis involves damage first to a joint's cartilage, and eventually the bones themselves can be affected. This wearing down can be caused by one or more of the following:
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  3. FAQ: What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that usually affects the lining of certain joints, especially those in the hands. The related inflammation often causes pain and swelling and, if left untreated, can result in permanent damage to the joints and in eventual disability.
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  4. What could cause severe shoulder pain that goes into the fingers?

    Your mother sounds like she has a problem called radiculopathy. This is caused by a nerve that is being compressed somewhere in her body. If the pain starts in her shoulder, and goes all the way down to her hands, then I would think that her neck or her shoulder could be her problem. But, to comp...
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  5. What is low level laser therapy?

    Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a treatment option that uses lasers to alter the body's cells, which will hopefully decrease pain. There is still research being done to see how effective it is on certain joint problems like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), or arthritis.
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  6. What could severe back pain signify?

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  7. What drug options do I have for arthritis?

    Unfortunately, you have developed chronic pain from your trio of arthritis syndromes. Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) frequently causes pain and stiffness in the shoulders and hips. This syndrome will often improve with the use of prednisone alone, so this is probably not what is causing alot of your...
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  8. Can physical therapy help arthritis pain?

    Yes! Yes! Yes! There is a lot that physical therapists can do to help alleviate and prevent exacerbation of pain from arthritis. In fact, as a geriatric physical therapist, this is one of the most common diagnoses that we see. I would highly recommend that your mother seek the advice of a physical t...
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  9. How can pain be managed for a 90 year old woman?

    In my experience, pain can be managed for anyone at any age, if the right modalities are used. I read your letter several times, and I understand that you are concerned about narcotic usage because you are worried about constipation and dizziness in a 90 year old woman. I want you to understand tha...
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  10. What is the best way to gauge how much exercise is too much?

    The general rule is that people need to pace themselves and limit their exercise based on their ability to do it. So if your mother is exercising and having chest pain, that's definitely too much. But as long as she's exercising with frequent resting so she's not exhausted, short of breath, or havin...
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  11. Is there an arthritis medication that won't cause a skin rash?

    Usually when people say they have arthritis they are referring to the most common type of arthritis: osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease.  Methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine are never used for osteoarthritis however, so I will assume you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arth...
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  12. What can I take for arthritis in my toes?

    Sorry about your painful feet! You can start treating your arthritis with over the counter pain medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Take them as directed on the label, starting them in the morning, and see how that works for you. Don't take more than the label allows, as they can have side eff...
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  13. Is chemotherapy a common treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Odd as it may sound, a number of chemotherapy drugs are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, usually in lower doses than when used to treat cancer. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which an abnormal immune reaction causes the inflammation of the joints. When used to treat cancer, ch...
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  14. What will help with arthritis pain?

    I went to a new rheumatologist who agreed I have osteoarthritis not rheumatoid arthritis. He prescribed 3 tramadol a day. He also agreed that there is not enough evidence to prescribe plaquenil or methotrexate for arterial inflammation. They used to think NSAIDs would help arterial inflamamtion a...
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  15. Can I take Celebrex while using Voltaren cream?

    i take celebrex 2x a day for psoriatic arthritis and use Voltaren gel as needed for osteoarthritis in my hands. They were both prescribed by my rheumatologist and I have had no side effects.
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  16. What are the withdrawal symptoms from Celebrex?

    To stop taking Celebrex suddenly for me means 2-3 times more pain and overall joint discomfort when compared to before starting the very first dose.
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  17. How much does Humira cost?

    The total cost my insurance pays for 40ml pens is $1265.25 each, every two weeks = $33K per year. My $120 per quarter copay it taken care of by Humira.
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  18. How much does the Humira pen cost?

    I have plaque psoriasis and it's spreading everywhere! I do see a dermatologist and he is wonderful. Yes I was getting very frustrated with having to go through the steps to get to the point where I am able to finally get a chance to try Humira. I feel like a freak and people seem to be cruel and st...
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  19. Can bone and joint pain be a symptom of cancer or is it just bad arthritis?

    I have osteoarthritis severe rheumatoid arthritis fibromyalgia and lupus I cannot stress enough how much pain im in!!! I found out at the age of 29 i saw doctors for about 3 years then the specialist's told me no other specialist would touch me with my insurance and gave me a years supply of hydr...
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