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Inflammatory Arthritis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Those who have inflammatory arthritis: How do you cope with it?
    If you have inflammatory arthritis, how do you cope with it?
    How do you cope with the damage it does to your life?
    Have any of you conquered it?

    • ANSWER:
      The actual condition, you need a good rheumatologist who will listen and treat your condition accurately. You need to see a rheumatologist regularly and be on a treatment plan.

      But the emotional side, it's not easy and I find it helpful to talk to those who're going through it. I'm only 21, but I have friends who are my age who are going through it. It helps a lot. There are many online support groups too which help a lot
      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=15
      http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Rheumatoid-Arthritis/support-group
      http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Arthritis/support-group
      http://arthritis.about.com/od/mutualsupportandsharing/Arthritis_Advice_Mutual_Support_Online_Forum_Message_Board.htm

      And learning as much as you can about your condition. I'm not sure if you have RA, but this website is amazing- http://rawarrior.com/

      I've heard that an anti-inflammatory diet can help too.

      I hope you find some relief.

      ........

  2. QUESTION:
    a feature of rheumatoid arthritis that differentiates it from other forms of inflammatory arthritis is the dev?
    a feature of rheumatoid arthritis that differentiates it from other forms of inflammatory arthritis is the development of ?
    a. joint space narrowing
    b. pain in a single joint
    c. tophi deposits
    d. subluxation

    I am debating between A and D not really sure any ideas to help me decide

    • ANSWER:
      A, joint space narrowing.

      ....

  3. QUESTION:
    Is low iron a symptom of inflammatory arthritis?
    My doctor says I have some form of inflammatory arthritis. He he put me on Celebrex and he also said I have low iron and put me on Ferrous Fumarate..which is for the low iron. Is low iron a symptom of my condition?

    • ANSWER:
      No, they have nothing in common, except for:

      Vitamin C is often prescribed for those with arthritis.

      Vitamin C is also needed to transport iron.

      By the way, Celebrex has some pretty serious side effects and became a restricted last resort medication in this country around 3 years ago. It has been linked to heart attacks.

      If you've only just been diagnosed, and aren't too disabled, I would recommend talking with the pharmacist and doctor about other options.
      I was treated for years with aspirin, vitamin C and indocid (no side effects so far), that's a fairly time honoured combination.

      Are you vegetarian or a non red meat eater? That's the most common cause of low iron levels. You need to use a really well planned diet to replace the iron you don't get from meat, or use a supplement.

      Take Vitamin C if you are taking iron. The body needs it to mobilise
      the iron, otherwise you just pass most of it out in the loo!

  4. QUESTION:
    Is Inflammatory Arthritis the same as Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    Any information would be great - I was diagnosed yesterday and the dr said it was inflammatory arthritis, but also mentioned rheumatoid arthritis and I'm not sure if it's the same or if one causes the other. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Inflammatory Arthritis is the umbrella term that includes other forms of arthritis like Lupus, Psoriatic, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

      Typically at early stages it can be difficult to know which one you have as they all overlap a lot and have many different features.

      I'm 22 years old and in the last 6 months my rheumatologist has been sure I have each other these ones at some point in time. I come out of an appointment with "I'm sure you have Lupus", next appointment it's "I believe it's Psoriatic Arthritis".

      Rheumatoid Arthritis is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis.

      The good thing is that they're all treated the same. So hopefully he's put you on a DMARD and will wait and see how things develop. I KNOW how frustrating it is, but just hold in there =]

      .....

  5. QUESTION:
    is there holistic healing for arthritis in hips and hands?
    i'm 22 and have inflammatory arthritis in my hips and my hands. i'm at a healthy weight, i'm active, and i eat well. i'm looking for some options for helping the tightness in my groin and the sore swelling in my hands. i want to avoid steroids for a while if i can avoid them.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm definitely more for 'scientific' methods for treating illnesses, such as arthritis, but I think that if you health care providers are aware of the alternative methods they can make sure they're not interacting negatively.

      Have you heard of the anti-inflammatory diet? http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet I've never tried it, I haven't read much about it, but it could be worth looking into.

      There's also many supplements out there like glucosamine and chondroitin, omega 3 etc. It was recommended to me to try turmeric capsules. There are a lot of vitamins out there that are said to help joint care.

      However, arthritis can be a damaging disease and if there is medication out there that can slow this down (DMARDS) then you should be on them.

      ....

  6. QUESTION:
    Should prednisone significantly reduce swelling for inflammatory arthritis?
    I've been tentatively diagnosed with some form of inflammatory arthritis. It started in my foot, and moved to my knee. I've had 2 MRIs, a bone scan, and Xrays and they are saying arthritis.
    I've also had alot of bloodwork and everything looks normal except for my sed rate which is significantly elevated.

    I am seeing a rheumatologist. At my 1st appointment she put me on 10mg of prednisone a day. She acted like I would feel a difference right away. After a week with no relief I went back to see a physician's assistant. She doubled my dose of prednisone so now I am on 20mg a day. She said it should make me feel at least 50% better. The problem is that my knee is incredibly swollen and sore in the morning and evening. She didnt say that the prednisone would take care of all the swelling, but it sounded like it should help with the swelling and with the pain.
    Its 1.5 weeks later and my knee is still huge and sore. The soreness I can deal with, aleve helps. I want a normal sized knee!

    • ANSWER:
      The main categories of drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory arthritis, are the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), slow-acting drugs, corticosteroids, and methotrexate and rehumatrex or other immunosuppressive drugs, including the tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. A newer biologic therapy, involving the use of interleukin-1 receptor antagonists, is available. Generally, the stronger drugs have important side effects that must be looked for during treatment. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, deltasone and meticorten are the most dramatically effective drugs for reducing inflammation anywhere in the body. Although corticosteroids are effective for short-term use, they tend to become less effective over time, and rheumatoid arthritis is usually active for many years.
      Prednisolone belongs to the group of medicines known as glucocorticoids and can be used to help control inflammatory and allergic disorders such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and colitis by suppressing inflammation.

      I add a link which discusses the condition of rheumatoid arthritis in length

      years.http://arthritis.about.com/od/
      rheumatoidarthritis/Rheumatoid_Arthritis_
      Cause_Diagnosis_Symptoms_Treatment.htm

      Hope this helps
      Matador 89

  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and gained weight?
    I have been taking anti-inflammatory (Mobic) for about 2 years now and I have gained 30# even with exercising 4-5 times a week and dieting. I need to take them for my knees, but the excess weight is hurting me more than ever. I spoke to my doctor, but he changed my script to Voltaren, which is another anti-inflammatory and I am afraid to take it for fear of gaining even more weight. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You should try Mona Vie. Check out my site- you can read and watch testimonials about how it helped relieve joint and muscle for many people. It really works.

      www.myspace.com/MVjuicerocks

  8. QUESTION:
    How concerning is my blood work? What's wrong with me?
    I am a 25 year old female. I don't drink. On a routine blood test about a year ago it was discovered that I had elevated liver enzymes. A month later I had a retest and they had gone down to an acceptable level. Several months later I had another series of blood tests and my enzymes were only slightly elevated but this was cause for concern for my doctor. I had an normal ultrasound, I tested negative for hepatitis A,B,C. I was sent to a liver specialist who said he'd monitor me for 6 months and then decide from there since my enzymes looked to be trending down. I was also tested for autoimmune hepatitis (I do have inflammatory arthritis) but it was a weak positive titer (1:20) which is pretty much negative. My follow-up appointment is coming up soon and I am wondering if I should be concerned that my liver enzymes have not gone back to normal after over a year of abnormal testing? And what could possibly be wrong with my liver?

    I am not on any medications that could raise my enzymes and the liver doctor couldn't specify why my liver is behaving this way. I am not overweight so fatty liver is not very likely especially since the ultrasound was normal. My blood work results are below:

    10/2011 AST - 400s ALT - 400s ALP - ?
    11/2011 AST - 100s ALT - 100s ALP - ?
    6/2012 AST - 65 ALT - 52 ALP -?
    7/2012 AST - 58 ALT- 49 ALP - 229 (This was when I saw the liver specialist)
    8/2012 AST - 110 ALT 65 ALP 174
    9/2012 AST - 50 ALT - 41 ALP 158 (I was on steroids for part of october for eczema )
    10/2012 AST - 55 ALT - 49 ALP 153
    1/2013 AST - 68 ALT - 55 ALP - 304

    where the upper limit of normal is
    35,34,124 respectively

    • ANSWER:
      To determine a liver or biliary problem, other blood testing could
      be done:
      The liver function tests known as the Bilirubin, INR, PT, PTT, and
      Albumin. Theses tests give the doctor an idea of how well the
      cells of the liver is doing some of their (over 500) functions.

      Though these enzymes are known as "liver" enzymes...only the
      ALT is most specific to the liver itself, as the liver cells make
      the most of it. The other enzymes: AST, ALP, GGT are
      found in other places in the body.

      You mentioned that you have inflammatory arthritis. This
      may have an effect on your ALP (alkaline phosphatase levels).
      ALP can be elevated because of liver, biliary, or even bone
      problems. In children, the ALP is higher because their bones
      are still forming. ALP is found alot in the biliary system...therefore,
      elevation may signify a possible infection of the biliary ducts,
      obstruction of the ducts, or even malformation of the ducts, etc.
      An ultrasound would show if there is a growth, gallstone, or
      something blocking these ducts. ALP is found in the bones,
      so an elevation could signify osteopenia, arthritis in joints,
      osteoporous, etc. There is special testing that can be done
      to determine the difference between a liver/biliary problem
      and a bone problem.

      Also, other things can affect the results of these enzymes
      testings: having an intramuscular injection, muscle injury,
      drinking alcohol, or even exercising before the testing
      is done and more. No one blood testing is ever 100%
      accurate. It just signifies that something may be wrong.
      Comparing all tests results give a bigger picture of
      what is really taking place.

      To look up your individual tests and learn more about them:
      http://labtestsonline.org
      You could type "liver enzymes" or "liver function tests" in your
      search engine and it will also give you a wealth of
      information.

      The liver enzymes are made by the liver cells. If the cells
      become damaged, these enzymes leak out and go higher
      on the blood tests results. Some of the things that
      can cause liver cell damage are:
      alcohol consumption, medications toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      hereditary/metabolic problems, viral or parasite
      infections, auto immune disease, cardiac/vascular
      problems, cyst/growth/tumors/cancer,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection,
      Gallbladder problems, fatty liver disease,
      and so many others.

      I hope this has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and gained weight?
    I have been taking anti-inflammatory (Mobic) for about 2 years now and I have gained 30# even with exercising 4-5 times a week and dieting. I need to take them for my knees, but the excess weight is hurting me more than ever. I spoke to my doctor, but he changed my script to Voltaren, which is another anti-inflammatory and I am afraid to take it for fear of gaining even more weight. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Switch the med.

      Even though two meds can have the same side effects profile, that doesnt necessarily mean they will have the same side effects in you.

      I would try it for several months and see what you think.
      If the weight gain was certainly attributable to the med, you most likely will lose it when you come off of it.

      Good Luck

  10. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between "inflammatory arthritis" and "inflammatory osteoarthritis"?
    Are they the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      inflammatory osteoarthritis is in the bones whereas inflammatory arthritis is not.

      I am 41 and have just been diagnosed with it in the head (skull) It is extremely painful and down my spine to my sacro illiac., in fact both are terrilble to have
      If you are suffering from any of these I wish you the very best.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can I have extensive dental work done?
    My Sjogren's Syndrome (autoimmune) is getting worse. Now have "inflammatory arthritis" because of it. Got two cortisone shots in wrist, and one IM today. Can I still have dental work started on Monday? Of course I'll call the dentist's office, but just want to be forearmed. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you're mixing this up with an infection. An autoimmune disorder is allot different then an infection with bacteria. Anytime you have any type of bacterial infection the procedure would need to be postponed until after you went through antibiotic treatment. You shouldn't have any problem going through as planned. Usually the dentist will put you on some antibiotics prophetically while you're being worked on anyway. Good luck and God Bless

  12. QUESTION:
    What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?
    I have a moderate case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and have been on pretty strong medications for it since I was 2 years old. I currently have a 3 1/2 month old and am breast feeding so I can not take any medication. I am in a lot of pain but do not want to sacrifice the breast feeding so I am looking for another option. Example: a special diet or anything???

    • ANSWER:
      Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Still's Disease)

      Chronic, inflammatory, systemic disease which may cause joint or connective tissue damage & visceral lesions throughout the body characterized by fever, rash, hepato-spleenomegaly & arthritis in children.

      It is a persistent inflammatory arthritis (> 6 weeks) that begins before age 16 for which no specific cause can be found.

      Homeopathic Treatment for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions.

      Please visit the following web-site and choose the medicines that are relevant to your symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are perfectly safe even while you are breast-feeding.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/juvenile-rheumatoid-arthritis-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

  13. QUESTION:
    Is arthritis curable. How would you know when you are diagnosed with arthritis and what type do you have?
    Tell me about rheumatoid arthritis, what are symptons and what can you do to treat it, more especially in winter.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two types of arthiritis.

      1) Osteoarthiritis- wear and tear of the cartilage (cartilage is like a cover, it allows the bones in joint to slide past one another without grinding the bones together)

      2) Rheumatoid Arthiritis- this is a disease cause by you're own immune system.

      Rheumatoid arthirtis is believed to be triggered by an infection. On the bacteria that caused the infection are sequences which antibodies recognise. To fight the infection the antibodies increase in number and suppress the disease. By chance, the subunit on the bacteria that the antibodies recognise may be very similar to a subunit that makes up your bone. So, because of the increased number of antibodies, your body attacks the bone believing it is the bacterial infection leading to bone degradation.

      Symptoms- inflammation and swelling of the joints. stiffness. Gentle excersise in the morning can relieve these symptoms if the disease is in it's early form.

      Treatment- there is no cure, however use of anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce swelling and discomfort. Physical therapy and joint replacement surgery are also options.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some good natural remedies to help stop the progression of arthritis?
    I'm not sure what kind of arthritis I have. I always assumed that it was osteoarthritis because I don't have any disfigured joints. However, after reading more about rheumatoid arthritis, I wonder if I have that. My joints all over are stiff and achy and my fingers are puffy. I heard that fish oil is good. How much of this can I safely take? What about other supplements? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Natural remedies for arthritis offer a real alternative for people who desire to avoid the potential side effects of over-the-counter as well as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs such as Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra and others. Sometimes the side effects of drugs can be worse than the original symptoms. For example, Vioxx and Bextra, were pulled from the market due to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and lethal skin conditions.

      The most attractive consideration of many natural arthritis remedies is that they are safe, and have not been shown to cause any strange side effects, like some of those caused by pharmaceuticals.

      Here are five of the more popular natural remedies for arthritis:

      1) Glucosamine & Chondroitin are two of the more popular arthritis relief supplements. These are found naturally in the body, and as a supplement, they can aid in promoting good joint health and reliable joint repair.

      2) MSM is a naturally occurring sulfur compound that behaves as an anti-inflammatory. MSM can reduce swelling in the same way that many arthritis medications are designed to do, but without the side effects of putting pharmaceutical chemicals into your body.

      3) Manganese is an important antioxidant nutrient that has been shown to facilitate enzymes and slow the aging process. It is useful in the effective treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

      4) Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) has been shown to be effective in the maintenance of the integrity of cells and tissues, which will slow the progression of arthritis in most people.

      5) Turmeric and Ginger Extract are two powerful anti-inflammatory herbal extracts that have been shown to be more effective than NSAIDs in the treatment of the rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

      These natural arthritis remedies offer lots of hope and promise for the relief of the painful symptoms of arthritis. Recent medical scientific studies have suggested that each of these five remedies work well alone, but work better when used in tandem.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to treat arthritis without taking medicine?
    I have juvenile rheumatiod arthritis in my knee and ankle and I reaaaally don't want to take medicine because it upsets my stomach! I know I should do excersises, which I don't really do because I always forget. Are there any foods that help? I've heard that cherry juice helps, but it tastes disgusting. And does icing the joints help? Or putting heat on them? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few answers to this.
      1) If that medicine upsets your stomach, there are other options available. There are both natural options and drug options for treating arthritis, a number of which don't upset the stomach.
      2) You're right... you should do exercises. Mobility helps keep the joints loose and helps a LOT of people with arthritis to improve or at least to not decline. I work with a guy in Tae Kwon Do who has severe arthritis that has increased his flexibility, mobility, and how well he can walk in just a few months of going regularly. Exercise really does help if you stick with it.
      3) If you forget to do the exercises, you could always set an alarm on your watch or cell phone to remind you. Typically, the exercises don't take very long and you could watch half an hour of TV while you're doing them.
      4) Yes, there are anti-inflammatory foods that help, many of which are available as supplements as well. Some examples include: Fish Oil (or good fish like Salmon) have good amounts of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids; Turmeric (an Indian spice) is also good both as a spice and a supplement to help inflammation; and shellfish shells have natural Glucosamine in them, which is great for joints (although the taste and texture isn't the nicest so it's generally easiest to get it from a supplement). There are many other supplements as well such as Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, Microlactin, AvoVida, and cherries in capsule or liquid form (as you mentioned) so there are quite a few options.
      5) Ice and heat can help different pains at different times. You may want to consult with your doctor or Physical Therapist to see when you should best use one or the other, how to prepare the ice wrap, and how long to keep each on (as your size and age can have an impact on how long to keep either on).

      I think that covers all the questions you asked. ;-) Good luck and I hope I helped!

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I help with my dogs arthritis?
    I have a Yorkie/mix terrier who is 10 years old. He has started to suffer arthritis in one back leg. Is their anything in herbs,food, doggy vits to help him? and do you have any advice on how to deal with arthritis

    Thanks everyone!! :)
    Thanks everyone for all your advice, all great answers!

    • ANSWER:
      you can get something called cosequin from your vet, it is a supplement with glucosamine chondroition. it might take a few weeks of use to see a good effect but it seems to help. you might also ask your vet about using anti-inflammatories occasionally for bad flare ups. the other thing you can try is water therapy... this is time consuming, but gives some relieve and some people say it helps a lot..... fill your tub with warm water, just enough so that your dogs feet can NOT touch the bottom of the tub- only when supervised put him in the tub to swim, swimming doesn't put any pressure on the joints, but gets them moving and in theory helps keep them from feeling as stiff. if you have to you can hold your dog around the rib cage, and hold him so that his feet don't touch the bottom of the tub and let him swim. you can do that for 5 to 10 minutes (or more if he enjoys it). this can be done twice daily or once daily.... or even just as needed whatever will work with your schedule.

      ***do not use any people medications on your dog, some of the medications like aspirin, tylenol and ibuprofen can cause liver damage and clotting problems. discuss with your vet safer options***

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best arthritis medicine to take with Plavix?
    I have been on plavix for two years.Now I need to start taking arthritis medicine.What is the best one to take with plavix and with the least side affects.

    • ANSWER:
      Plavix is an anti platelet blood thinning drug.
      Anti inflammatories such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, etc are good for arthritis.
      HOWEVER, CHECK with doctor first.
      Anti arthritis drugs can affect blood thinning.
      If mild arthritis, then paracetamol should be okay to take with plavix.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between arthritis, hip dysplasia, and old age in dogs?
    What is the difference between hip dysplasia, arthritis, and just old age in dogs. I have a 10 year old rotwieller. Believe it or not. Sometimes when he gets up from laying he seems stiff. After he walks around it goes away. He can still jump off the couch and go after the ball or rope easily though. He only does that about twice a week though because his puppy energy is long gone.lol

    Anyway what's the difference between just old age and something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Hip Dysplasia is the result of improper joint formation at birth, In short, "the ball doesn't fit in the socket". this could mean the socket is too large, or doesn't have the appropriate depth or shape to maintain proper control while allowing smooth and unrestricted movement. This also causes the ligiments and muscles to form improperly, and are generally not strong enough to support the leg.
      If it isn't treated at a young age, it generally results in arthritis.
      Arthritis (in it's common form) is the collective effects of the degeneration of various parts of the joint. The cartilage breaks down, leaving less padding for the joint, and the natural lubrication of the joint is decreasing. This causes inflammation in the joint, resulting in arthritis pain.
      At his age and size, it would be very possible that the stiffness is a result of arthritis. If it were hip dysplasia, i would suspect you would have seen more severe symptoms well before now. What is described as "old age" is generally arthritis.
      Arthritis pain is easily controlled, as well as supporting the joint tissue.
      Supplements like a glucosamine/chondroitin mix will enhance the lubrication of the joint, preventing extensive cartilage wear. There are several minerals that are required in order for the body to use glucosamine, which is why I would insist you use a specially formulated supplement like Cosequin, Dasaquin, or Glycoflex.
      The inflammation is controllable with anti-inflammatories - "doggy advil". Rimadyl, Deramaxx, and Previcox are most common, and can be paired with Tramadol for extended relief.

      Personally, I use Glycoflex on my dog, and have seen a huge difference in her motility and attitude in general. I do use Previcox on an as-needed basis, although I have had dogs in the past that required daily anti-inflammatories.

      And I'll keep going... (phew - one long subject!)

      Some dogs respond better to some medications than others. Just like I prefer Ibuprofen, you may prefer Tylonol. If you try say, Rimadyl and don't see the result you're looking for, try another before giving up.
      I do want to encourage you to try a joint supplement, no matter how you decide to treat. You can prolong your dog's joint health and increase his quality of life without using a drug. The anti-inflammatory will only create comfort, while the supplement will support joint health.

      Correct and Functional muscle is going to do alot for your dog, since that is what allows movement of the joint to begin with. Light, physical activity can promote overall health. Any extra weight needs to be lost with diet and light excercise - there is careful balance between keeping the muscles in shape and straining the joint. Swimming (or wading) is wonderful for circulation and muscle maintainance. Light walks (the softer the surface, the better) are also great.

      Lastly, it could absolutely be something else. Cruciate tears, spinal damage, Lyme disease are all possibilities, although much less likely. A veterinarian could tell you much, much more.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to massage figers with arthritis that hurts and hardens?
    My mum has suffered arthritis, and tonight she started screaming that her fingers were painful and she couldn't move it? So i ran to her aid, but i wasn't sure how to massage it since i'm like only 10. But she said to apply pressure so i did, but it wasnt after an hour till she fell asleep soundly. I want to help her so badly but idk how and it hurts me to see her cry like this.

    • ANSWER:
      That's really sweet of you. Your Mum must really appreciate you =]

      Is your Mum seeing a doctor for her arthritis? I see you live in Australia and you have a healthcare system where everyone can see a doctor for free. So it's really important your Mum gets the right medical care. There may be medications that her doctor can prescribe or she may need to see a doctor who specialises in arthritis. These doctors are called rheumatologists (roo-mar-toll-a-gist). You could ask your mother if she's ever seen one before.

      If your mum's hands feel hot, go and grab and ice pack or some frozen veges or a bag of ice. Wrap it in a tea towel and put it around her hands. This will help numb it, but it will also help with the swelling.

      At the chemist you should be able to buy a tube of gel called Voltaren Gel. It's a silver and orange tube. If she rubs this on her hands it should help with the pain and swelling.

      Does she take any medications? There are some anti-inflammatories that you can buy at the pharmacy without a script like ibuprofen/nurofen. This will help with the pain and swelling. Doctors can prescribe stronger medication though.

      Doctors can also inject the joints with steroids. These help dramatically with the pain and swelling, but they are very painful and can only be done by a doctor.

      You're a really sweet to care and hopefully some of this advice will help your mum

      ....

  20. QUESTION:
    What type of negative blood conditions can be caused by arthritis?
    My mother has had arthritis for many years now. During our conversations yesterday, she told me that she is seeing a specialist doctor because her blood is not good and she is having iron infusions. She said her lack of blood is caused from her arthritis. I have never heard of such a thing. Nor could she tell me the name of the medical condition she has. She made it sound somewhat serious, yet was holding back information since she is a mom and has not disclosed much information when she had been sick with other medical situations in the past to protect us. Yet we are not children since middle-age is not childhood. But we "kids" would like a little more information in regards to this so we know what's going on. Is there a name we can look up and study her condition? Please help. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, you need to understand that there are over 100 types of arthritis conditions.

      Secondly, on average there is always a decrease in the number of red blood cells (condition known as anemia) among patients who have inflammatory arthritis or another rheumatic disease. Also, patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis need to use a blood-filtering device called the Prosorba Column to filter out harmful antibodies.

      Overall, iron infusions are never given to patients suffering from arthritis, as the condition of hemochromatosis (accumulated amount of iron in the body) already coexists for such patients.

      Nonetheless, you "middle-age children" are better off to get together and nicely convince your mother to allow you discuss her health condition in details with her physicians/specialists.

      All The Best To You!

  21. QUESTION:
    what are some good remedies for severe arthritis?
    My mom has really bad arthritis in her legs and is making her life miserable. Does anyone know of any kind of medication, natural remedies or exercises that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis: How to Stay Active and Independent

      What is arthritis?
      Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. It causes pain and usually also limits movement of the joints that are affected. There are many kinds of arthritis. A type called osteoarthritis (also called degenerative joint disease) is the most common.

      What causes osteoarthritis?
      The exact cause isn't known. A person may be at increased risk of osteoarthritis because it runs in the family. Osteoarthritis seems to be related to the wear and tear put on joints over the years in most people. But wear and tear alone don't cause osteoarthritis.

      What happens when a joint is affected?
      Normally, a smooth layer of cartilage acts as a pad between the bones of a joint. Cartilage helps the joint move easily and comfortably. In some people, the cartilage thins as the joints are used. This is the start of osteoarthritis. Over time, the cartilage wears away and the bones may rub against one another.

      Bones may even start to grow too thick on the ends where they meet to make a joint, and bits of cartilage and bone may loosen and get in the way of movement. This can cause pain, joint swelling and stiffness.

      Who gets osteoarthritis?
      Osteoarthritis is more common in older people because they have been using their joints longer. Using the joints to do the same task over and over or simply using them over time can make osteoarthritis worse.

      Younger people can also get osteoarthritis. Athletes are at risk because they use their joints so much. People who have jobs that require the same movement over and over are also at risk. Injuries to a joint can increase the risk of arthritis in the joint later on. Excess weight also can accelerate arthritis in the knees, hips and spine.

      Is there a treatment?
      No cure for osteoarthritis has been found. But the right plan can help you stay active, protect your joints from damage, limit injury and control pain. Your doctor will help you create the right plan for you.

      Tips on staying active
      Lose weight if you're overweight.
      Exercise regularly for short periods.
      Go to a physical therapist if you can.
      Use canes and other special devices to protect your joints.
      Avoid lifting heavy things.
      Avoid overusing your joints.
      Don't pull on objects to move them--push them instead.
      Take your medicine the way your doctor suggests.
      Use heat and/or cold to reduce pain or stiffness.

      Will my arthritis get worse?
      Osteoarthritis does tend to get worse over time. But you can do many things to help yourself.

      It's important to stay as active as possible. When joints hurt, people tend not to use them and the muscles get weak. This can cause contractures (stiff muscles), and it can make it harder to get around. This causes more pain and the cycle begins again. Ask your doctor to discuss pain control with you so that you can stay active and avoid this problem.

      Will medicine help?
      Medicines you can buy without a prescription that reduce inflammation, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (one brand name: Motrin), ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis) or naproxen (brand name: Aleve), or pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (one brand name: Tylenol), can help you feel better. Your doctor can also prescribe medicine for you, such as prescription pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat certain types of arthritis. NSAIDs can help by reducing inflammation, swelling and pain in the joints, but not everyone can take them.

      Medicine should be used wisely. You only need the amount that makes you feel good enough to keep moving. Using too much medicine may increase the risk of side effects.

      Can special devices really help?
      Yes. Special devices (see box below) and different ways of doing things can help people with arthritis stay independent for as long as possible. These devices help protect your joints and keep you moving. For example, if you learn to use a cane the right way, you can help reduce the amount of pressure your weight puts on your hip joint when you walk by up to 60%. Talk to your doctor if you think a special device may help your arthritis.

      Special devices for people with arthritis
      Canes, walkers and splints
      Shoe inserts, wedges or pads
      Special fasteners (such as Velcro) on clothing
      Large grips for tools and utensils (wrap foam or fabric around items with narrow handles, like pens)
      Wall-mounted jar openers
      Electric appliances, such as can openers and knives
      Mobile shower heads
      Bath seats and grab bars for the bathtub

      Will special exercises really help?
      Yes. Exercise keeps your muscles strong and helps you stay flexible. Exercises that don't strain your joints are best. To avoid pain and injury, choose exercises that can be done in small amounts with rest time in between. Dancing, weight lifting and bike riding are good exercises for people with arthritis.

      Try tightening your muscles and then relaxing them a number of times. You can do this with all of your major muscle groups. You could also try an "aquacise" program available through your local swimming pool or community center. These programs involve special movements in the pool, with much of your body's weight held up by water.

      Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

      Should I use heat to ease pain?
      Using heat may reduce your pain and stiffness. Heat can be applied through warm baths, hot towels, hot water bottles or heating pads. Try alternating heat with ice packs.

      Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff.

      Source
      American Academy of Family Physicians

  22. QUESTION:
    If I have mild Scoliosis & Arthritis in my neck what can I do to reduce everyday pain?
    I've seen a chiropractor & all she suggested is that I drink a lot more water and exercise everyday. She explained that I have phase 1 arthritis in my neck & that I should get a foam pillow... Can anyone give me any tips on how I can reduce everyday pain & that uncomfortable feeling?

    I'm 23 and I have a secretary job, I don't drink or smoke.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a bad back too. Here's the deal. You're going about this the wrong way. First, I have a condition and I have seen many doctors for my back. EVERY one of them, EVERY SINGLE ONE has agreed that chiropractors are not going to help you. In fact, they can cause a great deal of harm. There are people who will swear to you that chiropractors are great, the "adjustments" work, etc. But the problem is they don't know what they're talking about.

      Now that that's out of the way, I'll tell you that the water, exercise, and pillow advice is good generic advice for everybody. Believe it or not, more water will decrease inflammatory pain slightly. But the best advice I can give you is this: Take two Advil every morning until you can get feeling a little better, stretch out in the morning, get up and walk around for a minute or two every hour, get a lower back support pillow for your chair, eat right, (also deceptively important) and see a real doctor. Ask about an exercise/stretching routine.

      Okay now, this may not be easy for you to hear, but if you're overweight, even a little, that will cause problems for your back and knees. I don't know what you look like, but if you're a "plus size" and you're having back pain, you need to consider losing weight. If you're just a little overweight and you're having these problems, that means you have a weak back anyway and you really can't afford to put any extra weight on it. If you're more than about 10-15 lbs. heavier than you should be, that will cause back problems and you will either need to lose the weight or live with the pain or get hooked on painkillers. Those last two don't sound that appealing, do they?

      There are ways to deal with this. Nutrition, stretching, light exercise, medical care, and a back-healthy lifestyle are the tools for the job.

  23. QUESTION:
    How much ginger should you eat to use it for an anti-inflammatory?
    For osteo-arthritis. Need another answer to drugs which cause stomach problems and side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet is really to see a naturopath in person. They will be able to help you determine which herbal supplements would bring your body back into balance. Please check with your local health food store to see if there is a naturopath they could recommend to you. If not, you can go to http://nt3.healthkeepers.net:8080/trinity/search.html. They have graduates listed by state on their web site. I have worked with some of their students and have found them to be quite knowledgeable. Also, my father went to a naturopath and was able to stop his arthritis medications completely, without experiencing pain.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have arthritis advice?
    I was recently diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis. It has been very painful and is mostly in my knees. Does anyone have any tips or things I could do to help the pain?

    I have been put on anti inflammatory medications, but sometimes they still ache.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds as though you are looking for additional relief and considering you're already on meds, I'll tell you what I do to assist my meds when I'm having a mild flare up. I also wanted to encourage you to keep your doctor informed on your condition and aches.....my doctor has switched my meds at least 5 times and now I'm on a combination that seems to be relatively effective for me.

      Warm showers and baths can ease the pain.
      You could also use the heating patches. I personally love the Bengay pain relieving patches. They come in different sizes and are not really smelly or extremely hot.
      Heating pads can help, but you usually have to lay down to use them.
      I also find that stretching helps, and my specialist recommends stretching to retain mobility in the joints. I hope you find some relief.

  25. QUESTION:
    What way to relive pain from Rheumatoid arthritis?
    My fingers, wrists, elbows, are hurting, and stiff.
    My family doctor gives me prescription MOTRIN and Ive tried some other inflammatory med. Ive tried Tylenol arthritis, and well my friend gave me vicodiin. That works but when It wears off its just back to pain. Plus I dont want to be all popping pills
    HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.rheumatology.org/public/factsheets/ra_new.asp?aud=pat
      If you have Rheumatoid arthritis, you need to see a Rheumatologist, and taking motrin or tylenol, isn't going to do the job. There are certain drugs designed especially for RA - and the sooner you get on them, the better off you will be. RA can do some major damage to your joints, but it can also affect your overall health, and the inflammation isn't just isolated to your joints. Pain medication, just masks the pain, it doesn't decrease the inflammation - while I understand the need to ease the pain, you need to be careful with your joints, if you mask the pain too much, you can do some damage to your joints. If you haven't seen a Rheumatologist, please, please go see one, they are much better at assessing RA and prescribing the best treatment. Physical therapy can also be helpful - ask the Dr about it. Good luck
      If you have osteo-arthritis there are still meds that may work better than motrin - again, a Rheumatologist may be better able to help you - please be careful with the NSAIDS (motrin etc) be sure you have some food in your stomach when you take these - there are some prescriptions that are easier on the stomach that work better than motrin.
      If you do have RA, I recommend you learn as much as you possibly can about it - while it may be a little scary, the more you learn about it, and are able to discuss things with your Dr, the better off you will be - and remember, not everyone gets some of the worst parts of RA. But, thats why seeing a Rheumatologist and educating yourself is so important. Again, the sooner the better.

  26. QUESTION:
    What can i do for my psoriasis and arthritis it caused?
    I have psoriasis and been diadnosed with psoriatic arthritis and it really killling my back and neck the doctors here only prescribe drugs which i dont want, is there any other way to get by with no pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Psoriatic Arthritis. Initially you need to make a health log. A diary and every night before you go to bed, write down what you did, what you ate and on a scale of 1-10, how you feel. Then after six months go back and read what you wrote and see if you can link up any 'foods' to how you felt. I found out that if I have a fresh orange juice every morning for breakfast, the third morning my joints were Hades. I cannot go anywhere near citric fruit, so have to get my vitamin intake elsewhere. Moreover 'refind' foods are not good can stomach them, but pay a price, silly things like white sugar. As citric acid is a preservative and sugar is located in many of our foods that we buy, I have to be careful. Next what to take, especially like you pain killers do wonders for the pain and my brain does not function! I tried a few diferent brands of anti-inflammatory drugs, until I found one that really suits me, been on the same one now for 20 years. I then read about Eskimos never succumbing to Arthritis, because their diet is 'fish' so what they term anti-inflammatory food. However I could not eat fish everyday, so opted for Omega 3 oils. I saw a Rheumatologist, who started me on Evening Primrose Oil and life really improved. Got a dog, went walking three miles three times a week, then joined a Pilates Class, really got my muscle tone up. Exercise produces endorphines, which are natural pain killers and it works. However been warned, exercise can be addictive, especially as you are self medicating, making your own pain killers.
      I am still here some 30 years after being diagnosed with Psoriasis and 20 years after the Arthritis, so I guess I must be doing something right! However their is no 'quick fix' and the answer is really in your own hands.

  27. QUESTION:
    One of my horses has arthritis, What do you think is the best supplement for her to take?
    My 23 year old Morgan mare some times gets a limp when trotting. The vet diagnosed her with arthritis, but its not to bad. What do you find to be the best supplement for arthritis and or do you have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I highly recommend SmartFlex Senior from SmartPak Equine. My 19-year-old TB developed arthritis in both hocks very quickly, and he had a hard time even trotting. After being on the SmartFlex for two months, he now has his swinging trot and rocking horse canter back. This supplement has MSM, chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid which plays a huge part in joint health. It also contains Devil's Claw which is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. And it also has various other ingredients to help senior horses. It's definitely the best supplement for the price. Read all the reviews-

      http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?productClassId=7472

      What's really nice about the SmartPak system is that you can set it up to auto-ship, so you never have to worry about putting in an order every month or running out.

      Aside from supplments, Thermaflex Liniment increases circulation wherever it is applied, so if you rub it on wherever your horse's arthritis is, it will warm up the joints and make moving more comfortable- I always put it on my horse's joints before riding. I noticed today that about 6 hours after I applied it, my horse's joints were a lot cooler than the rest of his leg, so it's nice to know that after the "warming cycle" has passed, it's also cooling his joints down to help with swelling. A word of advice though- if you do use it and get it on your own skin, it's going to tingle and get red! (but at least you know it's working :) )

  28. QUESTION:
    Pain mgmt tips for arthritis in the hips that can be self-administered at home?
    I have severe arthritis in one hip and mild arthritis in the other hip. There are days that it is excruciating to walk, sit, move. I have been thru the series of shots at a pain clinic that weren't significantly helpful. I have been in physical therapy three times, once was water therapy and each session made the pain worse. My doctor says I'll just have to take narcotics the rest of my life to manage the pain. I refuse to take narcotics regularly. If I take a ton of Ibuprofen and put an ice pack on my hip for a fair amount of time, it will help for a while. However, that amount of Ibuprofen is not good for the stomach so don't like to do that too often. Acupuncture and massage have proven most effective but I cannot financially sustain these activities. I do stretch on a gym ball and that helps temporarily. Due to other health issues, I am trying to put more exercise into my routine but this hip makes it impossible to have any real consistency. Does anyone have any effective pain management tips to manage the pain at home by myself?

    • ANSWER:
      look up anti inflammatory foods, fish+ fish oil, magnesium , chg your diet. eat no acid foods like OJ tomatoes, vinegar, beef this will help, as does Osteo bi flex , over the counter- take as directed- do 4 fish oil at night and 1-2 magnesium pills then you can start cutting back on the NASIDS, I am off all together now. go to Walmart and get the memory foam mattress or mattress topper it helps absorb the pain.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best product or other aid you've used for arthritis?
    I think I have arthritis in at least one finger. I cannot take products like ibuprophen, and Tylenol has not worked. Thanks for any ideas.
    Aleve and Advil are both ibuprophen products, so I can't take those.

    • ANSWER:
      Triflora Arthritis Gel, I purchase it at my local health food store, but it is also sold on Amazon.com.
      I use ginger in a variety of forms as a natural anti-inflammatory and painkiller....ginger tea, crystallized ginger, ginger in cooking, and ginger bottled drinks. Haven't taken an over-the-counter or prescription painkiller in a decade.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is rheumatoid arthritis the same as inflammatory arthritis? and what is systemic arthritis?
    I've been dealing with hip and knew problems for the past 6 weeks. The doctors (I've seen 3 and all say the same thing) have ordered a blood test to rule out systemic arthritis, if it isn't systemic it's inflammatory.... What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some HIGHLY recommended arthritis medicine for dogs?
    I buy my Rottweilers arthritis medication on Ebay, but we had to stop giving it to her because it was making her stomach upset. I don't remember what it was called, it was some brown liquid.

    I need to start giving her some new medicine because Asprin isn't working for her.

    What are some HIGHLY recommended non Rx medications I can look into buying for my Rottweiler?

    • ANSWER:
      Why are you medicating your pet without the advice and recommendation of your vet? That is NOT a very responsible thing to do. You should already have learned that from the implications of the unknown brown liquid you got on E-Bay. You really DON'T know what you've been giving your dog, do you? I hope you haven't done her permanent damage with your foolish home-remedy tactics. Do the right thing by your dog. Take it to a vet for a proper diagnosis and let him, (the expert) tell you what medications to use for your dogs arthritis (if it in fact IS arthritis!) That's what I did and he simply had me put my dog on an OTC glucosimine/condroitin supplement.

      Arthritis Medicine for Dogs: Medicate Under Veterinary Supervision

      The FDA has approved some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for use in dogs. In the United States, there are no oral NSAIDs approved for use in cats. Veterinarians can, however, legally prescribe human drugs to animals unless it presents a risk to the public health. This type of use is known as extralabel, or off-label, for uses not listed on the label. Extralabel use can also mean prescribing a drug to a different species, for a different condition, or in a different dosage than that for which the drug was approved. For example, a veterinarian may prescribe a lower dose of an NSAID drug approved for dogs to a cat with an inflamed joint.

      But pet owners should not give their own arthritis medicine to pets or otherwise medicate their animals without veterinary supervision, says Michele Sharkey, D.V.M., in the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.

      Different species metabolize drugs differently, she says. "You take aspirin or Tylenol on any given day for a headache and not think twice about it, but dogs are more sensitive to aspirin than humans, and one Tylenol can kill a cat. Pet owners should always work with their veterinarians to make medication decisions."

  32. QUESTION:
    Arthritis cure for man with liver and kidney problems?
    My father's father had Rheumatoid Arthritis and became severely crippled. My dad has recently began having arthritis, that he inherited from his father. His fingers get locked in place when he folds them and is afraid of taking arthritis medication because he is diabetic and it will damage his liver and kidneys.
    Any arthritis medication or remedies that wont damage kidneys and liver?
    Any other advice is very very welcome (ex: Finger exercises like yoga, good food to eat, etc, etc)
    Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis treatment using Potato Juice

      The raw potato juice therapy is considered one of the most successful biological treatments for rheumatic and arthritic conditions. It has been used in folk medicine for centuries. The traditional method of preparing potato juice is to cut a medium-sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin, and place the slices overnight in a large glass filled with cold water. The water should be drunk in the morning on an empty stomach. Fresh juice can also be extracted from potatoes. A medium-sized potato should be diluted with a cup of water and drunk first thing in the morning.
      Arthritis treatment using Other Raw Juices

      One cup of green juice, extracted from any green leafy vegetable, mixed in equal proportions with carrot, celery, and red beet juices is good for arthritis. The alkaline action of raw juices dissolves the accumulation of deposits around the joints and in other tissues. A cup of fresh pineapple juice is also valuable, as the enzyme bromelain in fresh pineapple juice reduces swelling and inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
      Arthritis treatment using Sesame Seeds

      A teaspoon of black sesame seeds, soaked in a quarter cup of water and kept overnight, has been found to be effective in preventing frequent joint pains. The water in which the seeds are soaked should also be taken along with the seeds first thing in the morning.
      Arthritis treatment using Copper

      Drinking water kept overnight in a copper container accumulates traces of copper, which is said to strengthen the muscular system. A copper ring or bracelet is worn for the same reason.
      Arthritis treatment using Calcium

      Studies have shown that calcium can help arthritis. Several patients have discovered that joint pains have either been relieved or have disappeared entirely after taking calcium. This mineral should be taken in the form of calcium lactate. Two teaspoons of calcium lactate, each teaspoon providing 400 mg of absorbable calcium, may be taken three times daily in water, before meals for at least four months.
      Arthritis treatment using Garlic

      Garlic is another effective remedy for arthritis. It contains an anti-inflammatory property which accounts for its effectiveness in the treatment of this disease. Garlic may be taken raw or cooked according to individual preference.
      Arthritis treatment using Bananas

      Bananas, being a rich source of vitamin B6, have proved useful in the treatment of arthritis. A diet of only bananas for three or four days is advised in treating this condition. The patient may eat eight or nine bananas daily during this period and nothing else.
      Arthritis treatment using Lime

      Lime has also been found beneficial as a home remedy for arthritis. The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of uric acid which is the primary cause of some types of arthritis. The juice of one lime, diluted with water, may be taken once a day, preferably first thing in the morning.
      Arthritis treatment using Alfalfa

      A tea made from the herb alfalfa, especially from its seeds, has shown beneficial results in the treatment of arthritis. One teaspoon of alfalfa seeds may be added to one cup of water. Three to four cups of this tea should be taken daily by arthritics for at least two weeks.
      Arthritis treatment using Green Gram Soup

      Another home remedy found useful in relieving pains in the joints is the use of green gram soup. This soup should be prepared by mixing a tablespoon of green gram in a cup of water, with two crushed garlic cloves. It should be taken twice a day.
      Arthritis treatment using Castor Oil

      Treatment with castor oil has been found beneficial in arthritis. The procedure, as prescribed by a Spanish doctor, is to boil two tablespoons of castor oil over a stove burner. The oil should then be poured into a glass of fresh orange juice and taken before breakfast daily till the disease is cured. It was advised to patients to take it for three weeks, wait for another three weeks and then repeat it again for another three weeks. It is, however, essential that the patient must take an alkaline diet while adopting this mode of treatment otherwise the value of the treatment will be lost.
      Arthritis treatment using Coconut or Mustard Oil

      Warm coconut oil or mustard oil, mixed with two or three pieces of camphor should be massaged on stiff and aching joints. It will increase blood supply, and reduce inflammation and stiffness with the gentle warmth produced while massaging. Camphorated oil is an ancient rubefacient used for the purpose.

  33. QUESTION:
    What did you do to help control your arthritis ?
    So I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I must say it isn't getting any better... Some days I feel fine the next day I feel horrible! If youve had RA what do you do to help keep inflammation/pain down natural ways no meds. Also I was told meat can sometimes cause inflammation. True ? False ?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you've been given this terrible diagnosis. My rheumatologist hasn't settled on a diagnosis, but I'm being treated as if I have Lupus, which is pretty similar to RA.

      That's pretty typical, and the worst thing I think is that it's difficult to predict what the next day will bring. One day I feel like a healthy person, next I can't get out of bed!

      For me, it's been a relatively recent thing getting this under control. I take medication, Plaquenil. It's a slow drug that takes a while to work. It took 3 months before I noticed an improvement. There are other DMARDs (Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs) such as Methotrexate, Sulfasalazine, Imuran. They usually take a while to work. I also take Doxycycline, which is an antibiotic. There's a semi-alternative treatment plan called antibiotic therapy. They have few side effects, but in very rare cases can caused drug induced Lupus. It definitely helps me. I also take an anti-inflammatory called Meloxicam. I've tried a number of different ones, but this one works best for me.

      I also have Celiac Disease so I eat a gluten free diet. I notice when I'm accidentally glutened my joints swell. Some people find meat causes inflammation, others find dairy. I'd recommend you remove one food group at a time and see what happens.

      I also try and go for a 20-30 minute walk each day.

      There's no way to slow down the disease without medication. Removing a certain food group won't slow down the inflammation or prevent deformities. You need to be taking a DMARD and possibly an anti-inflammatory.

      I hope that was helpful.

      .....

  34. QUESTION:
    What can i do if i have rheumatoid arthritis and it affected mr right eye?
    i have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis what can i do for my eye? i am one eye drops but what else can i eat or do to get better.

    • ANSWER:
      Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks the joints producing an inflammatory synovitis that often progresses to destruction of the articular cartilage and ankylosis of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also produce diffuse inflammation in the lungs, pericardium, pleura, and sclera, and also nodular lesions, most common in subcutaneous tissue under the skin. Although the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, autoimmunity plays a pivotal role in its chronicity and progression. SO it is suggested that you take proper treatment as early as possible to avoide joint dammages (can use Homeopathy , it helps).

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I make my dog more comfortable?! Arthritis in hips, please read! ?
    My dog is 140lbs and he has severe arthritis in his hips. He is only 3! It's breaking my heart seeing him limp around, he is on anti inflamatories and pain killer the vet. I am also giving him glucosamine tablets every day aswell. I have watched some videos on YouTube on releif from arthritis and massages but it dosent seem to be helping, do you have any ideas, suggestions, or things that work fo you if your dog has arthritis? Please anything helps!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog sounds seriously overweight, unless he's a giant breed, such as great dane --- and even then 140# sounds like an awful lot. Ask your vet what your dog should weigh, and take him down to that weight as soon as you can safely do it. That will help more than you'd think.

      Anti-inflammatories can be very helpful to relieve inflammation in the joints. Some work better than others. Even in humans, some work better for some people and not at all for others, so you can ask your vet about a change in the meds if you think that's an issue. Our docs especially like Metacam and Previcox. With that, though, you'll need to have bloodwork run every 6 months to a year to make sure no damage is being done to the internal organs.

      There is a new laser therapy available for arthritis in dogs. You could look into those treatments, which can work well in some cases.

      Continue to have your dog walking daily, but not too far nor too fast --just moderation is good.
      There are some nice orthopedic beds for dogs out there that may be helpful, assuming your dog uses a bed. There are some harnesses that your dog can wear that have little handles on the top, so you can help support your dog when he's trying to get up or walk.

      I have arthritis myself, and I can tell you that weight loss helps me more than anything else -- and keep moving.
      vet tech

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to relieve chronic back pain due to inflammation and arthritis?
    I have tried OTC arthritis pain meds they don't offer much relief for me. I have had surgery for herniated disc. My doctor says that there is a lot of inflamation and arthritis in my back. You can't get Vioxx anymore. Is there an alternative?

    • ANSWER:
      Ice works better than any anti inflammatory for inflammation. Apply ice for 10 min, then off for 10 min, back and forth. Naproxen would be the next thing if you don't want ice. Exercise is the best treatment for arthritis, as pain gets worse if your muscles are stiff. I would recommend going for walks. Some pools have arthritis programs to do water aerobics that are special for arthritis. There are other meds you can take, such as Celebrex. Hope this helps, God Bless

  37. QUESTION:
    Will One Cortisone Injection Cause Weight Gain?
    I just got a cortisone injection in my knee for my inflammatory arthritis. Will just one shot cause weight gain? I hope not ...
    WHAT!? I just got the injection today. LOL, I haven't gained 40lbs or any weight. I was just wondering...
    I have psoriatic arthritis, it's chronic.

    • ANSWER:
      I had one in my foot years ago and didn't gain wait, it may be a result of you not being able to move about as much as you used to.....congrats on the 40 pounds by the way.....you didn't say what was wrong with your knee in terms of how it affects you, I know yo said torn meniscus but does it keep you from your normal daily activities.....if so, that might affect your weight, on a good note, it really worked for me, and relief came in about a week or two and it never came back....(was Morton's Neuros)....very painful......good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there a good cure for arthritis in the fingers?
    My fiance has got arthritis in her fingers and as the cold weather is coming in her fingers tend to stiffen up in the mornings. Is there something i can get her to stop this from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no 'cure' for arthritis. She could take an ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory) or there are anti-inflammatory creams (Asper-Creme comes to mind). If severe, she should consider seeing the doctor.

  39. QUESTION:
    how do ibuprofen help to treat arthritis differently from aspirin?
    I just need to no some differences between the two and how they both help to treat arthritis differently.
    Also which one is most popular to use for arthritis.
    Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      They're both anti-inflammatories that block the neural pathways that convey pain signals. Aspirin also has an anti-clotting action.
      This forum is for alternative medicine, not drugs. If you want to cure arthritis permanently drugs won't do it. A holistic health practitioner like a Homeopath or Naturopath can prescribe an adverse-effect free treatment that removes the cause rather than just suppressing symptoms like ibuprofen or aspirin. Natural substances can also rebuild cartiledge destroyed by arthritis.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it good to give my dog Triple Flex for arthritis? And does it have aspirin in it?
    Is it good to give my dog Triple Flex for arthritis? And does it have aspirin in it? And what are the side effects if given to dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Just googled it. Triple Flex would be in the class of compounds known as 'nutraceuticals'. Its basically a nutritional supplement claiming to have pharmaceutical properties.

      There is a lot of anecdotal evidence re. the use of these products, unfortunately, there isn't a lot of good, peer reviewed trials on them, and those that there have been have failed to find any effects.

      That isn't to say that they don't work, only that they haven't been conclusively *shown* to work.

      For what its worth, I give my dog a similar supplement (although designed for dogs). You aren't likely to do any harm, and you may do some good.

      There is no anti-inflammatory drug component to this product (e.g. aspirin), in it, so shouldn't interact negatively with an NSAID.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it true that green lipped muscles are good for arthritis in dogs ?
    My dog has this exel pet arthri- care stuff for her arthritis I works but barely what else is out there that is not too expensive ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the green lip muscle is good in an arthritis medication but you should try to get one that also has glucosamine, chondroitin and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

      Don't forget the omega oils (3, 6 & 9) or add some oily fish to your dogs diet (salmon is great).

      Here is a breakdown of these ingredients and what they do:

      Glucosamine sulfate is one of the safest and most widely-used remedies for arthritis. It helps rehabilitate damaged cartilage by stimulating the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and chondroitin sulfate, the essential component of cartilage. Glucosamine has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity, which helps to relieve some of the joint pain the dog may be suffering.

      Chondroitin sulfate is another natural medicine found in the body and it works to prevent enzymes from degrading the building blocks of joint cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate is often used in combination with glucosamine, however, when used alone, glucosamine sulfate helps the body to manufacture its own chondroitin.

      Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is often recommended by veterinarians for animals with joint conditions. The sulfur in MSM can be utilized by the body in the formation of compounds such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, as well as the amino acids methionine and cysteine. Arthritic joints often have low levels of both sulfur and cysteine. Animal studies have found MSM helps to maintain normal articular cartilage.

      Green-Lipped Mussel, or Perna canaliculus, contains protein, minerals, glucosamine and Eicosatetraenoic acids (ETAs). ETAs are a type of Omega-3 fatty acids and provide an anti-inflammatory effect which helps reduce joint pain. Research in both humans and animals have shown that perna mussels have been effective in managing degenerative joint disease and arthritis. Human patients receiving perna mussels reported less pain, joint stiffness and improved mobility.

      My dogs arthritis was getting very bad with the onset of the cold weather where I live so she went through a series of cartrophen injections. Unlike other drugs, it treats the disease process that causes arthritis - not just the symptoms. It works on the cartilage and joint fluids inside the joints, reducing friction and pain. A course of 4 injections over a 2-3 week period will often provide a whole year (or more) of relief from arthritis - reducing or eliminating the need for other drugs. The injections are given under the skin (just like a vaccination). They aren't expensive (- per injection) and you pay a consultation fee only on the first visit. Cartrophen works in 80% of cases.

      The cartrophen helped my little dog and she is not limping on walks anymore so I can really recommend it.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can arthritis be the cause of swollen feet and ankles?
    Just curious..
    I just had xrays that show arthritis in the ankles..
    I don't have pain at the moment, I rarely do?.. Only when I'd land on it wrong really.. But I have had swelling of the feet and ankles in the summer ever since I quit smoking and gained weight.
    Does arthritis cause swollen feet and ankles, even if there is no pain present?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely! Arthritis can cause swelling in the feet as well as the ankles. Especially if the Xrays show that you have arthritis in your ankles. If you notice that the swelling goes up and down with a change in weather, then this is a sure sign of arthritis.
      Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis, but you can take anti-inflammatories, like Motrin, or Aleve or even Celebrex.
      If the swelling continues and your ankles start to be swollen all the time, and they become painful, the cause is most likely not arthritis. It maybe related to your circulation; either your venous circulation or your arterial circulation. Don't let swelling go on for more than 2 days. Make sure you see your Primary Care Physician right away.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can you help a dog with arthritis?
    My lab is almost 15 and starting to show his age. Is there anything I can give him for soreness due to arthritis? I just want him to be more comfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      The immediate response of many dog owners that have discovered that their dog is infected with arthritis is to go the nearest veterinary. Though this is good, you need to be aware that there is a better alternative to the problem of arthritis in your dog. The solution is natural treatment for dogs with arthritis.

      Not many people are informed about natural treatments for dogs with arthritis. It is not as complicated as many thought. And also, there is nothing diabolical in it. It is just an alternative solution to the medical aid we get from our doctors.

      What is arthritis and how does it affect your dog?

      The inflammation or swelling in a joint is referred to as arthritis. The causes include the following:

      • Abnormal bone or joint development
      • Instability of the surrounding ligaments and tendons
      • Damage to joints
      • Infection
      • Injury caused by immune system

      Though there are anti-inflammatory medicines in the market for the treatment of arthritis, there is a better approach to its treatment. The approach is a natural treatment for dogs.

      The following are tips that will greatly assist your ailing dog with arthritis.

      It is essential that you have your dog placed on slip-free flooring. A slippery floor will not be of help in the treatment of arthritis in your dog. This is because your dog needs to have a firm grip on the floor while recuperating. It is therefore recommended that you have a rug or carpet in place.

      Swimming has been discovered to be of great help in the treatment of arthritis in dogs. Swimming is a no-weight bearing activity that will help your dog recover quickly from arthritis. It is advisable that the swimming is monitored so that the dog doesn’t drown in the pool. Swimming will help exercise all the parts of the body of your dog.

      It is recommended that you give your dog a soft bed in the quest for recovery. Your dog needs all the rest he or she could get on a soft bed that can cushion its ailing body. Just like a slippery floor is detrimental to your dog’s recovery, a hard bed is not ideal for him either.

      A peaceful and quiet environment is what your dog with arthritis needs to recover from the disease. Let your children be informed of this as your lovely dog may not be tolerant of their noise and playfulness while recuperating.

      A good massage could also be what your ailing dog needs to get off arthritis. A gentle massage from you might provide the much needed assurance of your love for the dog. But if you cannot do it for some reason or other, it is advisable that you employ a professional animal massage therapist to do the job for you. The massage will increase flexibility, blood circulation, and calmness which go a great length in giving your dog the good health he or she deserves.

      Above all, you must be aware that recovery of dogs with arthritis takes a while. Hence, it is worthwhile giving them that extra attention that they need.

      Give enough time to your dog as he or she recovers from arthritis. A natural treatment for dogs with arthritis is highly recommended when you can’t afford the huge fees charged by veterinary doctors out there.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it a good idea to do bowling when I juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?
    i want to do bowling in high school this year. i am pretty good at it so i'm pretty sure i will make the team. but practice is like everyday and it will be strain on my joints. i don't have sever arthritis but i do always have pain in most of my joints. so would it be a good idea to do bowling this year? if it makes a difference i am 14.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think that it would make your JRA worse, it may just cause you more pain. I would recommend taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as aleve, advil or motrin afterwards to relieve any inflammation in your joints and pain that you could potentially get after bowling. Don't hold yourself back from doing something though. Try it out!

  45. QUESTION:
    What can help my mom's rheumatoid arthritis pain?
    my mom has had rheumatoid arthritis for about 9 years now, and she had a knee replacement about 6 years ago... lately her arthritis has been causing her a lot of pain that she loses sleep over... medications that her doc gives her do not help. Are there any natural remedies or vitamins she can take to help ease the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      My sympathies to your mother (and you). I know all too well the pain of RA...

      At the moment, I am in the same predicament. Lots of pain, loss of sleep. The pain makes sleeping impossible, and the loss of sleep makes the pain greater. It's a vicious cycle.

      All I can suggest is that your mother speak with her rheumatologist and/or family practitioner and tell them everything that is going on. They may be able to prescribe a sleep aid along with the pain meds.

      Vitamins and supplements? I don't know of anything that eliminates pain, although I *do* notice some lessening of pain when I eat fresh or frozen pineapple, or tart cherries. The bromelian in pineapple is an anti-inflammatory, and can be obtained as an OTC supplement. Ditto the cherry supplements. Both of these seem to be perfectly safe.

      Some people swear by melatonin as a sleep aid, but I've heard also that it shouldn't be taken with certain meds and for lengthy periods of time, so I hesitate to recommend this. Your mom should probably speak with her doctor about this. Perhaps a glass of warm milk?

      Deep breathing, relaxation, prayer, meditation, white noise (a fan in the background) and sounds of nature (cd's of waves crashing and waterfalls) can also contribute to a relaxed state and a restful sleep environment. It's important that your mom be able to relax, as pain causes stress and stress increases pain ... I know, it's so hard, and my heart aches for her.

      If your mom is able, a good long soak in a hot bath would do wonders, but 9 years into her disease this may no longer be a possibility. I know I can't sink into a tub, and oh, how I wish.

      Maybe your mother would appreciate a gentle massage from her very caring daughter. That or a hug would do wonders.

      Hope I was able to help in some small way, and only the best to both of you.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why do my joints and muscles from arthritis and herniated discs hurt only when I lay down to sleep?
    It is nerve wrecking, I can be on my way all day doing things, but as soon as I lay down, there goes the excruciating pains all over. I have an appointment with the doctor in two weeks, I have tried cold and hot compresses on my back, take anti inflammatory pills but nothing helps, The pain is mainly my shoulders, knees and feet.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be the matress.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the possibilities that I might have arthritis?
    What are the causes that trigger arthritis? How can it be cured? Please explain... Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis is the term used to described inflammation of a joint.

      There are a number of causes of arthritis, so it's difficult to simply answer your question.

      The types of arthritis caused by an autoimmune diseases affect the entire body. They cause fevers, fatigue, rashes and even organ involvement. The most common autoimmune arthritic conditions are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. It's thought that people with these conditions have a genetic disposition and are then triggered by something like a virus, a traumatic event or for an unknown reason. These conditions are treated by steroids, anti-inflammatories, medications called Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs like low dose chemotherapy and organ rejection medication and joint replacements. Newer drugs called Biologics that are extremely expensive but very affective.

      Arthritis that's caused by wear and tear is the most common. It's also known as Osteoarthritis. It's a very common condition and most people will develop Osteoarthritis at some point in their lives. You have an increased risk if you've had injuries or play sport or participate in activities that put strain on your joints. It's treated with anti-inflammatories, steroid injections and joint replacements.

      Gout is another form of arthritis. If you eat a diet high in uric acid this can build up in the joints. It typically affects the big toe. It's thought to be the most painful type of arthritis.

      There are a few other forms of arthritis. Septic Arthritis occurs when there's an infection in the joint. You can also develop arthritis from conditions like Hemochromatosis when there's an overload of iron in your body that can be deposited in the joints.

      There is no cure for arthritis regardless of its cause.

      Good luck.

      .....

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best NATURAL treatment/treatments for arthritis and reducing cholesterol?
    For cholesterol I've been eating oatmeal and Cheerios until I'm blue in the face. I've also been taking garlic pills. I can be assured no vampire will bite me but will it actually help lower cholesterol? What should I take as a natural supplement for arthritis? I tried MSM but I think it was making my nose bleed so I stopped? Can it do that?

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis Natural Treatment
      Arthritis pain is largely a result of inflammation of the joints. For those of us who want to pursue natural remedies for arthritis, a variety of foods contain anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the best foods for fighting inflammation are wild salmon, extra virgin olive oil, green or black tea, flax seeds and walnuts. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables also contain arthritis-fighting compounds.

      The arsenal of natural home remedies for arthritis also includes a variety of herbs such as pine bark, bromelain from pineapple, spices such as ginger and turmeric, sea vegetable extracts, aloe vera and others.

      Reducing Cholesterol Naturally
      There are a number of foods that can be incorporated into the diet to lower cholesterol naturally. Some are well known such as oatmeal. Others are common foods but haven't received much publicity as cholesterol busters: carrots, blueberries, citrus fruits, and beans. Still other plants or herbs, such as aloe vera or citrus peelings, are little known natural remedies for lowering cholesterol.

  49. QUESTION:
    What kind of medicine can we give our dog for arthritis?
    We live in a remote area overseas. Our dog is a 10-year-old, 80 pound female shepherd mix. This year, we noticed that her joints are becoming stiff and she seems to have some pain in getting around. We have no access to veterinarians or medicine specifically formulated for animals, but we can get just about any kind of a human prescription drug. Can we give her anti-inflammatory drugs or can we give her specially formulated suppplements for human joints?

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Remedies for acid stomach that help arthritis pain?
    My arthritis in shoulder, elbow & hands is more painful when I have acidic stomach. This occurs mostly if I eat meat , apart from Gaviscon medicine is there a quick fix, like lemon juice ? Any suggestions welcome. I am a believer that diet helps arthritis, I avoid too many painkillers and I try to avoid eating meat.

    • ANSWER:
      I answered your other question. try the milk or dry bread for tonight, make sure you are taking anti-inflammatory pills for the arthritis, if you have run out...crank up the heating for tonight so that you are warm and comfy.
      Dont drink anything acidic..........that will only make things worse. leave the Lemons alone.


inflammatory arthritis

Spondyloarthropy Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Could it be something else besides Reiter's Syndrome?
    I have been recently diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome also known as Reactive Arthritis. My doctor says he believes this to be true due to the fact that I have it located in my sacrum. I have had Uveitis but no history of gastric infections, sexually transmitted dieases and also no history of repeative urinary infections. He is basing it off of the fact that I tested positive for HLA-B27. Is it possible that I have something else? Such as Ankylosing Spondylitis? It is in the same family as the Reiter's. I have history of depression which could explain the fatigue but also I do have history of shoulder problems such as arthritis, lower back pain, lower back stiffness. Plus my doc has already told me that I have sacroiliitis. Could this be the underlying cause?
    Also additional note. Even though Reiter's Syndrome and Ankylosing is primarily found in young men- Women can develope it as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I am an ankylosing spondylitis patient - I was diagnosed almost 15 years ago, but have been symptomatic for more than 20 years.

      What you are describing could be Reiters, it could be AS, it could one of several spondylitises.

      As you seem to know, there are a number of diseases that fall within that class. Because diagnosis is based on the occurrence of multiple symptoms, it is difficult to differentiate between them. That is why you will frequently find doctors also using the term "nondifferentiated spondyloarthropy".

      Note that HLA-B27 is associative, but not diagnostic. AS can be specifically diagnosed via x-rays, but there are plenty of false negatives (it took years for my AS to show up on X-rays although I was symptomatic).

      In the end, all of the spondyloarthropies get treated the same way - so missing the exact diagnosis is not critical, as long as you are getting treated.

      If you are not doing so already, you might want to see a specialist, which are usually rheumatologists. You want to check in advance to make sure he or she has a history of treating spondyloarthropy patients.

      You will find this site very useful, if you haven't come across it yet.
      http://www.spondylitis.org/about/main.aspx

      Good luck.

      TJ


spondyloarthropy symptoms

Rheumatoid Arthirtis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My elbow is hot to the touch they think I have Rheumatoid Arthirtis?
    I'm 17 and since my ANA came back positive they told me I most likely have Rheumatoid Arthritis, but my question is for the past couple of day I have had fever and my elbow is killing me. I know it has something to do with arthritis but now it's starting to radiate off heat and feels hot to the touch. Is this normal ?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Is arthritis curable. How would you know when you are diagnosed with arthritis and what type do you have?
    Tell me about rheumatoid arthritis, what are symptons and what can you do to treat it, more especially in winter.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two types of arthiritis.

      1) Osteoarthiritis- wear and tear of the cartilage (cartilage is like a cover, it allows the bones in joint to slide past one another without grinding the bones together)

      2) Rheumatoid Arthiritis- this is a disease cause by you're own immune system.

      Rheumatoid arthirtis is believed to be triggered by an infection. On the bacteria that caused the infection are sequences which antibodies recognise. To fight the infection the antibodies increase in number and suppress the disease. By chance, the subunit on the bacteria that the antibodies recognise may be very similar to a subunit that makes up your bone. So, because of the increased number of antibodies, your body attacks the bone believing it is the bacterial infection leading to bone degradation.

      Symptoms- inflammation and swelling of the joints. stiffness. Gentle excersise in the morning can relieve these symptoms if the disease is in it's early form.

      Treatment- there is no cure, however use of anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce swelling and discomfort. Physical therapy and joint replacement surgery are also options.

  3. QUESTION:
    Popped Vein in finger, Should I see a Doctor?
    I spanked my daughter last night with my hand, don't worry - it wasn't hard. I do have Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthirtis. 15 minutes later my finger started hurting extremely bad and today my finger is blue. Should I see a doctor, or just let it get better on its own?
    haha, I believe in spanking, not beating. The point is, I'm very fragile when it comes to my body. I knew that after spanking her my hand would probably hurt the rest of the night (due to my rheumatoid & fibromyalgia), but I didn't expect to blow a vein. Everyone has their own beliefs, and I respect them all.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you should buy a paddle?

  4. QUESTION:
    How will my under 4.0 GPA affect my school career?
    I had all As in freshman year, except for one A-. This puts my GPA slightly under a 4.0. I, however, according to school records, will have the highest weighted GPA next year if I have all As, which will be no problem now that I realize I must study more.

    I am on:
    debate team
    math team
    science team
    tennis team
    principal's leadership committee
    human relations club
    video game club
    video/photo editing club

    I also work at:
    Yale New Haven Hospital
    Saint Raphael Hospital
    junior design team at Pickard Chilton (Architectural firm) and do a yearly project, competing with other teams
    Local home for the elderly and sickened
    animal shelter

    I have taken:
    CAHSEE: 100%
    GMAT: 750 (yes I know, my cousin entering the US asked me to take it with him)
    ACT: 35
    CAPT: 95%

    I am also doing research for the science fair, serious research on rheumatoid arthirtis
    I want to first go to an engineering school and learn electrical engineering and then move on to medical school and so forth to become a surgeon.

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends on what you want to major in when you go to college, and your college choices. Let's say that you did all those things, but you want to you apply for a college that focuses mainly on History. Your possibility of going into that college is near zero because here, I can see that you did not do any club activity that relates to History. Do you see what I mean?

  5. QUESTION:
    do u have any suggestions to what i may be suffering with?
    for over 2 years i have had joint problems on my right side of my body. my joints swell up and lock in one position. i am not able to straighten joint for 3~4 days its very painful it even has me in tears. when my knee joint swells and gets painful im not able to put any weight on it or walk if i hold my leg off the floore the joint throbs it feels like my heart is beating on my knee. i have beeen to A+E on many occations because the pain has gotten so bad its unbarable. i have been tested for arthurits and gout bot result are clear. i have had my elbow xrayed when that was swollen and painfull and that to was normal. the hospital said i am not double jointed but seem to think my tendons are. its interfereing with my life so much now i cant even dress myself some times because my joints are that painful

    • ANSWER:
      Hello... "jane doe" im crystal and i work in a hospital... your symptoms sound alittle familiar to some of are patients... now you said they runned test and they came out clear... now you really need to consult a physician.. (orthopedic). now im not doc. to diagnose you but i think you have rheumatoid arthitis. what it is.. is simple it an infalmmation of the joints in various parts of the body.. at times it can be felt in more places at ones.. causeing some people. pain and others.. the lack of activness.. most people that suffer from rheumatoid.... can have such a disease goin years with out ever feelin symptoms..rheumatoids cames and goes... and medacation can be to control such a disease but that med can only be offered by a physician...now... if its not rheumatoid.. it can also fall in various of other types of arthirtis..... or other causes of joint pain and swelling... for example. progressive systemic sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, synovioma, and osteochondromatosis...... i hope this info can help you alittle... keep me posted if you wish...ps. thats the web you can look in to to explain more on these types of arthritis

  6. QUESTION:
    back pain after sleeping?
    For the past 7 months i have had mid back pain after sleeping. It's gotten pretty severe. I went to my regular doc and she put me on a rumitoid arthirtis medicine and sent me on my way. I decided to go see a chiropractor and after one visit he told me i had a "rib out of place" the first time he adjusted me i was fine for a couple days. I went back for my second treatment and the pain almost instantly went away. I'm still waking up though with achiness and stiffness in the back. its moved a little lower now. the chiro doc told me it would take a few treatments to really help. do you think im doing the right thing or should i go to my reg doc again and ask for test? anyone else ever heard of a rib being out of place? thanks!
    yeah i thought it to be pretty crazy to that they just gave me that med. I told them i was taking 800mg of Ibuprofen before i sleep and when i wake up to help with the pain since it was only during the day. They gave me the medicine and said it was an anti inflamitory only better than what i was taking. it tore my stomach up and i couldn't take it anymore. my mattress is not new but its not REALLY old either. i bought a 4 in memory foam topper for it and now i can actually sleep on my bed. before i couldn't AT ALL. i still hurt but its bearable with the topper. only now the topper makes my husbands back hurt....lol...i just wish this would go away! thanks for the imput!
    yeah i thought it to be pretty crazy to that they just gave me that med. I told them i was taking 800mg of Ibuprofen before i sleep and when i wake up to help with the pain since it was only during the night. They gave me the medicine and said it was an anti inflamitory only better than what i was taking. it tore my stomach up and i couldn't take it anymore. my mattress is not new but its not REALLY old either. i bought a 4 in memory foam topper for it and now i can actually sleep on my bed. before i couldn't AT ALL. i still hurt but its bearable with the topper. only now the topper makes my husbands back hurt....lol...i just wish this would go away! thanks for the imput!

    • ANSWER:
      Why would a family doctor put you on medication for rheumatoid arthritis without testing to see if you have arthritis? Be careful of chiropractors. They may make you worse before they make you feel better. Back problems are very hard to diagnose. Doctors cannot look at your back and tell you what you have. Most common is inflammation. You will need anti-inflammatory medication for that. Then there are other more complex problems like disc related that can only be seen by a CT-SCAN or MRI. Regular EX-RAYS will not always show anything. The simplest problem is a worn down mattress. Before you continue to throw away your money on a chiropractor (which are not doctors) and take medication for no reason, go get yourself looked at especially if this continues.

  7. QUESTION:
    is soft bones arthirtis?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Arthritis is a disease affecting the joints of the bones not (initially) the bones themselves. Osteo arthritis is the degeneration of the sof lubrication of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is bacterial infection & inflamation of the joints. Both are treated with pain killers although advice should be sought re diet and its affect on joints.

  8. QUESTION:
    why do peolples legs swell up?

    • ANSWER:
      It could very well be caused from a number of things. However, I am for sure about two of them, because I myself suffer from this iritating disorder. One of them is caused from "Rheumatoid Arthritis" in which I suffer from. I am an active walker...but these past three years, since I've been diagnosed with rheumatiod arthirtis, everytime after a walk I'll come home with swollen legs & feet! And here I am trying to keep fit, and come home feeling much heavier, than when I first left the house, right. Than later I found out its due to my arthritis, that this occurs, but it does eventually go down, (the swelling does). Than there's also, another way to get swollen legs, and throughout the whole body for that matter, is: eating too much salt! This is not good, for anyone!! However, our bodies do need a certain amount of salt to survive, in life. But useing too much, isn't good for our bodies at all. See what happens is when we consume too much our bodies will take the salt and push it everywhere throughout the body to keep it away from our vital organs, not too jeaopardize them! Which is why when alot of people who are recovering from heart attacks, doctors usually will put them on strict diet's without salt in it! Because of this same reason, salt can become an enemy of sorts to our bodies, if consumeing too much of it !! And when it does try to keep it away from our vital organs it will push it throughout our legs arms, feet, and even our faces! Anywhere away from the heart lungs, liver, gall bladder and so on! So, therefore swelling will take place from the salt, and the more water we drink while indulging ourselves with more salt than our bodies can stand, the more swollen we get! Because water just makes the salt swell up like a balloon, in our bodies. I hope I was of some help to you. Smile!!!


rheumatoid arthirtis

Arthritic Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Fibromyalgia and Arthritic symptoms better during period?
    Are there any fibromyalgia or arthritis sufferers out there who feel their symptoms improve during their period??

    I have psoriatic arthritis and fibro and I have been finding that since coming off contraception (implant) when I get my period every month for those 5/6 days my fibro/arthritis symptoms completely disappear. When my period is gone the pain and suffering comes back?!! I find this so weird. Can anyone explain this?

    • ANSWER:
      Nobody has ever yet answered this with assurance but it is a fact that many women feel their FM symptoms improve during their period and there are also many that feel worse. The same happens in pregnancy. All we can say for sure is that this proves that there is a strong hormonal factor in FM. During menstruation and pregnancy the hormones are busy doing other things - often allergies disappear at these times, often to return later. I suspect you would benefit from adrenal tests, to be carried out or interpreted by a specialist in Functional Medicine.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is Polymyalgia Rheumatico and how is it treated? What are the symptoms?
    I am interested in the disease condition called polymyalgia Rheumatica, what are the signs and symptoms and how the condition is treated. Where is the pain located? - back, legs, arms, neck, where? How long does this condition usually last? Is exertion and/or exercise good or bad when one has this condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Like most people, you've probably experienced stiff and sore muscles occasionally — maybe after a strenuous hike or a weekend of yardwork. Now imagine feeling that way all of the time. That's what it's like to live with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), an inflammatory disorder that causes widespread muscle aching and stiffness, primarily in your neck, shoulders, upper arms, thighs and hips.

      Although some people develop these symptoms gradually, polymyalgia rheumatica can literally appear overnight. People with polymyalgia rheumatica may go to bed feeling fine, only to awaken with stiffness and pain the next morning.

      Just what triggers polymyalgia rheumatica isn't known, but the cause may be a problem with the immune system, perhaps involving both genetic and environmental factors. Aging also appears to play a role — polymyalgia rheumatica almost always develops in people age 50 and older.

      Polymyalgia rheumatica usually goes away on its own in a year or two — often as mysteriously as it came. But you don't have to endure the pain and disabling effects of polymyalgia rheumatica for months or years. Medications and self-care measures can improve your symptoms.

      Signs and symptoms
      Polymyalgia rheumatica causes moderate to severe aching and stiffness in the muscles in your hips, thighs, shoulders, upper arms and neck. Initially, you may have pain on just one side of your body, but as the disease progresses, symptoms are likely to occur on both sides.

      Stiffness is usually worse in the morning or after sitting or lying down for long periods. At times, the discomfort also may be severe enough to wake you at night.

      The aching and stiffness of polymyalgia rheumatica often occur suddenly, but sometimes may develop gradually. Polymyalgia rheumatica can cause other signs and symptoms including:

      Fatigue
      Unintentional weight loss
      Weakness or a general feeling of being unwell
      Sometimes, a slight fever
      Anemia (low red blood cell count)
      In the United States, approximately 15 percent of people with polymyalgia rheumatica have a related condition called giant cell arteritis, which causes the arteries in your temples and sometimes in your neck and arms to become swollen and inflamed.

      Causes
      Polymyalgia rheumatica is an arthritic syndrome that causes your muscles to feel achy and stiff due to mild inflammation in your joints and surrounding tissues. Most of the inflammation occurs in the hip and shoulder joints, but it may develop elsewhere in your body as well. In general, the inflammation isn't as severe as that in inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

      In polymyalgia rheumatica, inflammation occurs when white blood cells — which normally protect your body from invading viruses and bacteria — attack the lining of your joints (synovium). Researchers aren't sure what causes this abnormal immune system response, but they suspect that as with many disorders, both genetic and environmental factors are involved.

      There may be a link between polymyalgia rheumatica and certain viruses, such as adenovirus, which causes respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to pneumonia; human parvovirus B19, the source of an infection that primarily affects children; and human parainfluenza virus
      Risk factors
      Although the exact causes of polymyalgia rheumatica are unknown, certain factors may increase your risk of developing the disease, including:

      Age. Polymyalgia rheumatica affects older adults almost exclusively — the average age at onset of the disease is 70.
      Sex. Women are two times as likely to develop the condition as men are.
      Race. Although polymyalgia rheumatica can affect people of any race, the vast majority are white. People of Northern European and Scandinavian origin are particularly at risk.
      Giant cell arteritis. Also at risk are people with giant cell arteritis, a condition that causes arteries in your temples or sometimes other parts of your body to become swollen and inflamed. As many as half of people with giant cell arteritis also have polymyalgia rheumatica.
      When to seek medical advice
      See your doctor if you suspect you have polymyalgia rheumatica. Some people delay getting medical care because they think it's normal to have aching and stiffness as they grow older. But persistent pain is never normal. And because doctors can successfully treat polymyalgia rheumatica, you can be spared months or even years of unnecessary discomfort and disability.

      Screening and diagnosis
      The signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica are similar to those of a number of other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and polymyositis — a disease that causes muscle inflammation and weakness. For that reason, your doctor will diagnose polymyalgia rheumatica only after ruling out other possible causes for your pain and stiffness.

      To aid in the diagnosis, your doctor will interview you about your medical history and current symptoms and conduct a thorough physical exam. You're also likely to have one or more tests, including:

      Sed rate. If your doctor suspects polymyalgia rheumatica, he or she will order a blood test that checks your erythrocyte sedimentation rate, commonly known as the sed rate. This test measures how quickly your red blood cells settle when placed in a test tube. Generally, the blood cells fall faster — that is, the sed rate increases — when inflammation is present. But because many conditions can cause inflammation in your body, including infections and chronic diseases, such as arthritis and other rheumatic disorders, an elevated sed rate alone can't confirm the presence of polymyalgia rheumatica.
      Rheumatoid factor (RF). RF is an antibody — a protein made by the immune system — that's often present in the blood of people with rheumatoid arthritis, but not in the blood of people with polymyalgia rheumatica. For that reason, this test can help your doctor distinguish between the two conditions.
      Other blood tests. Your doctor may also check the number of red blood cells and platelets (thrombocytes) in your blood. Platelets are colorless blood cells that help stop blood loss when you're injured. Most people with polymyalgia rheumatica have an unusually high number of these cells (thrombocytosis). On the other hand, many people with polymyalgia rheumatica have a lower number of red blood cells than normal and are often anemic.

      You may also have a simple and inexpensive blood test that checks levels of C-reactive protein in your blood. The protein is produced by your liver as part of a normal immune system response to injury or infection. Among other things, high blood levels of C-reactive protein may indicate the presence of inflammation.

      Checking for giant cell arteritis
      If you receive a diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica, your doctor will check for a related condition called giant cell arteritis, which occurs in some people with polymyalgia rheumatica. Signs and symptoms such as new headaches, a tender scalp and pain when you chew, along with the results of a sed rate test can help determine whether you have this disorder.

      The only way to confirm a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis is by taking a small sample (biopsy) from the scalp artery in your temple (temporal artery). The sample is then examined under a microscope in a laboratory. Because polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis are both treated with corticosteroids, your doctor may simply suggest beginning treatment, rather than perform a biopsy.

      Complications
      The most serious complication of polymyalgia rheumatica is giant cell arteritis. The exact relationship between the two conditions isn't clear, but up to 15 percent of people with polymyalgia rheumatica also develop giant cell arteritis and nearly half of those with giant cell arteritis have polymyalgia rheumatica.

      Giant cell arteritis causes the lining of arteries to become inflamed and swollen. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Although giant cell arteritis can affect the arteries in your neck, upper body and arms, it occurs most often in the scalp arteries in your temples. Untreated, giant cell arteritis may lead to vision loss, a stroke or an aortic aneurysm, a potentially life-threatening bulge in the large artery that runs down the center of your chest and abdomen.

      Polymyalgia rheumatica itself causes few other serious problems, but the corticosteroid drugs used to treat the disease can cause a number of serious side effects, such as weight gain, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, high blood sugar levels and cataracts.
      Treatment
      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) can be effective in treating mild symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica, although long-term use can cause stomach and intestinal bleeding, fluid retention, high blood pressure, renal insufficiency, worsening congestive heart failure, liver function test abnormalities, and possible cognitive changes.

      Corticosteroids
      For more severe cases, the usual treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica is a low, daily dose of an oral corticosteroid drug such as prednisone. Relief should be almost immediate. If you're not feeling better in a few days, it's likely you don't have polymyalgia rheumatica. In fact, your response to medication is one way your doctor may confirm the diagnosis.

      After the first month, when your sed rate and platelet count have normalized, and any anemia is improved, your doctor will gradually start lowering the amount of cortisone you take until you reach the lowest possible dosage needed to control inflammation. Some of your symptoms may return during this tapering-off period.

      The amount of time on medication varies from person to person. Most people are able to discontinue steroids within two years. Don't stop taking this medication on your own, however. Because corticosteroids suppress your body's natural production of cortisone, stopping suddenly can make you very ill.

      At the same time, taking steroids, even in low doses, for long periods can lead to a number of side effects. This is especially true for older adults — those most likely to be treated for polymyalgia rheumatica. That's because they're more prone to develop certain conditions that also may be caused by corticosteroids, such as:

      Osteoporosis. This condition causes bones to become so weak and brittle that even slight movements such as bending over, lifting a vacuum cleaner or coughing can cause a fracture. Older women are most at risk of osteoporosis, and taking steroid medications increases the risk. For this reason, your doctor is likely to monitor your bone density and may prescribe calcium and vitamin D supplements or other medications to help prevent bone loss.
      High blood pressure (hypertension). Long-term corticosteroid use can also raise blood pressure. For that reason, your doctor is likely to monitor your blood pressure and may recommend an exercise program, diet changes and sometimes medication to keep blood pressure within a normal range.
      Cataracts. Cortisone increases your risk of cataracts, a condition that causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy, impairing vision.
      Other possible side effects of cortisone therapy include weight gain, decreased immune system function — making you more prone to infections — muscle weakness and high blood sugar levels, which may increase your risk of diabetes or worsen diabetes you already have.

      Because of these risks, researchers are investigating other medications to treat polymyalgia rheumatica. Researchers have reported some success with a combination of the drug methotrexate and corticosteroids. People on this combination were able to stop taking steroids sooner.

      Self-care
      Once you start taking medication for polymyalgia rheumatica, your pain and stiffness should greatly improve. But the suggestions below also can help:

      Exercise regularly. Exercise can reduce the pain of polymyalgia rheumatica and improve your overall sense of well-being. It can also help prevent weight gain, a common side effect of taking corticosteroids. Emphasize low-impact exercises such as swimming, walking and riding a stationary bicycle. Moderate stretching also is important for keeping your muscles and joints flexible.

      If you're not used to exercising, start out slowly and build up gradually, aiming for at least 30 minutes on most days. Your doctor can help you plan an exercise program that's right for you.

      Eat a healthy diet. Eating well can help prevent potential problems such as thinning bones, high blood pressure and diabetes. Good nutrition can also support your immune system. Emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats and fish, while limiting salt, sugar and alcohol.

      Get adequate amounts of bone-building nutrients — calcium and vitamin D. If you find it hard to get calcium from your diet because you can't eat dairy products, for example, try calcium supplements.

      Pace yourself. Try to alternate strenuous or repetitive tasks with easier ones to prevent straining painful muscles. Use luggage and grocery carts, reaching aids, and shower grab bars to help make daily tasks easier.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms that can be seen on my 5 month female gsd if she is suffering from hip dysplasia ?
    i want to know this because vet told me that she has symptoms of hip dysplasia.

    • ANSWER:
      Early signs of hip dysplasia:

      Early diagnosis of Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) will give you the best opportunity to address the problem in your dog and minimize the secondary arthritic changes that can occur in the hips. Be aware of the clinical signs of Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) and monitor your puppy's gait and activities to allow early recognition that a potential hip problem exists so you can bring this to your veterinarian's attention.

      The following are signs that your dog may have Canine hip dysplasia (CHD). Always check with a veterinarian if your pet displays any of these behaviours.

      Rear limb lameness, particularly after exercise.
      Difficulty or stiffness upon rising or climbing uphill.
      A "bunny hop" gait (moving both rear legs together).
      Rising using front legs only and dragging rear end.
      Waddling rear limb gait.
      A painful reaction to extension of the rear legs resulting in a characteristic short stride.
      A side-to-side sway of the croup (area of the back above the hind legs and in front of tail.)
      Tendency to tilt hips down when pressure applied to rump.
      Reluctance to jump, exercise or climb stairs.

      A puppy with Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) usually starts to show signs between five and 13 months of age. Symptoms of Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) range from mild discomfort to extreme pain when the affected dog uses the hind limbs and will occasionally be seen following prolonged activity or when the dog gets up or lies down. Later in life the signs of Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) become more consistent and occur daily regardless of activity levels. Adult dogs that are in severe pain will usually decrease their activity. They are unwilling to run or climb stairs and, with decreased use, the muscles of their rear legs weaken. Some dogs learn to alter their gait and posture, often showing little or no signs of discomfort even when bone changes are severe.

      The only way to accurately diagnose Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is through X-rays. (Note - The above symptoms may also be seen in dogs with normal hips; conversely, dogs with Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) may show none of the typical symptoms).

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if its Rheumatoid arthritis or Osteoarthritis of the knee?
    I have symptoms of both. At first it was only my left knee, then after a couple of weeks that knee felt better and now a couple of months later my right knee is even more painful. Same symptoms. sweeling, fluid in knee i think. So I'm assuming if I have arthritis it's in both knees. Tomorrow I will call and schedule an appointment for x-rays probably. Anyone have arthritis in the knee? what's it like for you? what type do you have?

    • ANSWER:
      Tight tendons for the muscle for the kneecap, which is right above the knee in the thigh area, will also mimic arthritic pains and have been mistaken for arthritic pains. The big difference is that the tendons can be freed up to get rid of the pain but are difficult to do so they should be done by one trained to do so.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is a good medicine for knee pain and swelling?
    I have arthritis, my knee swells and it becomes painful. I have been taking Aleve but I doesn't work as well anymore. Does anyone know of a better medicine or maybe a better method of dealing with the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on whether this is just from arthritis or whether there is a gout component will depend on what you take. Some people are allowed to take ibuprofen (motrin/advil) for this depending on the status of their stomach (this can cause GI upset); they are still using low dose Celebrex for arthritis also. It might be time to talk with your doctor about the need to advance to stronger medication. Also, a walking program (although painful at first) has been shown to eventually reduce the pain, swelling and discomfort of arthritic knees. You might want to consider adding this also to your daily routine.

  6. QUESTION:
    Why is my arthritis worse in the days before my period?
    I have an autoimmune disease which gives me arthritic pain. It's noticeably worse leading up to my period, then much better once it begins. Why? Does this mean it will improve or worsen once I go into menopause? I'm 45 yo.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be the hormones being at a higher level because of your period coming that could be affecting your immune disease. I would recommend talking to your rheumatologist and gyn about this to see what they think can be done to help alleviate the symptoms without making the autoimmune disease worse.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of advanced osteoarthritis in the neck and how is it treated?
    The doctor found this with an x-ray but didn't explain any thing to me. If you have had to deal with this could you give me an idea of what questions I should ask him, any personal info on this would be appreciated. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Symptom of osteoarthritis in the neck is neck pain. The pain may be more prominent when you turn your head or flex and extend the neck. Pain can travel down either arm or shoulders. If the spinal canal is narrowed either congenitally (born that way) or due to disc bulges or bony (arthritic) overgrowth or a combination of both, pain can become severe and surgery may be recommended to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord.
      Otherwise the treatment is symptomatic ie. cervical collar and/or anti-inflammatory medicines.

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had results with nutritional and homeopathic treatment?
    I would like to know if anyone has had good results with disease or illness by seeing an alternative health care practitioner. Did homeopathy and nutrition help you? Did any alternative modalities bring you relief from chronic symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with scleroderma when I was only 16. I went to several conventional doctors and all they could offer me were harsh medications with ugly side effects. This was over a course of four yrs. I recently started seeing a homeopathic doctor who started me on supplements, vitamins and antibiotics. I have seen remarkable changes in my skin texture in a matter of weeks. If you know anything about scleroderma, it is an unforgiving disease that has no cure. I am optimistic and my doctor hopes for me to have a complete recovery. I feel so much better and am no longer fatigued and the arthritic symptoms have subsided. the combination of vitamins and antibiotics have helped me tremendously. this is only the beginning and look forward to going back to college next year.

  9. QUESTION:
    I have developed back pain over the last couple of months after never having had back pain before?
    I am told it is due to my arthritic hip,which I have had for several years.Does anyone else out there get back pain from a dodgy hip??Thanks guys.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't mention your age, but how do you know you have an arthritic hip? Have you ever had xrays to evaluate your hip? If you do in fact have arthritis in your hip it can affect the way you walk and stand which can certainly cause back pain.

      However, there are other possibilities. You may have arthritis in your hip and are now developing arthritis in your back. Spinal stenosis can cause back pain radiating to your buttock and hip. Piriformis syndrome can cause hip pain that radiates up to your back. Or like you suggest, arthritis in your hip can cause hip pain radiating up to your back.

      It is often a very difficult situation to sort out because the two areas are so close together and there are many possibilities. If these symptoms are preventing you from living your life you really need to see your doctor. He can examine you and order the appropriate studies to determine the source of your symptoms.

      You can read more about back and hip pain at:
      http://www.living-with-back-pain.org/lower-back-hip-pain.html

      Good Luck
      Dave
      http://www.living-with-back-pain.org/

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you know if a dog has arthritus?
    I suspect one of my dogs may be arthritic but I'm not sure, I'm going to ask the vet but is there any way of knowing until then? I think it because he walks a lot slower now and seems to have trouble climbing up and stuff, and I heard larger dogs are prone to arthritus. He's a golden retriever. What other signs are there?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My bearded collie has arthritis in his hips and hind legs and his 1st symptom was licking his top lip constantly. Another sign was a tremble in his hips when standing still. Metacalm (Meloxicam) from vet helps as does glucosamine and condroitin 1 a day. My old boy is 15 and still going strong. Best of luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best pain med for a bad back and arthritic knees?
    I have Hep C and cannot take anything with acetemetephine. I need something with codine or something strong but not mixed with something that will inflame my liver.

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C is nothing to fool around with. Taking ANY drugs will damage your liver further. Since doctors treat symptoms and NOT "root causes" of disease, the weapons they use are drugs, not nutrition to actually nourish your body and make it healthy.

      The back pain and arthritic knees is a direct indictation you have a kidney problem. It is typical of the liver to pass on toxins to the kidney when it becomes weakened. If you address the kidney and make it strong, you will find that the knee issue is relieved.

      I would see a certified nutritional therapist that understands QRA testing methods and determine what nutrient deficiencies you have and to look at your diet and make some changes. A good liver and gallbladder cleansing is most likely in order. You need to focus on making your body healthy, not abuse it with drugs.

      good luck to you

  12. QUESTION:
    Would a chiropractor be able to help with my arthritic hip and compressed disc problems?
    I don't want to spend money unless I think it's going to be of benefit. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      they're helpful, but if you're concerned about money, then don't bother.

      surgical options tend to be best. chiropracy will help, but it won't completely alleviate your symptoms.

      hope you feel better soon!

  13. QUESTION:
    has anyone used bio flow boots on their horse?
    I have an arthritic 20 year old horse diagnosed 8 years ago, I have been using cortofex with some improvement, but it has been suggested that I use the magnetic boots that are made by bioflow, just wondered if anyone else has used these boots and what they thought of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I used a pair of bioflow boots for years on my old horse. He was diagnosed with arthritis when he was 10. They definitely seemed to help, he just moved more freely when wearing them. He had them on every night, then had a break once arthritic symptoms settled down. I have also used them on a horse with a tendon injury, and to be fair, his recovery time was much better than predicted. Finally I have a friend who has used them for various lumps and bumps, and also feels they helped speed up recovery.
      Whenever my boots are not being used by me, someone else is borrowing them - says it all for me!!

  14. QUESTION:
    My dad's Crohn's is giving him painful arthritic problems?
    Any advice on how to help him? Thank you! He is 57, I am 14, and his medicine helps his gut really well but is making his back and right foot hurt very badly. Most arthritic medicines mess up his gut. Any natural remedies to help soothe the pain? I love him so much and hate seeing him hurting!

    • ANSWER:
      Crohn's Disease and the type of arthritis it can cause is caused by an overactive immune system. So he needs to be on medication that will surprise the immune system.

      What medication is he on for his Crohn's? Sulfasalazine? Most of the medications used for Crohn's Disease are also used for the arthritic symptoms.

      You should suggest that he seems a rheumatologist. They specialize in arthritis and autoimmune conditions.

      If his joints get hot and swell, then he should try ice. I also use Voltaren gel, which is an anti-inflammatory in a gel, on my joints. It does help a lot.

      Really he needs to see a specialist because the type of arthritis he has can't just be cured by natural remedies.

      Good luck.

      ....

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of arthritis in the hips? I wake up with excruciating pain in my hips an top half of my?
    legs. I take Ibuprofen in the morning and it takes care of the pain for most of the day. I went to the doctor and he moved my legs in a certain way to see if it was arthritis and he said it wasn't. He told me to take a massive dose of Ibuprofen every day for 10 days to see if this would get rid of it. It went away for a few weeks and it is back again.

    • ANSWER:
      I have arthritis all over my joints, but never had an excruciating pain. Early in the morning hours I have stiffness and dull pain, uncomfortable sensations and my joints are swollen, so I start exercising to get the blood flow going as the day goes on it gets better. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to all NSAIDs, meaning Ibuprofen, Celebrex, aspirin...

      Again everyone's symptoms are different, if you indeed have a severe arthritic hips, then the degree of pain will be higher. As you know you can't cure arthritis caused by aging, abused joints and so on.
      I would see another physician to get a second opinion and have him check thoroughly to make sure there's nothing floating inside of your hip bones or a severe wear, osteopenia.
      By the way, are you overweighed ? just curious. Extra weight will wear your hips down too, but leg pain too...Hips are in trouble, thighs will be affected too from the pressure.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have a performance coming up, but I have severe performance anxiety. What should I do?
    I get some pretty severe symptoms when I perform--my hands (and voice) shake, my heart pounds intensely, my right hand curls up in an arthritic shape and is cold and numb, and i get dry mouth. I have a performance in 2 days. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your dr for a prescription for Inderal.

  17. QUESTION:
    Lyme disease versus lymphoma in dogs--how do you tell the difference?
    I posted a previous question about my dog's symptoms, but now it looks like we're down to two options, according to the vet: Lyme disease or lymphoma. His lab results apparantly could indicate either of them.... He has swollen lymph nodes, watery eyes, and was a bit limpy (but he's 13 and a half and arthritic, so it's hard to tell what that means). He's responding well to steroids and antibiotics, in terms of his energy level, limpiness, etc. Can anybody shed light on the symptoms of either of these diseases and how to distinguish one from another? Thanks so much.
    Apparently he tested positive for lyme, but it was not a strong positive. As for his other lab tests, they found high calcium levels (which he had more than a year ago, when healthy) and above average white blood cell count.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a test for Lyme disease. Was your dog not tested??

  18. QUESTION:
    What exactly are the benefits of apple cider vinegar? And is it safe to drink?
    I've been trying to recover from a cold so I've been drinking a cup of warm water with about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a few spoonfulls of honey.
    It worked!
    But I want to know...
    Is it safe?
    And does drinking ACV have other benefits?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      First to qualify that it is best to use organic cider vinegar when taking it for health reasons.
      Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many health benefits to offer. It helps eliminate harmful acid crystals that build up in joints, so it reduces arthritic symptoms (stiff joints).
      It reportedly helps with acid reflux, which may sound contradictory since vinegar is acidic. Truth is reflux is often a response to insufficient hydrochloric acid in the stomach. ACV aides the stomach by improving the pH to its optimal level, thus reducing reflux.
      It is also helpful for many skin conditions...acne, warts, dandruff.
      It is safe to consume or to use topically. Typical (oral)dose is 1-2 teaspoons ACV in 8 oz. warm water. You can sweeten with 1-2 teaspoons raw honey, 100% maple syrup or blackstrap molasses.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with depression and stress without medications?

    I'm a Jew and I'm only 13.
    I don't want to use medications because I'm only 13 and most of my depression comes from stress from schoolwork and unsolveable problems.
    The problem is after I do all these things I'm just depressed again.

    • ANSWER:
      Just curious, why do you want to deal with it w/o medications?
      Is there a reason? I have suggestions, but if you don't mind editing,
      sometimes the "why" makes the "how" a lot lot easier to explain and analyze, it may not make a bunch of sense, but there is many ways to deal with and without, but easier to figure once the "why" is a known factor in the equation. Thank you.
      >>wow, 13. Have you discussed it w. your parents at all? I have a 13 year old son, who we put on medication only for a little over a year to get him over the hump. He is about to be 14 in a couple of weeks, just went thru puberty last year, he took zoloft and another med, and it really helped him. each individual is different of course, and yes, it can be a chemical in-balance in the brain, that may only truly change w/ medications. does mom or dad take anything or ever suffered from depression? it is a hereditary thing too, they may understand more than you think.

      Your emotional state is affected by what you eat and drink, what you don’t eat and drink, and by everything that is going on inside and around you. Some people are sensitive to particular winds, pollutants, magnetic fields and other people.

      What causes depression? Possible causes or triggers of depression include: Wheat and related grain allergies, dairy and other food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, environmental toxins, genetic predisposition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormone disturbances (including postnatal), disordered brain biochemistry, reduced blood flow to the brain, anemia, blood sugar problems, Candida, serious diseases and infections, fatigue, drugs (social and pharmaceutical), insufficient food intake or eating disorders, poor breathing pattern or oxygen insufficiency, nutrient excesses (i.e. sugars and fats), lowered immune function, insufficient exercise, boredom, pain and trauma, stress (acute and chronic), poor self-image, excessive living, unfulfilled expectations, loneliness or lack of support and social interaction, grieving, exposure to unhealthy company, excessive austerity, loss of libido, spiritual deficiency, concerns about aging and being old, marriage breakup, job loss, financial worries.

      Some people are clearly depressed because they are overweight. They are overweight for various reasons—or they are feeling depressed and eating excessively for consolation. Aside from its effect on self-image, when people put on weight they tend to exercise less because they are sluggish or their feet hurt. As a consequence arthritic symptoms may worsen, causing pain and restricting movement even more. Each factor contributes to further impairment. In other cases, a mineral deficiency may cause depression; the mineral deficiency may be caused by chronic diarrhea brought on by an allergy. In addition, tests performed on people suffering from depression show that some of their immune cells are relatively low.

      Depressive disorders are more common among cigarette smokers and those with a high caffeine intake (from coffee and soft drinks). However, it may be that people who are depressed, look for quick support in any form, for example, alcohol or chocolate. If you experience a marriage breakup, move, or lose your job or savings, you will understandably be feeling low and anxious. A number of these depression triggers may be beyond your control and you may need to seek a professional naturopathic approach.

      How do you know if you are depressed? We all feel down sometimes because there are sad things happening to us, to those around us and in the world generally. Through no fault of your own you may find yourself in very distressing circumstances that cause depression. Others may feel depressed because of their particular brain biochemistry. Signs of depression may include: Feeling low and unworthy, weeping, withdrawal from other people, feeling sad all the time or gaining no pleasure from anything, inability to make simple decisions, loss of or increased appetite, irritability, fatigue, loss of libido, insomnia or oversleeping, no motivation.
      Surveys indicate that some people don’t want to admit that they are depressed because this may be considered a sign of weakness or an inability to cope. In one British survey, the majority of those interviewed felt that pharmaceutical treatment for depression was potentially addictive and only dulled the symptoms rather than solving the problem. While I couldn’t agree more, if someone is suicidal they need immediate medical attention, then naturopathic healing.

      Hereditary factors
      There is some evidence that manic depression (bi-polar affective disorder) may be partly hereditary. Although we don’t choose our parents, we may choose to inherit dietary and lifestyle habits that may trigger depression in susceptible people.

      Allergies
      Wheat gluten, dairy products and various other foods, as well as additives and toxic chemicals can trigger a range of mental dysfunctions. Finding and eliminating allergies is helpful for some people and often, when they are stronger, they can tolerate small quantities of the suspect foods. Avoiding processed foods, artificial additives and toxic chemicals as far as practicable is worthwhile for everyone.

      Nutrient and energy intake
      Vitamin deficiencies of thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, folic acid, B-12 and vitamin C can all lead to depression. Depending on the level of deficiency, lack of these vitamins does not necessarily cause depression, however 16 studies of patients with depression showed a link between low levels of these vitamins and psychiatric disturbances. In a study where students were given a high dose of bio-available calcium and vitamin D for four weeks, their depression ratings were reduced by twice as much as those students who were given placebos. Some areas of the brain have high levels of the mineral iron, a deficiency of which may lead to depression. For patients with anemia it sometimes takes a few months to get over depression after the anemia is cured. In such cases I introduce herbal circulatory tonics. A small medical trial showed that high doses of choline gave a substantial reduction in effect for five out of six patients with severe manic-depressive symptoms who had failed to respond to lithium and other pharmaceuticals. Docosahexaenoic acid may reduce the development of depression. This and other essential fatty acids, may strengthen the blood brain barrier so that irritants do not enter the brain cells.
      Depressed people tend to have low levels of zinc. Zinc deficiency is also linked to anorexia, loss of libido and fatigue, all of which can lead to depression. Other minerals implicated in depression include magnesium, potassium and selenium.
      A diet that is insufficient in potassium is highly unlikely, however, minerals can be lost as a result of diuretic drugs, diarrhea or vomiting. Amino acids in right dosages such as tryptophaan, tyrosine, phenylalanine and glutamine may also help because they affect neurotransmitters (brain chemicals).

      Diseases
      Surveys confirm that many people with serious diseases are depressed. There are various reasons for this including feeling vulnerable and making lifestyle changes.
      Patients taking lithium (an antidepressant drug), for example, tend to have low levels of folate (a B vitamin).

      Herbal and amino acid
      Antidepressants Herbal remedies for the treatment of depression include a big variety of nerve system and adrenal nourishing botanicals. Capsules and pills are typically less bio-available. Liquid herbs in appropriate doses work really fast. In hard cases, I found it is difficult to beat liquid herbs and neurotransmitter amino acids if you want speedy recovery. I import my botanicals from Australia—the least polluted corner of the globe.

      Other natural therapies>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      Reiki, Bach flowers, homeopathy, massage, music, outings, pets, helping others, relaxation therapy, good company, spiritual and religious contacts, meditation, exercise and aroma-therapy can all help lift the spirits. If you live with someone who is depressed it is difficult not to be affected by his or her emotional state. Antidotes to contagious depression include involvement in outside interests, physical activity, humor, meditation, outings, etc. You may need to seek support, counseling and advice from your local community health center. Another factor to consider is your personal environment. Are you trying to do too much? Do you need a break to reassess what you are doing and how you are reacting? Maintain your hopes without being fanatical. Do something about any health problems so they do not develop into more serious disorders. I am saying don’t get drugged—get recovered! Good luck, & please talk 2 your parents 2, it really CAN help.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is there any connection with a slightly enlarged thyroid and a head cold?
    I noticed this week for the first time that my lower neck was slightly swollen (where my neck meets my collar bone). Soon after I developed a sore throat and symptoms of a head cold. Just wondering if these two things might be connected. I plan on seeing a doctor if the swelling continues in what I assume to be my thyroid gland (uniform swelling, very slight).
    Actually, the thyroid is in front of and on the sides of the trachea. And, the swelling is in my lower front neck, not my lymph nodes or tonsils...

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there could be a connection. If you neck area is enlarged then it is very possible that you have an enlarged thyroid, or goiter. Often, a goiter is associated with thyroiditis which can not only cause your thyroid hormones to fluctuate, but cause a fever as well. The "cold like" symptoms can be an inflammatory response to the inflamed thyroid. If you are having other thyroid symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, tenderness in neck, increased/decreased energy, insomnia, heart palpitations, dry hair and skin, increased arthritic pains, or weight gain or loss...then it is very possible that there is a thyroid issue and you should see your doc. Hope this helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    what are the sypmtoms of Nile virus from a mosquito bite?
    does the symptoms include arthritic type joint pain that wont quit?

    • ANSWER:
      Serious Symptoms in a Few People. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.
      Milder Symptoms in Some People. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks.
      No Symptoms in Most People. Approximately 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does Everyone know that this is National Scleroderma Awareness Month?
    Have you ever heard of scleroderma? This is a rare condition that is increasing in frequency. It causes progressive fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. It is 3 to 4 times more common in women than men, particularly younger African American women, but it can affect anyone. The cause is unknown, but researchers suggest that environmental and genetic factors play a role.
    In typical cases, patients first develop skin thickening on the fingers or elsewhere. Patients may complain of cold, swelling, and puffy fingers and hands. Arthritic symptoms are also common throughout the body. As the disease progresses, additional organs are affected such as the heart, esophagus, joints, muscles, and lungs. Patients can develop sudden severe high blood pressure and even kidney failure. There is no specific blood test for the diagnosis, although many different tests will be abnormal. There are several treatments but no cure as yet..If you are looking for a Charity, Please give to Scleroderma.

    • ANSWER:
      nope i didnt know ...2 points thanks

  23. QUESTION:
    What happens if you eat raw chicken?
    Are you guaranteed to get sick or do you just face the risk of getting an upset stomache?
    Is it a 100% chance you will get salmonella?
    Talking about pure raw chicken... straight out of the package.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, expect cramps/ headache/ nausea/ fever/ diarrhea/ arthritic symptoms/ and sometimes vomiting. These can last for 2 days or more and will usually start in 12-36 hours after consuming the chicken. Chicken has salmonella inherent in its flesh. To kill these nasties you need to reach a safe temp of165 for @ least 15 seconds, otherwise they will make your body their playground. As we are like 70% water and right around 98.7 degrees they will breed like rabbits and really make you sick. Unless you have a super immune system you should plan on taking the next few days off to get reaquainted with your toilet! This can also be life threating in some cases. Best of luck if you did eat raw chicken!

  24. QUESTION:
    What physical health benefits does yoga bring?
    Im doing yoga at the moment, and I want to know more about it and how it will improve my health :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yoga, the Sanskrit word for "union", is a practice that uses posture and breathing techniques to induce relaxation and improve strength, and its health benefits may surpass those of any other activity. Whether you practice yoga to relax, stretch, breathe, meditate, or simply because it's in fashion, you may not realize the numerous health benefits of yoga. And while there are many different kinds of yoga, ranging from the more gentle hatha yoga to the more strenuous, like Bikram yoga (which is performed in a 105°F room) or power yoga, every form of yoga improves your health from head to toe. Here are some of yoga's many health benefits.

      Benefits of Yoga to Your Bones, Muscles, and Joints
      •The physical benefits of yoga are myriad. Yoga keeps your body strong, as it involves all the muscles in your body to hold and balance yoga asanas (poses). The various yoga postures strengthen your feet, legs, hands, abdominals, lower back, legs, and shoulders.
      •Yoga's stretching and breathing exercises improve your flexibility, helping joints, tendons, and muscles stay limber. People suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis will see a noticeable improvement in their stiffness, pain, and other arthritic symptoms by practicing yoga poses and postures.
      •Yoga improves your endurance, especially the more athletic forms of yoga such as ashtanga yoga, power yoga, vinyasa yoga, and Bikram yoga. These rigorous yoga practices follow a specific sequence of poses (asanas) that become more challenging as you progress. Unlike the more gentle hatha yoga, the forms of ashtagna yoga, power yoga, vinyasa yoga, and Bikram yoga require you to keep your body in constant motion between poses, resulting in a strenuous cardiovascular workout and improved core strength.
      •Hatha yoga can relieve chronic back and neck pain, since the poses and postures gently stretch and strengthen your back and neck muscles.
      •Yoga is often prescribed to help heal various injuries, including repetitive strain injuries, knee and back injuries, pulled hamstrings, even minor skin burns. Of course, you should consult your physician before using yoga as a treatment for any injury!
      •Yoga is an excellent weight-bearing exercise that can improve your bone density. This is particularly beneficial for women approaching menopause, since yoga can help ward off osteoporosis, or thinning of the bone.

      Benefits of Yoga to the Cardiovascular System
      Yoga has tremendous health benefits for your heart. Most notably:
      •The gentler forms of yoga lower your blood pressure because the asanas (yoga poses, postures, and yoga positions) keep blood flowing evenly throughout your body while you focus on your breathing.
      •People suffering from hypertension can benefit from yoga tremendously, as hatha yoga can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
      •Many practitioners claim that yoga has also lowered their cholesterol.
      •Power yoga is an excellent form of cardio conditioning, which strengthens core muscles while it keeps blood and oxygen circulating throughout your body.

      Benefits of Yoga on Mental Health
      •Yoga benefits anyone's mental health by helping him or her relax, and it is an effective form of psychological therapy. Yoga reduces anxiety and stress, resulting in better health, better mood, and better concentration throughout the day. Yoga has been used to help treat a wide variety of emotional and mental disorders, including acute anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
      •Even children can benefit from yoga. Those with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity can learn to relax and get control by using yoga breathing and yoga asanas.
      •Because yoga is a form of meditation, it results in a sense of inner peace and purpose, which has far-reaching health benefits.
      •Yoga has been used to help heal victims of torture or other trauma.

      Benefits of Yoga on Other Health Conditions
      •Do you have frequent headaches? Yoga can rid you of tension headaches and migraines because yoga circulates blood and oxygen to your head, which can often prevent headaches from starting.
      •A regular yoga practice helps boost antioxidants throughout your body, resulting in a stronger immune system and improved ability to heal quickly from disease or injury.
      •Yoga can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight throughout your life. Power yoga is a vigorous form of yoga that burns calories, resulting in weight loss.
      •Many women going through menopause report an easing of symptoms when they begin practicing yoga.

      Benefits of Yoga in Everyday Life
      •Yoga can help cure insomnia, as regular yoga practice leads to better and deeper sleep.
      •Yoga can help fight fatigue and maintain your energy throughout the day.
      •Yoga is an effective treatment for a variety of autoimmune diseases because it can reduce the symptoms these diseases often cause, such as stiffness, malaise, fatigue, and weakness.
      Regular yoga practice will create multiple and noticeable benefits to your health

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some things I can do NOW to prevent arthritis later in life?
    Me and my dad are just alike and neither one of us has ever had any medical problems. My dad does have really bad arthritis though now that he's in his 50's. Almost to the point where it's crippling. I just turned 25. What are some things I could start doing to prevent getting this condition as well?

    • ANSWER:
      Reduce repetitive strain on muscles and joints. Be alert for any chronic aches and strains caused by work, hobby, or recreation-related activities. Don't ignore the signs and wait for them to worsen. If you suspect that your job causes symptoms, for instance, you may need to rotate your task or modify your office chair or workstation, or even find an alternative activity. Repetitive strain can create microtrauma to joints and adjacent soft tissue, and lead to osteoarthritis in later years. Squatting, heavy physical labor, occupational knee bending, and a history of regular sports participation that can cause abnormal wear and tear of the knee joints are risk factors for knee arthritis. Repetitive or forceful motions performed with the hands can contribute to osteoarthritis. And even long hours at the computer can strain and perhaps prematurely age your hands. At the first sign of chronic strain or pain, see a physician.

      Exercise (but don't abuse) your joints. A sedentary lifestyle makes for weak muscles and increases the odds of developing arthritis (and other health problems). Regular exercise is essential. It creates stronger and more flexible joints. Exercise doesn't have to be strenuous. Just regular.
      Consider a cross-training program that includes a variety of exercises and light weight training. The use of weights builds denser bones and strengthens the muscles, ligaments, and tendons associated with joints.
      Feed your joints right. Overweight and obese individuals are at greater risk for osteoarthritis, particularly in the weight-bearing joints. Losing weight cuts the risk. Improving the diet is always a tough challenge in our time-strapped society. However, the more you can maximize your intake of whole foods and minimize the refined, packaged foods, the better off you and your joints will be. In Preventing Arthritis, I offer readers a simple dietary plan that has worked for many of my patients over the years. The information includes some timeless tips on how to eat (not just what to eat) that can result in additional weight loss.
      Supplement your joints. Poor food choices, environmental chemicals, excess stress, and the use of alcohol, oral contraceptives, and medication contribute to widespread nutrient deficiencies in our modern society. Research shows that certain nutrients are vital for joint health. They can protect the joints and minimize or delay arthritic symptoms. Such supplements include vitamins C and D, boron, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and MSM. The book offers readers an arthritis supplement prevention plan.
      Water your joints. Water makes up 70 percent of the cartilage in joints and plays a major role in the lubrication and shock absorbing properties of healthy joints. Dehydration may be a major underlying, and unrecognized, factor in degeneration and pain. Don't substitute sodas, coffee, and tea for water. These beverages contain ingredients that may block the absorption of water or act like diuretics, that is, promote excretion of fluids from the body. Drinks lots of good quality water everyday.
      Yoga for flexible joints. The book offers a arthritis prevention yoga program a selection of simple yoga postures doable in fewer than five minutes a day. These poses can increase muscle tone and the flexibility and range of motion of joints. Research indicates that yoga generates beneficial mechanical pressures on joints.

  26. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know why abdominal complaints may lead to a poor capillary refill in the finger nails?
    Also why may stiffness of fingers also be present with the same complaint

    • ANSWER:
      it seems that internal bleeding is possible, when there are symptoms such as these.
      Cartillage and ligaments are superimposed with blood. And the abdominal area could be where the internal jettison is present.
      It seems that the nail bed is not engorged enough with blood to sustain proper finger nail growth. Blood also is needed to supply muscle activity and cellular aggrandization, this pertains to the arthritic symptoms in the fingers.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long should a breeders health guarantee be for?
    I have seen many different lengths of time. Some 1 year some 2 years some for there whole life. How long should a reputable breeder give? If they don't give it for the dogs whole life are they are backyard breeder?
    I am refering to genetic health guarantees.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to disagree with Greekman.

      My guarantee is for 3 years -which gives a full year to OFA.

      Why I chose 3 years:

      1) An 8 year old arthritic Bernese is NOT going to pass OFA.
      2) I expect any issue of overweight to still allow the dog to pass OFA before the age of 3 years - but the cumulative damage occurring over time may not allow it to pass at age 5.
      3) A 10 year old Sam will likely not pass CERF due to age related cataracts. (I do guarantee against PRA for a lifetime since its symptoms are late onset AND I can screen my breeding stock for it so there is not much risk).
      4) I don't want to get into an argument regarding what is a genetic issue and what isn't. Not grooming the dog - allowing it to get hotspots and then treating repeatedly with steriods can lead to thyroid and auto-immune issues - both of which can be genetic in basis (haven't had it happen to me but a friend of mine did).
      5) And frankly, in Bernese, cancer can certainly be tied to genetics - guaranteeing against it would make my already money losing enterprise an exercise in masochism (if it isn't already). With this breed cancer is simply a risk you take.

      I have returned the purchase price of a puppy 3 times (14 years ago)- Once for juvenile onset cataracts and twice for showing the precursors to juvenile onset cataracts (these never completed AND would have remained unknown had I not dragged the pet owners dogs in to be screened). I removed the parents and siblings of these dogs from my breeding program.

      edit: As far as a mandatory return policy - that is in enforcement for the life of the dog.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I tell the difference between Fifth disease and Lupus?
    I have red blotches on my face, some minor rashes and i had a few ulcers last week, I just recently developed the blotches.
    My parents think I might have lupus.
    I have never been so scared in my life.

    • ANSWER:
      Fifth disease is something children get. Classic Lupus symptoms are: butterfly rash (redness on cheeks and across bridge of nose), sores in the nose or mouth, fatigue, joint pain, and dry mouth. Go see your family doctor. He can initiate some of the testing. A positive ANA (blood test) with a negative RA (blood test to show arthritic inflammation) would indicate Lupus. If he thinks you have it, he can refer you to a Rheumatologist. Please don't be afraid. I was diagnosed with Lupus over 18 years ago. I take daily medication that keeps things under control.
      Anyway, it might be something else! Go get checked out, so you can quit worrying. Best of luck to you.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between evening primrose oil and cod liver?
    I only want to know the difference in what they are both used for?

    Thanks! (simple but detailed answers please)

    • ANSWER:
      They are not even remotely related to each other! Evening primrose though inappropriately suggested for many ailments has been shown to have almost no therapeutic properties. Cod liver oil has high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, and very high levels of vitamin A and vitamin D. It is widely taken to ease the symptoms of arthritis. Cardiff-based researchers confirm taking the supplement could delay or even reverse the destruction of joint cartilage and inflammatory pain associated with arthritic disease.

  30. QUESTION:
    what causes Arthritis and which medication can be solution?
    I have legs pains whenever i squat. Very sharp pain that makes me sream at times. Having medicated to some extent, i need a permanent solution.

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis is caused by a variety of factors, including:
      -Joint instability
      -Age-related changes
      -Altered biochemistry
      -Hormonal factors
      -Genetic predisposition
      -Environmental factors
      -Psychological factors
      -Stress disrupts the body's hormonal balance. Stress- induced cortisone deficiency can be a factor in some forms of arthritis. When stress occurs, body systems release adrenalin and cortisone, a process that weakens the immune system. As a result, bacteria and other detrimental organisms such as Candida albicans spread throughout the body.
      -Dental Amalgams - Arthritic symptoms are often found to be associated with mercury dental amalgams. It was found that once the amalgams are removed, the symptoms of arthritis usually disappear.

      As for a cure - this seems to be a useful site to take a peak at: http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/924827750.html (it doesn't sell products, it just gives really good suggestions)

  31. QUESTION:
    Any 1 with rheumatoid arthritis use Arava for symptoms?
    I just started the drug and need to know if there is anyone who can give me some insight on the drug. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Is the liver damage a potential risk worth not taking the drug for?

    • ANSWER:
      I do not take Arava but I can give you some insight on the drug. It stops the structural damage caused by arthritis. It is metabolized via the GI tract and liver; excreted through the kidneys and liver. When taking Arava, arthritic improvement may take longer than 8 weeks. You should not take it if you have a history of liver or kidney impairments. Your doctor will prescribe the correct dosage according to your history (whether or not you have liver or kidney impairment).

      However, the Arthritis Advisory Committee concluded differently by a unanimous vote (12-0) on March 5, 2003, stating that the benefits of Arava outweigh its risks. The Arthritis Advisory Committee also voted that effectiveness data supports Aventis' latest claim that Arava improves physical function in rheumatoid arthritis patients, in addition to its current indication for relieving the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and retarding structural damage. Aventis is the maker of Arava.

      78% (101 patients) were treated with other hepatotoxic medications (medications potentially toxic to the liver) along with Arava

  32. QUESTION:
    when I am either sitting on the couch or laying in bed i feel like what seems like a tremor in my legs?
    I dont have restless leg syndrome legs dont move but I do have arthritis in the neck or as docs put it degenerative arthritic changes in the neck could this be a result. my legs have hurt for about 4-5 years i deal with it. some doc told me spinal stenosis? I dont know but this is bugging me.

    • ANSWER:
      This is cervical arthritis and cervical spinal stenosis symptoms. Cervical arthritis, also known as cervical spondylosis, is an osteoarthritic condition affecting the upper spine. Your doctor is in the right ball park with the diagnosis. See your health care provider as soon as possible (neurosurgeon), for consultation.
      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can old cats in good health become senile?
    I have an 18 yr old cat in good health, but she seems increasingly confused. (Meowing at walls, sitting in the middle of the road, chasing imaginary things, etc.) The vet said she is healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Senility

      Many owners spoke of a number of character changes and unusual behaviour which they have, possibly quite correctly, interpreted as senility. A blank expression, getting lost in familiar surroundings, constant yowling, lack of grooming, continuous pacing, inappropriate toileting, all with no obvious physical cause. There appears to be uncanny similarities between the symptoms shown in the elderly cat and a human dementia patient.

      Age-related illness

      As discussed before, chronic illness is a factor in old age that can affect behaviour, for example kidney problems will make the cat drink more, deafness will make the cat unresponsive and more vocal. Thirty eight per cent of cats surveyed were suffering from chronic or terminal illness, the most common (according to the comments from the owners themselves rather than from a veterinary source) in descending order were:

      Arthritis

      Chronic renal failure

      Deafness

      Blindness

      Hyperthyroidism

      Bronchitis

      Dental problems

      Advice to owners

      Given the results of this survey it is possible to offer general advice to the owners of elderly cats specifically geared to behavioural considerations, for example:-

      • Provide a number of warm, soft and quiet resting places for the cat to spend a significant proportion of its time. If these places are high then care should be taken to offer a number of steps up to assist arthritic joints.

      • Continue to stimulate the elderly cat's mental agility with gentle games.

      • Groom the elderly cat regularly using soft brushes and combs, particularly around the base of the spine and other areas that are no longer accessible to the cat. Take care to avoid areas where the bones are prominent.

      • Consider a new animal addition to the family carefully before going ahead. If an old cat appears distressed or lonely following the death of a companion allow a reasonable period to elapse before considering a replacement. This may be anxiety as a result of the change in routine rather than a genuine loneliness.

      • Routine is extremely important particularly at times when family members are away from the home. Friends or professional house-sitters should be employed to care for the elderly cat in its own home to avoid the distress of a change in environment, unless the cat has always been used to frequent cattery visits.

      • Consider the provision of indoor litter facilities if there is any suspicion that the elderly cat is being bullied outside or appears reluctant to go out in bad weather.

      • For the very elderly, whose world appears to reduce in size the older they get, provide a bed, food, water and litter facilities in reasonable proximity to each other so that they are all easily accessible. (This is probably the only exception to the rule: keep toilet and eating arrangements apart).

      • Seek veterinary advice for harsh night-time vocalisation.

      There are obviously many other considerations which will depend on the individual cat. Advice of this kind can be given by veterinary practices, catteries, breeders, rescue centres and pet behaviour counsellors.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the pro and cons involved with choosing marinol over smoking pot?
    Are the effects simuler or different. Is smoking it much worse that swollowing a THC pill ?
    Doc, im sorry you find me mentaly ill. I also have cancer and get very nausated when taking my other meds. If you were a real doc you would consider this. And only a mentally ill person would make fun of a sick person. I am legal with the drugs i do take
    Goatmilk, i thanko you for politly giving me your opinion, i dont mind that.

    • ANSWER:
      Marinol1 (dronabinol) is the only US FDA-approved synthetic cannabinoid. It is often marketed as a legal pharmaceutical alternative to natural cannabis.

      Marinol is manufactured as a gelatin capsule containing synthetic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in sesame oil. It is taken orally and is available in 2.5mg, 5mg and/or 10mg dosages. Marinol may be prescribed for the treatment of cachexia (weight loss) in patients with AIDS and for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conventional antiemetic treatments.

      Despite FDA approval2, Marinol typically provides only limited relief to select patients, particularly when compared to natural cannabis and its cannabinoids. Marinol should remain a legal option for patients and physicians; however, federal and state laws should be amended to allow for those patients who are unresponsive to synthetic THC the ability to use natural cannabis and its cannabinoids as a medical therapy without fear of arrest and/or criminal prosecution. By prohibiting the possession and use of natural cannabis and its cannabinoids, patients are unnecessarily restricted to use a synthetic substitute that lacks much of the therapeutic efficacy of natural cannabis.

      I. Marinol Lacks Several of the Therapeutic Compounds Available in Natural Cannabis

      Chemical compounds in cannabis, known as cannabinoids, are responsible for its numerous therapeutic benefits. Scientists have identified 66 naturally occurring cannabinoids.3

      The active ingredient in Marinol, synthetic delta-9-tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC), is an analogue of one such compound, THC. However, several other cannabinoids available in cannabis -- in addition to naturally occurring terpenoids (oils) and flavonoids (phenols) -- have also been clinically demonstrated to possess therapeutic utility. Many patients favor natural cannabis to Marinol because it includes these other therapeutically active cannabinoids.

      For example, cannabidol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has been clinically demonstrated to have analgesic, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antinausea, and anti-rheumatoid arthritic properties.4

      Animal and human studies have shown CBD to possess anti-convulsant properties, particularly in the treatment of epilepsy.5 Natural extracts of CBD, when administered in combination with THC, significantly reduce pain, spasticity and other symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients unresponsive to standard treatment medications.6

      Clinical studies also demonstrate CBD to be neuroprotective against glutamate neurotoxicity7 (i.e. stroke), cerebral infarction8 (localized cell death in the brain), and ethanol-induced neurotoxicity,9 with CBD being more protective against glutamate neurotoxicity than either ascorbate (vitamin C) or alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).10 Clinical trials have also shown CBD to possess anti-tumoral properties,11 inhibiting the growth of glioma (brain tumor) cells in a dose dependent manner and selectively inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) in malignant cells.12

      Additional cannabinoids possessing clinically demonstrated therapeutic properties include: cannabinol (anticonvulsant13 and anti-inflammatory14 activity); cannabichromine (anti-inflammatory15 and antidepressant16 activity); and cannabigerol (anti-tumoral17 and analgesic18 activity). Natural cannabis' essential oil components (terpenoids) exhibit anti-inflammatory properties19 and its flavonoids possess antioxidant activity.20 Emerging clinical evidence indicates that cannabinoids may slow disease progression21 in certain autoimmune and neurologic diseases, including multiple sclerosis22 (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis23 (Lou Gehrig's disease) and Huntington's Disease.24

      Clinical data indicate that the synergism of these compounds is likely more efficacious25 than the administration of synthetic THC alone.26 For example, McPartland and Russo write: "Good evidence shows that secondary compounds in cannabis may enhance beneficial effects of THC. Other cannabinoid and non-cannabinoid compounds in herbal cannabis ... may reduce THC-induced anxiety, cholinergic deficits, and immunosuppression. Cannabis terpenoids and flavonoids may also increase cerebral blood flow, enhance cortical activity, kill respiratory pathogens, and provide anti-inflammatory activity."27 In an in vitro model of epilepsy, natural cannabis extracts performed better than THC alone.28 In human trials, patients suffering from multiple sclerosis experienced greater symptomatic relief from sublingual natural cannabis extracts than from the administration of oral THC.29 In 2005, Health Canada approved the oral spray Sativex30 -- which contains precise ratios of the natural cannabinoid extracts THC and CBD, among other compounds -- for prescription use for MS-related symptoms.31

      II. Marinol is More Psychoactive Than Natural Cannabis

      Patients prescribed Marinol frequently report that its psychoactive effects are far greater than those of natural cannabis. Marinol's adverse effects include: feeling "high," drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, changes in mood, muddled thinking, perceptual difficulties, coordination impairment, irritability, and depression.32 These psychoactive effects may last four to six hours.33 About one-third of patients prescribed Marinol report experiencing one or some of these adverse effects.34

      Marinol’s oral route of administration is responsible, in part, for its heightened psychoactivity compared to inhaled cannabis. Once swallowed, Marinol passes from the stomach to the small intestine before being absorbed into the bloodstream. Following absorption, Marinol passes through the liver where a significant proportion of the drug is metabolized into other chemicals.35 One of these chemicals, 11-hydroxy-THC, may be four to five times more potent than natural THC,36 and is produced in greater quantities.37 Thus, patients administered Marinol experience the psychoactive effects of both THC and 11-hydroxy-THC, greatly increasing the likelihood that they will suffer from an adverse psychological reaction. By comparison, only minute quantities of 11-hydroxy-THC are produced when cannabis is inhaled.38 Moreover, Marinol lacks the compound cannabidiol, which possesses anxiolytic activity and likely modifies and/or diminishes much of THC's psychoactivity in natural cannabis.39

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a good vitamin for someone with prehypertension to take?
    I recently found out i have high blood pressure...or well semi-high blood pressure. I'm on no medication. Just trying to get it under control with diet and exercise. My doc said i should start taking a daily vitamin supplement. However, he didn't mention which one. Any idea as to what vitamin would be good for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Germanium is one of the most dynamic new discoveries in the realm of trace elements necessary for optimum nutritional health. It raises the level of activity of various organs (facilitates oxygen uptake) and helps to expel harmful pollutants and arrest germ activity. Germanium serves as an electrical semiconductor by helping correct distortions in the electrical fields of the body.
      Germanium is still being researched for all of its possible supplementary applications. It is believed to act as an anti-cancer agent, and is effective for viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
      Poor immune system, low energy and cancer indicate Germanium deficiencies.

      Symptoms of Germanium Deficiency
      •asthma
      •cancer (breast, lung, bladder)
      •cardiac insufficiency
      •hypertension
      •hepatic cirrhosis
      •leukemia
      •neuralgia
      •nephritis
      •neurotic disorders
      •softening of brain tissue
      Natural Sources
      •garlic
      •ginseng
      •aloe vera
      •comfrey
      •all chlorophyll-rich foods
      •shiitake mushrooms

      Potassium is called the "alkalizer". It neutralizes acids and restores alkaline salts to the blood stream, and works with sodium in all cells including at nerve synapses to maintain or restore membrane potentials and assist in metabolic processes.
      Potassium is critical to cardiovascular and nerve function, by regulating the transfer of nutrients into cells and supplying muscle energy.
      Potassium also regulates water balance, assists recuperative powers, aids rheumatic or arthritic conditions (causes acids to leave joints and ease stiffness), is vital for elimination of wastes, is a natural pain desensitizer, helps control convulsions, headaches and migraines, promotes faster healing of cuts, bruises and other injuries, and generally contributes to a sense of well being.
      Potassium is stored in the muscles.

      Symptoms of Potassium Deficiency
      •bad circulation
      •bluish tint to skin
      •chronic fatigue syndrome
      •diabetes
      •earaches
      •edema
      •headaches
      •heart palpitations
      •hypertension
      •insomnia
      •intestinal pain
      •muscle weakness
      •oppressive breathing
      •pain in the eyes
      •prolapsed uterus
      •swollen glands
      •tissue anemia
      •water retention
      Natural Sources
      •leafy green vegetables
      •citrus
      •bananas
      •black olives
      •potato peelings
      •beets
      •beans
      •kelp
      •whole grains
      •seafood

      http://www.phpure.com/nutrition_products/angstrom_minerals.htm

  36. QUESTION:
    What kind of a diet should someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis have?
    Have a dad, he keeps saying the reason he feels so bad is because of what he eats. Any help would be good.

    • ANSWER:
      With the exception of several specific types of oils, there is no scientific evidence that any specific food or nutrient helps or harms people with rheumatoid arthritis. However, an overall nutritious diet with enough-but not an excess-of calories, protein, and calcium is important.

      Some important points to remember are:

      1. It is important to eat a nutritious diet full of whole foods including protein, which is needed to heal.
      2. There are reports of people with RA who experienced an improvement in their symptoms when they switched from a typical Western diet (high in animal protein and simple sugars) to a vegan diet with lots of uncooked berries, fruits, vegetables, nuts, roots, seeds, and sprouts. Vegan diets contain no animal products and obtain protein from vegetable sources.
      3. Foods rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, zinc, and selenium may be particularly important. Although several types of diets may be effective for RA, no one diet has been found to work for everyone.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment is specifically aimed at providing pain relief. Conventional medications include analgesics (aspirin or acetaminophen), NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressive agents may be used.

      It is important to discuss these medications with your physician as many of these agents have damaging side effects, especially when used long term as is the case in chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

      More and more arthritis sufferers, particularly those with chronic conditions, are turning to natural and holistic treatments because conventional medicine has failed to produce the desired results. Natural arthritis pain relief can be obtained with treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies that are gentle and mild, yet effective and offer symptomatic relief. Ingredients such as Glucosamine can be used to provide natural arthritis pain relief and to repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility while Boswellia acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

      Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of Devil's Claw in treating joint conditions like osteo-arthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism and small joint disease. Other useful herbs for natural arthritis pain relief like Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) can help to soothe the affected area, in a gentle manner without harsh side effects – helping with the recovery process. Cayenne can also be used in an infused oil to rub into arthritic joints for added relief.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/r/rheumatoidarthritis.htm

  37. QUESTION:
    What are the health problems for labrador retrievers breed?
    I'm about to get a lab puppy and i was wondering what they health problems for there breed
    And im getting the dog from a family friend

    • ANSWER:
      Common health problems in this breed -

      Canine hip dysplasia (CHD):
      is a skeletal problem, an abnormal development of the hip joint where the head of the femur does not fit snugly into the pelvic socket. It is characterized by a shallow acetabulum (the "cup" of the hip joint) and changes in the shape of the femoral head (the "ball" of the hip joint). These changes may occur due to excessive looseness in the hip joint. Hip dysplasia can exist with or without clinical signs. When dogs exhibit symptoms of hip dysplasia they usually are in pain and lame on one or both rear legs. Severe arthritis can develop as a result of the malformation of the hip joint and this results in pain as the disease progresses. Effective arthritis treatment More information. See the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals OFA See the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program PennHIP You don't have to wait until your dog exhibits symptoms. You can take steps now to minimize the chances your dog will suffer arthritic pain due to hip dysplasia. Treating your pet's impending or existing arthritis.

      Gastric Torsion - or Bloat (Gastric dilatation volvulus GDV):
      This condition is caused by a twisting of the stomach and thus trapping the stomach contents and gases resulting in a rapid swelling of the abdomen accompanied by pain and eventual death if untreated. It is a top priority emergency with immediate veterinarian action required. This is a predicament most common in large deep chested breeds. Anyone owning a deep chested breed, susceptible to bloat should be prepared by recording and posting the exact emergency procedures for the veterinary hospital they go to - who to call after hours, how to get to emergency clinics or alternative facilities and what payment arrangements those facilities will require. More information.

      Retinal Dysplasia:
      This condition is an abnormal development of the retina. A retinoscopic examination can usually reveal retina problems. More information.

      Muscular Dystrophy:
      Autosomal Recessive Muscular Dystrophy or ARMD. This condition is a progressive degeneration of skeletal muscles. A blood test, electromyography and muscular biopsies can definitively identify muscular dystrophy. ARMD is not usually fatal.
      Elbow Dysplasia (ununited anconeal process):
      Due perhaps to improper development (different growth rates) of the three bones making up the elbow, the joint is lax or loose and in mildly affected dogs leads to painful arthritis. Whereas in severly affected dogs, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), fragmented medial coronoid processes and united anconeal processes can result from the stress in the joint. More information. Treatments involve surgical correction if possible, or medical management using asprin and other anti-inflammatory drugs. See effective Osteoarthritis treatment.

      Cataracts:
      As with humans, dogs can get cataracts, but the presence of cataracts in young dogs, called juvenile cataracts, have a hereditary foundation. Cataracts are diagnosed by means of an ophthalmoscopic exam. If the dog is in good health, cataracts can be surgically removed with usually good results. More information.

      Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD):
      is a degeneration of bone underlying the cartilage layer of joints. It is a condition often seen in young fast growing dogs of the larger breeds. X-rays of suspected joints are often inconclusive. OCD usually appears during the growth phase of a young dog, usually six to nine months of age. OCD can affect the shoulder, ankle or elbow joint. It is painful and the dog limps. Physical impacts, like jumping off high objects and being overweight are contributing factors.
      Complete rest and limited playful activities for several weeks, often difficult with a young puppy, is effective treatment, or surgical removal of torn away cartilage pieces, is probably the fastest treatment. Controlling diet is important in fast growing breeds. More information.

      Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA):
      is a family of diseases all involving the gradual deterioration of the retina. It is diagnosed by a retinoscopic exam or by means of an electroretinogram (ERG). Early in the disease, affected dogs become nightblind and lack the ability to see in dim light; later on daytime vision also fails. As their vision deteriorates, affected dogs adapt to their handicap very well, as long as their environment remains constant. Cer

  38. QUESTION:
    What do you think of a vet whom refuses to treat an aging dog because he insist she loses weight before?
    Toook my dog to the vet for heartworm med-he had her blood takened 3 times and still wanted more!
    Then told me she did not have heartworms and his machine for testing her was broke so why did he keep wanting blood from her? and why did he refuse to give me some pain meds for her because she iis a bit overweight? Should I find a dif vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Did he draw blood 3 times that day? Or had he drawn blood on previous visits?
      What pain medications were you wanting? Has he diagnosed a problem causing the pain or did you just want meds? Did your ask for med for pain at the same time that you asked for heartworm meds? Or was that request made after the blood sample for a heartworm test was drawn?

      There is much information that would need to be known that isn't in your question before a reasonable answer can be given.

      He may not be giving pain medication because he doesn't have a diagnosis as to what is causing the "pain symptoms" you are seeing and therefore is worried that it may not be plain arthritic pain. He may also be worried that because of her age and weight there may be an underlying medical issue that would make giving pain medications much more risky.

      Your dog's overweight condition and if your dog ate recently can also make the amount of serum (used for actually running most tests) less available from the blood sample given than from a healthy and/or fasted dog and therefore a larger sample was needed to be able to get an appropriate amount of serum to run tests on.

      There are plenty of valid reasons why a vet wouldn't just prescribe medication or would need to take more than one blood sample. So, without a better description of EXACTLY what occurred during your vet visit, it's impossible for anyone to give you a well-reasoned answer as to whether or not you need to find a new vet.

  39. QUESTION:
    What would happen if someone took 12 nurofens in one go?
    I'm not trying to kill myself but i do need to know urgently what will happen. No hate please help.

    • ANSWER:
      How many milligrams each?Then i'd be able to answer you.

      What Can Nurofen Overdose Do to You?
      Medicine | Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

      Nurofen Plus are tablets containing the active ingredients Ibuprofen and Codeine phosphate. Both Ibuprofen and Codeine perfrom different functions in the body. Ibuprofen belongs to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) family. It is used by patients for relieving pain, redness, swelling, soreness and sometimes fever. Whereas Codeine is an opioid analgesic that works in the brain and spinal cord to relieve pain.

      Nurofen overdose is not very likely to be fatal if the patient is taken to the doctor in time. Nurofen contains ibuprofen. However, Nurofen overdose may cause stomach acid problems also.

      Nurofen Plus relieves strong pain and inflammation associated with migraine headache, tension headache, headache, period pain, dental pain, back pain, neuralgia, rheumatic pain, arthritic pain and muscular pain.

      Nurofen Plus is not recommended for use in children under the age of 12 years. Also people who are alelrgic to medicines like Ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin or any other NSAID medicine should not go for Nurofen.

      If people who are allergic to it have had a dose of two then they should look for the following symptoms. If they problems related to Asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath, swelling of the face, lips or tongue that may result in causing difficulty in swallowing or breathing, hives, itching or skin rash, and fainting they should consult the doctor immediately.

      Nurofen overdose patients should best visit or be taken to the doctor. The sooner the treatment begins the safer and quicker the whole procedure would be. The delay will complicate the problem as once the digestion process begins the treatment is abviously a few levels deeper. Even if it’s not a huge big Nurofen overdose, its still advised that the patient is taken to the doctor. No home remedy, no self-help indulgence.

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  40. QUESTION:
    What are the health benefits of apple cider vinegar?
    and how much is too much?

    • ANSWER:
      Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

      Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a health aid for weight loss and circulatory health. It is a very safe supplement, even for children. There are no known side effects resulting from using it. It is obtained from the fermentation of apple juice. The fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV (apple cider vinegar) is very beneficial for the body.

      Apple cider vinegar is quite rich in minerals, vitamins and other substances. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin, A, vitamin P, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6. ACV also a lot of beneficial minerals like manganese, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulpher, copper, phosphorus, silicon, chlorine and fluorine.

      ACV provides enzymes, amino acids, aldehydes, potash, alcoholic acids, propionic acid, and apple pectin. Apple pectin is a dietary fiber that is an essential component of a healthy diet. With more than ninety substances and a great deal of minerals and vitamins, apple cider vinegar can be one of the most important ingredients in a healthy diet.
      Blood pressure:

      The potassium in ACV along with other substances makes the blood thinner and is helpful in controlling blood pressure.
      Cholesterol control:

      Many heart attacks are caused by high fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in ACV helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.
      Diabetes:

      The dietary fiber in ACV is also helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood.
      Arthritic pains:

      Many suffer from this disease in the west and it is caused by the gathering of metabolic toxic waste in the tissues. In this context, ACV speeds up metabolism and excretes the toxic wastes from the tissues.
      Strong Bones:

      Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron develop bone mass and make them stronger.
      Yeast Infections:

      ACV is also useful for yeast infections like Candida caused by the unbalance of acid levels in the body. Making a solution of ACV in warm water and douching can help with the symptoms.
      Chest congestion:

      Apple cider vinegar is also useful in flu or chest congestion. Applying ACV with pepper on the chest can help relieve some of the congestion.
      Sore Throat:

      If you have a sore throat, gargle with ACV mixed with water.
      Digestion:

      In your digestive system hydrochloric acid and pepsin are two essential components that break down the food to be digested properly. The lack of these components can cause food poisoning. ACV has ability to enhance their functionality and help prevent food poisoning.
      Nasal Congestions:

      Apple cider vinegar is sometimes helpful in nasal congestion.

      Apple cider vinegar and weight loss

      It helps to detoxify the liver which plays an important role in weight loss. There are historical facts that Egyptians took apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Some claim ACV speeds up the metabolism while some claim it burns the calories to reduce appetite. To lose weight just take 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, mixed in water, before every meal.

      ACV is also available in tablets and capsules. According to some nutritionists the combination of apple cider with kelp, vitamin B6 and lecithin is much more effective for weight loss than ACV alone.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it true that green lipped muscles are good for arthritis in dogs ?
    My dog has this exel pet arthri- care stuff for her arthritis I works but barely what else is out there that is not too expensive ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the green lip muscle is good in an arthritis medication but you should try to get one that also has glucosamine, chondroitin and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

      Don't forget the omega oils (3, 6 & 9) or add some oily fish to your dogs diet (salmon is great).

      Here is a breakdown of these ingredients and what they do:

      Glucosamine sulfate is one of the safest and most widely-used remedies for arthritis. It helps rehabilitate damaged cartilage by stimulating the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and chondroitin sulfate, the essential component of cartilage. Glucosamine has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity, which helps to relieve some of the joint pain the dog may be suffering.

      Chondroitin sulfate is another natural medicine found in the body and it works to prevent enzymes from degrading the building blocks of joint cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate is often used in combination with glucosamine, however, when used alone, glucosamine sulfate helps the body to manufacture its own chondroitin.

      Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is often recommended by veterinarians for animals with joint conditions. The sulfur in MSM can be utilized by the body in the formation of compounds such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, as well as the amino acids methionine and cysteine. Arthritic joints often have low levels of both sulfur and cysteine. Animal studies have found MSM helps to maintain normal articular cartilage.

      Green-Lipped Mussel, or Perna canaliculus, contains protein, minerals, glucosamine and Eicosatetraenoic acids (ETAs). ETAs are a type of Omega-3 fatty acids and provide an anti-inflammatory effect which helps reduce joint pain. Research in both humans and animals have shown that perna mussels have been effective in managing degenerative joint disease and arthritis. Human patients receiving perna mussels reported less pain, joint stiffness and improved mobility.

      My dogs arthritis was getting very bad with the onset of the cold weather where I live so she went through a series of cartrophen injections. Unlike other drugs, it treats the disease process that causes arthritis - not just the symptoms. It works on the cartilage and joint fluids inside the joints, reducing friction and pain. A course of 4 injections over a 2-3 week period will often provide a whole year (or more) of relief from arthritis - reducing or eliminating the need for other drugs. The injections are given under the skin (just like a vaccination). They aren't expensive (- per injection) and you pay a consultation fee only on the first visit. Cartrophen works in 80% of cases.

      The cartrophen helped my little dog and she is not limping on walks anymore so I can really recommend it.

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I get tested for arsenic poisoning?
    I suspect that I have been deliberately poisoned by a heavy metal such as Arsenic, but I have no idea how to get screened. My Doctor is not familiar with what tests to order. I have been experiencing fatigue and joint problems and I would like to rule this out if possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Read and the second part that explains the joint pain. White blood cells are building up in your joints because the heavy metals have confused your immune system. This creates arthritic type pain. My 35 son had the hips of a 58 year old and had to have them scoped. He has NO arthritic pointers in his blood work. Not one doctor could explain this until we found the current one detoxifying my son. You are exhausted because you can not longer process your food. Your body is starving for nutrients. There is a diet protocol and other simple things you can do to begin to remove the arsenic.

      Answer #1 person deserves a big shot of arsenic so he can understand the pain that the body experiences. How cruel can some people be! I have watched my son nearly die from heavy metal exposure. It cost us everything we own. It cost him 10 years of his life. If I could have found out where to go to get him tested 10 years ago, he would still be working and would not have almost lost the use of his legs. Log onto a site called directlabs. This lab will mail a kit to you and you will have the results in approx 10 days. If you want to contact me, I will tell you what to ask for. Remember if you have over body burden from one metal--you have more. Western licensed doctors do not understand what these metals do. I was finally lucky to find a Western Licensed doctor that treats heavy metal poisoning. My son tests showed he had more than 26 identified metals that were eating away at his bones and destroying his lymph nodes. On your search line type in "lymph nodes and heavy metals" You will then understand what my son is going through right NOW. I have all kinds of help to share. Find me--get tested--don't listen to the supposed experts. Have your doctor contact me and I will put her/him in touch with my son's doctor. My son was a walking shell of a dead man 9 months ago. He went from a 235lb muscle machine to a frail weak 165 lb dead man. He is again 225 lbs, white rather than yellowish brown and can walk farther than a few feet. It is a miracle. He spent 2 weeks in the Cleveland clinic 5 years ago. Waste of time and money--they know nothing. He came home sicker than when he went up there. We went to Indianapolis and had Dr. Laura Tormoehlen (toxicologist and Neurologist) tell him he had the allowable amount of heavy metals in him and that was not why he was so sick. She accused his shampoo for the toxins. But 9 months into the detoxifying process and my son's pain and crazy undiagnosable symptoms have 80% disappeared!!!!

  43. QUESTION:
    Can dogs get lime disease and if so do they suffer the symptoms?
    My dog had one so yea
    correction: My dog had a TICK under his eye
    correction: My dog had a TICK under his eye

    • ANSWER:
      Lyme Disease Symptoms:

      In dogs, Lyme disease produces symptoms characterized by arthritis, though it can sometimes involve heart, nervous system and the kidneys. The arthritic joints may become swollen and hot, and there may be a fever (102 to 105 degrees) and poor appetite. Dogs may also become lame because of the disease. This painful lameness often appears suddenly and may shift from one leg to another. If untreated, it may eventually disappear, only to recur weeks or months later. The glands (lymph nodes) of the dog may also be swollen.

      Many dogs suffering from Lyme Disease are taken to a veterinarian because they seem to be experiencing generalized pain and have stopped eating. Often these dogs have high fevers.

      Some dogs are affected with the Lyme Disease organism for over a year before they finally show symptoms. By this time, the disease may be quite widespread in the dog's body.

      Lyme Diease Diagnosis:

      Diagnosis of Lyme disease in dogs is based on risk of exposure, clinical symptoms and blood testing. Only a veterinarian can make the diagnosis.

  44. QUESTION:
    How may I get some relief from arthritis that affects my hands?
    When I awaken, my fingers, especially on one hand, are very stiff. Although they loosen somewhat during the day, I would like to find a way to relieve the pain and stiffness. By the way, I prefer not to use any medications at this time.

    • ANSWER:
      If you don't want to use medications consider homeopathic (natural) remedies, in particular arnica gel (made from the arnica montana flower extract) helps with inflammation (arth= joint, itis=inflammation) and a broader based homeopathic cream made in Germany by the name of Traumeel/Traumed (depending on where you get it). It's not "cheap" but definitely worth it. You can find them at your better health food/vitamin shops or at vitaminshoppe.com
      Originally recommended to me by my doctor more than 10 years ago, everyone I have ever turned on to this stuff (including my arthritic fingered pianist mom) is amazed at how well it works, and you only need to apply/use it or arnica when you have symptoms.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are the symtoms of fibromyalgia?
    I am currently being assessed by my Doctor for numerous conditions mainly do to with arthritis, when i have been searching on the net for more detailed answers or information fibromyalgia frequently comes up, but i have yet to see an informative site that would describe this condition to me fully, what i would like to know is...
    What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
    These are what i am currently suffering from...
    Sciatica, disturbed sleep, back pain, leg pains, fatigue, weakness, painful hips, shoulder and neck.(i am 55yrs)
    Any info would be great thank you

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of FM can be very similar to other arthritic conditions and any of these conditions is very painful to say the least. Have a look on the sites that I have listed below, they should be most helpful to you.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is remedy for Mitral valve prolapse?
    Report of 2D Echo of my son aged 20 shows Mitral valve prolapse. No rheumatic afflication. LVEF 60%. No pulmonory hypertension. No effusion/clot. Test was done on 14-10-06. Actually he has pain in knees and lower back since 8 year. After several tests it was diagnosed as Ankylosing Spondylitis two years back. Please help us in diagnosis and suggest the treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joints are located in the low back where the sacrum (the bone directly above the tailbone) meets the iliac bones (bones on either side of the upper buttocks). Chronic inflammation in these areas causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine. Over time, chronic spinal inflammation (spondylitis) can lead to a complete cementing together (fusion) of the vertebrae, a process referred to as ankylosis. Ankylosis leads to loss of mobility of the spine.

      Ankylosing spondylitis is also a systemic rheumatic disease, meaning it can affect other tissues throughout the body. Accordingly, it can cause inflammation in or injury to other joints away from the spine, as well as other organs, such as the eyes, heart, lungs, and kidneys. Ankylosing spondylitis shares many features with several other arthritis conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, and arthritis associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Each of these arthritic conditions can cause disease and inflammation in the spine, other joints, eyes, skin, mouth, and various organs. In view of their similarities and tendency to cause inflammation of the spine, these conditions are collectively referred to as "spondyloarthropathies." For more information, please read the following articles; Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

      Ankylosing spondylitis is 2-3 times more common in males than in females. In women, joints away from the spine are more frequently affected than in men. Ankylosing spondylitis affects all age groups, including children. The most common age of onset of symptoms is in the second and third decades of life.

      What causes ankylosing spondylitis?

      The tendency to develop ankylosing spondylitis is believed to be genetically inherited, and the majority (nearly 90%) of patients with ankylosing spondylitis are born with the HLA-B27 gene. Blood tests have been developed to detect the HLA-B27 gene marker, and have furthered our understanding of the relationship between HLA-B27 and ankylosing spondylitis. The HLA-B27 gene appears only to increase the tendency of developing ankylosing spondylitis, while some additional factor(s), perhaps environmental, are necessary for the disease to appear or become expressed. For example, while 7% of the United States population have the HLA-B27 gene, only 1% of the population actually have the disease ankylosing spondylitis. In Northern Scandinavia (Lapland), 1.8% of the population have ankylosing spondylitis while 24% of the general population have the HLA-B27 gene. Even among HLA-B27 positive individuals, the risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis appears to be further related to heredity. In HLA-B27 positive individuals who have relatives with the disease, their risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis is 12% (6 times greater than for those whose relatives do not have ankylosing spondylitis).
      Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joints are located in the low back where the sacrum (the bone directly above the tailbone) meets the iliac bones (bones on either side of the upper buttocks). Chronic inflammation in these areas causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine. Over time, chronic spinal inflammation (spondylitis) can lead to a complete cementing together (fusion) of the vertebrae, a process referred to as ankylosis. Ankylosis leads to loss of mobility of the spine.

      Ankylosing spondylitis is also a systemic rheumatic disease, meaning it can affect other tissues throughout the body. Accordingly, it can cause inflammation in or injury to other joints away from the spine, as well as other organs, such as the eyes, heart, lungs, and kidneys. Ankylosing spondylitis shares many features with several other arthritis conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, and arthritis associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Each of these arthritic conditions can cause disease and inflammation in the spine, other joints, eyes, skin, mouth, and various organs. In view of their similarities and tendency to cause inflammation of the spine, these conditions are collectively referred to as "spondyloarthropathies." For more information, please read the following articles; Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

      Ankylosing spondylitis is 2-3 times more common in males than in females. In women, joints away from the spine are more frequently affected than in men. Ankylosing spondylitis affects all age groups, including children. The most common age of onset of symptoms is in the second and third decades of life.

      What causes ankylosing spondylitis?

      The tendency to develop ankylosing spondylitis is believed to be genetically inherited, and the majority (nearly 90%) of patients with ankylosing spondylitis are born with the HLA-B27 gene. Blood tests have been developed to detect the HLA-B27 gene marker, and have furthered our understanding of the relationship between HLA-B27 and ankylosing spondylitis. The HLA-B27 gene appears only to increase the tendency of developing ankylosing spondylitis, while some additional factor(s), perhaps environmental, are necessary for the disease to appear or become expressed. For example, while 7% of the United States population have the HLA-B27 gene, only 1% of the population actually have the disease ankylosing spondylitis. In Northern Scandinavia (Lapland), 1.8% of the population have ankylosing spondylitis while 24% of the general population have the HLA-B27 gene. Even among HLA-B27 positive individuals, the risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis appears to be further related to heredity. In HLA-B27 positive individuals who have relatives with the disease, their risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis is 12% (6 times greater than for those whose relatives do not have ankylosing spondylitis).

      Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joints are located in the low back where the sacrum (the bone directly above the tailbone) meets the iliac bones (bones on either side of the upper buttocks). Chronic inflammation in these areas causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine. Over time, chronic spinal inflammation (spondylitis) can lead to a complete cementing together (fusion) of the vertebrae, a process referred to as ankylosis. Ankylosis leads to loss of mobility of the spine.

      Ankylosing spondylitis is also a systemic rheumatic disease, meaning it can affect other tissues throughout the body. Accordingly, it can cause inflammation in or injury to other joints away from the spine, as well as other organs, such as the eyes, heart, lungs, and kidneys. Ankylosing spondylitis shares many features with several other arthritis conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, and arthritis associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Each of these arthritic conditions can cause disease and inflammation in the spine, other joints, eyes, skin, mouth, and various organs. In view of their similarities and tendency to cause inflammation of the spine, these conditions are collectively referred to as "spondyloarthropathies." For more information, please read the following articles; Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

      Ankylosing spondylitis is 2-3 times more common in males than in females. In women, joints away from the spine are more frequently affected than in men. Ankylosing spondylitis affects all age groups, including children. The most common age of onset of symptoms is in the second and third decades of life.

      What causes ankylosing spondylitis?

      The tendency to develop ankylosing spondylitis is believed to be genetically inherited, and the majority (nearly 90%) of patients with ankylosing spondylitis are born with the HLA-B27 gene. Blood tests have been developed to detect the HLA-B27 gene marker, and have furthered our understanding of the relationship between HLA-B27 and ankylosing spondylitis. The HLA-B27 gene appears only to increase the tendency of developing ankylosing spondylitis, while some additional factor(s), perhaps environmental, are necessary for the disease to appear or become expressed. For example, while 7% of the United States population have the HLA-B27 gene, only 1% of the population actually have the disease ankylosing spondylitis. In Northern Scandinavia (Lapland), 1.8% of the population have ankylosing spondylitis while 24% of the general population have the HLA-B27 gene. Even among HLA-B27 positive individuals, the risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis appears to be further related to heredity. In HLA-B27 positive individuals who have relatives with the disease, their risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis is 12% (6 times greater than for those whose relatives do not have ankylosing spondylitis).

      The mitral valve (also known as the bicuspid valve or left atrioventricular valve), is a dual flap (bi = 2) valve in the heart that lies between the left atrium (LA) and the left ventricle (LV). In Latin, the term mitral means shaped like a miter, or bishop's cap. The mitral valve and the tricuspid valve are known collectively as the atrioventricular valves because they lie between the atria and the ventricles of the heart and control flow.

      A normally functioning mitral valve opens to pressure from the superior surface of the valve, allowing blood to flow into the left ventricle during left atria systole (contraction), and closes at the end of atrial contraction to prevent blood from back flowing into the atria during left ventricle systole. In a normal cardiac cycle, the atria contracts first, filling the ventricle. At the end of ventricular diastole, the bicuspid valve shuts, and prevents backflow as the ventricle begins its systolic phase. Backflow may occur if the patient suffers from mitral valve prolapse, causing an audible "murmur" during auscultation.

      [edit] Anatomy
      The mitral valve has two cusps/leaflets (the anteromedial leaflet and the posterolateral leaflet) which guards the opening. The opening is surrounded by a fibrous ring known as the mitral valve annulus. (The orientation of the two leaflets were once thought to resemble a bishop's miter, which is where the valve receives its name.[1]) The anterior cusp protects approximately two-thirds of the valve (imagine a crescent moon within the circle, where the crescent represents the posterior cusp). These valve leaflets are prevented from prolapsing into the left atrium by the action of tendons attached to the posterior surface of the valve, chordae tendinae.

      The inelastic chordae tendineae are attached at one end to the papillary muscles and the other to the valve cusps. Papillary muscles are finger like projections from the wall of the left ventricle. Chordae tendinae from each muscle are attached to both leaflets of the mitral valve. Thus when the ventricle contracts, the intraventricular pressure forces the valve to close, while the tendons prevent the valve from opening in the wrong direction.

      [edit] Normal physiology
      During left ventricular diastole, after the pressure drops in the left ventricle due to relaxation of the ventricular myocardium, the mitral valve opens, and blood travels from the left atrium to the left ventricle. About 70-80% of the blood that travels across the mitral valve occurs during the early filling phase of the left ventricle. This early filling phase is due to active relaxation of the ventricular myocardium, causing a pressure gradient that allows a rapid flow of blood from the left atrium, across the mitral valve. This early filling across the mitral valve is seen on doppler echocardiography of the mitral valve as the E wave.

      After the E wave, there is a period of slow filling of the ventricle.

      Left atrial contraction (left atrial systole) (during left ventricular diastole) causes added blood to flow across the mitral valve immediately before left ventricular systole. This late flow across the open mitral valve is seen on doppler echocardiography of the mitral valve as the A wave. The late filling of the LV contributes about 20% to the volume in the left ventricle prior to ventricular systole, and is known as the atrial kick.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog very sensitive to pain on her hips?
    My dog (Australian Shepard, German Shepard mix) is about 11 years old and really overweight. I was brushing her today and she's been really sensitive and seems to react painfully when I try to brush or touch her upper hips, lower back, and hindquarter area. She has what looks like serious dandruff or dry skin. This has been going on for awhile now, and I'm becoming increasingly worried about her. Any ideas as to what could be wrong? Treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      For older dog arthritic hip pain I recommend cetyl myristoleate. Read testimonials here http://www.iherb.com/product-reviews/Natrol-Cetyl-Pure-Joint-Health-120-Capsules/5568/?p=1&fr=5

      Most common reasons for skin issues (i.e. itching, skin irritation and/or hair loss) include:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs just one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on flea control see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check food/treats ingredients. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For many skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. This method works well for smaller skin areas. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are some diseases for which cures have been found thanks to research in molecular medicine?
    or thanks to the human genome programme?

    • ANSWER:
      cure usually means restoration of complete health or to non-sick condition. if that's what you meant then no cures were found for any disease thanks to molecular medicine. however, a great number number of drugs came from such a research that greatly help to alleviate the symptoms of those diseases. One example is Amgen's drug called Enbrel, it is a genetically engineered molecule (protein) that blocks inflammatory reaction in an inflamed arthritic joint.

      having said that, there are product of molecular research that are designed to kill tumor cells and in many cases completely eliminate all tumor cells, so one might say there are cures for some lymphomas thanks to molecular research. best example is being an antibody called Rituxan that kills many lymphomas.

      human genome project hasn't yet brought to fruition any drugs yet.

  49. QUESTION:
    What are some natural antibiotic/antiviral foods that won't interfere with immunosuppressants?
    My grandmother is currently taking Remicade for her rheumatoid arthritis. Since it's an immunosuppressant, she often gets colds because she is a nanny and is around germy kids. I have heard that garlic and cranberry juice are natural antibiotics. What are some other natural foods/drinks/supplements that have antibiotic/antiviral properties that DON'T boost the immune system? (since the purpose of RA medicine is to suppress the immune system, since RA is an autoimmune disease).

    • ANSWER:
      Foods (sometimes called "Superfoods") that are very high in certain nutrients will be very helpful to your Grandmother. Some of these would be:

      1) yams and sweet potatoes, squashes and carrots--all for their beta carotene content
      2) all greens (for their Vitamin A, iron & calcium content)
      3) nuts and nut butters (Vitamin E, natural oils and an acid content in the case of walnuts that helps to dissolve arterial plaques)
      4) whole grains (B vitamins,
      5) beans, peas, legumes, pulses, peanuts and peanut butter
      6) lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs--amino acids (protein building blocks that body must have in order to function well, te heal itself, and to fight off infections. (Grandma should go easy w/ red meat, especially beef, as there is a lot of research to show that beef, wheat, tomato, red wine, Solanaceae family (vegetables like potatoes, eggplant (especially), zucchini, tomatoes, nicotine, peppers of all kinds, except cayenne peppers) seriously aggravate all forms of arthritis.
      7) Fish is a really healthy food for almost everyone, so look to this as a best source of protein. Balch & Balch say this about fish consumption and arthritis: "Omega-3 EFA's found in fish may alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by suppressing the immune system reaction that causes joint inflammation. Over a dozen studies have shown that people w/ RA have fewer tender and swollen joints and less morning stiffness after several months of taking large doses of fish oil supplements (2.5 to 5 grams a day) with meals. A limited amount of people have even been able to reduce or discontinue use of anti-inflammatory drugs."
      8) I find soy foods (tamari, shoyu, miso (especially), tofu, tempeh, okara) and raw foods to be extremely helpful and beneficial in trying to maintain my own health.
      9) I have had many clients report their arthritic pains get much better when they change and clean up their diets. I would be extremely skeptical about ANY pharmaceutical that depressed my immune system, especially if I were older, and regardless of how much pain I were in. I just really do not find that true healing can be found with the use of pharmaceuticals very often. Once in awhile it will work, such as in the case of intestinal paracites like worms, amoebas and flukes. I also believe in immunizations, especially for more serious diseases, and I definitely find there is a time and a place for antibiotics and many other types of medicine. I have found no cure for autoimmune diseases w/ allopathic meds. These simply control or repress symptoms. They in no way address cause of symptoms, nor do they reverse the symptoms in the body, and I know this b/c I've been diabetic for 20+ years now. Read Annemarie Colbin's writings, especially Food and Healing. Twenty years ago she was saying auto-immune diseases would be the diseases or "plague" of the future. She was right.

      10) I have also had excellent experiences with such foods as chlorella, spirulina, blue green algae, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, brewer's yeast, veg juices w/ lots of fresh garlic and ginger, (The ginger would be particularly helpful for G-ma, as it is a very powerful antioxidant AND an anti-inflammatory.) and multiple herbs (Balch and Balch Prescription for Nutritional Healing lists the following herbs as being good for arthritis: alfalfa, kelp, boswellia, Cat's Claw (Una de gato), cayenne, Du Huo Jinsheng Wan, Nettle Leaf, noni, Olive Leaf Extract, Phytodolor (which contains ash bark, aspen bark and goldenrod), Turmeric, white willow bark (for pain; original source of aspirin), Brigham tea, buchu leaves, burdock root, celery seed, corn silk, devil's claw tea, horsetail, nettle, parsley tea , willow bark and yucca; vitamins and minerals. The more attention I pay to health and healing and the more time and money and effort I invest in my well-being, the better I feel.

      11) And don't let me forget fresh fruit and vegetables. As Louise Hay says, "If it grows in or on the ground, or in a tree, I eat it." Regarding your grandma, she may find that papaya and pineapple (fresh ONLY, canning or freezing destroys all the beneficial enzymes) are helpful to her with her arthritis, as they have high levels of bromelain and papain which are two enzymes that scavenge excess proteins in the body. This is a good start. There is MUCH, MUCH more information out there in the world that should help your granny. Blessings to you both. And please understand this, if you get NOTHING else from my post: There are MANY ways to get the anti-inflammatory effects your granny needs to do her day without taking hepato-toxic, immune system depressing or destroying pharmaceuticals. Please look for some of these FIRST, in order to best serve her and save her health! Drugs that depress or destroy the immune system can in no way be a good idea, especially for an older or elderly person (and even more so in dealing w/ children) from my perspective.

  50. QUESTION:
    GETTING WORSE! I went to the doctors because of my bad "symptoms" of what I thought could be RA?
    Got stiff fingers in the morning, and now since four months ago, arthritic pain in most joint making me stiff to walk even at night. I had the blood tests and a panel done, they even checked the thyroid. Well, my blood all came back ok. That means my thyroid is fine, that means also negative for RH factor. I know you can still have RA w/o this and it will show up later. My question is, if my thyroid is fine and my blood showed no signs of neg. RH, then why am I being referred to a Rheumatologist?

    • ANSWER:
      Because they are more trained on how to diagnose RA. A general family doctor can only do so much, it then comes to a point where they have to hand it off to those more trained in it. I have RA and when I got diagnosed it started as a foot pain that I went to my family doctor about and we did x-rays, blood work, and a full body MRI, all came back normal and at this point my other foot was starting to join the party. So I got referred to a rheumatologist who looked all the results, did a physical check of all joints, talked to me about my pain and then sent me for more blood work (15 tubes) when I went back my hands were becoming sore as will he looked at them, and the diagnosed me.


arthritic symptoms

Rumatoid Arthritus

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how do i contact someone over the internet in colorado about medical marijuana?
    i and my wife are thinking about moving to colorado.i have spinal rumatoid arthritus and she has the same and also MRSA. i have read that marijuana may help.and since oklahoma does not provide protection for people with conditions where marijuana may help, we are thinking about moving to colorado.we will be looking for land and home,and have questions about marijuana usage, and how to obtain the same.and also questions on the land and home there. thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd try it before moving.
      Gather all your Doctors records.
      Here is info on becoming a patient: http://safeaccessnow.org/section.php?id=364
      That is a huge question to answer. Colorado regulation is being argued. There are these companies in Denver that promise a Dr. referral, and pricing real estate is the same like using Century21.


rumatoid arthritus

Diet For Arthritis Sufferers

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a special diet that arthritis sufferers should follow?

    Thanks. I appreciate all your tips!

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard staying away from the artifical sweetners and diet soda can help

  2. QUESTION:
    What kind of diet should I have with ankylosing spondylitis?
    I have heard many people tell me about different diets for my arthritis. I want to know one that will actually help me. Do you know?

    • ANSWER:
      You're going to want to choose a diet high and prominent in vitamins and calcium. My best advice, eat healthy. The food pyramid can be slightly adjusted to fit just about all health concerns. Below, I will list the FDA's guidelines to healthy diets.

      This is a quick link to a food pyramid. I will list some additional guidelines below:

      http://bentlyr.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/low-fat-food_pyramid_usdaj.jpg

      * Note: FDA Food Pyramid was recently adjusted, but not to the point of being 100% different.

      I highly recommend you take in more dairy products than recommended, but assure that these products are low in fat. Like a calve, we need some of the nutrients they need to promote strong and healthy bones. It's not all about bones, though... it's also about the connective tissues and muscles surrounding your bones. Vitamin A, Vitamin D, calcium... these are things that we need!

      I also recommend an increase in lean beef and fish. By saying lean beef, I mean petite sirloin steaks. These steaks have protein, and protein is good for our muscles. It is also conservative meat portions... stuff that makes the doctor and your body smile. I cannot stress enough how good fish is for people... the amino acids, vitamins, and fatty acids with it are not only important for blood health, but healthy for bone marrow because of it being vascular. If you cannot eat fish or you just don't like it, there are vitamins available to supplement fish. If you eat any meat, assure that it is fish!

      Continue with your intake in the pyramid of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Eat many fruits and vegetables! Replace your snacks with fruits and vegetables! Your body (and, in many places, your wallet) will thank you. These give you natural sugars and calories to promote good digestion, which in return will affect how you feel.

      When it comes to energy, look beyond coffee and sugar and into whole grain foods. Whole grain foods conduct into natural energy that your bones and your muscles will love.

      When it comes to arthritis, it's good to promote all around health. With these guidelines from the FDA transpired to my personal recommendations for orthopaedic health, I am confident that this diet will prove to be efficient.

      Also, I would like for you to check into different exercises that you can do at home. I, as a personal sufferer of arthritis and spine pain, can say that these are some of the things that keep me sane.

      http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise

      These exercises will promote strength and longevity.

      I hope that this answer was beneficial for you. I have a heart for those who suffer from arthritis, especially the narrowing of your spine. If you have any questions, please e-mail me via justincurtis101@live.com. God bless you, I hope you feel better soon!

      - Justin Curtis

  3. QUESTION:
    Can balsamic vinegar help to reduce inflammation for arthritis sufferers?

    Hi jessieblue
    I have just been advised to try Apple Cider Vinegar -1 to 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar with 1 to 2 tsp of raw honey in a glass of distilled water daily, preferably after your meal. Hope it helps....

    • ANSWER:
      But it must be raw apple cider vinegar with the mother. In the us it is available at health food stores and in the health food sections of supermarkets generally under the brand name of braggs or spectrum or get it online.

      take about an inch to inch and a half in a glass and fill the 8-10 ounce glass after that with clean water.

      I add raw honey or sea salt to improve taste and the honey enhances it.

      See the great book by the guy who popularized apple cider vinegar in his book vermont folk medicine book on arthritis...j c Jarvis. It is called arthritis and folk medicine
      http://www.amazon.com/Arthritis-Folk-Medicine-D-Jarvis/dp/B002LULT48/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275050187&sr=8-2-spell

      It is amazing on how he treated arthritis with acv and is worth reading.

      Also try herbal tinctures (not capsules) in organic form of things like yucca, devil's claw or boswellia

      Here are some of them

      http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/Arthritis/arth_herbal_medicine.htm

      Also a vegetarian or vegan diet has helped arthritis. A diet like the hallelujah diet or even 100% raw has cured it. see testimonies at hacres.com and also see what is the hallelujah diet to see what foods are considered raw (more than one expects). A whole food, vegan, all or mainly raw diet should definitely help, but some got better on just a vegetarian diet as the meat fibers have something to do with leaky gut syndrome which contributes to arthritis I read once.

      the only safe vinegar to use in or on the body are raw vinegar apple cider and wine can be raw but one usually used raw apple cider vinegar (acv) at least three times a day.

      the reason it works is see in Jarvis' experiments (he was a human and animal doctor) on cows. Comparing the two groups of cattle one feed the acv and one not. those feed acv had easy to cu through arteries and flesh and hard to cut through bones while those not given acv had hard to cut flesh and arteries and soft bones.

      This is cause the vinegar causes the calcium to not circulate so much in the blood and lead to harder flesh and hardened arteries but go to the bones where it belongs..this is why they hard easy to cut arteries and hard to cut bones. Those not getting it the calcium remained in the flesh toughening it and soft bones as the calcium deposits went to joints and not the bones causing osteoporosis (too much protein also causes osteoporosis). It is why they use vinegar in vermont where the water is hard to dissolve calcium on the tea kettles and in the holy heater and why vinegar dissolves egg shells leaving behind just the membranes.

      Also a good anti-inflammatory herb is turmeric see holisticonline site linked above and search for anti-inflammatory herbs for more. Be careful using nsaids drugs they caused permanent kidney damage in my mom who wound up on dialysis which increases heart attacks 30 times and ruins the quality of one's life and caused her to have 9 heart attacks in one year when she never had heart disease and the last killed her. She took Motrin daily and they said that is what damaged her kidneys.

      Hope this helps

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried the homeopathic route to treating psoriasis with sulphur? How did you get on?
    My boyfriend has had psoriasis for 20 years, and I read posts from other sufferers with great interest. Unfortunately, all suggestions we've ruled out because he's done most of them - resulting in a damaged liver and light sensitivity now too. We've heard that sulphur treatment is another remedy - has anyone used it?
    Grateful for all your answers, although - I'm particularly interested in hearing directly from anyone who has actual experience of taking this internally themselves, rather than opinions on other remedies, as our local pharmacist is also a homeopath and recommends it.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriaisis and eczema are one of the few conditions it is not a good idea to self treat homeopathically because you can get very lost treating symptoms produced by the treatment. Homeopaths treat the whole person. Remember that homeopathy treatments should stop when the symptoms are shwoing signs of improvement, and that too much of a remedy can bring on the symptoms you are trying to cure.
      I don't know if you have tried diets or self-treating with reflexology, but one treatment I have come across is in Energy Medicine by Donna Eden - again self-treating. My homeopath advised an anti-candida diet, as she believes the liver, digestion and psoriasis are interelated.
      I have tried reflexology and aromatherapy without success on the members of my family with this condition, and what I tend to find that is that these treatment work for a while then its back to normal.
      Do remember that supressing the skin condition is not a good idea, because the psoriasis might then show itself in more harmful ways, like arthritis.
      Good luck with your search for treatment

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of a diet should someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis have?
    Have a dad, he keeps saying the reason he feels so bad is because of what he eats. Any help would be good.

    • ANSWER:
      With the exception of several specific types of oils, there is no scientific evidence that any specific food or nutrient helps or harms people with rheumatoid arthritis. However, an overall nutritious diet with enough-but not an excess-of calories, protein, and calcium is important.

      Some important points to remember are:

      1. It is important to eat a nutritious diet full of whole foods including protein, which is needed to heal.
      2. There are reports of people with RA who experienced an improvement in their symptoms when they switched from a typical Western diet (high in animal protein and simple sugars) to a vegan diet with lots of uncooked berries, fruits, vegetables, nuts, roots, seeds, and sprouts. Vegan diets contain no animal products and obtain protein from vegetable sources.
      3. Foods rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, zinc, and selenium may be particularly important. Although several types of diets may be effective for RA, no one diet has been found to work for everyone.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment is specifically aimed at providing pain relief. Conventional medications include analgesics (aspirin or acetaminophen), NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressive agents may be used.

      It is important to discuss these medications with your physician as many of these agents have damaging side effects, especially when used long term as is the case in chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

      More and more arthritis sufferers, particularly those with chronic conditions, are turning to natural and holistic treatments because conventional medicine has failed to produce the desired results. Natural arthritis pain relief can be obtained with treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies that are gentle and mild, yet effective and offer symptomatic relief. Ingredients such as Glucosamine can be used to provide natural arthritis pain relief and to repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility while Boswellia acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

      Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of Devil's Claw in treating joint conditions like osteo-arthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism and small joint disease. Other useful herbs for natural arthritis pain relief like Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) can help to soothe the affected area, in a gentle manner without harsh side effects – helping with the recovery process. Cayenne can also be used in an infused oil to rub into arthritic joints for added relief.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/r/rheumatoidarthritis.htm

  6. QUESTION:
    What diet to follow for high cholesterol and gout?
    We try to emphasize the low fat, low protein foods in our menus but low caloric intake seems to trigger gout, along with quite a few dark green vegetables.
    One contributing factor to gout is obesity and it is recommended to lose weight.
    One recommendation for gout sufferers is not to eliminate fatty foods from your diet because they help metabolize uric acid.
    How are you supposed to lose weight?
    There is so much information out there, everything I read about the two problems seems to be contradictory.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all let me point out a thing or two. The health ramifications of obesity are much more serious in the long run. Secondly, the evidence for protective( from gout) effects of fatty diet is very thin. It is also important that dietary modifications in general do rarely lower the level of uric acid sufficiently to prevent future attacks in a person with gout. In short the importance of diet should not be over emphasized as regards gouty arthritis. Importantly, however, alcohol intake should be reduced to prevent future attacks. The bottome line: advice people to lost weight because this is helpful to reduce the risks of developing the many metabolic complications of obesity and heart disease- which are much more serious than gout.
      Less meat, less fat and a lot of moderate exercise!!!!

  7. QUESTION:
    I am a chronic pain sufferer is there anyway Medicare /Medicaid will pay for my monthly urine tests?

    They have not been paying for them because it is from a Pain Dr. to ensure I am taking the Meds and not selling them -I have never failed one yet the 35.00 per month along with the 20.00 co-pay is alot when you live on disabilty .

    • ANSWER:
      Why wouldn't they??.... assuming you have medicare/medicaid?

      What does urine have to do with pain?

      Call the public health department if you don't have insurance and ask about free or low cost clinics.

      For free or low cost meds, try
      http://www.pparx.org or
      http://www.copays.org

      You could try the anti-inflammatory diet. It is based on the idea that fats, proteins and sugar make more prostaglandins hormones in the body which creates pain. So the diet is low fat, low protein and low sugar basically.

      Anti-Inflammatory Diet

      To supplement anti-inflammatory nutrients while continuing to ingest pro-inflammatory substances is counter-productive. These dietary guidelines help reduce inflammation for most people.

      1. Decrease or eliminate red meat and dairy products. Some arthritis patients also seem to react to poultry.
      2. Decrease or eliminate refined sugar.
      3. Eliminate caffeine (including coffee, black tea, cola drinks, and chocolate).
      4. Eliminate any likely food allergens during the initial three or four weeks such as gluten grains, citrus fruit, and night shade vegetables (tomatoes, white potatoes, red and green peppers, eggplant, paprika, and tobacco). These foods can be added back into the diet one at a time (one new food every third day) while carefully observing the effect. Forms are available to make it easier to monitor the effect of these foods.
      5. Drink plenty of pure water. Chlorine is an antibiotic and can diminish our friendly gut flora. Studies have associated chlorine in drinking water with increased risk of some types of cancer. It is probably best to drink at least a half hour before the meal and no sooner than a hour after so the digestive juices won't be diluted.
      6. Increase your consumption of fresh, raw or lightly steamed fruits and vegetables. Good fruit choices include apples, bananas, grapes, mangoes, papayas, peaches, pears, prunes, kiwis, and other sub-acid fruits. Use discretion if the patient has blood sugar problems although fruit often does not cause a problem if the diet is low fat and high fiber. Good vegetables include asparagus, spinach, zucchini, parsley, artichoke (without the butter), kelp and other sea-veggies, okra, snow peas and many more. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower as well as onions, chives, and peppers are very nutritious but may create digestive difficulties for some people. The solution is often simply chewing the food better and possibly adding supplemental digestive enzymes such as Metazyme or Beano. Spices such as garlic, tumeric, etc. are also very healthy and should be used regularly if well tolerated.
      7. For snacks, consider raw vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. The fruits and veggies contain lots of enzymes, bioflavonoids, and other phytochemicals, while the raw nuts and seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, especially flax seed, pumpkin and sunflower seed, walnuts and almonds (almonds can be allergenic to some people). Raw seeds like sesame and flax need to be ground for proper digestion. An electric coffee grinder works well.
      These healthy snacks can be combined e.g. raw vegetable sticks dipped in tahini (ground sesame seeds) or almond butter.

      These suggestions are very helpful for most people with inflammatory conditions such as sprains, strains, bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, etc. and can be used in conjunction with supplementation. Most people find that eating this way also often lowers blood lipids, smoothes out blood sugar variations, helps with weight management, reduces digestive problems, increases energy, and more. It is important to note that fats digest more slowly so when fat is reduced in the diet, we may become hungry sooner and be tempted to eat M&M's, corn chips, snack crackers, cookies, etc. This hunger is not a problem if we have prepared plenty of healthy snacks as mentioned above.
      http://www.dcdoctor.com/pages/brimhall/pdf/antiinflammatorydiet.pdf (need adobe reader)

      http://nutrition.about.com/od/dietsformedicaldisorders/a/antiinflamfood.htm
      http://www.cidpusa.org/diet.html
      http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QA/QA252779/

  8. QUESTION:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis very stiff and painful in the mornings anything i can do to ease & loosen up?
    i have rheumatoid arthritis in all my joints it's very bad i'm taking methoxtrexate and quinine but they haven't worked on me since i can't have steroids any more i'm constantly in pain and in the mornings i'm incredibly stiff and in pain it takes me around 20 minutes to get down the stairs the same to get up stairs and the same to try and dress my self and i can hardly walk or do anything it's not until about midday i start easing up is there anything that would help me stop being stiff for so long

    • ANSWER:
      Have you looked into your diet and make any changes? Not known to many, it has long been reported in books, experiences, personal stories and medical research that an autoimmune condition such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, no matter how debilitating, severe and beyond control it is, very often, the solution to this problem can be very simple. It needs not be more complicated than radically changing our DIET and managing our food allergies and intolerances so that our immune system can be calmed; with this, the inflammation and pain we experience will take care of themselves as well. They will have to leave our body eventually. We are what we eat.

      From my personal experience, this has been the case. And I'm just one of so many RA sufferers out there who experienced profound improvements with radical change in diet, especially with an elimination and rotation diet. One of the ways to find out if diet actually and really plays a role in your RA inflammation is as simple as performing a water or juice fast for 4.5 to 5 days. It roughly takes about this long for the allergens to leave our body system. Should you experience great reliefs, no or little pain following the fast (abstinence of solid foods), then this is suggestive that you may be allergic or intolerant to the foods that you are eating on a daily basis. If you remove these allergens from your diet, you will be surprised how much better you'll feel at the end of the trial and error period. There is no one-size-fits-all diet for RA. Each individual is allergic to different things, so you'll have to do the exploration job yourself. Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    How does a person prevent arthritis and gout?
    What causes those kinds of problems and how does one prevent themselves from getting them?

    • ANSWER:
      Fellow gout sufferer here. Gout is the extreme pain caused by uric acid crystals that form in joints. The body's immune system attacks these crystals, causing inflammation and horrible pain. Uric acid occurs naturally and also is made from something called purines. But that's just part of the story.

      I've discovered that there's a ton of people out there that get gout and just are not sure what to do. What can I eat, what meds are there, how do I avoid this, what causes gout, etc. So here's my information that I've learned in 10 years of fighting gout, and I seem to be getting it under control.

      Best website I’ve found so far: www.best-gout-remedies.com.

      For gout attacks, indomethacine and/ or colchicine. You'll need scripts from your dr. for these.

      For the rest of your life, do these things: drink lots of water, 1 oz for every 2 lbs of body weight, each day. Once or twice a day, sip on 8 oz of water mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Helps the body be more alkaline (opposite of acidic) and get rid of uric acid.

      Take allopurinol every day. Very inexpensive and no side effects, you’ll need a script for this. Helps the body get rid of uric acid.

      Take celery seed pills. These may help the liver not to create so much uric acid. For diet, stay away from things that dehydrate the body, like beer and coffee. Don't eat organ meats, high fructose corn syrup. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, cottage cheese, sour cream, plain yogurt in smoothies mixed with orange juice and fruit. Drink fruit juices that are 100% juice, V8 Fusion is my favorite, it comes in many flavors.

      Educate yourself on foods that are high in purines, avoid these foods as the body turns purines into uric acid.

      Good luck to you!

  10. QUESTION:
    Diet tips for a migraine and IBS sufferer?
    I have a real problem every time I try a diet of it making me very ill.
    With migraines I cannot skip meals and become ill if I go too long without eating.
    With iritable bowel syndrome cutting down on food only promotes agony later.
    Cutting down on just a few hundred calories is very hard. Has any one got any weight loss advice for me?

    • ANSWER:
      I have IBS related to an arthritis that I have...there are certain foods I have to avoid. Avoid high sugar, high fat foods.

      Skipping meals is actually not good if you are trying to lose weight. It makes your body think that you are not going to be able to find food, and so the food you eat later gets stored as fat (starvation mode). If you eat every few hours, your body will not try to store the energy from the food. Studies show that eating a little bit every few hours will actually help increase your metabolism. It is also better for IBS. You don't have to eat a whole meal, just a snack (carrot sticks, an apple and a piece of cheese, or yoghurt and a few almonds).

      Try eating vegetarian, if you can handle veggies and the starch in the protein. Vegetarian protein is more filling, better for you, and lower in calories than cheese or meat. I find that cooking my veggies helps me digest them better. Steaming works best. I have to stay away from any cruciferous vegetables, and peas and corn, which really limits what I can eat. I've started to try some not very well known veggies with great success.

      I make salads (without lettuce) with things like avocados, cherry tomatoes, mango, and canned veggies (they're already cooked) like beets, artichoke hearts, and olives.

      I make my own veggie soups which are really easy. Find an organic vegetable broth, add in some frozen veggies, cut up a few other veggies that you can digest, add some herbs, and voila! You now have a very low-fat yummy soup. I sometimes add miso paste to the soup. It gives it a nice salty flavour. Be warned though. Miso is fermented, so if fermented things give you a flare up, stay away! I often add tofu or beans for protein.

      Stay away from the foods that aggrevate your health issues.

      I would try and talk to a nutritionist. Many extended health plans will cover the cost of going to see one. The nutritionist will look at what you eat, and your eating patterns, and help you come up with a plan. A registered nutritionist can also help you manage your migraines and IBS.

      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    whats the best otc medicine for energy?
    I have lupus and am trying to go natural with remedies to treat my symptoms fatigue being the biggest one.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Check out information on Lupuraid Capsules and reviews here: http://www.merryclinic.com/lupus/treatment.htm

      2) Read through this article for suggestions for treating the adrenals, inflammation and,supporting the immune system to benefit energy levels related to lupus. As well,taking D3, probiotics, drinking filtered water, and evaluating specific needs with a lab test: http://healthygoods.com/natural-health-blog/i_m_looking_for_supplements_to_boost_energy_for_a_systemic_lupus_female/

      3) Your diet is a powerful foundation for you to work from to support your health, reduce inflammation and pain, and provide your body with what it needs to begin to heal.

      Below are the top 7 lupus diet do's and lupus diet don'ts you need to know to support your healing.

      The 7 Top Lupus Diet Don'ts

      Do not drink alcohol, pop (a.k.a. soda for those in the U.S.!), energy drinks, or other 'acidic' non-healthy drinks, including treated or public drinking water facilities.

      Do not eat processed foods, or foods with unhealthy preservatives such as MSG (which include most foods in the center isles of big box food chains).

      Do not eat red meat. A little fish such as salmon is great, and chicken. For some even these may trigger flares, so be cognizant of how it makes you feel.

      Avoid fatty foods, (such as mono saturated fats, trans-fats, saturated fats, and some polyunsaturated omega 6 fats) found in commonly baked, fried and junk foods.

      Avoid the 4 white foods, including salt, sugar, white flour (refined carbohydrates and starches) and dairy.

      Avoid spicy foods. Spices are known to trigger flares.

      Avoid artificial sweeteners. These are toxic and many believe it to even induce disease (I agree). There is no viable reason to use this product and they do not help you lose weight.

      The 7 Top Lupus Diet Do's

      Eat a diet that mostly consists of simple, natural whole foods such as fruits and vegetables in its raw form.

      Eat easy to digest foods, such as soaked almonds, soups, fruit/veggie smoothies, and salads based on natural, raw ingredients.

      Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day. This supports the elimination of toxic build up in the body, and a faulty digestive process common with lupus sufferers.

      Support your body by supplementing with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Most lupus patients are not absorbing their food and nutrients properly and need extra enzymes to support the healing process.
      *DigestaQure is a non-prescription probiotic that may be helpful with research related to Lupus here: http://www.digestaqure.com/Lupus.html?gclid=CLHSku_t27YCFSU6QgodLEkAqw

      You must consume enough essential fatty acid (EFA's), or supplement with it. This will support you in reducing inflammation and therefore reducing pain and avoiding flares.

      Avoid foods that cause food sensitivities or allergies. You must be tested for this in order to be sure of your bodies specific needs. Some tests do not indicate food sensitivities (such as to sugar, salt, etc.), so keep a journal of your body's reactions to foods. Eat a varied diet, rich with alkaline, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory foods. Always clean your food well, (including organic foods).

      More information about this program here: http://www.healing-lupus.com/

      4. Some Useful Herbs
      Expert herbalist Ed Smith, author of "Therapeutic Herb Manual," recommends Centella asiatica, also called gotu kola, in the treatment of lupus. Phyllis A. Balch, a certified nutritional consultant and author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," recommends golden seal to help combat inflammation and mouth sores and yucca to help treat arthritis-like symptoms. Licorice root is another herbal remedy that may be useful in treating your lupus, due to its ability to diminish lupus symptoms. Talk to your physician before using herbs to treat any medical condition.
      Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/407992-what-herbs-can-i-use-for-lupus/#ixzz2R6ZDC7Nl

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take a multivitamin, fish oil capsules, echinacea, ginseng, and ginkgo biloba?
    I can't see why it wouldn't be, but it seems like a lot. Also, if theres any other brain enhancing stuff you can reccomend I'd be interested.

    • ANSWER:
      To Animal Lover: firstly, other than the multivitamin, those are not vitamins. They're herbs and roots and one oil obtained from an animal. Secondly, you don't think vitamins have been around long enough to know? Uhhhh.........how do you suppose human beings have been reproducing and carrying on generation after generation without vitamins? And herbs? We would have been extinct by now, along with everything else on the planet. What do you think is in fresh food? What about actual pharmaceuticals that have been and still are being produced from plants? Willow bark and foxglove are just 2 of the most commonly known. Not to mention that pharmaceuticals are seriously under-researched and tested before being released to the general public. How long do you think Prozac was researched before being released to people with depression? What about a lot of the anti-inflamatories that are released to sufferers of arthritis and similar diseases? That's one of the densest things I've heard in quite some time.

      To the questioner: There is a great deal more evidence that vitamins, herbs and roots are safer to take than pharmaceuticals. Sure, there are those that are also poisonous or toxic in higher doses, so do your research. Too much of anything is not good for you. But some herbs, such as parsley, are extremely gentle on the body. Others pack more of a punch.

      Regarding taking all of those things together, I've got friends in China that say taking ginseng when you're sick is a no-no. If you start to feel yourself coming down with a flu or infection, stop taking it until you recover. Issues to do with your immune system. I'm not so sure I'd be taking ginseng and ecchinacea together. I'd suggest taking one or the other.

      Ecchinacea is a herb for strengthening the immune system, not for the brain. There are supposedly 9 species of it that are know so far.

      Fish oil has been found to have mercury, PCBs and dioxins in it because of the polluted water fish live in. It may have been safer many years ago to take it as the oceans were less polluted many years ago. My mother used to load me up on it when I was a child. But personally, I wouldn't take it now. Take a look at: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/page.cfm?tagID=17694
      It will give you many examples of fish/seafood and which are the worst on the list for containing contaminants and heavy metals. So I guess it really depends on what type of fish oil you are taking as well. Not something I want to play around with.

      Gingko biloba has even been used in Alzheimer's patients. My grandmother has been taking it for many many years. She's past 90 years old and still kicking. She's completely lucid and functioning.

      In addition, if you're following a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables with whole grain bread and cereal products and avoiding most or all meat, poultry and fish - including avoiding pork - and avoiding refined sugars and sugar substitutes, this should help your brain functions a great deal. Sugar substitutes and things that contain MSG especially have been shown to cause problems with the brain and nervous system.

  13. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with arthritis in both knees and high blood pressure in the navy, what % will the VA give me?
    Ive been hearing different %s but i rather have a overall opinion from people who know the Va and how it works, before i see them.

    • ANSWER:
      I know the secret to getting rid of arthritis pain forever and it is not taking drugs. A few years ago I accidentally discovered how to rid one's self of arthritis pain, naturally. Osteoarthritis affects joints in a different way depending on their location in the body, causing various symptoms. Arthritis pain can be experienced whenever a stiff or swollen joint is used. The first step when looking for solutions to an arthritis pain problem is to understand how arthritis works.

      Collagen is the essential protein in cartilage; it forms a mesh to give support and flexibility to the joint. The combination of the collagen meshwork and high water content tightly bound by proteoglycans, creates a resilient, slippery pad in the joint, which resists the compression between bones during muscle movement. Cartilage contains a high percentage of water, but it decreases with age.

      Most experts now believe that osteoarthritis results from a genetic susceptibility that causes a biologic response to injuries to the joint, which leads to progressive deterioration of cartilage. Injuries sometimes can be the start in the arthritic disease process; osteoarthritis can develop years later even after a single traumatic injury to a joint or near a joint. The cause of arthritis (osteoarthritis) and the factors leading to the deterioration of cartilage in osteoarthritis is still not understood.

      Making a ginger tea, by adding a thin slice or two of fresh gingerroot to hot water, is helpful to many people I know. A study in Great Britain touted the beneficial effects of cod liver oil on osteoarthritis; relieving pain and stiffness, and reversing the destruction of joint cartilage within 24 hours. For snacks, choose raw nuts without salt instead of lifeless roasted nuts.

      Natural treatment for arthritis is usually a better choice because it's non-invasive to the body. One natural treatment method involves avoiding all inflammatory foods. Dried Montmorency tart cherries seem to be helpful for arthritis pain also.

      If you really want to get rid of your arthritis pain forever it may take a radical change in your diet and an ongoing commitment. Keep in mind, if you take a joint supplement it should help do three things -- build cartilage, relieve everyday joint pain, and enhance your flexibility and movement.

      Make smoothies with fruit only using a base of two bananas, adding a cup of frozen or fresh blueberries and mango chunks or substitute any other fruit and add an energy boost of two tablespoons of coconut oil; add one or two leaves of kale for another highly nutritional boost -- no one will ever know. I eat a diet of living foods (fruits, raw veggies, raw nuts and raw seeds) to relieve my arthritis pain and this should be tried for at least 30 days, thus eliminating any foods that might be culprits.

      There are a number of exercises which can benefit arthritis sufferers regardless of how much restriction of movement there is. Exercise your affected joints every day, to keep them flexible. If you have pain and swelling in your fingers, try squeezing Thera-putty made for this purpose or exercising with two Chinese chime balls. Exercise in a heated pool; it will help reduce the pressure on your joints and the heat will help you loosen those joints.

      Sign up for water aerobics classes at your local community center. Even the lightest exercise can go a long way to maintaining your joint mobility and overall health. Important exercises for arthritis are range-of-motion exercises, isometrics, and some weight bearing exercises.

      Once you become more informed about arthritis you'll be able to plan an arthritis treatment program, natural or conventional or a combination of both. At the very least, understand what the side effects and adverse reactions are for any drug you take. Only you know which treatment option is best for you.

      Once you understand the facts about arthritis, possible causes and treatment approaches you can take, you'll be on your way to recovery and pain will disappear. Arthritis pain relief is the ultimate goal - understanding arthritis is a good way to get there. Changing your diet to predominately fruits and raw veggies, like I did, can turn your arthritis pain around almost overnight.

      http://www.d1scuz.com/arthritis

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone out there have fibromyalgia and how do you deal with the pain and the depression?
    I have had fibromyalgia for three years and it is getting to the point I don't even want to get out of bed anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Fibromyalgia...have had it for years now. Some days I hurt SO bad I dont even want to get out of bed, but have to because laying there too long hurts too. Yoga helps alot as someone suggested. Swimming helps too. Big thing is to try to keep moving, cuz if you dont it just feels worse.

      I am on different pain meds and muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, plus I have tried many diff combos. Right now I am on Effexor XR which helps with serotonin production, which can help you cope with pain, and helps the depression from not taking over. Im on Robaxin, a muscle relaxer, Baclofen, for spasms, Trazadone to help with sleep, Estazolam, a sleeping pill, two different types of morphine for pain, Ritalin for energy in the day time, Levsin for the IBS. There are a lot of newer meds out there but my insurance wont cover them so I am on a lot of "older" type meds.

      My Fibro specialist recently told me he wanted me to try something called 5-HTP..hydroxytryptophan(basically a safer version of L-Tryptophan)...he said it helps with serotonin production as well and said in combo with the Effexor XR it may help. I wasnt able to afford it for the longest time...but I did pick some up last month finally, and took his rec. dose of 4 100MG capsules a day, and I have to tell you I really felt a whole lot better on most of the days this month so far.

      Another thing he suggested, strongly, is to stay away from Aspartame...diet foods and drinks with Aspartame, and to use Splenda. He never explained this to me tho...but a couple months ago I watched a DVD called Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. Up until then I continued to drink the diet drinks, specially Crystal Light. After seeing that video I did an experiment, I stopped ingesting anything with Aspartame in it and I felt about 90% better, more energy, less pain, more sleep(which is a good thing for Fibro sufferers)...I drank only Kool Aide with sugar, and Diet Rite and 7-Up Plus which both use Splenda. I stayed off Aspartame for a couple weeks, and then tried another experiment...started drinking the Crystal Light again...and within a day or 2 felt like crud again. So now Ive been off it for almost 2 months now and in combo with the 5-HTP and the meds I take Ive been feeling pretty darn good. Ive included a couple good links to check out for Fibro sufferers, which have helped me.

      Also if your insurance covers it I highly recommend Ambien CR. Mine doesnt cover it but you can get a free 7 day trial from their website. It has 2 layers, one to help you fall asleep quickly, and the other releases slowly to help you stay asleep. Worked wonders. Also Lunesta helped a bit too, and you can get a free trial there too. (You just need your Doc to prescribe the trial amount, and you take that and the voucher you get from their website to the pharmacy and they give it to you.)

      Hope this helps...feel free to email me if you have any questions....I'll try to help any way I can, including just emotional support and a friend...because its rough not having someone who understands what it is you're going through.

      Also call your local Arthritis Foundation and see if they can put you in touch with a local Fibromyalgia specialist. That is how I found mine, and he is wonderful. Its SO nice to have a doctor believe what you are going through and know how to help!

  15. QUESTION:
    is it bad to eat oatmeal if you have gout?
    i have gout and cant walk for a while,and friends told me that i should oatmeal and avoid food with high purines.and even though i 'only' eat oatmeal,it took me 2 months to walk again.pls help.thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Your friends don't know what gout is.

      Diets which are high in purines and high in protein have long been suspected of causing an increased risk of gout (a type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the body which form crystals in the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation).

      Having a well planned gout diet is important if you are suffering from gout. Gout is a form of rheumatic arthritis that results from the accumulation of excess uric acid in your joints. The big toe is often the first target of gout, but it can easily spread to the small joints in your toes, instep, and fingers, and the ankles, knees, elbows and wrists. You suffer sudden, excruciating pain from acute attacks of gout; the joint will swell, redden, and feel rather warm.

      There are hereditary influences in development of gout, but there are things you can do to minimise the frequency of attacks. Physical exercise and reduced alcohol consumption will do a lot towards preventing gout, and so will a good healthy diet.

      High uric acid levels associated with gout derive largely from foods rich in protein and purine, which produce uric acid as a waste product when broken down. Reducing such foods will mean less material for uric acid formation. You should adjust your dietary patterns to achieve the following:

      1. Less consumption of meat products that have high purine content, such as beef, pork and lamb, as do organs like liver, kidney, and brain, along with gravy enriched with meat extracts.
      2. Reduction (if not total elimination) of alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
      3. Reduction of mushrooms, legume foods like peas, beans and lentil, and vegetables such as cauliflower, spinach and asparagus.
      4. Avoidance of seafood that contribute to high uric acid levels like cod, anchovies, herrings and sardines, haddock, and fish eggs; also minimised consumption of mussels and scallops.

      If possible, target to have protein comprising less than half of your diet to achieve more balance. Protein is a necessary element in your body, but taking more than what’s necessary will upset your body’s nutrient balance.

      There are beneficial foods that help you lessen the discomfort and pain of an acute gout attack. Increase your consumption of fresh vegetables, either raw or lightly steamed; you can also mix them in soups or make them into juice. However, limit potatoes and corn to only once or twice a week.

      Half a kilo (one pound) of wild or black cherries, eaten as fresh fruit or drunk as juice, will help you get over a gout attack. The cherries contain anthocyanocids that dramatically reduces uric acid. Do not use commercially prepared juices as they no longer have anthocyanocids.

      While genetics can sometimes predispose your body towards developing gout, you can play an important part in reducing the chances of getting it by making appropriate lifestyle adjustments.
      Gout Treatment

      For a permanent cure, one product that is highly recommended by hundreds of health practitioners and clinics is Uricinex. Marketed by MicroNutra.com, Uricinex is an all natural supplement that stops gout pain within 72 hours for 94% of gout sufferers in clinical tests.

      For more comprehensive Gout information and Gout recipes, read Cure Gout Now - an easy to follow, comprehensively researched eBook by Lisa McDowell that shows you how to change your diet and gain control of your gout wth useful strategies that have been proven to improve health for people with gout.

      You need to eat a BALANCED diet, not 'just oatmeal'!

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some methods for dealing with shingles' pain?
    i have recently been diagnosed with suffering from shingles. I am on medication to treat them, but I need some ways of dealing with the pain until the medication kicks in. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Health care practitioners report that Camu-Camu has provided very effective nutritional support for Herpes virus sufferers, putting shingles into remission and actually cutting the expected flare-up time in half! In addition, common ‘cold sores’ are said to be less common, not as ‘full blown’ and resolve in one day. Shingles, is a remanifestation of the chicken pox virus in adulthood in a new form and cold sores are the result of the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1). The herpes virus takes a number of different forms and is widespread today as a public health problem. The Epstein-Barr virus is another common form of the herpes virus which may linger in the body for years, often causing fatigue and raising the total viral load which the body must combat. Yet another form of the herpes virus is genital herpes which is caused by the herpes simplex virus 2. The principal anti-viral pharmaceutical medicine is Acyclovir® which like most pharmaceutical drugs, causes unpleasant side effects in some people.

      In his Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Healing, Dr. Gary Null states that Camu-Camu has extraordinary medicinal properties and is the most potent of herbs that contain phytochemicals with antiherpes properties. He says that Camu-Camu helps to strengthen the immune system, and maintain healthy gums, eyes and skin and offers support for people who have the hepatitis virus. All forms of the herpes virus lay dormant at the base of the spine and become active when the immune system is stressed beyond its ability to respond effectively. Common stressors include insufficient rest, prescription drugs, emotional upsets, poor diet, menstrual periods, vaginal yeast infections, and too much sunlight on the skin. Genital herpes is usually transmitted sexually. In addition, Null lists disease conditions and the herbs that have been found effective for their health promoting properties in reference to specific system weaknesses and problems. In discussing the holistic treatment of depression, he lists 19 plants containing chemical compounds with antidepressant properties, in order of potency Camu-Camu is no. two on his list. Some health care practitioners have reported that Camu Camu works the same day to help relieve depression and anxiety, and they have weaned some of their patients off pharmaceutical anti-depressants. There are no side effects, such as photo-sensitivity or gastrointestinal problems, and it can be used safely in combination with pharmaceutical antidepressants. There have been no reports of its interference with the effectiveness of any pharmaceutical drugs.

      Nutraceuticals/Glyconutritionals/Saccharides - It's Role in People and Animals' Health and Wellness
      In test after test conducted at leading institutes around the world, glyconutritionals (nutraceuticals, saccharides) have been shown to lower cholesterol, increase lean muscle mass, decrease body fat, accelerate wound healing, ease allergy symptoms, and allay autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetes. Bacterial infections, including the recurrent ear infections that plague toddlers, often respond remarkably to saccharides, as do many viruses--from the common cold to the flu, from herpes to HIV. The debilitating symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and Gulf War syndrome frequently abate after adding saccharides. go-ji juice from the Himalayan mountains are one of the richest source of saccharides. more

      David L. Hoffman writes about the shingles: "The nervous system needs as much help as it can get!" "Nervine Tonics will 'feed' the traumatized nerve tissue. Nervine Relaxants may ease the associated pain, but will definitely lessen associated anxiety or tension."

  17. QUESTION:
    Will you PLEASE help me? I have arthritis in every joint of my body. What can I do to relieve my pain?
    Please, sometimes it is unbearable...

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis sufferers commonly have a high level of acidity (a urine pH that is lower than 6.3), which increases the potential for developing inflammatory conditions. The term pH represents a scale for the relative acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Acidity is measured as a pH of 0.1 to 6.9. alkalinity is 7.1 to 14, and neutral pH is 7.0. The numbers refer to how many hydrogen atoms are present compared to an ideal or standard solution. Normally, blood is slightly alkaline, at 7.35 to 7.45; urine pH can range from 4.8 to 8.0, but is usually somewhat acidic, with a normal reading between 5.0 and 6.0.

      Acidity can be decreased by reducing your intake of acid-forming foods and increasing intake of alkaline-forming foods in the diet. The most acid-forming foods are sugar, alcohol, vinegar, coffee, meat, and dairy products. Foods known to increase the alkalinity of the body include all vegetables (except tomatoes), aloe vera, and green foods, such as chlorella, barley grass, wheat grass, chlorophyll, parsley, and alfalfa. As a general rule of thumb, the greener the vegetable, the more it will help increase alkalinity in the body.

      Healthy foods:

      • Vegetables
      • Brown rice
      • Lentils and beans
      • Free range chicken
      • Fish
      • Nettle tea
      • Rosemary
      • Brazil nuts
      • WATER – if you drink loads of tea have plenty of spring or filtered water too

      Barbara says, ‘Eating these foods supports the liver and bowel so that they can eliminate toxins and raise blood sugar levels giving the internal organs more energy. They may notice improvements after a month, but it takes about a year with severe arthritis to overcome the disease and feel on top of it!’

      Detoxing can be a difficult thing to go through for anyone not familiar with nutrition so it is always advisable to consult a nutritional therapist:

      British Association of Nutritional Therapists, 08706 061284, www.bant.org.uk
      See Therapies/Nutrition.

      Foods that reduce inflammation:

      • Olives
      • Green tea
      • Grapes
      • Raisins
      • Onions

      Natural painkillers:

      • Ginger
      • Turmeric

      Herbal and homeopathic remedies

      Homeopathic remedies are completely safe whether or not someone is taking medication, but herbal remedies can contraindicate certain drugs so check with a doctor or registered medical herbalist before mixing the two.

      Homeopathic remedies:

      • Arnica, particularly if arthritis starts after a fall
      • Rhus tox – for stiffness

      Herbal remedies:

      • Devil’s Claw – anti-inflammatory herbal remedy
      • White Willow Bark comes from the same source as aspirin and alleviates pain

      Supplements:

      • Many people swear by Glucosamine that helps to rebuild cartilage, repair damage and relieve pain
      • MSM (mineral sulphur) is often combined with Glucosamine and provides pain relief as arthritis sufferers may have a deficiency of sulphur
      • Chondoitrin is often combined with Glucosamine because it attracts fluid into the cartilage making them more mobile
      • Omega 3 fish oils – reduce inflammation and increase mobility
      • Multivitamins – most arthritis sufferers are deficient in various vitamins and minerals and taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement helps to redress this.

      SELF-HELP TIPS

      These may sound crazy but they are old wives’ tales that might help:

      • Cider vinegar and honey – one teaspoon of each in warm water every morning
      • Epsom salts in the bath to soothe aching joints
      • Cabbage juice, cabbage water or cabbage leaves as a poultice on painful areas

      EXERCISE

      One of the best ways to prevent arthritis is to do regular exercise to remain very mobile. Just half an hour a day is adequate and walking is excellent, so if it means the difference between taking the car and walking somewhere it benefits your health as well as the environment!

      Being overweight doesn’t help with arthritis because there is more pressure on joints so exercise can help to keep weight down as well as keeping you mobile. Recommended exercise includes:

      • Swimming
      • Dancing – Indian dancing helps to keep fingers mobile
      • Cycling
      • Walking
      • Yoga – great for stretching
      • Pilates – also excellent for keeping mobile
      • T’ai chi and chi kung – wonderful for mobility and to relax you

      It may be a dying art but knitting is good for the fingers as it encourages them to move quickly and exercise. The same could be true of using a keyboard but sadly it seems to cause more problems than it solves such as RSI, back pain and stiffness!

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it advisable for a High Blood Pressure sufferer to take cod liver oil tablets?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say why you need to take the cod liver oil. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and given medication for it but I use my diet to lower my BP therefore I have managed to cut down on my bp medication. Certain foods do actually lower blood pressure. Also certain foods contain fish oil so if you change your diet you should get all the fish oil you need from food. Should I need fish oil for my arthritis then I usually obtain that from food also.
      If taken in large amounts yes cod liver oil can raise bp but if taken at the correct dosage then it shouldn't be a problem. I got all my info from web searches and so far my doctor agrees I am eating the right foods lower my bp.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have just been diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis.?
    I am suffering bad pain in elbow and feet at the moment. The Rheumatologist is suggesting i start on Methotrexate treatment. Can any of you arthritis sufferers out there know whether this treatment is affective or not .

    • ANSWER:
      A methotrexate treatment is considered standard with RA. A number of studies have been conducted and it is considered effective and safe. It's an FDA approved drug, for what that is worth. :-) You may also consider changing your diet to include some natural treatments like omega-3 fish oil and drinking cherry juice. Both have shown to reduce inflammation in the joints and help with RA.

  20. QUESTION:
    Are there any good Fibromyalgia chat rooms out there?
    looking for a place to chat with other fibro sufferers.. it is all new to me, so I have a lot to learn!

    Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear you've been diagnosed with this, but I stress that you get a second opinion, especially if your doctor hasn't done an extensive search for other causes for your symptoms. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but it was an incorrect diagnosis. There are many people who are diagnosed but actually have something else, something that can be treated every easily.

      Another thing, a lot of the time if you sit around talking about how sore you are, or how tired you are you actually feel worse. It is really helpful to talk to people who are going through the same thing as you, but it can be negative too. I have a friend who was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (she's 14, so keep that in mind), another friend of mine (who had Mixed Connective Tissue Disease) and I were talking. I asked my friend with MCTD if she had Raynaud's (hands and feet go cold and blue and purple) and she said yes she did. The girl with the Fibromyalgia asked what Raynaud's was and we told her. She then said 'oh yeah my hands and feet get cold too' 'mum can you get my slippers for me?'.....!! My friend and I laughed about it afterwards, but she's now talked herself into these symptoms. I don't want the same to happen to you.

      The best thing you can do is to keep an active lifestyle, eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, limit alcohol, don't do drugs or smoke. If you have any new symptoms, see your doctor.

      And here are some online support groups-
      http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Fibromyalgia/forum
      http://www.mdjunction.com/fibromyalgia
      http://exchanges.webmd.com/fibromyalgia-exchange
      http://arthritis-symptom.com/Fibromyalgia-symptoms/fibromyalgia-support-groups.htm
      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=55

      .....

  21. QUESTION:
    hi, i suffer from gout (high level of uric acid) now i am vegetarian to see if i get better.?
    i drink about 3 glasses of soy milk daily, and also eat penuts and brazil nuts every day.
    am i doing something wrong? or is it okey for my gout condition?
    i meant peanuts

    • ANSWER:
      I just read this in "Diet For a New America" by John Robbins.

      Here is a quote from the book:

      "Gouty arthritis is acknowledged even by the Arthritis Foundation as being diet-related. In fact, gout is one of the most easily controlled of all diseases when proper dietary guidelines are followed.

      Gout occurs when uric acid in the body forms needle-like crystals which become deposited in a joint. When that happens, there is severe pain and swelling in a joint, often the big toe.

      Avoiding foods that are high in either purines or protein has been shown to be of enormous benefit to gouty arthritis sufferers. Shellfish, fish, poultry, beef, pork, and legumes are all high in purines."

      Basically you want to go on a low-purine, low-protein diet. Stay away from saturated fats, lower your protein intake (you don't need to drink so much soymilk or eat so many nuts, these are high in purines), up your fiber intake (hopefully dietary and not supplemental), and exclude cholesterol from your diet (this means that dairy should be either taken out of your diet or should be severely minimized.)

      Edit** I see from Pinoy below me and from your avatar name that you are probably Filipino. In the book it says, "Some people, particularly Filipinos, are especially susceptible to gout. But on a low-purine, low-protein diet, gout is almost nonexistent, even among those people most genetically disposed toward it."

      Sorry for the long post.

      Good luck gettin' that gout to get!!

  22. QUESTION:
    does monounsaturated fats really help lose belly fat?
    does monounsaturated fats really help lose belly fat? like olive oil im planning to eat 2 table spoon of olive oil every morning :)

    • ANSWER:
      Research shows that diets with healthy amounts of monounsaturated fats have a host of amazing health benefits, including:

      ■Decreased risk for breast cancer. A study of women in Sweden found that those with diets higher in monounsaturated fats (as opposed to polyunsaturated fats) resulted in less frequent incidence of breast cancer.

      ■Reduced cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association recommends the consumption of MUFAs to improve your blood lipid profile.

      ■Lower risk for heart disease and stroke. Diets with monounsaturated fats correlate with healthy hearts and fewer strokes.

      ■Weight loss. Studies have found that switching to monounsaturated fat from diets with trans fats and polyunsaturated fats results in weight loss.

      ■Less severe pain and stiffness for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. Diet plays a role in improving the pain and stiffness of those who already have rheumatoid arthritis.

      ■Reduced belly fat. A study published by the American Diabetes Association found that diets with monounsaturated fat could improve the loss of belly fat better than high carbohydrate diets.

  23. QUESTION:
    arthritis and acid reflux - anyone know of a safe medication that can treat both.?
    Or do you take a medication for arthritis pain that does not cause your reflux to flair.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend going the natural way, because there are no side effects and it can help both. Here is the information that will aid a bit in both endeavors, but more so the Gerd.

      I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)!

      Three part answer: information, what not to do, and what to do!

      INFORMATION!!!!!!
      I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case with hereditary), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, Stress, Anxiety or can be Hereditary

      The good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.

      G.E.R.D. is caused by too much acid being created in your stomach. This can lead to or cause ulcers, esophagus damage, heartburn and/or damage in the mouth. . Other symptoms that can be found in a few cases are dizziness, tingling in limbs, numbness of Limbs, Chest/Back pain focused on the left side (in most cases), and shortness/difficulty breathing.

      WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!
      In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:

      Fatty Foods
      Citrus Foods
      Foods That Contain Grease
      Fried Foods
      Chocolate (including any Coco)
      Caffeine
      Smoking
      Alcohol
      Tomato Based Products
      Lactose
      Roughage (Berries and Nuts)
      Onions

      WHAT TO DO!!!!
      The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.
      On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.
      On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point.

      I would also look to putting Cinnamon and Ginger in you diet, they have been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.

  24. QUESTION:
    what natural remedies are there to treat rheumationd arthritis?
    also, does pineapple juice help??

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors use a variety of approaches to treat rheumatoid arthritis. These are used in different combinations and at different times during the course of the disease and are chosen according to the patient's individual situation. No matter what treatment the doctor and patient choose, however, the goals are the same: to

      * Relieve pain
      * Reduce inflammation
      * Slow down or stop joint damage
      * Improve a person's sense of well-being and ability to function

      Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment is specifically aimed at providing pain relief. Conventional medications include analgesics (aspirin or acetaminophen), NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressive agents may be used.

      It is important to discuss these medications with your physician as many of these agents have damaging side effects, especially when used long term as is the case in chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

      More and more arthritis sufferers, particularly those with chronic conditions, are turning to natural and holistic treatments because conventional medicine has failed to produce the desired results. Natural arthritis pain relief can be obtained with treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies that are gentle and mild, yet effective and offer symptomatic relief. Ingredients such as Glucosamine can be used to provide natural arthritis pain relief and to repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility while Boswellia acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

      Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of Devil's Claw in treating joint conditions like osteo-arthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism and small joint disease. Other useful herbs for natural arthritis pain relief like Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) can help to soothe the affected area, in a gentle manner without harsh side effects – helping with the recovery process. Cayenne can also be used in an infused oil to rub into arthritic joints for added relief.

      Remember to obtain all herbal and homeopathic remedies from a reputable source

      With the exception of several specific types of oils, there is no scientific evidence that any specific food or nutrient helps or harms people with rheumatoid arthritis. However, an overall nutritious diet with enough-but not an excess-of calories, protein, and calcium is important.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any experience with methotrexate and Rheumatoid arthritis?
    I was diagnosed with RA back in April after SEVERAL tests. I was having severe pain, muscle weakness, joint pain, and the list goes on and on. I made at least one weekly trip to the ER until finally my family physician put me on prednisone for the swelling. After the visits with my rheumatologist and the tests she put me on sulfasalizine.. It made me very very sick. I ended up stopping the medicine because I decided throwing up everyday was not worth it. I was always sick, fatigued, etc. I went back yesterday, to the rheumatologist, and she has once again put me on prednisone because I'm swelling again. She also put me on methotrexate and folic acid. She has said there are a LOT of possible side effects with the methotrexate. I'm slightly concerned about these side effects and wondering of anyones experiences with this medication as a whole. Side effects, things I should eat, food and/or activities I should avoid. Anything and everything. thank you!
    I do know a little about the medication.. I know that it is a chemo-treatment and I am okay with that. I could NOT be a vegan or even try to be a vegan cuz that's just not me.. Anybody else have anything they might add? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      For nearly 3 years, I have been taking 17.5 mgs of methotrexate weekly for my RA, and thus far I have had no real ill effects from it.

      When I first began treatment, and for a period of about 6 weeks, I experienced mild nausea on what I dubbed "methotrexate day," but I found that taking my dosage before bedtime allowed me to sleep through most of the unpleasantness.

      Along with the nausea, I had mouth ulcers and a sore throat, but these were relieved with a saltwater gargle. I experienced minimal hair breakage and no hair loss.

      All of these symptoms became practically non-existent after the initial 6-8 week period. After this point my body became used to the medication and I'm no longer bothered by any of this.

      The only complaint I have about mtx now is fatigue, but I simply allow myself a 30 minute nap each day to remedy this.

      I am very happy with the success I've had on methotrexate.

      There are no limitations concerning food, activities, etc. You don't need to change your lifestyle in anyway as long as you remember to take your folic acid. This will help to reduce side effects. You should probably take a daily multi-vitamin, along with calcium and vitamin D. Before doing so, discuss the use of all supplements with your doctor, but I've been taking them safely for years.

      Remember not to become pregnant if you are taking the drug, and to stop mtx at least 3 months prior to becoming pregnant if you plan to have children.

      I've included three links to methotrexate information, one for a diet that may be beneficial to arthritis sufferers, and a link to the arthritis foundation homepage.

      Good luck to you, and I hope you get to feling better soon.

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever used flaxseed oil?
    I just recently bought a dietary supplement called flaxseed oil, its supposed to be healthy and i think speed up your metabolism, but I dont know if it works... has anyone ever used it?

    • ANSWER:
      "Some nutritionists, researchers, and scientists believe that it could be the most important health-promoting supplement next to a multi-vitamin. Nearly every system in the body can benefit from flax seed oil's natural properties, including the cardiovascular system, immune system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, as well as joints.

      Just look at this list of facts and studies of what Flax Seed Oil can and may accomplish:

      - Research shows low incidence of breast cancer and colon cancer in populations that have high amounts of lignan in their diet. Flax is 100 times richer in lignan than most whole grains.

      - Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides, and prevent clots in arteries, which may result in strokes, heart attacks and thromboses.

      - Helps protect the body against high blood pressure, inflammation, water retention, sticky platelets and lowered immune function.

      - Shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion.

      - Increases the body's production of energy and also increases stamina.

      - Accelerates the healing of sprains and bruises.

      - Eases weight loss in people afflicted with obesity.

      - Stimulates brown fat cells and increases the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat.

      - Improves the absorption of Calcium.

      - Strengthens finger and toenails.

      - Can improve eyesight and perception of colors.

      - Can often improve the function of the liver.

      - Can relieve the side effects and stop development of many forms of cancer.

      - Can relieve some cases of Asthma.

      - Helpful in the treatment of Eczema, Psoriasis, and Dandruff.

      - Can relieve the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It can relieve the symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus.

      - Can alleviate some allergies.

      - Helps prevent Atherosclerosis (the accumulation of fatty deposits inside the blood vessels, especially the large and medium-sized arteries, that many people experience during the aging process).

      - Lowers high blood pressure in Hypertension sufferers.

      - Has been scientifically proven to treat some cases of depression.

      - Can improve the mental function of many old age pensioners.

      - Can help in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

      - Has been proven to improve the behavior of Schizophrenics.

      - Can relieve some cases of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in females.

      - And more...! "
      and i use flax seed oil for Psoriasis . i'm an herbalist.

  27. QUESTION:
    how do i reduce stress at home without medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Breathe deeply. Relax your muscles, expanding your stomach and chest. Exhale slowly. Repeat several times.

      Follow your breath as it flows in and out. Do not try to control it. This is a good way to relax in the midst of any activity. This technique allows you to find a breathing pattern that is natural and relaxing to you.

      Use this yoga technique: Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Exhale through your mouth, even more slowly, counting to sixteen. Make a sighing sound as you exhale, and feel tension dissolve. Repeat 10 times.

      Exercise regularly. Aerobic exercise, such as walking and swimming, produces brain chemicals that uplift your mood and mental well-being.

      Exercise also improves sleep and gives you time to think and focus on other things. Beware of compulsive exercise, however.

      Yoga is an age-old system for stretching and strengthening the muscles. Take a class or learn at home with a good book or video.

      Neck and shoulder exercises are useful for the desk-bound and arthritis sufferers.

      Neck roll: Look to the right, then roll your head forward, as if you are trying to touch your chin to your chest. Keep rolling until you are looking over your left shoulder. Repeat in the other direction.

      Shoulder lift: Relieve tension in the neck by lifting the shoulders toward the ears, then dropping them as low as they will go. Repeat 10 times.

      Eat healthy foods. You should never skip meals. Take time out for lunch no matter how busy you are.

      Carry nutritious snacks to the office, or even the shopping mall. A nutritionally balanced diet is important.

      For example, researchers have found that even small deficiencies of thiamin, a B-complex vitamin, can cause anxiety symptoms.

      Pantothenic acid, another B-complex vitamin, is critical during times of stress.

      Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and large amounts of sweets, which can aggravate symptoms of stress.

      Don’t let others get you down. Choose positive friends who are not worriers. Friends who constantly put you down or talk gloomily about life will increase your anxiety.

      Ask a good friend to help you talk out a problem and get it off your chest. A long-distance call to an old pal can be great therapy.

      Forgive others instead of holding grudges. Relax your standards – for yourself and others. Perfectionism is not the way to happiness. Become more flexible.

  28. QUESTION:
    What food or drink can have a detrimental effect on an arthritic joint. How about tomatoes and oranje juice.?

    • ANSWER:
      here's a list of some food items that you should avoid. While there are over 100 different types of arthritis, they all have one thing in common. One or more of the food items listed will be an “allergy food” for the arthritis sufferer.

      The most common culprits are:
      sugar
      caffeine
      citrus ( including orange juice)
      salt
      red meat
      dairy products
      additives
      soft drinks
      corn
      flour

      Some have said that nightshades are a problem. They are not. This is an old myth that has been going on for years. This is the list.
      eggplants
      red peppers
      tomatoes
      white potatoes
      tobacco

      If you DO eat any of these foods, pay attention to any reaction you might have in the next 24 hours. If you notice a reaction, you are indeed allergic to that food item.

      Those meals you buy that can just be “popped” into the oven are also something you should avoid if possible. Some contain as much as 1200 mg of sodium and as much as 60 mg of cholesterol.

      Read the labels contained on the foods you are buying. Be careful and avoid as much food as possible that contains preservatives and/or additives. (Take an extra careful look at labels on ice cream and candy for example.) The more natural your diet in terms of the food you eat, the greater your chances are of defeating arthritis.

      I hope this helps.......

  29. QUESTION:
    gout may develop at how much blood uric acid range?
    my uric acid is 7.5 i am 28 yrs old and exercise a lot .. is it dangerously high ?

    • ANSWER:
      fsaroufim,
      Uric acid is a chemical created when the body breaks down substances called purines. Purines are found in some foods and drinks, such as liver, anchovies, mackerel, dried beans and peas, beer, and wine. Most uric acid dissolves in blood and travels to the kidneys, where it passes out in urine. If your body produces too much uric acid or doesn't remove enough if it, you can get sick. High levels of uric acid in the body is called hyperuricemia. The uric acid test is ordered when a doctor suspects high levels of uric acid. Some patients with high levels of uric acid have a disease called gout, which is an inherited disorder that affects purine breakdown. Higher than normal uric acid levels mean that the body is not handling the breakdown of purines well. The doctor will have to learn whether the cause is the over-production of uric acid, or if the body is unable to clear away the uric acid. Reference values are dependent on many factors, including patient age, gender, sample population, and test method, and numeric test results can have different meanings in different labs. Normal values fall between 3.0 and 7.0 mg/dL. The following may not be of use for you. Your level, which you quoted, is only just slightly elevated and may reduce within a short time. I shall mention some methods of reducing the uric acid levels, in case you find this of assistance. The easiest and healthiest way to lower uric acid is though proper eating habits and medication. This includes limiting alcohol and avoiding purine rich foods, which will convert to uric acid. Gout sufferers are usually men over the age of 40 who are mildly to severely obese. As this obviously does not apply to you becuase you state that your age is not 28 and you exercise a lot, you should, therefore, not have a great problem with weight. Therefore, diet and possibly medication - if your doctor decides that you require it - are likely all that you will need. Avoid alcohol consumption to lower uric acid. Large amounts of alcohol, especially beer and wine, both rich in purines, increase uric acid levels. Alcohol prevents excess uric acid from being removed from the kidneys through the urinary tract. Increase your dairy intake to lower your uric acid level. Low fat milk, yogurt and cheese are examples of dairy products considered helpful to gout sufferers. Drink plenty of water to lower uric acid. Liquids that are low in caffeine and calories help to remove uric acid from the blood stream. Since water is the most pure liquid, it should be consumed the most. Eat fruits and vegetables that are not high in purine to reduce uric acid. Fresh fruits including blueberries, strawberries, bananas and cherries are some of the fruits gout sufferers should include in their diet. Celery, tomatoes, cabbage, parsley, kale and all green leaf vegetables are also helpful in low uric acid diets. Follow your physician's orders and supplement your diet with prescribed medications to reduce uric acid levels and prevent gout. Consult a physician who specializes in treating gout patients. Doctors who specialize in orthopedics, rheumatology and arthritis may have a better handle on treating gout. There are more than a dozen medications a physician can prescribe to help the body remove uric acid from the blood stream.

      NOTE - BEWARE of answers like the answer from Mariya, above. This person posts answers to many different questions and advises certain drugs to assist the questioner with their problem. Always discuss the drugs that you take with your doctor, especially if you suffer from any disease or condition that is serious enough to warrant the prescription of a drug. Do NOT consider using any drug suggested in any forum or by any person without first consulting your doctor/specialist.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I ad a link with details of gout

      http://en.wikipedia.org/
      wiki/Gout

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  30. QUESTION:
    diet tips for arthritis sufferers?
    any info apprieciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You do not say what TYPE of Arthritis! I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and find that citric fruit, acid, will make my joints swell faster than anything else. I take evening primrose oil, and that helps to keep the red hot swollen joints at bay. Likewise a low fat diet because people with RA will have high cholesterol. As for Osteoarthritis, wear and tear, Glucosime seems to help some people. My advise is to buy a Diary, every night write in it what you ate what you did and how you feel on a scale of one to ten. Eventually you will be able to look back and see if you had orange juice for breakfast and the following day the pain was bad.

  31. QUESTION:
    I have developed arthritis in my ankle?
    Last February, I broke my ankle. I was given the OK to go back to work in July. I had nothing but problems. I went back to my surgeon and the x-rays showed a build up in my ankle. The surgeon said it had gone arthritic and is calcifying. Does anyone know any good ways to deal with the pain? Is there anything that can be done or will it eventually fuse and limit my abilities?

    • ANSWER:
      Add Gloucosomin and Chondrontin to your diet. These supplements lubricate the joints and makes movement easier. I would also say you should take ibuprofen to help with inflammation. Soaking your ankle in a hot bath is helpful, massage helps. Swimming is one of the best exercises for arthritis sufferers. Good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does anyone use flax seed?
    Ive heard flax seed is very beneficial. What do you do with it? What kinds of foods can you make with it? Does it help you personally with anything in particular? Thanks for any info.

    • ANSWER:
      <Benefits of Flax seed and flax seed oil: Heart Disease/Cholesterol Lowering.Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food. Alpha linolenic acid is a type of omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon. Benefits of flax seed as shown in many studies include lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) levels. Other benefits show that flax seed may also help lower blood triglyceride (Also Read: How to lower Triglycerides?) and blood pressure. It may also keep platelets from becoming sticky therefore reducing the chance of a heart attack.Aside from alpha linolenic acid, flax seed is rich in lignan. Lignan is a type phytoestrogen (antioxidant) and also provides fiber. Researches reveal that lignan in flax seed shows a lot of promise in fighting disease -- including a possible role in cancer prevention especially breast cancer. It is thought that lignan metabolites can bind to estrogen receptors, hence inhibiting the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer.
      Other Benefits of Flax seed.
      Recent studies also showed positive benefits of flax seed oil in IBD (Crohn's Disease and Colitis). Flax seed oil seems to be able to heal the inner lining of the inflamed intestines. Research shows low incidence of breast cancer and colon cancer in populations that have high amounts of lignan in their diet. Flax is 100 times richer in lignan than most whole grains.
      - Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides, and prevent clots in arteries, which may result in strokes, heart attacks and thromboses.
      - Helps protect the body against high blood pressure, inflammation, water retention, sticky platelets and lowered immune function.
      - Shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion.
      - Increases the body's production of energy and also increases stamina.
      - Accelerates the healing of sprains and bruises.
      - Eases weight loss in people afflicted with obesity.
      - Stimulates brown fat cells and increases the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat.
      - Improves the absorption of Calcium.
      - Strengthens finger and toenails.
      - Can improve eyesight and perception of colors.
      - Can often improve the function of the liver.
      - Can relieve the side effects and stop development of many forms of cancer.
      - Can relieve some cases of Asthma.
      - Helpful in the treatment of Eczema, Psoriasis, and Dandruff.
      - Can relieve the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It can relieve the symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus.
      - Can alleviate some allergies.
      - Helps prevent Atherosclerosis (the accumulation of fatty deposits inside the blood vessels, especially the large and medium-sized arteries, that many people experience during the aging process).
      - Lowers high blood pressure in Hypertension sufferers.
      - Has been scientifically proven to treat some cases of depression.
      - Can improve the mental function of many old age pensioners.
      - Can help in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
      - Has been proven to improve the behavior of Schizophrenics.
      - Can relieve some cases of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in females.
      - And more...!
      Unfortunately, our current diets do not come close to meeting our daily EFA (essential fatty acids) requirements. The richest sources of EFAs such as flax seeds, cold-water fish, and soy and canola oils are rarely found in our regular meals. In addition, more typical foods like red meats and egg yolks can actually encourage the body's production of bad prostaglandins. Flax Seed oil can help restore the body's natural balance of good and bad prostaglandins.
      How much do I take a day?
      The recommended daily dose for most people is at least 1,000 mg taken one to three times daily. Even better is adding flax seeds into your diet in breads, muffins or on salads. Scientific studies have used up to 30 grams of flax seeds a day safely and without side effects.
      What do I look for when buying Flax Seed Oil?
      It's important to buy high-quality flax seed oil as it is prone to rancidity. Light and oxygen will slowly breakdown the essential fatty acids. Look for flax seed oil capsules (dark coated soft gels) or oil that is bottled in amber-brown bottles, as these are more resistant to the light and oxygen. Make sure you refrigerate your flax seed oil to help extend its shelf life.
      Flax seed oil takes a bit of time to be absorbed into the body before the full beneficial effects begin, ranging anywhere from a few days to as many as six weeks, depending on your overall well-being.
      Add Flax Seed to your diet and watch what it will do for you! If you're unsure about trying Flax Seed, contact your physician and ask for more information.

  33. QUESTION:
    Non-dairy diet and whey protein?
    I have rheumatoid arthritis and am at the moment on a non-dairy diet.I do consume some dairy products with low fat content,but very rarely a in very small amounts.Since this diet is not prescribed by my doctor (but is recommended by arthritis sufferers) I cannot ask her about the protein.
    I was wondering if the whey protein contains enough substances to counteract the effect of my diet?
    My goal is to gain weight.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not an expert but I'd say it's ok.

  34. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis and need advice?
    I have psoriasis and need some advise. I have insurance but the medicine they want to put me on is really expensive and it doesn't cover enough for me to afford it. Does any Alternative Medicine work or anyone known of any financial aid available?

    • ANSWER:
      No medication or alternative medicines work, nor does any miracle creams. At best they only treat the symptoms, you have to eliminate what is causing the problems in the first place. Psoriasis is not viral nor is it contagious if it was you would have been isolated. So let use facts that are well established and ones that you yourself can check. Your autoimmune system malfunctioning, another word not coping.
      Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) l for one would doubt if l will ever meet a psoriasis sufferer who isn't a celiac. Just type into yahoo search bar "celiac psoriasis" There are many celiac related diseases associated with psoriasis sufferers.
      Check out www.celiac.com. The citric as in processed foods as food acid or citric acid etc. does play a role in your psoriasis. If we took a sample of your psoriasis and normal skin the one big difference that is noticed is the calcium content. This is called calcium protease and the other trigger is called acrylamide. Hence
      Acrylamide calcium protease/psoriasis.
      Where are you getting acrylamide from? Acrylamide is formed in foods that are heated like bread, potato chips, cereals etc. Just type into yahoo search bar "acrylamide"
      Only by removing these foods from your diet can you avoid having psoriasis. I had plague psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis for years, l understand how cruel it can be. l can only show you how to beat psoriasis, it is really up to you. By simply changing your Diet Psoriasis Is Avoidable. If you wish to find out more or anyone for that matter l have a website. As l have typed just before l know how cruel psoriasis is, no one should have to suffer from it. All the information is free l have nothing to sell on the website only to share. Any one can e-mail me stirling_strauss@yahoo.com
      warm regards.

  35. QUESTION:
    which is best medicine for knee joint pains?
    my wife is aged about 46 years . having knee joint pains. suggest the medicine & food diet

    • ANSWER:
      This is from an article that I hope will help:)

      "Arthritis knee pain does not discriminate. It can strike anyone, anywhere and at any age. The awful pain and discomfort caused by arthritis is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it: The stiffness, the burning, the inflammation and swelling, the constant creaking and popping, the pain when you stand and walk – Words are not enough to describe these symptoms. Most sufferers are led to think that this is a condition that they must learn to live with, manage, cope with and adjust to. This is not true. Arthritis knee pain can be dramatically reduced – without medication or surgery.

      What Causes Arthritis Knee pain?

      In one word – Inflammation. Osteoarthritis of the knee is a wear-and-tear condition that occurs when the cartilage in your knee deteriorates with use and age. The breakdown of cartilage causes the bones under it to rub together. The result is inflammation, swelling and pain. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis of the knee- inflammation is caused by the body attacking its own joints.

      2 Simple Steps to Stop Arthritis Knee Pain

      All forms of arthritis knee pain have one thing in common – Inflammation. To achieve fast and dramatic knee pain relief – you must fight and reduce the inflammation in your knee. As always, the best way to achieve this goal is through natural methods – without addictive medication or surgery. One way to so that is to avoid inflammatory foods and eat anti inflammatory ones.

      Step 1 – Stay Active!

      Keeping active and losing weight (only if you are overweight of course) are the best ways to prevent and fight arthritis knee pain. We all know that losing weight is not so simple and doesn’t happen over night, so let’s focus on physical activity that can be started today and even right now.

      If you have knee arthritis, the more you walk the more the knee will hurt. In time, running, playing golf or tennis and eventually even walking – may become impossible. But – cutting down on activities will not slow down arthritis and will actually worsen your knee pain in the long term. You must stay as active as your pain will comfortably allow. Take a walk every day, as much as you can bear. This will reduce the stiffness and strengthen the muscles around your knee – allowing them to properly support the knee joint. Stop only when you feel the pain is too much and only then. Do this every day and you will feel the results in a few days....

  36. QUESTION:
    How to improve cartilage?
    Hello I am 19 yrs old i have bad ankle injury.After recovery pain still presided.The X-ray says there is a significant decrease in bone gap.How can Iget over with it.Is it curable.
    Please Help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Pick up some calcium. This supplement appears in many joint health formulations as a base. Calcium is vital for bone health because our bones lose calcium and become more brittle as we age. Calcium carbonate and calcium citrate are most commonly found in supplements and increase absorbency when combined with vitamin D and magnesium to increase absorbency.

      Swallow a MSM ( methylsulfonylmethane) supplement daily to provide more lubrication in your joints. Arthritis sufferers find their knees popping and grinding as they bend due to joints that are losing their lubrication. MSM, a naturally occurring member of the sulfur family, increases the lubrication in joints, improving movement and reducing the pain associated with it.

      Start a daily regime including glucosamine and chondroitin culfate. These two supplements, taken together, contribute to joint health, by drawing fluid into the cartilage and the connective tissue called fascia. Considered the "ground substance" of the cartilage in your joints, taking these two together showed positive results in clinical testing when used to treat arthritis. Tests on animals concluded that either agent, taken alone, was not as effective in slowing the degeneration of cartilage.

      Consider taking Omega-3 fatty acids. This supplement, not produced by our bodies, shows hope in treating the symptoms of joint pain and stiffness. To improve your joint health, take only the recommended dosage listed on the bottle, since taking too much can have undesirable side effects. If you eat a lot of fish, you are probably getting enough already.

      Swallow that vitamin C. You've heard it's good for warding off colds and helping gum tissue, but now we know it promotes good joint health, too. Try to get most of your Vitamin C from eating a balanced diet, but supplement with a tablet to make sure you get at least 60 milligrams per day. This supplement helps produce collagen, needed by the joints for free movement. Getting the recommended amount may help improve flexibility in the joints.

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I cure dry eyes?
    my opticians said I have dry eyes
    how can I cure that?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends why you have chronically dry eyes. Some Rx (and over~the~counter) medications and even vitamin supplements may cause dry eyes. Some, such as Accutane, will cause extremely dry eyes to a dangerous degree. (Although Accutane will dry out ones entire body..every inch of it). Birth control pills, high blood pressure medications, Diuretics, (excessive coffee & tea), Ibuprofen (Aleve, Advil & Motrin) may cause dry eyes. A vitamin A deficiency causes dry eyes as well.

      There are new~er Rx medications that have been manufactured for chronic dry eyes, which your eye Dr. would have to prescribe. Restasis is a Rx eye drop for chronic dry eyes. They also can do a procedure that will help with dry eyes, called Punctal Plugs, if the issue is serious and is affecting your everyday life. The procedure blocks the tear ducts with teensy little 'plugs'..and those will keep the eye hydrated at all times = no more dry eyes. The sound of the procedure is far worse than having it done, I'm sure. It's generally recommended for seniors, who have problems associated with chronic dry eyes.

      Some medical conditions will include dry eye issues as one of the symptoms and it's possible the tear duct plugs are an option for them. Some with Diabetes, Hypertension, Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma, Hypothyroidism, Lupus or women going through menopause experience dry eyes.

      Dry climates, high winds, high altitudes, frequent travel (aircraft cabins are very dry), or any situation where one is in a forced air unit, climate controlled space for long periods = dry eyes.

      Some cosmetics (and removers) cause dry eye as well. Working with strong chemicals, or cleaning with detergents, ammonia and bleach not only dry, but can seriously harm the eyes. Wearing protective goggles will help with fumes.

      Using a dry eye hydrating drop is more soothing and better for dry eyes than the ones that are advertised to "get the red out". The drops designed to whiten the eye are not hydrating the eye..and may even irritate the eyes. Some 'eye whiteners' are dangerous and may cause damage to the eyes. It's always best to read the packaging closely and buy the one that says it's for hydrating dry eyes.

      Contact lenses may irritate and dry eyes..so alternating between glasses and contacts will help. Although newer contacts are manufactured to allow the eye to breath more..anything worn on the eye for extended periods of time will cause dryness and irritation.

      Upping your water intake daily is mandatory for dry eye sufferers. That means forcing yourself to drink 2 ~ 4 liters every day. If you're one to sip on a soda, have a cup of coffee, but never drink water..that may play a part. Sodas (especially diet sodas) are extremely high in sodium. Drinking water every day flushes the system of toxins and rids the body of infection quicker. It serves to hydrate the skin, organs, hair..eyes.

      Conditions and causes of chronic dry eyes/Mayo clinic:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dry-eyes/DS00463/DSECTION=causes

      Punctual plug procedure for dry eyes:
      http://www.ehow.com/how_5727788_plug-tear-ducts-dry-eye.html

  38. QUESTION:
    my nan suffers from rheumatoid arthritis whats the best pain relife or cure or anythink to help would be great?
    she goes to docters so dont just say docters thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Sheesh - what is up with all the mainstream drug recommendations in the Alternative Medicine questions section?

      Tramadol? Let's take a look at the side effects listed for Tramadol and see if you would want to subject your nan to any of these:

      Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe seizures (convulsions), constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea.

      Why do you suppose that over 95% of approved mainstream medications have side effects which often lead to further conditions and still more drugs with more side effects? I think it is because mainstream drugs are unnatural compounds, synthetics and unique isolates not found in nature and thus foreign and inimicable to our natural bodies. Managing symptoms with drugs that lead to more conditions and more drugs is a great model for profits, especially when your only marketplace is our bodies, but it is a horrible one for healing and humanity.

      So, let's take a look at alternatives that are more appropriate for an Alternative Medicine solution:

      The following combination has been highly effective for many people, including the author, his friends and his relatives) for various forms of arthritis and joint pain:

      1) Plant Minerals- minerals are the building blocks of the enzymes necessary for the utilization of all other vitamins, etc. (rock minerals are a waste of money since only 5-15% can be broken down by the body before being eliminated. Minerals already digested by plants are potentially 100% absorbable.)

      2) Colloidal Gold - gold has even been used by mainstream medicine to treat severe Arthritis.

      3) MSM, Glucosamine, Chondrotin, Collagen (all of these are available in a product called Liquid Life Joint Care, which also contains aloe.

      4) Silica (from horsetail and/or shavegrass)

      5) GTF Chromium (GTF Chromium is a complex known as Glucose Tolerance Factor and is made by fermenting nutritional yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with chromium.)

      5) Colloidal Silver- some arthritis is believed to be viral related and colloidal silver is an extremely good anti-viral agent. Colloidal silver also helps bone, tissue and nerve regeneration.

      6) Digestive enzymes are highly recommended since they break down the fibrin and scar tissue that is often found in the joints of arthritis sufferers. Take 5-6 capsules two to three times daily on an empty stomach.

      See: http://www.tbyil.com/Digestive_Enzymes.htm

      Since arthritis, which literally means joint inflammation (arth=joint, ritis=inflammation), refers to more than 100 different diseases, what works for one person may not work for another.

      Here are some other suggestions:

      Black cherry juice is good for arthritis. Take two glasses of this juice twice a day (each glass contains four ounces of juice diluted with four ounces of water). You can discontinue this treatment once the pain clears up.

      People with rheumatoid arthritis should include in their daily diets juices high in the anti-inflammatory nutrients. These nutrients include beta-carotene (found in parsley, broccoli and spinach) and copper (found in carrots, apples and ginger).

      Rheumatoid arthritis improves with a glass or two a day of pineapple juice. Pineapple is a rich source of the enzyme bromelain, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

      Dilute five drops of essential oil of ginger in 20 drops of a carrier oil such as wheat germ or almond oil (available from health shops), and massage into painful areas. Remember that essential oils should never be taken internally.

      Glucosamine sulphate. This is a glucose-based chemical produced naturally in healthy joints, where it is used to repair and maintain cartilage, and seems to be effective in reducing arthritic pain, at least in mild to moderate cases. So far, no adverse side effects have been reported, but it is the subject of major clinical trials in the US, so we should soon know a great deal more.

      Bathua. Drink one tablespoon of the juice of fresh leaves of bathua every day on an empty stomach for two-three months. Do not add anything to the juice and do not eat anything for two hours before and after.

      Warm mustard oil, spread it over Madar leaf (Indian ) and foment the joint by spreading the leaf over the joint and keeping it there for a few hours for arthritis relief.

      On an empty stomach take three to four walnuts or one fresh coconut.

      For even more suggestions, see: http://www.tbyil.com/Arthritis.htm

  39. QUESTION:
    can lupus cause food allergys and bad gallbladder?
    I had my gallbladder removed in 2007
    I am having food allergys but the test are normal
    can some one tell me if lupus can cause this.
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Lupus can cause a bad gallbladder but it is exceedingly rare (fewer than a dozen cases ever reported) and although Lupus sufferers are more prone to food allergies because of an overactive immune system, your tests are normal. Many people still have pain after having their gallbladder removed. Although many people can return to a normal diet after gallbladder removal, just as many have to continue with an extremely low fat diet for the rest of their lives (like me!). Try going non-fat for a month and see if it helps with the symptoms. If it does, stick with it. You did not say why you suspect Lupus or food allergies but I assume you are having rashes and maybe fatigue and joint pain? All of that could be attributed to biliary cholic that some people still get post gall bladder. Again, diet is the best defense. Also, stay away from caffeine, cola, chocolate, artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. Your body may just be sensitive to all the garbage that is in our food. I swell up like a balloon, break out in rashes and get a reactive arthritis when I eat wrong even after the GB surgery. If no/low fat does not work for you perhaps you might have tests done to see if you are intolerant of gluten, the protein found in grain. Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    Why are people vegetarians?
    I was just wondering this. I know it's a personal choice, but what is the reason behind it?

    Is it because people think that animals have "feelings", or they don't want to harm a cute little animal?

    Humans are naturally omnivores, and I think that it's not normal to not eat meat. We do it for a reason, because it tastes good and it has protein (remember? protein=GOOD!)

    So why are people vegetarians? or what is your reason to be one, whether religious or personal choice.

    • ANSWER:
      Many are vegetarian for health reasons and I feel this is the primary reason although some are pacifists especially younger vegetarians or ones who have been exposed to the cruelty and inhumanity of factory farming.. Although I am not, I do feel being a vegan is the healthiest diet.

      I must challenge your statement that humans are naturally omnivores. Our digestive tract is long and winding unlike the short straight digestive tracts of carnivores and are teeth are more suitable to grinding than tearing associated with carnivores.

      A man named Arnold Ehret noticed that the Asians in a war healed quicker than the Europeans and set out on a scientific experiment using his own body to see what effect diet had on health due to this observation from war.

      For two years he ate a diet rich in alcohol and meats similar to the Europeans in the war, he hypothesized about. While doing this he would deeply cut himself (to simulate battle wounds) and study the effects of healing..pus, pain., infection scabbing etc. How much, how often, how severe etc

      It was slow healing, infection set in often, pus and pain etc.

      Then he went on the more vegetarian diet of the Asians and copied their diets for 2 years..he observed, this time he noted to the deep cuts these different results.... rapid healing, less pus and infection and a small scab..

      Then he ate only veggies and fruits..when he injured himself for the experiment, he noticed little to no pain, rapid healing, no infections and pus and little scarring....it was barely noticeable.

      During this time, he noticed major changes to his health and said he achieved perfect health far beyond the excellent health he already had....some who followed his lead, had their hair turned from grey back to brown, had more pep than when they were children, had major personality changes for the better becoming cheerful, happy and worry free. Their tiniest health concerns all went away and there were stunned at the massive improvement in health taking place all throughout their bodies..they achieved levels of health few had ever seen or experienced.

      They all believed that the natural diet of man was above the ground veggies and fruits. Others have noticed a tendency to war like behavior in meat eaters and pacifist tendencies in those eating no meat or meat products.

      Protein from plants has been proven to also be good for health..only B12 must be supplemented in those not eating chlorella or spirulina when vegans..

      Also since you brought up religion the bible says "I give you plants for your food and herbs for your medicine" Also Daniel and his men who ate only veggies and water surpassed the strength and brain power of the men and his men eating a rich diet as the Lord said they would..yet Jesus did eat meat and fish.

      Arnold traced most health problems to mucus and dried mucus in our body and this diet of certain veggies and fruits cleaned the body of all mucus and prevented more from accumlating.,.this mucusless diet was later promoted by the "father of modern herbology" Dr John R Christopher who cured many with his incurables program.

      he was a sufferer of childhood and lifelong arthritis and noticed when he ate a vegan diet he had no pain but when he ate eggs or cheese, he was stiff and painful and eating meat would put him in a wheelchair almost immediately, so I do not think eating meat is man's natural diet..just cause we can does not necessarily mean that we should

      Histopry is full of people who cured themselves of every disease using a vegan diet and herbs and an holistic approach so I cannot conclude, knowing this, that meat is man's natural diet.

  41. QUESTION:
    Wheat intolerance in children?
    Does anyone have a child with a wheat intolerance? I have it and my son has it, ,but I can never get him to stay on a wheat free diet. The only real consquences when he eats wheat is coughing, mucas, and bad breath. I was diagonsed as an adult after awful symtoms. What types of symtoms do your children have and how do you handle the intolerance?

    • ANSWER:
      Common symptoms of a wheat allergy include:

      Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
      hives (urticaria)
      Asthma
      "Hay fever" (allergic rhinitis)
      Angioedema (swelling)
      Abdominal cramps

      Other symptoms may include:

      Anaphylactic shock
      Arthritis
      Bloated stomach
      Chest pains
      Depression or mood swings
      Diarrhea
      Feeling dizzy or faint
      Headache
      Joint and muscle aches and pains
      Nausea or vomiting
      Palpitations
      Psoriasis
      Rashes
      Sneezing
      Suspected irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or similar effects
      Swollen throat or tongue
      Tiredness and lethargy
      Unexplained cough
      Unexplained runny nose
      Watery or itchy eyes

      Spelt and kamut are grains closely related to common wheat, and are not usually a suitable substitute for people with wheat allergy or coeliac disease. However, they are sometimes used as alternative grains for sufferers of wheat intolerance and mild gluten intolerance. But Rice flour is a commonly used alternative for those allergic to wheat. You could make sure all products you use are made from these substances or home-made recipes yourself if they can be cooked properly.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does fasting make you lose weight?
    Hey guy's k i'm not fat, I'm average and I want to lose weight I was wondering that if I fasted ( ate 2 meals a day/ drank a shitload of water) , would I lose weight or would it be bad for my body?

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously you are not going to get informed answers by most persons who respond here. these people have obviously never fasted and know nothing about it.

      You should read some books on the subject first like Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Fasting and Eating for Health. Also read his book Eat to Live. 300 customer reviews should convince you that there is valuable information in these books. http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Live-Revolutionary-Formula-Sustained/product-reviews/0316735507/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

      Dr Fuhrman is a medical doctor and he has fasted himself The first paragraph of the forward in his book on Fasting says, "Therapeutic fasting accelerates the healing process and allows the body to recover from serious disease in a remarkable short period of time.In my practice I have seen fasting eliminate lupus and arthritis, remove chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, heal the digestive track in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and quickly eliminate cardio vascular diseases such as high blood pressure and angina. In these cases the recoveries were permanent: fasting enabled longtime disease sufferers to unchain themselves from their multiple toxic drugs and even eliminate the need for surgery, which was recommended to some of them as their only solution."

      He also mentions a young 20-year-old athlete who traveled to Dr. Shelton's Health School in San Antonio, Texas and fasted a total of 46 days. At the end of the fast he was able to walk again after not being able to walk for months after being in terrible pain for more than a year. After fasting and regaining his health he placed third in the World Professional figure Skating Championships.This young athlete later attended medical school and became a physician. At medical school however, the patients were treated with conventional methods. Given large amounts of medications to control their symptoms, they rarely got well. No cardiac patients stopped taking drugs because their angina disappeared. No hypertensive patients stopped taking medication because their condition improved. No arthritic patients recovered and threw away their pills. Yet he seen such recoveries from these conditions at Dr. Shelton's Health School.

      As a medical student, the young man saw patients suffer and die needlessly, while under the care of modern medicine. Through it all he remained convinced that people could get well if only they knew how to use fasting AND natural diet to restore their health.

      This young man was Dr. Fuhrman. If he doesn't know what he is talking about, no one does.
      .................................................................

      Eating only 2 meals a day may help you lose weight and it may not. A lot hinges on what you eat when you do eat. If you continue to eat the standard American diet it will likely not help. You need to eat a plant-based nutrient dense diet. It is all explained in Dr. Fuhrman's books and it is all backed by scientific studies and not the studies that are paid for by the food and drug companies.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is Fish Oil supplements used for?

    • ANSWER:
      Omega-3s in fish oil - play a key role in a range of vital body processes, from blood pressure and blood clotting to inflammation and immunity. They may be useful for preventing or treating many diseases and disorders.

      Fish oils appear to reduce the risk of heart disease.

      Omega-3s are also effective general anti-inflammatories, useful for joint problems, lupus, and psoriasis. Studies indicate that people with rheumatoid arthritis experience less joint swelling and stiffness, and may even be able to manage on lower doses of anti-inflammatory drugs, when they take fish oil supplements.

      Fish oils may help prevent colon cancer.

      Omega-3s may help fight breast cancer and maintain healthy breast tissue.

      Special tips:

      --To prevent side effects such as belching and flatulence, avoid taking the entire dose at one time. Try splitting a 3,000 mg daily dose into three 1,000 mg doses, and take throughout the day with meals.

      --Side effects vary depending on the brand, so if you have trouble tolerating one fish oil supplement, try switching to another brand.

      --Don't buy cod liver oil as a source of omega-3s; the high amounts of vitamins A and D contained in these supplements can be toxic.

      --There is much debate about mercury levels in fish and fish oil supplements. Buy supplements from a reputable establishment, and look for sources from the cold Nordic seas. Pollution and contamination are not as high in those waters as in U.S. sources.

      --Women of childbearing age should try and consume 1 to 2 low mercury fish meals per week, so as to ensure proper omega-3 levels are passed on to their children.

      --Not all fish meals are equally beneficial. Broiled or baked fish has been shown to confer more heath benefits than fried fish or fish sandwiches.

      For preventing heart disease and related complications, lupus, psoriasis, eczema and Raynaud's disease: Take 3,000 mg fish oils a day.

      For rheumatoid arthritis: Take 6,000 mg fish oils a day.

      For Crohn's disease: Take 5,000 mg fish oils a day.

      Guidelines for Use -
      The best way to get fish oils--and omega-3s--is by packing your weekly diet with fish. Aim to put such delicacies as salmon, halibut, and cod on the table three or more times a week.

      The strongest evidence for the heart-healthy powers of the omega-3s comes from studies in which participants actually ate cold water fish regularly. Consider supplements for heart-related conditions only if you eat fish less than twice a week.

      Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis require fish oils in supplement form. The reason for this is that considerably high doses of omega-3s--more than what you'd get by eating three or more servings of fish a week--are needed to decrease inflammation.

      Take fish oil supplements with meals.

      Fish oil supplements can rapidly go rancid; store the pills in the refrigerator and avoid buying them in bulk.

      General Interaction -

      Omega-3s may intensify the blood-thinning effect of anticoagulants (blood thinners), including aspirin when taken long term. Internal bleeding--and excessive bleeding--is a risk.

      Possible Side Effects -

      Belching, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and bloating may occur. Sometimes these reactions develop as a result of poor quality in the supplement manufacturing--try switching brands if you suspect this is the cause. In other cases the body has problems processing oils in general due to poor bile acid production or other intestinal problems; try reducing the dose dramatically (to about 180 mg a day) and slowly increasing it over time.

      High doses impair the body's ability to form blood clots, raising concerns that the supplements could cause internal bleeding. However, no such reaction was detected in a study of heart disease sufferers who took 8,000 mg of fish oil supplements in addition to aspirin (an anticoagulant).

      Very high doses of fish oils may cause your body to emit a slightly fishy odor.

      Cautions - Anyone with high triglycerides, a potentially serious situation, should get their cholesterol levels checked regularly. Fish oil is a helpful adjunct to conventional care for high cholesterol. It should not replace conventional drug treatment.

      If you have diabetes, don't take fish oil supplements unless your doctor recommends it; some studies indicate that they may make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.

      Because omega-3s inhibit blood clotting, avoid taking fish oil supplements two weeks before and one week after surgery. Consult a doctor before taking the supplements if you have a chronic blood disorder.

  44. QUESTION:
    Evening primrose oil capsules?
    What does it actually do? Is it just for PMT or does it have other properties ? Hearing a bit bout it lately. Is starflower oil similar?
    So is it taken on a regular basis or just around period time?

    • ANSWER:
      breast pain related to menstrual cycles, Eczema, diabetic neuropathy and rheumatoid Arthritis

      Evening primrose oil has been used with successful results in women with PMS.

      Diabetes:
      Evening primrose oil may be effective treatment for diabetic neuropathy, which involves pain and/or numbness due to nerve damage.

      Heart and Cholesterol:
      Evening primrose oil has been shown to lower high serum cholesterol levels. Dietary supplementation with evening primrose oil has also been shown to reduce platelet aggregation (blood clotting) in those fed a normal or high fat diet.

      Blood Pressure:
      Studies have shown that GLA from evening primrose oil significantly reduces blood pressure and may also inhibit the development of Hypertension.

      Multiple sclerosis:
      Evening primrose oil is routinely used by Multiple sclerosis sufferers. The unusual pattern of fatty acids found in the brain of MS sufferers may return to normal within a few months of taking EPO.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I help my arthritic mother lose weight?
    My mum is in her early sixties, but has fairly bad arthritis in both her knees and has had to have her hip replaced due to the illness. She needs to lose weight (not sure how much she weighs, but is around a UK dress size 24) but she can't walk for any length of time - she will have to stop and have a rest every 10-15 minutes. She does eat larger portions and a load of sweets, drinks lots of coffee and is a smoker..

    The problem is she can't exercise because her weight puts strain on her knees so it's a big problem that I can't see a solution for. I want to try and change her diet, but she would have to be on board with me and my mum really doesn't care.

    What can I do? Any arthritis sufferers who have gotten themselves out of a similar situation?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      She can go swimming, it's puts hardly any stress on your knees. And as she loses weight, her knees will get better and she'll be able to start jogging.

      Regarding her stinking attitude, just say something like "mum, I know that you feel like it's all hard work to get healthy, but I want you to stay around to see your grand children go up, and to able to play with them, and if you don't start working on this now, then you're going to die and never see your grand children"

      The smoking really isn't helping matters at all either, this is greatly reducing her lung capacity and will make her out of breath really fast.

      Maybe you could cook meals for her sometimes to show her that healthy food can be tasty. Also, you need to set a good example yourself, no one takes health advice from some one who's out of shape themselves.

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have fibromyalgia',..What do you do to help with pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had FMS for a number of years. I've found that I need to do several things to manage the pain:
      - I get regular chiropractic care, and this helps immensely.
      - once in awhile, I get lidocaine shots in my upper back, which relaxes muscles pulled by rigid connective tissue.
      - do not drink ANY soda, and the best diet for FMS is the Zone Diet. Any time I go off I am in trouble.
      - I also use Mucinex (blue bottle), as the guafenisin protocol works, but I can't do the whole thing. I just keep taking Mucinex (guafenisin) and I'm OK. Again, when I stop (which I did for about a month), the pain becomes almost unbearable.
      - I had a very bad day this week, and went to a massage school and had a massage.
      - I do water exercises, the ones for arthritis, in a heated pool. It feels great!
      - I take anti-depressants which helps with pain. I also use a lightbox (10,000 lux) which oddly helps with pain.
      - I use melatonin at night -- it helps me sleep and I think FMS sufferers have a shortage of it.

      I know people who have had success with Lyrica, but the drug has many side effects. You might want to try for a month or two.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is cod liver oil any good for gout ?
    As fish known to be not a good food for gout sufferer

    • ANSWER:
      Not really. Cod liver oil is good for joint problems, such as arthritis, but gout is caused by uric acid crystals in the joints.

      If you have gout, your doctor should have advised you on a diet to reduce the amount of uric acid in your blood.

      There are drugs to remove uric acid from the body, but they do have unpleasant side effects (loose stools) so your doctor will not try them until other methods have been found to be unsuccessful.

  48. QUESTION:
    Im 22 overweight with no kids. I always feel sick all ( headache, dizzy, nauseaced) I would love to know why ?

    • ANSWER:
      Ikay. Got the perfect remedy of you don;t mind my advice?

      Let change your diet to delicious comfort veggie foods where you can eat when ever or where ver you want. Eating is good. It's just what you eat and where you eat that matters.
      first I am suggesting you to take a half mile walk in the morning and the evening. If your feet hrt when you walk buy a trampoline and have some fun. Do some yoga evry chance you get.
      then I am asking you to change your diet to Mediterranean high end deluxe meals. Sorry Your gonna have to drop red meat and pork unless you can avoid eat very small portion only once a week.
      here are popel that made it. after listening.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0S6XLWLYmI

      You can do it to here how:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVvaPqm4bXQ
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSL3M8z0bAM&feature=fvsr
      See Your new Mediterranean diet below
      http://www.ehow.com/how_5297985_follow-mediterranean-diet-meal-plan.html

      Alslo Try some comfort foods. High in protein, calcium and basic nutrients.
      http://allrecipes.com//Recipes/soups-stews-and-chili/Main.aspx
      http://localfoods.about.com/od/spring/r/NettleSoup.htm (just in case you have arthritis)
      See more comfort foods but remember to only eat small portion and more often like every two hours. giving the food time to digest. Drink 8 glasses of water a day and prunes.
      http://busycooks.about.com/od/wintermenusandrecipes/a/easycomfortfood.htm

      Step up your intake of calcium rich foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, live organic yogurt and soy milk.and veggies ,cut out caffeine, refined sugar and if you can manage, dairy products from your diet for one month and Some hay fever sufferers have also benefited from cutting back on wheat products. Add extra garlic to your food ratherthan take the chemical alternative of a garlic capsule. pump up on Vitamin C at least 500-1000mg per day.
      Eating one teaspoonful of honey a day

  49. QUESTION:
    Is there any nutritional value in pepper?
    and is there a difference between fresh ground, black, white etc..

    • ANSWER:
      yes there is.
      The nutritional value of capsicums lies in their vitamin content.
      Vitamins A, C and E are present in sweet and hot chilli peppers,
      the sweet having particularly large amounts.
      As a matter of fact, 1 ounce of raw sweet pepper contains
      approximately 40 mg of Vitamin C, which is two thirds
      of the recommended daily intake of that vitamin.

      However, chilli peppers and sweet peppers lose their vitamin content
      when they are cooked or pickled, or if they are allowed to ripen too much.
      Scientists say that chillis add more than just flavour to the diet.
      Capsaicin stimulates the appetite, helps to clear the lungs,
      improves circulation and acts as a painkiller for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
      Capsaicin, once ingested, causes the brain to release endorphins into the
      bloodstream which can induce a natural feeling of well being similar to that
      achieved by long distance runners. If you ever wondered why long distance
      runners seem to enjoy running, just eat a few nice hot chillis and experience the feeling for yourself !!!

      Search it for you!!
      hope i helped!
      anyway there's a link for more info.

      http://www.chillifarm.com/chilli_info/nutritional_value.asp

  50. QUESTION:
    arthritis pain?
    Has anyone tried alternative remedies for arthritis pain? I've tried Glucosamine, over the counter and prescription drugs and nothing seems to help

    • ANSWER:
      Read the arthritis book by Dr Jarvis who also wrote the well known book folk medicine (Vermont). Try eBay, amazon, or library. I got it through inter-library loan as my library did not have it.

      Very fascinating book but the gist of it is raw apple cider vinegar about 2 fingers width in a glass with the same amount of honey (raw preferred) with water 3 times a day around mealtime will remove all the pain of arthritis according to his studies and use with both people and animals; however, if you stop it the arthritis and pain come back.

      It dissolves calcium deposits and is also used for removing calcium deposits from hard water on the inside of water heaters and teakettles. Note how it dissolves an eggshell is put in vinegar..in the same fashion when kept in the bloodstream/body it does the same thing. It also has many other health benefits and is not expensive.

      Do not use regular vinegar as it is unhealthy for the body. It must contain the cloudy mother..try a brand like spectrum or Bragg's available at health food stores, co-ops and health food sections of supermarkets like Krogers or giant eagle.

      also apply warm to joints or clothes soaked in vinegar.

      Good luck!

      Here are some other recommendations for a more permanent cure or better yet do as many of the recommendations as possible and also vinegar.. Curing arithitus takes a while so keep staying on the program and you will see relief. It requires lifestyle change for lasting help,,you can't just look for a pill or supplement to fix living a less healthy lifestyle. By changing one's lifestyle many other ills will be helped or prevented as well.

      I recommend the following:

      1. see all the recommendations here. Dr. John R Christopher, the father of modern herbology, was himself a sufferer of juvenile arthritis.

      He said when he ate a vegan diet, he had no pain (vegans eat grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes, and seeds)..when he ate a vegetarian diet, he had some pain (vegetarians eat dairy and/or eggs but no meat, poultry, and fish). when he ate meats, it would put him in a wheelchair.

      He talks of a permanent cure and how to achieve it and had many recommendations.

      http://www.herballegacy.com/id24.htm

      ... very excellent--please see itl

      2. Dr. Richard Schulze recommends his incurables program and deep tissue repair oil for arthritis. Schulze cured many incurables in his over 20 year underground clinic and was a student of Dr.Christopher and some of the other greatest names in naturopathic medicine. His programs has cured MANY different kinds of incurables illnesses, I know people cured of cancer and I also had good luck on the program.

      http://herbdoc.com/p64.asp

      http://curezone.com/schulze/

      His patient handbook shows how to do the program but it is expensive. http://curezone.com/schulze/

      You can save money, though, by making his formulas yourself. Also very helpful if doing the incurables is the save your life video series (12 hours) available quite a bit on ebay and amazon. originally 0.

      3. I once read people who went on a vegetarian diet (vegan??) for other reasons soon noticed their arthritis improving or disappearing. Had something to do with meat fibers and leaky gut syndrome, so this is further evidence of the superiority of a vegan diet for arthritics.

      4. Take the herbs yucca and tumeric (anti-inflammatory). Take for a long time. Use only organic and/or wildcrafted (in the wilds)..it is better to use a tincture than capsules (liquid extract). Take sufficient calcium/magnesium (twice as much calcium).

      5.Also if not vegan, eat fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring for its good effects on the joints. Also use magnets for pain (10,000 guass--magnelyfe).

      Good Luck!

      Also try 10,000 guass magnets on areas of pain. Works for about 85% of people. It ALWAYS relieves pain for me when I overwork muscle, walk a lot, or injure myself within just a few minutes and definitely by morning. I use magnelyfe mini magnets..I will give you a link (but their tape does not stick well and you will lose them so try a different magnet tape or even waterproof first aid tape at store is better.


diet for arthritis sufferers

Rheumaoid Arthritis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does extensive excercise that uses the joints affected by Rheumaoid Arthritis cause further damage to them?
    I may have RA(test results come in in a week), and am a competitive pistol shooter. It is mainly in shoulder and neck, and when I shoot, I am constantly raising the gun up with one hand. Usually at least 80-100 times for each practice. If I do have RA, will this cause it to become worse?

    Anna

    • ANSWER:
      My rheumatologist has told me not to exercise when my joints are swollen as this is when damage occurs.

      You'll need to speak to your doctor specifically about this.

      .....

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you take hydrocodone while pregnant?
    I have juvenile rheumaoid arthritis and I'm 23 years old (i was diagnosed at the age of 2). I have been taking hydrocodne 10/325 for my arthritis pain for the past 8 months and before that I was taking hydrocodone 10/500. I switched to the 10/325 because it has less acethematphin (however you spell it) which is bad for your liver. I just took a pregnancy test and it is positive. I know I need to go to the doctor and I will be doing so ASAP, but i just wanted to see what kind of answers i get as far as taking hydrocodone while pregnant for one because of the pain I will still have and two because of the length of time i have been taking it I feel as though my body is dependent upon it and Im not sure yet how far along in my pregnancy I am. I have had former friends whose doctor prescribed hydrocodone while they were preganant. Please any feedback and/or shared experiences will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      If your OB is okay with it, it's fine. Plenty of women take it for short-term relief of pain during pregnancy. I don't know why people think you cannot take meds that your OB prescribes for you.....
      I've taken care of pregnant women post-op with everything from gall bladder surgery to cardiac surgery during pregnancy and they're given morphine in the hospital and sent home with prescriptions for Darvocet, T3, Lortab, etc and it's fine.

  3. QUESTION:
    know any thing about rheumaoid arthritis in the ribs?
    Have pain in left lower/ rib. Have had chest ex-ray and CT Scan. blood test.. twice in the past 5months....all good ...but still have burning pain in ribs.... could it be a type of arthritis? Anything will help in my research for answers and help to my pain ....Do not need pain killers need an answer to my pain! Seeing next a Rheumatology Doctor....any onther suggustions? C

    • ANSWER:
      My best friends husband has rheumatoid arthritis but he never had pain in his ribs always in his joints. He sees a specialist for it he was young when he got it in his mid 30's. that's all I know.


rheumaoid arthritis

Doctor For Arthritis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How much do each of these occupations earn in a year?
    How much do each of these occupations earn in a year?
    Doctor, Doctor (of Arthritis), Dentist, Judge, Lawyer, Accountant, Politician.
    What other high earning occupations are there in Australia.

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors, Dentists, Lawyer around US $ 36,000.00
      Judge = Approx US $ 100,000.00
      Accountant = 25,000 to 30,000 US $
      Politicians = Depends upon the situation and availability of opportunities to earn

      Diplomats, Teachers, Engineers are also highly paid.

  2. QUESTION:
    What physical symptoms can flea bites cause?
    Ive been having knee/leg pain also arm pain. Basically joint pain. I seen a rhematologist today and my doctor took arthritis tests, lupus, and some others, all negative. He noticed flea bites that i have from about two months ago. Their everywhere! Tons! He said that infections from other people or animals can cause these symptoms, and that they go away in about 6 weeks. Has anyone else ever had this? Or heard about it? This is new to me. I hope that's all it is. I don't want arthritis!

    Thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      flea bites are intensely itchy...

      this site should help you...

      http://www.vetcontact.com/en/pdf.php?k=36

      good luck

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the medical term for arthritis causing pain in the head, similar to hypertension symptoms?
    I usually have pain in my nape up to the head but my blood pressure is just above normal. The doctor ruled out hypertension. Arthritis is suspected somewhere in the spine. Is this possible? Any cure suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Information on arthritis,home remedies and treatment is available at http://tinyurl.com/z5vx5

  4. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if I consistently sleep more than 8 hours?
    If I don't have to wake up, I can easily sleep 10 or so hours. I am about to see a doctor about possible arthritis in my wrists. I've heard that could be a symptom? Can anyone tell me about this?

    Thanks! BTW I am 21
    I've heard oversleeping can be related to arthritis, I mean.

    • ANSWER:
      sleep apnea should be considered by your doctor also.

  5. QUESTION:
    My Ana came back positive and they think I have Rheumatoid Athritis?
    I'm 17 and was wondering how bad this could be since I'm so young, I'm scheduled to go see a special doctor for Arthritis but it's not until November. I'm just scared because I hurt all the time and don't have any answers, so if anyone knows anything about this please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      When you mean you hurt all over, do both hands, wrists, etc. hurt? Is the pain on both sides of your body? You are not to young to have arthritis. I started with my symptoms when I was in my early 20's. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last year. I would call that doctor's office everyday to see if they have any cancellations, so you can in earlier. I know you are scared, but you have to find out what is wrong and get the pain relief that you need. I hope you do not have RA, but if you do their are alot of good medications that can help you. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    I want to know how to find a free or low cost dental clinic. My mother is on a fixed income?
    My mom has social security as her sole support. She is 64 and has no Medical or Dental insurance coverage. After rent, utilities and grocerys she does not have much left. She really needs to see a doctor because of arthritis pain and her diabetes. She really needs to see a dentist because she has many missing teeth and is in bad need of dentures. I am not in a financial position to help her. I need to find her free or low cost care. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      How can she be on Social Security and not have Medicare?

      There is no free dental care. The dental clinics that were popular in the 90's were overwhelmed and most have opted to treat only children now. All they ever did was pull teeth out anyway. So there's no free care.

      Have you looked into your local county and state dental society or your nearest local dental school? They will offer reduced fees but not by too much. Most require payment up front and there are huge waiting lists. Sorry. Because of the economy it's just a bad time all around.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to massage figers with arthritis that hurts and hardens?
    My mum has suffered arthritis, and tonight she started screaming that her fingers were painful and she couldn't move it? So i ran to her aid, but i wasn't sure how to massage it since i'm like only 10. But she said to apply pressure so i did, but it wasnt after an hour till she fell asleep soundly. I want to help her so badly but idk how and it hurts me to see her cry like this.

    • ANSWER:
      That's really sweet of you. Your Mum must really appreciate you =]

      Is your Mum seeing a doctor for her arthritis? I see you live in Australia and you have a healthcare system where everyone can see a doctor for free. So it's really important your Mum gets the right medical care. There may be medications that her doctor can prescribe or she may need to see a doctor who specialises in arthritis. These doctors are called rheumatologists (roo-mar-toll-a-gist). You could ask your mother if she's ever seen one before.

      If your mum's hands feel hot, go and grab and ice pack or some frozen veges or a bag of ice. Wrap it in a tea towel and put it around her hands. This will help numb it, but it will also help with the swelling.

      At the chemist you should be able to buy a tube of gel called Voltaren Gel. It's a silver and orange tube. If she rubs this on her hands it should help with the pain and swelling.

      Does she take any medications? There are some anti-inflammatories that you can buy at the pharmacy without a script like ibuprofen/nurofen. This will help with the pain and swelling. Doctors can prescribe stronger medication though.

      Doctors can also inject the joints with steroids. These help dramatically with the pain and swelling, but they are very painful and can only be done by a doctor.

      You're a really sweet to care and hopefully some of this advice will help your mum

      ....

  8. QUESTION:
    What sets off the autoimmune gene that per my doctor can cause different diseases and many forms?
    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, my brother has Psorisis and I have a sister with Diabetes. My dad had gout, is this where the gene originated from and what sets this gene off? I was in an accident and was diagnosed not long after with RA.

    • ANSWER:
      It is still under investigation. Although, scientists have found an unexpected genetic link among three common autoimmune diseases: "psoriasis", "rheumatoid arthritis" and systemic lupus erythematosus.

      The findings, being reported recently in the journal Nature Genetics, have no immediate practical effect. But by identifying a cellular path through which the three diseases are touched off, they may help biologists design new treatments.

      Psoriasis affects 2 percent of Americans; rheumatoid arthritis, up to 1 percent; and systemic lupus -- which attacks the joints and can cause severe inflammation -- one-twentieth of 1 percent.

      The link among the three diseases involves a PROTEIN that helps the thymus GLAND train cells of the immune system. Autoimmune diseases are caused when such cells mistakenly attack the body's own tissues.

      The protein, Runx-1, controls the activity of various genes by binding to a nearby site on the DNA of the chromosomes. Last year, scientists at the University of Uppsala in Sweden reported that many patients with systemic lupus had an altered Runx-1 binding site on Chromosome 2, meaning that the Runx-1 protein could not properly control the gene next to the binding site.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best arthritis medicine to take with Plavix?
    I have been on plavix for two years.Now I need to start taking arthritis medicine.What is the best one to take with plavix and with the least side affects.

    • ANSWER:
      Plavix is an anti platelet blood thinning drug.
      Anti inflammatories such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, etc are good for arthritis.
      HOWEVER, CHECK with doctor first.
      Anti arthritis drugs can affect blood thinning.
      If mild arthritis, then paracetamol should be okay to take with plavix.

  10. QUESTION:
    Which doctor should you see if you think you have arthritis in big toe joint?
    Foot doctor (Prosthodontist?)or arthritis doctor or just a regular GP?

    • ANSWER:
      For foot issues, I always head to the podiatrist.

  11. QUESTION:
    What do doctors give for rheumatoid arthritis?
    Hi, I am 18 and have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritist in my hips, along with multiple other issues with my left leg. My doctor wrote me off as disabled because I can't walk or stand for more than 10 minutes without horrible pain. I am just wondering what he will be planning on persccribing me if he will give me opiates such as oxycodone, etc...

    Thank you to all in advance

    • ANSWER:
      William,

      It is important to see a rheumatologist as soon as possible. These are the physicians who are up on the most recent and most effective treatments for those with your disorder. All of the treatments below may be used to induce or maintain remission in RA. Which treatment is right for you, or should be tried first, is a decision which must be made by your own rheumatologist in tandem with an internist. Some very exciting research is taking place in RA at major research medical centers, so try to be positive that an effective control will be located for your issue. I currently have a patient doing well on Infliximab, who sees a rheumatologist. Opiates are not an ideal treatment, but may be used sometimes until other medications begin to be effective.

      NSAIDs
      Corticosteroids
      Methotrexate (Rheumatrex®, Trexall®)
      Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil ®)
      Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine®)
      Leflunomide (Arava®)
      Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors-- etanercept (Enbrel®, adalimumab (Humira ®), and infliximab (Remicade®)
      T-cell Costimulatory Blocking Agents—abatacept (Orencia®)
      B cell Depleting Agents—rituximab (Rituxan®)
      Interleukin-1 (IL-1) Receptor Antagonist Therapy—anakinra (Kineret®)
      Intramuscular Gold
      Other Immunomodulatory and Cytotoxic agents-- azathioprine (Imuran®), cyclophosphamide, and cyclosporine A(Neoral®, Sandimmune®)

      Very best wishes.

  12. QUESTION:
    What's the procedure for getting tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    I'm 24 and my doctor wants me to get blood work done for this because we thought it was tendinitis in my elbows, but now the inflammation has spread to my hips knees and ankles. I was just wondering what the procedure is; how big is the needle, how much blood they need, and which part of the body they give you the shot.

    Also, if anyone has any home remedies instead of western medicine this would be great too. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, if this turns out to be Rheumatoid Arthritis, you don't have time for home remedies. RA is a very serious disease. You can speak to people who were slow to get a diagnosis and treatment and you'll find it's not a pretty story. I know one lady whose RA has spread to her lungs and brain and she has severe joint deformity. You need to seek treatment ASAP if you have RA.

      The needles aren't big and they're not a big deal. You'll feel a little jab and they'll probably take 3 or 4 vials. They take it from inside the elbow. Make sure they do as many of the tests as they can now so you don't have to go back again.

      Good luck.

      ....

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best type of doctor to see about cortisol /steroid injections into the shoulder?
    I have arthritis there, I would like to see if I am a candidate for this treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      The best doctor would be an orthopedic doctor, they administer the injection after a quick history and physical. They also monitor the pain you might be having in your shoulder.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to reduce 5 handicap parking ticket in California?
    My old mom just got an outstanding 5 ticket for parking in handicap when she isn't officially handicap with the sticker and plac.

    So the next day, we go sign up for one and its approved by the doctors with her arthritis and we now have a temporary handicap card.

    Can we use this information to go to San Jose DMV courts to reduce this outstanding fine?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure, take it with you and tell them what happened, you have to go to court anyway right?

  15. QUESTION:
    How bad does my arthritis have to get before I can claim disability?
    I have osteoarthritis in my neck, lower back, wrists and ankles. I take prescription anti inflamitories and muscle relaxers in order to go to work. I work 10 hrs a day on my feet constantly moving, stretching and bending. While this movement is good for my arthritis, it can get really painful by the end of the day. I feel like I am up a creek without a paddle most of the time, especially after a 3 day workout. Then I just totally crash. I am tired of waking up with swollen hands, having a crick in my back and limping for a while after sitting down for 30 minutes.

    • ANSWER:
      yes speak with ur doctor,,,or a good doctor.Every state has different laws in regards to disability..Every lawyer wants u on disability,,thats how the disability lawyers get paid,,and they can streach it out 4 years,,,the longer they streach it the more of the back pay they owe u,,they get...plus the system is sooo screwed,,people get on it that dont need it and then they get jobs under the table,,proving that they can work..
      If u need on disability,,find out what doctors works with what lawyers....The two have to have a Very good realationship...request for specialist and leave a good paper trail in regards of ur problem,,,ur state will be looking at the trail more than what u say...u need a good family doctor and several specialist that are willing to work together,,,good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to alleviate arthritis symptoms in dogs?
    My 10 yr old yellow lab was just diagnosed with arthritis. She's absolutely fine, most of the time, runs, swims, etc. But, she has days, when she can not put any weight on her right front paw. The Vet gave me medacam, and that works very well. But is there anything else I can do for her?
    She is at her normal weight, about 62 pounds, she is definitely not over-weight. She swims in the pool daily (usually several times, even when the leg acts up). I do give her glucosamine supplements (in honey). I'm interested in the magnetic therapy, do they make small mattress pads for dog beds?
    She;s definitely not overweight, and I dont think she did anything to the paw, because it hurt initially, but then was absolutely fine for about a month, and then back to holding it in the air. I was really beginning to think the arthritis diagnosis was not right, until she started limping on it again...I'm not that familiar with arthritis, is that how it is, comes and goes?

    • ANSWER:
      I used magnetic therapy on my dog that extended her years beyond what doctors said. The magnets were from Nikken.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have arthritis in my right knee that has made me almost unable to walk. What's the best treatment for this?
    My doctor prescribed Ibuprofen, and this helps a little, but not nearly enough.

    • ANSWER:
      I suffer from arthritis in my wrist and used to have it in my foot (Bunion) but control my wrist by wearing a copper bracelet all the time. Have managed to rid my bunion by putting copper wire in my shoe, just under the bunion, while at work. This took about a month to work and that was approx 7 years ago and no recurrence. Dont ask me why but it worked for me!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best solution for arthritis pain?
    My doctor gave me Tramadol, but it makes me sleep and I need to work! any other suggestions? are there no -sleepy pain killers or anti-inflamatories that work for it? and alternative or natural recipes your may suggest? Just going upstairs in my house is a torture!

    • ANSWER:
      There are two supplements you can try. The first is omega 3 fatty acids.

      The second is Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO). This is the one that has done the best for me but I now take omega 3 for my heart. Here is some information about both.

      You do not want to buy Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) from over seas. The vast majority of manufactures are here in the USA because this is where it is first developed. I get mine from vitacost.com because they have it for under 15 dollars.

      Omega 3
      http://arthritis-symptom.com/alternativel-arthritis-treatments/omega-3-fatty-acids.htm

      Cetyl Myristoleate
      http://arthritis-symptom.com/cetylmyristoleate/

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I improve my mobility with significant arthritis in one hip?
    At 51, my orthopedist says I am too young for a hip replacement but the pain with each step has become agonizing, and the limping has caused imflammation in my SI joint.The doctor suggests three physical therapy sessions a week but with a deductible of 40.00 each adding another 480.00 minimum to my monthly budget just isn't in the cards. And- I have had some physical therapy with little or no results. Can anyone suggest anything?
    I have tried a cane, but it seems that the cane doesn't help the hip pain much, since so much of the pain has migrated to my right SI joint and my right leg seems to have torqued a bit inward. I have tried using the cane in both hands without a lot of success.

    • ANSWER:
      I find it very frustrating when orthopedists say someone is "too young" for a hip replacement. Does that mean you should stop being active until you are "old enough" for a hip replacement?

      To say the very least, at least he/she is trying conservative options first. First, regarding the frequency of PT of three times a week, I rarely find this to be needed unless the case is very acute or post-surgical. Most non-surgical, chronic pains can be addressed with a frequency of two times a week...especially because the goal is to show someone a home exercise program...we certainly aren't going to cure your arthritis, so it will require long term management. PT at 1-2 times a week is often very appropriate. This may certainly make it more affordable. However, I realize that you have tried PT before, and perhaps either you need a different approach of PT or that PT simply isn't the answer for you.

      My next suggestion would be to discuss a water aerobics class...particularly if you have a facility that follows the guidelines of the national arthritis foundation. Programs sponsered by the NAF keep the pool heated to a certain degree which tends to be more comfortable for people with arthritis. You very well may get some relief from this type of program which focuses on low impact joint movements, cardiovascular health and joint flexiblity. However, even if you don't get pain relief, at least you can exercise in a medium that should make exercise more tolerable.

      You may also wish to discuss cortisone injections as a way to mange your pain. A hip resurfacing procedure, a less invasive surgery than a hip replacement may also be of consideration. Even a hemi arthroplasty would be less invasive. These are all options to discuss with your surgeon.

      Next, you could venture to alternative therapies...accupunture etc. ...however, the jury is still out on these types of approaches. To say the very least, it won't hurt you or worsen your condition.

      Finally, if you've exhausted all your options and it HAS been confirmed that arthritis is the cause of your hip pain and your surgeon continues to refuse a hip replacement, I would simply seek another opinion. I see no reason to disable a young person because they are "too young" for the procedure. While it is true that you may eventually need a revision surgery in the future, you should know that hip replacement procedures are lasting longer and longer...I've seen several that have lasted greater than 10 years (and remember that the technology has improved since then) and I'm sure we'll start seeing them last 15-20 years. At that rate, better to have your revision done by age 71, rather than waiting until you are 65 to have the surgery and having to go through a revision at the age of 85 when surgery becomes a greater risk!

      ...I have seen MANY hip replacments performed in people under the age of 60...in fact, several have been in their 40s....it has GREATLY improved the quality of their life.

      Best wishes to you.

  20. QUESTION:
    what are some good remedies for severe arthritis?
    My mom has really bad arthritis in her legs and is making her life miserable. Does anyone know of any kind of medication, natural remedies or exercises that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis: How to Stay Active and Independent

      What is arthritis?
      Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. It causes pain and usually also limits movement of the joints that are affected. There are many kinds of arthritis. A type called osteoarthritis (also called degenerative joint disease) is the most common.

      What causes osteoarthritis?
      The exact cause isn't known. A person may be at increased risk of osteoarthritis because it runs in the family. Osteoarthritis seems to be related to the wear and tear put on joints over the years in most people. But wear and tear alone don't cause osteoarthritis.

      What happens when a joint is affected?
      Normally, a smooth layer of cartilage acts as a pad between the bones of a joint. Cartilage helps the joint move easily and comfortably. In some people, the cartilage thins as the joints are used. This is the start of osteoarthritis. Over time, the cartilage wears away and the bones may rub against one another.

      Bones may even start to grow too thick on the ends where they meet to make a joint, and bits of cartilage and bone may loosen and get in the way of movement. This can cause pain, joint swelling and stiffness.

      Who gets osteoarthritis?
      Osteoarthritis is more common in older people because they have been using their joints longer. Using the joints to do the same task over and over or simply using them over time can make osteoarthritis worse.

      Younger people can also get osteoarthritis. Athletes are at risk because they use their joints so much. People who have jobs that require the same movement over and over are also at risk. Injuries to a joint can increase the risk of arthritis in the joint later on. Excess weight also can accelerate arthritis in the knees, hips and spine.

      Is there a treatment?
      No cure for osteoarthritis has been found. But the right plan can help you stay active, protect your joints from damage, limit injury and control pain. Your doctor will help you create the right plan for you.

      Tips on staying active
      Lose weight if you're overweight.
      Exercise regularly for short periods.
      Go to a physical therapist if you can.
      Use canes and other special devices to protect your joints.
      Avoid lifting heavy things.
      Avoid overusing your joints.
      Don't pull on objects to move them--push them instead.
      Take your medicine the way your doctor suggests.
      Use heat and/or cold to reduce pain or stiffness.

      Will my arthritis get worse?
      Osteoarthritis does tend to get worse over time. But you can do many things to help yourself.

      It's important to stay as active as possible. When joints hurt, people tend not to use them and the muscles get weak. This can cause contractures (stiff muscles), and it can make it harder to get around. This causes more pain and the cycle begins again. Ask your doctor to discuss pain control with you so that you can stay active and avoid this problem.

      Will medicine help?
      Medicines you can buy without a prescription that reduce inflammation, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (one brand name: Motrin), ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis) or naproxen (brand name: Aleve), or pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (one brand name: Tylenol), can help you feel better. Your doctor can also prescribe medicine for you, such as prescription pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat certain types of arthritis. NSAIDs can help by reducing inflammation, swelling and pain in the joints, but not everyone can take them.

      Medicine should be used wisely. You only need the amount that makes you feel good enough to keep moving. Using too much medicine may increase the risk of side effects.

      Can special devices really help?
      Yes. Special devices (see box below) and different ways of doing things can help people with arthritis stay independent for as long as possible. These devices help protect your joints and keep you moving. For example, if you learn to use a cane the right way, you can help reduce the amount of pressure your weight puts on your hip joint when you walk by up to 60%. Talk to your doctor if you think a special device may help your arthritis.

      Special devices for people with arthritis
      Canes, walkers and splints
      Shoe inserts, wedges or pads
      Special fasteners (such as Velcro) on clothing
      Large grips for tools and utensils (wrap foam or fabric around items with narrow handles, like pens)
      Wall-mounted jar openers
      Electric appliances, such as can openers and knives
      Mobile shower heads
      Bath seats and grab bars for the bathtub

      Will special exercises really help?
      Yes. Exercise keeps your muscles strong and helps you stay flexible. Exercises that don't strain your joints are best. To avoid pain and injury, choose exercises that can be done in small amounts with rest time in between. Dancing, weight lifting and bike riding are good exercises for people with arthritis.

      Try tightening your muscles and then relaxing them a number of times. You can do this with all of your major muscle groups. You could also try an "aquacise" program available through your local swimming pool or community center. These programs involve special movements in the pool, with much of your body's weight held up by water.

      Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

      Should I use heat to ease pain?
      Using heat may reduce your pain and stiffness. Heat can be applied through warm baths, hot towels, hot water bottles or heating pads. Try alternating heat with ice packs.

      Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff.

      Source
      American Academy of Family Physicians

  21. QUESTION:
    can you have rheumatoid arthritis without it showing up in blood work?
    I have rheumatoid arthritis like symptoms, but have a lot of blood work and nothing shows up. Is it possible it not be in the blood. It hasn't been a year yet, it started about June or July sometime around there. I am 14 if that means anything. I have also been diagnosed with fabry disease, both clinically and genetically.

    • ANSWER:
      In short yes.

      Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, is difficult to diagnose, because there is not a single test that works for everyone. There are also a number of other conditions and factors that can explain differences in blood test results, so even if you show a high C-Reactive Protein Levels, for example, this doesn't necessarily mean you have arthritis.

      Since there is no single test, doctors usually preform a number of different tests, as well as looking at the symptoms of the patient. In many cases, it also isn't that they are testing for arthritis specifically, but rather that they are testing for other similar conditions to rule them out.

      As far as your age goes, people of all ages can develop arthritis, but it is more common among the elderly. However, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis does occur.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to treat arthritis without taking medicine?
    I have juvenile rheumatiod arthritis in my knee and ankle and I reaaaally don't want to take medicine because it upsets my stomach! I know I should do excersises, which I don't really do because I always forget. Are there any foods that help? I've heard that cherry juice helps, but it tastes disgusting. And does icing the joints help? Or putting heat on them? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few answers to this.
      1) If that medicine upsets your stomach, there are other options available. There are both natural options and drug options for treating arthritis, a number of which don't upset the stomach.
      2) You're right... you should do exercises. Mobility helps keep the joints loose and helps a LOT of people with arthritis to improve or at least to not decline. I work with a guy in Tae Kwon Do who has severe arthritis that has increased his flexibility, mobility, and how well he can walk in just a few months of going regularly. Exercise really does help if you stick with it.
      3) If you forget to do the exercises, you could always set an alarm on your watch or cell phone to remind you. Typically, the exercises don't take very long and you could watch half an hour of TV while you're doing them.
      4) Yes, there are anti-inflammatory foods that help, many of which are available as supplements as well. Some examples include: Fish Oil (or good fish like Salmon) have good amounts of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids; Turmeric (an Indian spice) is also good both as a spice and a supplement to help inflammation; and shellfish shells have natural Glucosamine in them, which is great for joints (although the taste and texture isn't the nicest so it's generally easiest to get it from a supplement). There are many other supplements as well such as Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, Microlactin, AvoVida, and cherries in capsule or liquid form (as you mentioned) so there are quite a few options.
      5) Ice and heat can help different pains at different times. You may want to consult with your doctor or Physical Therapist to see when you should best use one or the other, how to prepare the ice wrap, and how long to keep each on (as your size and age can have an impact on how long to keep either on).

      I think that covers all the questions you asked. ;-) Good luck and I hope I helped!

  23. QUESTION:
    Is anyone else having to wait 5 months to see a specialist doctor?
    I have arthritis in my knee, I am not able to walk without a walker. I have been in this position for 11 weeks now, I am waiting to see a specialist, orthopaedic surgeon. I have 4 more months to wait, this is very painful, physically and emotionally.

    • ANSWER:
      In our area of Ohio, some specialties are scarce, so the wait for them is considerable. However, if that is the case, your family doctor may be able to start some other treatment options for you while you wait. Some injections are able to be done by a primary care doctor, such as Synvisc, Aristospan, etc. Ask your doctor. He/she may not be aware there is such a long wait to get into the ortho. You may also want to consider traveling a little farther distance, to another major city where there may be many doctors specializing in ortho surgery. For example, in our area, our large office practice has the only dermatologist in the area, but if people travel another 30 miles, there are six others in that area, they just don't want to travel. It sounds to me like you may want to take the extra effort to drive a little farther. Also, keep calling the ortho doc to see if they have cancellations, ask to be put on their cancellation list, make sure your family doc has sent all your records ahead of time. If your family doc has done all the necessary testing, and tried several things, it's more likely the specialist will be inclined to see you sooner, if they know that all other avenues have been unsuccessful in helping you. Some family doctors are quick to refer out to a specialist, leaving all kinds of treatment options to them to try, which isn't really what they want to do. This doctor you're waiting to see doesn't want to have to try a couple kinds of injections or therapy options; he probably would prefer to jump right to surgery, since that is what he deals in.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to massage figers with arthritis that hurts and hardens?
    My mum has suffered arthritis, and tonight she started screaming that her fingers were painful and she couldn't move it? So i ran to her aid, but i wasn't sure how to massage it since i'm like only 10. But she said to apply pressure so i did, but it wasnt after an hour till she fell asleep soundly. I want to help her so badly but idk how and it hurts me to see her cry like this.

    • ANSWER:
      Aw sweetie, you are so good natured for wanting to help your mom. Yes, arthritis in the hands is quite painful so I understand why she's in so much pain. She needs to talk to her doctor immediately, there are plenty of medicines that will help to allieviate her pain but in the meantime, she should try to use moist heat packs or even a heating pad on her hands as well as taking some ibuprophen or aleve to help with the pain. Massage generally will not help with arthritic hand pain...so look for alternatives. Let your mom know that she doesn't need to suffer in silence, there are many treatments (both natural and medicinal) that can help her. I hope she finds something that works for her soon. Take care.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is a joint pain specialist called? I know the doctor said something about skeleto?
    I have had chronic severe hip, back and joint pain for the last 9 months and the doctor has referred me to a hospital specialist for treatment, injections, MRI ...? Can anyone tell me the title of this kind of specialist as I need it to fill in a DLA form? I know it was quite a long name and included something like skeleto?

    • ANSWER:
      Orthopedic Consultant/Doctor - Skeletal System

      Rheumatology Consultant/Doctor - Musculoskeletal System

      Orthopedic would usually deal with 'joint replacements' or broken bones and via surgery.
      Rheumatologist, the name for the Rheumatology Consultant deals with Arthritis via drugs, injections, PT, hydrotherapy. Therefore I would state you will see a Rheumatologist first. Now IF say your hip is so bad that you cannot walk, or need lots of serious pain killers just to walk, let alone a zimmer frame, the Rheumatologist will transfer you to a Orthopedic Consultant for a hip replacement.

  26. QUESTION:
    If I have mild Scoliosis & Arthritis in my neck what can I do to reduce everyday pain?
    I've seen a chiropractor & all she suggested is that I drink a lot more water and exercise everyday. She explained that I have phase 1 arthritis in my neck & that I should get a foam pillow... Can anyone give me any tips on how I can reduce everyday pain & that uncomfortable feeling?

    I'm 23 and I have a secretary job, I don't drink or smoke.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a bad back too. Here's the deal. You're going about this the wrong way. First, I have a condition and I have seen many doctors for my back. EVERY one of them, EVERY SINGLE ONE has agreed that chiropractors are not going to help you. In fact, they can cause a great deal of harm. There are people who will swear to you that chiropractors are great, the "adjustments" work, etc. But the problem is they don't know what they're talking about.

      Now that that's out of the way, I'll tell you that the water, exercise, and pillow advice is good generic advice for everybody. Believe it or not, more water will decrease inflammatory pain slightly. But the best advice I can give you is this: Take two Advil every morning until you can get feeling a little better, stretch out in the morning, get up and walk around for a minute or two every hour, get a lower back support pillow for your chair, eat right, (also deceptively important) and see a real doctor. Ask about an exercise/stretching routine.

      Okay now, this may not be easy for you to hear, but if you're overweight, even a little, that will cause problems for your back and knees. I don't know what you look like, but if you're a "plus size" and you're having back pain, you need to consider losing weight. If you're just a little overweight and you're having these problems, that means you have a weak back anyway and you really can't afford to put any extra weight on it. If you're more than about 10-15 lbs. heavier than you should be, that will cause back problems and you will either need to lose the weight or live with the pain or get hooked on painkillers. Those last two don't sound that appealing, do they?

      There are ways to deal with this. Nutrition, stretching, light exercise, medical care, and a back-healthy lifestyle are the tools for the job.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you know Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is destroying you?
    I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and i was diagnosed at three. I am currently 17 and my arthritis has brought me to the point in my life where i need a hip replacement. My family are constantly telling me i am letting the disease destroy me, and people at school think i am one of the most positive and emotional strong people they have ever met. Who is right?

    i baby-sit the majority of the week and i am at school Monday-Friday (sometimes Saturday) and i have a 90% attendance.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had JRA since I was 2 and it is not a disease that you have any control over. You can't let your arthritis destroy your cartilage, unfortunately it just happens. I know quite a few people with JRA who had hip replacements at your age. The good news is they feel much better once they heal from the surgery. Don't let your parents tell you that its your fault. Unless you are not taking any of your medication or living a very unhealthy lifestyle the disease really is out of your control. Your parents should know that if they have had a child with JRA for so long. Your rheumatologist should be able to tell them that. Its possible that they just need to be educated further about JRA. I recommend contacting the arthritis foundation. They probably have support groups for parents as well as fundraisers and informational seminars somewhat near you so your parents could meet other parents of kids with JRA and doctors etc to learn more. I personally think its also a really great place to meet other kids with JRA which has been a real support for me. Hope this helps and don't let anyone make you feel bad about your arthritis. its not your fault.

  28. QUESTION:
    What's the closest thing to a cortisone injection that I can take w/o going to doctor?
    What's the closest thing to a cortisone injection that I can take w/o going to a doctor?
    My shoulder pain goes away immediately when I'm injected with cortisone.

    I'm in a tournament so rest is not an option.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      otc painkiller--aspirin, acetamenaphin, alieve, (one of those otc brands for arthritis would probably do a good job), Goody's powder, etc. ?

      Glucosamine pills, arthritis cream.

      My bro has achey shoulders & takes Cherry (extract) pills. He's a huge guy, not easily medicated, has done a lot of heavy lifting over the years & has a warehouse job. Had this pain for years. He SWEARS by his cherry pills. When the ache starts, he takes just a couple or up to 4 over the course of the day & can tell a difference the next day.

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does frozen shoulder & rheumatied arthritis take to heel?
    I have been suffering from frozen shoulder since the last 3 years & rheumatoid arthritis from 1 year back. How long will it take for me to get cured?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there is no cure for arthritis, so treatment is typically focused on keeping it from getting worse.

      However, exercise and diet can be a very effective way to help mitigate the effects of the disease. Make sure to check with your doctor first and ask them about what types of foods and exercises are safe, but generally low impact exercises work very well with those who have arthritis.

      This includes things like water aerobics, walking, and yoga, all of which can help strengthen the muscles and reduce joint pain, without making the disease worse. Exercises to avoid are ones like running, which put a lot of shock on the joints.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the substance in tomatoes that can worsen arthritis?
    I saw a documentary on allergies in which a doctor mentions that tomatoes can help lessen allergy symptoms but, "a substance in tomatoes can accumulate and cause joint stiffness." I had never heard of this before.

    • ANSWER:
      Potassium is not good for Arthritis Patients.

      Nightshades >>>>(Any of several plants of the genus Solanum, such as the bittersweet nightshade, most of which have a poisonous juice.) from diet reduced pain by about 50%, & flare level pain is equally reduced as well.

      Nightshade family foods are: potato, tomato, eggplant, and peppers of the spicy and bell varieties. Black ground pepper is not a nightshade.

      In addition to avoiding the whole foods, you must avoid most convenience & prepared foods, which frequently contain paprika or chili or other nightshade peppers in the "spices." Most condiments & salad dressings,commercially prepared, contain nightshades unless verified by the manufacturer as NF (nightshade free).

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you deal daily with severe arthritis in the knees?
    I can hardly function. I have trouble getting out of the house. And, if I sit very long, I can't get up on my own. And, my doctor still seems to think I can work full time.He wants me to take the injections in the knees, but I haven't done that yet. And, he said no knee replacements until I am 65. Is there any relief/help out there? I live in Indiana.

    • ANSWER:
      My Doctor recommended liquid fish oil. So, for the past year I have religiously taken 10mls liquid fish oil every morning, before breakfast (it does NOT taste awful, and I abide by the instructions which say 10mls fruit juice, top up to 20ml to get the fish oil and chuck it down like a straight whisky!!) You may laugh but believe me, it works. I am walking well, my joints have hardly any pain in them, it benefits my heart, and apparently also my brain.!! Must admit, I feel pretty alert and intelligent!! Give it a go. I mean liquid and not the capsules.!! I also rub in a product called Arthro Aid into my knees after showering. Good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are there any good creams that work sold over the counter for arthritis and muscle pain?
    I can't take any nsaids to help relieve the pain for inflamation and arthritis. Because of my medications I already take, I was trying to find a external cream that might help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am cursed with arthritis in my knees at a young age (im 23). I personally like Icy Hot. Walmart has an equate brand that is half the price that I use. It's the same active ingredients. The only downside to creams is that they don't last for more than an hour... two at the most. Also, a word of advice... never use them when you have just gotten out of the pool/shower. They work by reacting with the oxygen in the air and when you're wet it must speed up that reaction or something because it burns really bad.

      What has helped my knees is a good electric massager. Get the kind that plugs in so you don't have to buy batteries. I've actually had arthritis since I was 17, and it used to be my mom, but now my wife that will massage the backs of my knees while I lay on my stomach. It helps me a ton.

      Also, you might be able to take Glucosmine Condroiten (I doubt I spelled that right) with the medicines you are taking. I would ask your doctor though. What it does is help your body produce more of the fluid that cushions your joints; almost like oiling a machine :)

  33. QUESTION:
    How can i help prevent my children from getting arthritis?
    I've had what my doc calls severe arthritis since I was 15 I'm 22 now and yes it sucks having arthritis this young. But I have 2 boys and I don't want them to suffer from this especially so young. Are there ways I can help prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would talk to your own doctor if I were you, and also let me say as an older woman with arthritis, its something we tend to think '' oh well we are old now, its just one of those things', but truly I hate to hear of a young woman such as yourself having the pain of arthritis. I commend you on your concern for the boys, shows your a loving caring young mother. Talk to your doctor, even though I can suggest things that are good, I would rather you speak and ask the doctor is it ok to give you boys such and such.

      Mine came on so bad a few months ago, basically all over my body, but worse was the feet, ankles, elbows, and the hands, which as you can imagine was totally debilitating fully, it was utter agony, even hurt when I was still in bed. My doctor suggested I took :-

      Strong strength cod liver oil tablets once a day
      and
      a Syrup called Clucosamine.

      He said persevere with doing this, and for 3 months, I was still in the same way, but suddenly it all started working, and now I am like a little kitten, a 60 year old playing around with her dog on the floor like a child would do. The Clucosamine syrup is pleasant to take, the cod liver oil table slips down easily, so it will not be a battle with your boys to take that, but first and foremost to get the right dosage you must talk to your doctor first. He will tell you other things too, but reckon he will highly recommend the Glucosamine. And hey take it for yourself too. What it does is replaces the fluid that cusions around the joints, and the beauty of it is, that its a natural remedy, so you are not drugging up the boys.

      Good Luck to you all, and here's hoping you are feeling better yourself soon.

      Best wishes
      Billie UK

  34. QUESTION:
    How can you help a dog with arthritis?
    My lab is almost 15 and starting to show his age. Is there anything I can give him for soreness due to arthritis? I just want him to be more comfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      The immediate response of many dog owners that have discovered that their dog is infected with arthritis is to go the nearest veterinary. Though this is good, you need to be aware that there is a better alternative to the problem of arthritis in your dog. The solution is natural treatment for dogs with arthritis.

      Not many people are informed about natural treatments for dogs with arthritis. It is not as complicated as many thought. And also, there is nothing diabolical in it. It is just an alternative solution to the medical aid we get from our doctors.

      What is arthritis and how does it affect your dog?

      The inflammation or swelling in a joint is referred to as arthritis. The causes include the following:

      • Abnormal bone or joint development
      • Instability of the surrounding ligaments and tendons
      • Damage to joints
      • Infection
      • Injury caused by immune system

      Though there are anti-inflammatory medicines in the market for the treatment of arthritis, there is a better approach to its treatment. The approach is a natural treatment for dogs.

      The following are tips that will greatly assist your ailing dog with arthritis.

      It is essential that you have your dog placed on slip-free flooring. A slippery floor will not be of help in the treatment of arthritis in your dog. This is because your dog needs to have a firm grip on the floor while recuperating. It is therefore recommended that you have a rug or carpet in place.

      Swimming has been discovered to be of great help in the treatment of arthritis in dogs. Swimming is a no-weight bearing activity that will help your dog recover quickly from arthritis. It is advisable that the swimming is monitored so that the dog doesn’t drown in the pool. Swimming will help exercise all the parts of the body of your dog.

      It is recommended that you give your dog a soft bed in the quest for recovery. Your dog needs all the rest he or she could get on a soft bed that can cushion its ailing body. Just like a slippery floor is detrimental to your dog’s recovery, a hard bed is not ideal for him either.

      A peaceful and quiet environment is what your dog with arthritis needs to recover from the disease. Let your children be informed of this as your lovely dog may not be tolerant of their noise and playfulness while recuperating.

      A good massage could also be what your ailing dog needs to get off arthritis. A gentle massage from you might provide the much needed assurance of your love for the dog. But if you cannot do it for some reason or other, it is advisable that you employ a professional animal massage therapist to do the job for you. The massage will increase flexibility, blood circulation, and calmness which go a great length in giving your dog the good health he or she deserves.

      Above all, you must be aware that recovery of dogs with arthritis takes a while. Hence, it is worthwhile giving them that extra attention that they need.

      Give enough time to your dog as he or she recovers from arthritis. A natural treatment for dogs with arthritis is highly recommended when you can’t afford the huge fees charged by veterinary doctors out there.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the types of medical doctors you can be?
    I want to be a medical doctor though im iffy about what kind of doctor. Do you know of some uber long ( I figure) list of doctors and explanations of what each does?

    • ANSWER:
      I can list some by specialty:
      1. Family practice--the old time "family doctor"
      2. Internal medicine
      3. OB/with or without GYN surgical subspecialty for deliveries, hysterectomies etc. GYN--female exams
      4.Urologist--bladder & urethra & male problems
      5. pediatrics kids--and many subspecialties within
      6. haematologist--blood cancers and blood diseases
      7.hepatology-liver
      8.gastroenterologist-the GI tract & endoscopies
      9. neurology--neurological diseases
      10. rheumatologist--rheumatological diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis etc
      11. endocrinologist--diabetes and other endocrine hormonal disease
      12. nephrologist--kidney disorder and kidney failure
      13. Infectious disease specialist
      14. General surgeon--mostly abdominal surgeries
      15 Surgical specialists: cardiothoracic, trauma, orthopedic, ENT, neurosurgery, vascular, plastics etc
      16 pulmonologist--lung & respiratory diseases
      17. cardiologist--heart
      18 radiologist all radiological modalities
      19. hospitalist--cares for patients admitted to hospital only
      20 ER doc
      21. gerontologist--elderly problems
      22. sports medicine
      23. psychiatrist--mental disorders
      24.intensivist--usually a pediatric ICU specialist
      25 dermatologist--skin

      Hows this to start?

  36. QUESTION:
    What happens to you if you have rheumatoid arthritis?
    My doctor might do a blood test to see if I have it. I know the symptoms but I don't know anything else about it.

    • ANSWER:
      It is an Autoimmune Inflammation of the joints... Autoimmune means that it is your body that attacks itself. The outcome is not very good... It usually turns out to be that you have deformities of your joints. Because the its is auto(self) immun/o(immune system) problem. It is not curable, but, it his somewhat controllable. They would put you on strong steroids to control it. Another thing you should know is that it is very painful when it starts to get worse, more towards the deforming part of having it.
      I'm very sorry.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I reduce the swelling in my index finger from playing the guitar?r=1232488176?
    Im a 45 yr old guitarist been playing 30 yrs the last 20 professionally,I`ve developed swelling in the middle knuckle on my index finger (fretboard hand) doctors are saying arthritis...can someone please sene advice?

    • ANSWER:
      if it is arthritis you are out of luck

  38. QUESTION:
    What do you recommend for arthritis and joint pain?
    Doctor is a lunatic she says nothing she can do for the aches and pains. I seen commercial on tv for Osteo bi flex and looked into a couple more like Phosoplex or Flexarin. There's gotta be something to help relieve the aches and pains even if it's just temporary.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a chronic pain decease and I'm on percocet for 8 yrs. now. Without it I wouldn't have much of a life. My suggestion to you would be to find a pain management doctor. I have found in the first few years of my illness that there are doctors who don't care if your in pain, they want you to SUCK IT UP, and I have found very compassionate doctors you don't want you to be in pain. You need to find one of those, they are out there but mostly in pain management. Do yourself a favor and start looking. There is no reason on earth why you should be living in pain. My thoughts are with you, good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    I heard eating honey with warm water will develop Arthritis in a person. Is that true, and how?
    Honey + Warm Water + Lemon has been denied by the doctor to one of my friend without any details given. is there any research done on this. when sugar is allowed to have, why cant honey which is naturally produced from nector of flowers. I dont understand. any body can help in thsi regrds. Please contact, I am working for development of Honey in the country. Honey Mission.

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of this developing arthritis, it seems pretty ridiculous to me. Your friend should talk to her doctor - maybe he asked her to stop drinking this for another reason, like maybe it counteracts one of her current medications, or she has high blood sugar and he is trying to reduce it. If the facts are as you say, it makes no sense. Either she is confused as to why he asked her to stop drinking this, or he is a bad doctor. She should get either a clarification from him, or a second opinion, or both.

      But you have made me crave some honey... that sounds delicious!

  40. QUESTION:
    What pain killers do they normally prescribe for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    What pain killers do they normally prescribe for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    My mom was recently diagnosed and would like to know if it is potent enough, and if I could take a few and she wouldnt notice, like every day if i were to take a few, would she notice?
    I'm not a moron. I'd feel bad about it; that's whi I woudl only take a little bit, but she can get refils right?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, she would notice and so would her doctor. Doctors know that they have prescribed enough medication to last a set amount of time. If your mother runs out before this set period of time her doctor will know. Your mother might be accused of looking for drugs and over using them, and then be refused any more medication.

      It's hard to know what your mum is being given. It could be steroids, anti-cancer drugs or anti-malarial drugs. None of these are going to make you feel good. They'll probably make you hungry or throw up. They can also make you prone to getting infections because they dampen your immune system.

      Why do you want to take them? It makes no sense to me. Your mother is probably struggling with her diagnosis and the medication she's having to take, without worrying about you trying to take them. It sounds like you've got a problem.

      ....

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the best method in relieving arthritis in the lower back that causes pain throughout the legs?
    I have severe pain in my lower back which travels into my legs .
    I have taken MRI's which showed i do have arthritis . The doctors keep telling me that it is becuase of the arthritis that i have this pain in my legs. Could it be something else?.. and What can i do to eleviate the pain?
    I have been taking Pain meds . I have taken everything and nothing really helps except of course Vicodens but they are addicting and i took them so long that even those are not helping so i stopped .. that was another problem and another story! ..but i have had 2 ,3series shots of epidurals ..i havebeen to physical therapy which is nioce but the pain returns as soon as i leave the office .. I am now searching for a good chiropractor ..

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my Nikki, I am so sorry, because I know the exact pain you are speaking of.
      Heres where this answer gets complicated and almost unbelievable........For 2 yr after I had MRI's done for the exact same symptoms I was told the exact same about the arthritis, by 2 differant doctors, an Orthopedist and a GP. As my leg and hip pain worsened I finally ended up in the ER, and was told by an ER Doc who saw my MRI on the hospital computer that I clearly had a herniated disc and it had herniated into my sciatic nerve. Mind you this is the only MRI I have ever had.
      The ER doctor, told me that for some reason Orhthopedist don't like to diagnose disc problems like this because the don't like to do the surgery. The ER doctor called in a Neurosurgeon and I was in surgery the next day to remove the disc, which actually "blew up" it was so big. In the recovery room I felt 80 percent better, however, I am now on total disablity due to Permanent Sciatic Nerve damage. I have to go to Pain Mangement Clinic, and physical therapy and my life is totally and forever changed. I'm 43.
      Please, Please, Please see a Neurosurgeon and have them look over your MRI. An arthretic back does not cause the leg pain you describe it is your sciatic nerve and I am sorry, I can't tell you anything to alieviate your pain that you aren't already doing except increase your pain meds temporarily. You needent worry about addiction rightnow with the pain you are in the meds go directly to the pain. As long as you take them as prescribed you have nothing to fear. If you don't you just may end up taking meds in the future and forever.
      Feel free to E Mail me if you have questions and I honestly hope that you find relief for your pain soon, I know the misery you are in right now.
      P.S. I would steer clear of any Chiropractors right now!!!!!

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the correct treatment for Arthritis in the knees for a 60yr old woman,?
    I don't seem to be getting much help from my doctor am in a lot of pain and he just suggest exercises.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't think much of your doctor! If its that bad go and see someone else! You should have been refared to your local hospital for tests,scans i have a friend with it in her ankles and she gets a lot of pain shes on a course of tablets from the hospital and shes a lot better now the tablets have started to work,

  43. QUESTION:
    Arthritis cure for man with liver and kidney problems?
    My father's father had Rheumatoid Arthritis and became severely crippled. My dad has recently began having arthritis, that he inherited from his father. His fingers get locked in place when he folds them and is afraid of taking arthritis medication because he is diabetic and it will damage his liver and kidneys.
    Any arthritis medication or remedies that wont damage kidneys and liver?
    Any other advice is very very welcome (ex: Finger exercises like yoga, good food to eat, etc, etc)
    Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis treatment using Potato Juice

      The raw potato juice therapy is considered one of the most successful biological treatments for rheumatic and arthritic conditions. It has been used in folk medicine for centuries. The traditional method of preparing potato juice is to cut a medium-sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin, and place the slices overnight in a large glass filled with cold water. The water should be drunk in the morning on an empty stomach. Fresh juice can also be extracted from potatoes. A medium-sized potato should be diluted with a cup of water and drunk first thing in the morning.
      Arthritis treatment using Other Raw Juices

      One cup of green juice, extracted from any green leafy vegetable, mixed in equal proportions with carrot, celery, and red beet juices is good for arthritis. The alkaline action of raw juices dissolves the accumulation of deposits around the joints and in other tissues. A cup of fresh pineapple juice is also valuable, as the enzyme bromelain in fresh pineapple juice reduces swelling and inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
      Arthritis treatment using Sesame Seeds

      A teaspoon of black sesame seeds, soaked in a quarter cup of water and kept overnight, has been found to be effective in preventing frequent joint pains. The water in which the seeds are soaked should also be taken along with the seeds first thing in the morning.
      Arthritis treatment using Copper

      Drinking water kept overnight in a copper container accumulates traces of copper, which is said to strengthen the muscular system. A copper ring or bracelet is worn for the same reason.
      Arthritis treatment using Calcium

      Studies have shown that calcium can help arthritis. Several patients have discovered that joint pains have either been relieved or have disappeared entirely after taking calcium. This mineral should be taken in the form of calcium lactate. Two teaspoons of calcium lactate, each teaspoon providing 400 mg of absorbable calcium, may be taken three times daily in water, before meals for at least four months.
      Arthritis treatment using Garlic

      Garlic is another effective remedy for arthritis. It contains an anti-inflammatory property which accounts for its effectiveness in the treatment of this disease. Garlic may be taken raw or cooked according to individual preference.
      Arthritis treatment using Bananas

      Bananas, being a rich source of vitamin B6, have proved useful in the treatment of arthritis. A diet of only bananas for three or four days is advised in treating this condition. The patient may eat eight or nine bananas daily during this period and nothing else.
      Arthritis treatment using Lime

      Lime has also been found beneficial as a home remedy for arthritis. The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of uric acid which is the primary cause of some types of arthritis. The juice of one lime, diluted with water, may be taken once a day, preferably first thing in the morning.
      Arthritis treatment using Alfalfa

      A tea made from the herb alfalfa, especially from its seeds, has shown beneficial results in the treatment of arthritis. One teaspoon of alfalfa seeds may be added to one cup of water. Three to four cups of this tea should be taken daily by arthritics for at least two weeks.
      Arthritis treatment using Green Gram Soup

      Another home remedy found useful in relieving pains in the joints is the use of green gram soup. This soup should be prepared by mixing a tablespoon of green gram in a cup of water, with two crushed garlic cloves. It should be taken twice a day.
      Arthritis treatment using Castor Oil

      Treatment with castor oil has been found beneficial in arthritis. The procedure, as prescribed by a Spanish doctor, is to boil two tablespoons of castor oil over a stove burner. The oil should then be poured into a glass of fresh orange juice and taken before breakfast daily till the disease is cured. It was advised to patients to take it for three weeks, wait for another three weeks and then repeat it again for another three weeks. It is, however, essential that the patient must take an alkaline diet while adopting this mode of treatment otherwise the value of the treatment will be lost.
      Arthritis treatment using Coconut or Mustard Oil

      Warm coconut oil or mustard oil, mixed with two or three pieces of camphor should be massaged on stiff and aching joints. It will increase blood supply, and reduce inflammation and stiffness with the gentle warmth produced while massaging. Camphorated oil is an ancient rubefacient used for the purpose.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there any things a person can do to sooth arthritis pain?
    My mother has arthritis; she says it's like a tooth ache in her arm. I'm not sure how that would feel, Ive never had a tooth ache or arm pain. She cannot get a appointment before tuesday,If any of you have home remedies please share. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, but please be extremely careful of anyone that offers any sort of remedy, especially if they want you to pay for it. Most vitamins and cures are a scam, like copper bracelets or special remedies. Also, places like a chiropractor can be extremely dangerous!

      I would recommend speaking to your doctor about exercises and food that is healthy for your mothers body and her arthritis. This can be the most effective way at preventing the disease from getting worse and preventing pain. Even just a little bit of regular low impact exercise can have a significant impact on arthritis pain.

      You should also try to find things that are difficult for your mother, like cooking or putting away dishes, then brainstorm ways of making this easier. This is called living with arthritis and can be very important for reducing arthritis pain.

  45. QUESTION:
    Will a blood test tell me about arthritis?
    I have been told by three doctors that I have arthritis. This pain travels up and down my right site, I use the right side most. I live on pain killers. How can I be sure of a positive diagnosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Rheumatoid arthritis can be indicated by blood test, but not osteoarthritis.

      **ETA**About 40-50% of people with RA will have a positive ANA. But a positive ANA can indicate many other things as well.

  46. QUESTION:
    is there one doctor in Sarasota, Fla who provides pain management to people on Medicaid, and which Plan?
    I take Vicodin for Arthritis, I just moved down here, and I need my medicine!
    I'm not about to go through withdrawl.
    This is discrimination against the poor because if you have money, you can get pain management.

    • ANSWER:
      Of course, no one likes poor people. That is not news.

      You can go to a county or community clinic for help. Or call the state Medicaid office and see if they have some names of doctors who do that. Medicaid is just for basic care. Don't expect more than that. After all, you are not paying anything.

      I don't know why anyone should use Vicodin for arthritis because it is addictive. I have used a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory for 15 years for my osteoarthritis called Relafen. I tried every other type of med including Vicodin but all that did was make me fall asleep and when I woke up my pain was worse than before I took it.

  47. QUESTION:
    A friend of mine has stage 4 breast cancer and arthritis in the spine. How long does she have to live?
    She has been diagnosed with breast cancer. After all the necessary tests have been taken the doctor seems suspicious that the cancer has spread to the spine. What is the survival rate? How long does she have to live by taking the additional tests and medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      With Stage IV, even though the prognosis is terminal, there's a wide variety of survival times once a woman has been diagnosed with it. Just look at Elizabeth Edwards. She was diagnosed with Stage IV sometime around the end of 2005, and it's barely noticeable. But survival stats are worthless, because it depends on many factors, the main one being whether she tested positive or negative for hormone receptors. If she tested positive, she can be treated with anti-hormonal therapy in addition to chemo, which is a huge plus. Other factors include age and especially the type of cancer she has.

      Bones are the most common place for breast cancer metastases to land, so while the spine sounds scary, (and probably painful) it's something they'll treat until the mets are driven back. In general, bone mets are considered less serious than soft tissue mets, which most Stage IV BC patients ultimately get.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best exercise for someone who have rheumatoid arthritis?
    If you don't know what ra is please don't answer it. Is nothing to do with arthritis.

    Well I am lets say sort of in a remission since my flare ups have been minimized a lot and I am gaining back my movements :). I know I can't work my self out as before. I have a permanent damage on my right shoulder so no weight lifting for me. What is the best form of exercise to get me fit and help with my ra?
    unfortunately our hospital provide it only to older people and since I am 25 I can't go. I am shy to go to other pools because I don't look like I use to in a bathing suit

    • ANSWER:
      Aqua therapy ie swimming. It is non weight bearing for your bones but enables you to exercise your muscles. You can do aqua aerobics or just swim. Most hospital have a therapy pool for just this type of thing. Ask your doctor. Also yoga for strength and maintaining flexibility.

  49. QUESTION:
    What kind of Doctor is best for treating people with Ankylosing Spondylitis ?
    My daughter suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis, she has been seeing a rheumatoid arthritis doctor but is not getting any relief of her painful symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Because AS is a type of arthritis, a rheumatologist is the specialist she should be seeing. I have found out (the hard way) that not all doctors, ESPECIALLY rheumatologists are created equal. I would suggest she shops around. If she can, do a bit of research and find out which ones specialize in AS. Most rheumatologists seem to have a preference and 'like' certain conditions better. I Googled my rheumatologist's name in Google Scholar to see if she'd written any journal articles. I found only one on Psoratic Arthritis. I don't have PsA so I soon realized she wasn't the one who could help me (and because she was a horrible person with a mean attitude as well).

      If your daughter is still struggling, she could see a pain management clinic.

      Good luck!

      ....

  50. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of me getting arthritis if my mum has it?
    She got it when she was very young. I am very active and fit, and have never had any signs. But yesterday and today my foot has gone all swollen and it hurts if I move it move my ancle. Could I have sprained it without knowing and am I just getting paranoid or could it be a sign of arthritis? I am 18 years old.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Your chances of getting arthritis are higher if your mother has it but the only way you are going to find out is to see your doctor. No one could possibly tell you whether your foot is arthritic via email!


doctor for arthritis

Rheumatoid Artiritis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    can methylprednisolone be taken with tylenol?
    my mom has artiritis. soooooo can she?

    • ANSWER:
      The simple answer is yes.
      Methylprednisolone is a steroid that is usually given for rheumatoid arthritis and other arthritis not related to osteoarthritis (general wear and tear). The other reason is if there is an acute (new onset) injury, to decrease the swelling.
      Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a pain reliever that does not have anti-inflammatory properties. It is good for pain and fevers.
      As long as she does not have liver problems, she should be able to take the recommended doses of each.
      What she want to avoid is the steroid with Ibuprofen or any of the other 'profens' (think of things like Advil, Motrin etc). Since ibuprofen has anti inflammatory properties, one would not want to take with a steroid, unless specifically instructed by a doctor.
      Good luck!


rheumatoid artiritis

Arthritis Side Effects

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are the side effects worth taking Methotrexate?
    I am taking it for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The side effects are pretty serious. I don't see much difference in the Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am hoping that I can hear from someone who has had either good or bad effects from this drug. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I know a lady who has to wear wigs due to hair loss and another gets kidney shots because the drug is hard on the kidneys but both ladies keep on taking the medication. Talk over your concerns with your Dr.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of prednisone?
    i have to start taking it for a month for my arthritis. so what are the side effects? thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      From Wikipedia:

      Minor:
      stretch marks
      nervousness
      acne
      rash
      increased appetite
      hyperactivity
      frequent urination
      diarrhoea
      removes intestinal flora
      leg pain/cramps
      sensitive teeth

      Major:
      increased blood sugar
      weight gain
      facial swelling
      depression, mania, psychosis or other psychiatric symptoms
      unusual fatigue or weakness
      mental confusion / indecisiveness
      blurred vision
      abdominal pain
      peptic ulcer
      infections
      painful hips or shoulders
      Steriod-induced osteoporosis
      Osteonecrosis
      Long term migraines
      insomnia
      severe joint pain
      cataracts
      anxiety
      black stool
      stomach pain or bloating
      severe swelling
      mouth sores or dry mouth
      avascular necrosis
      hepatic steatosis
      ____________________

      From The Complete Home Guide to Medication:

      Common:
      May cause bloating, weight gain, rashes and intestinal disturbances.

      Unusual:
      Biochemical disturbances of blood, muscles weakness, bone weakness, impaired wound healing, skin thinning, tendon weakness, peptic ulcers, gullet ulcers, bruising, increased sweating, loss of fat under skin, premature ageing, excess facial hair growth in women, pigmentation of skin and nails, acne, convulsions, headaches, dizziness, growth suppression in children, aggravation of diabetes, worsening of infections, cataracts, aggravation of glaucoma, blood clots in veins and sleeplessness.

      You're welcome. :)

      Please don't let the long list of side effects scare you. I have been on a similar medication (the slightly different version 'prednisolone') since I was eight years old and I've experienced a few of them, but that is most likely because of my prolonged use.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for the side effects to wear off on tablets?
    My mother has been prescribed some new tablets for her arthritis pain the thiing is they have awful side effects she says she feels drowsy all the time and shivery and a little nauseas...she really wants these to work but the side effects are making her miserable. Will these side effects wear off?

    Thanks for answering.
    Tranmadol.

    • ANSWER:
      Name the medicine? There are many medicines.

      Edit: This is a pain pill that lasts 4-6 hours. She evidently needs it. It will show up on a drug test, though it is not an opiate. Drowsy is normal. Shivery is because it makes her sedated. Nausea may be a real problem. Tell the doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of hepatitis vaccinations?
    I just got my hepatitis b shots in school today, please tell me what the side effects are! I got some side effects like less energy and sore body parts but what are other side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Serious side effects after administration of the hepatitis B vaccine are extremely rare. There have been some anecdotal reports of the association of hepatitis B vaccination with chronic illness such as autoimmune disorders. However, there have been no scientific data supporting these claims. Large-scale immunization exercises have been ongoing in many other countries and in the United States, and thus far there has been no association of hepatitis B vaccination with serious adverse events. No clear association has been demonstrated between hepatitis B vaccination and disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis, and seizures. Even then, such alleged associations are still being studied to further ensure the safety of the vaccine. A recent study demonstrated that persons who developed rheumatoid arthritis following hepatitis B vaccination were actually genetically susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis, making it difficult to correlate the occurrence of rheumatoid arthritis with hepatitis B vaccination. Considering the large number of doses of HBV vaccine administered and the very low numbers of serious adverse reactions, it is possible that adverse reactions reported after hepatitis B vaccination may represent coincidence rather than causation.

  5. QUESTION:
    What Are The Side Effects Of Ultracet?
    I'm taking the generic form of Ultracet does this medication have any side effects? I'm taking it for my minor to moderate pain for my Arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      What are the possible side effects of Ultracet?
      • If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Ultracet and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
      · an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
      · seizures.
      • Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Ultracet and talk to your doctor if you experience
      · dizziness, drowsiness, or headache;
      · nervousness, tremor, or anxiety;
      · nausea, constipation, or diarrhea; or
      · itching, dry mouth, or sweating.
      • The tramadol component of Ultracet may be habit forming. Physical and/or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after prolonged or high-dose treatment.
      • Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

  6. QUESTION:
    How should we protact ourself from side effect of pain killer?
    If someone is taking pain killer (Voveran) on regular basis, what should he/she do or take to get rid of the side effects of these pain killers?
    The side effects seen are lack of appetite, acidity ,physical weakness and vomiting tendency whenever some food is taken.

    • ANSWER:
      can you list or name some of the side effects? It will help in answering your question. thank you. all medications have a long list of side-effects and each of us have different ones, but if we can narrow it down, there are a few things to counter-act them to help. If you can edit, we can try and assist. Thanks!
      The link is my group below on medications and side-effects, their need and a better quality of life because of their availability and the physicians who prescribe them for those of us in need. I will edit or post some facts about the medication for you, today........................TY
      >Hi. I will look it up in the desk reference, and see if there are in suggestions, and also post some chronic pain patients experiences the most with opioids and what helps them the best-ty 4 the edit!

      >>Is this an anti-inflammatory ,when I looked it up there are many derivatives? I assume an NSAID since you said for pain? correct??

      (Diclofenac, Voltaren)
      Manufacturer:NOVARTIS manufactures VOVERAN (Diclofenac, Voltaren).
      Uses:The uses of VOVERAN (Diclofenac, Voltaren) include:
      Used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by arthritis and gout. It also is used to relieve other pain, including menstrual pain and pain after surgery or childbirth.

      I use this topically, I have the emugel, that is shipped from France, and use it for arthritis, is that what you use it for? I am sorry for so many questions for your questions (my bad!) But I am guessing you use it for an NSAID for pain?
      > and it causes a up-set stomach? Usually eating a soda cracker or a little something to calm the stomach with a nsaid helps to settle it, maybe with ginger ale or water also. NEVER take it with juice! or anything acidic or fruits that are acidic. Have you tried a banana? or asked the pharmacy for a suggestions? there are so may products in that category the doctor could prescribe, it could be switched to another not as harsh on the tummy. I use celebrex, before that bextra(off the market now) naprosyn, annaprox, daypro, there really are a lot to choose from if that's why you take it? I will make another edit, crackers and ginger ale are the best though for medications/food to settle the stomach with medications, ginger has properties on its on as well, used for years for that, but you'd have to check with the pharmacist or doctor to make sure of any interactions to using ginger root with a medication prescribed (it is OTC), but ginger ale has a small amount and they use it in hospitals. I'll keep looking. But did you know you can use it topically too? It works great for me in the gel, just rub on, works in seconds!
      >Could the weakness be caused from something else? Is it directly related to the medication? A lot of people with arthritis can also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome-causes weakness, or a combination of medications. Do you take multiply ones together or it by itself? If you are dosing at the same time, try splitting it up. If you are taking them in the morning try taking them at night (ask your doctor unless the Rx says one a day then you can take it at anytime). Try writing the pharmacutical company too, they may have suggestions. Also how about anti-nausea medication or suppositories?

  7. QUESTION:
    I am supposed to start taking Yaz today but am worried about the side effects. Also, can I still take aleve?
    What side effects have you experienced?
    Yaz Birth Control

    • ANSWER:
      Are you talking about Yazmin birth control?
      if so, I had no side-effects except a mild weight gain. (exercise more!)
      I don't believe that arthritis medication has any effect on birth control, but here's a good site to read up on both.
      I study everything the dr gives me on this site before taking it.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of a Hepatitis B vaccination?
    I had my first HepB shot yesterday, and I've noticed I've got a lump on my neck, near my adams apple.

    I also keep having cycles of being too hot and then being really cold.

    I've got cold-like symptoms and my eyes are tender.

    What could this be? Is it a serious side effect I should get checked out or a common effect that will fade away in a couple of days?

    • ANSWER:
      Well where would you like to begin ?
      Your doctor was supposed to have warned you about the dangerous side effects , but since most doctors receive $ from each vaccine , it would not be in their best interest to inform you about the side effects.

      But you deserve to know and since I happen to know some what about the dangers of vaccines I will share my knowledge .

      First of you need to call you doctor and make sure that he did his job of recording the batch and lot # of the vaccine in your permanent record. Because a lot of the hep b where recalled among others .

      http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/Recalls/ucm053289.htm

      http://www.emaxhealth.com/90/19013.html

      Most vaccines are not evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or its potential to cause infertility .
      Check out vaccine insert and look on page 6 where you can clearly see that they are not evaluated for carcinogenic,mutagenic,or infertility potential.

      http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/r/recombivax_hb/recombivax_pi.pdf

      Well to begin I would like you to know that their is a test called a " titer test " witch test for + antibodies to certain infections to see if you already might have antibodies to be " sufficiently immune", so you won't need to be vaccinated . Order online .
      http://sayingnotovaccines.blogspot.com/2008/01/vaccine-titers-order-them-direct-from.html

      Side effects Arthritis,immune system damage ,neurological damage sensory impairments skin disorders,Diabetes,liver and kidney damage,death .

      http://www.nvic.org/nvic-archives/newsletter/untoldstory.aspx
      http://www.thinktwice.com/hepb.htm
      http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/176/3/339
      http://miguelsplanetearth.blogspot.com/2009/06/vaccines.html

      I hope that I provided you with enough information for you to make a safe decision ,please look into this because, you are worth it .

  9. QUESTION:
    What are chances of experiencing side effects of a measles vaccine on adults?
    I have to get a measles vaccine tomorrow that I thought I had gotten in my childhood. Anyway, I'm a 26 year old woman in decent health. Is there a high chance that I will get a fever or some other side effect after getting the immunization? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are getting the combined measles, mumps, and rubella shot (MMR), which I'm sure you are, for adult women there is a very high risk of getting arthritis from the rubella portion of the shot. It even says this in the manufacturer's package insert.

      It is not worth it. There are ways around vaccine requirements. Perhaps you could get your blood tested to see if you already have immunity. Its called getting your titers checked.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between arthritis medicines Mobic and Celebrex?
    I take 200 mg Celebrex every day for arthritis. My RN friend says she takes Mobic 15 mg and it is the only arthritis medicine her hospital prescribes since it is safer and works better than Celebrex. I want to know why it is safer and what, if any, are the side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      About celebrex: It is true that it is slightly better for the stomach (GI tract in general) and it does not have the detrimental side effects (increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality) that vioxx and bextra had.
      Mobic is a less specific COX-2 inhibitor and has never been shown to be any better than celebrex.
      As mobic is not generic it is as expensive as celebrex.
      If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to celebrex, I would recommend Etodolac as it is generic and overall better tolerated than ibuprofen or naprosyn.
      From a personal standpoint: my mother tolerated celebrex ok but had severe stomach problems with mobic. As always YMMV.
      Disclaimer: I am not a paid consultant for any of these companies and have no direct financial interest in them.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are Triphala Churna Benefits and Side Effects for a baby?
    I read about Triphala Churna here :
    http://ayurvedicdiettips.com/triphala-benefits-and-side-effects/

    but this articles does not have specific explanation about a baby below 5 years. Though i have sent a mail to site owner but can anyone help me here?

    • ANSWER:
      First keep in mind that triphala is not a medicine but a combination of 3 fruits.
      In general it is mixed in equal qty. without the seeds but for different body constitutions it can be made patient specific.
      Triphala can be given to a six month old child to any age onwards, but the qty. can be set by age & body constitution. I am giving some examples below :
      Our body has main three constituents : Kapha, Pitta & Vayu and every body has a different one, and one has one major then secondary and third silent, it passes on genetically and two children in the family may have 2 different constitutions i.e mother has Pitta (major) & vayu secondary, kapha silent the the child who resembles mother;s face, body, habits etc. will be having same constitution but the other child resembles and matches father's constitution will have different one.
      Patient specific triphala:
      1. Pitta (major) + Vayu (secondary) + Kapha (silent) : 3 parts Amla + 2 parts Harar + 1 part Bahera
      2. Vayu (major) + Pitta (secondary) + Kapha (silent) : Harar 3 parts + Amla 2 parts + Bahera 1 part.
      3. Kapha (major) + Vayu (secondary) + Pitta (silent) : Bahera 3 parts + harar 2 parts + Amla 1 part.
      One thing which is very important to deside during prescription is :
      In life -
      In childhood Kapha is major i.e. cough & cold, bronchitis and children's respiratory problems etc.
      In young age Pitta is major i.e. heating, anger, pimples, good appetite etc.
      In old age Vayu i.e. gastric problems, arthritis, gout, swelling, weight gain or loss, lethargy (specially when Vayu + kapha are combined and in access.
      Timings of Doshas :
      1. Morning : Kapha is more on peak point in the morning
      2. Afternoon : Pitta is more on peak point whe Sun rises
      3. Night : Vayu is more on peak point at night
      Other Advice is :
      Make your own triphala as by making yourself you can maintain good quality.
      Buy clean big Banarasi Amla, clean and insect free baheda and Kabuli Harar instead of normal harar.
      (Harar costs between Rs.40 to Rs.1400 a kg. and triphala availablee in the market is the one with cheapest herbs.
      First wash & dry them under the sun and then powder them. Grind & strain 3 times to make a well mixture.
      How to take :
      1. For Kapha related problems : 1 tsp. with warm water at bed time.
      2. For Pitta related problems : 1 tsp. with cold water morning & evening
      3. For Vayu related problems : 1 tsp. with normal water at night & 1 tsp. with warm water in the morning. (for weight loss this will be helpfull).
      Triphala can be taken with milk (as tonic), with Honey & warm water (for weight loss & to cure cough & cold), with warm, cold & normal water for the reason you are taking for. But as general tonic/ anti-ageing tonic, hair fallwrinkleses, premature graying of hair, eye weaknesses etc. it should be taken with pure honey.
      It has no side effects if given in right quantity.
      Children below the age 1 can be given a pinch with milk or honey and then qty. can be increased accordingly. It is diuretic and one can decide the qty. as far as it is not giving the effects like dicentary.
      Hope the ablove information wil give you good idea.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any side effects of glucosamine and chronroitin?
    I have been taking this for my joints for a few years and have started to get aching in my muscles which I put down to aging. I want to take gluc as a preventative meassure against arthritis. I have not taken it for a few weeks and noticed that the aching has stopped . Has anyone else had any side effects. I may be putting 2+2 and getting 6

    • ANSWER:
      I use to take glucosamine and chondroitin until the usual side effects took place because I'm allergic to shells, which is one of the calcium ingredients in the medication. Stop taking the tablets if you are allergic to shelled food like crabs, shrimps, clams and oysters.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it good to give my dog Triple Flex for arthritis? And does it have aspirin in it?
    Is it good to give my dog Triple Flex for arthritis? And does it have aspirin in it? And what are the side effects if given to dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Just googled it. Triple Flex would be in the class of compounds known as 'nutraceuticals'. Its basically a nutritional supplement claiming to have pharmaceutical properties.

      There is a lot of anecdotal evidence re. the use of these products, unfortunately, there isn't a lot of good, peer reviewed trials on them, and those that there have been have failed to find any effects.

      That isn't to say that they don't work, only that they haven't been conclusively *shown* to work.

      For what its worth, I give my dog a similar supplement (although designed for dogs). You aren't likely to do any harm, and you may do some good.

      There is no anti-inflammatory drug component to this product (e.g. aspirin), in it, so shouldn't interact negatively with an NSAID.

  14. QUESTION:
    Anyone with severe side effects after radioactive seed implants 4 prostate cancer like vesiculorectal fistula?
    My father was overtreated with radiation for prostate cancer and has suffered some serious side effects. The latest is a large defect in the inner wall of the rectum which connects to the bladder and continuously drains urine. Anyone with similar problems of urinary incontinence and or suggestions?
    This is a sensitive issue,please be empathetic.

    • ANSWER:
      5 years ago I had seed implants for prostate cancer and only someone like you or your dad would believe the side effects I have experienced! There are doctors that occaisionally visit this site and they will be quick to say that the medical literature doesn't support my blaming the seeds and the follow-up external beam radiation I was treated with for these side effects, HOWEVER: Before my treatments NONE of these conditions existed and withing 6 months of the treatments I developed:
      1. A weight gain of over 70 pounds which I think was caused by the severe edema in both legs and feet I developed after the seed implants, which in turn may have caused -

      2 Very painful neuropathy in both legs and feet AND:

      3. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in both legs with a clot that made it to my lung (pulmonary embolism)

      4. Total incontinence ( I can't start it, stop it and I never know when I am going to excrete urine, so I wear Depends 24/7) and have a permanent supra pubic catheter with collection bag (3 years now).

      The weight gain which I have been able to shed only 40 pounds of, I believe led to my diagnosis of type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes several months ago.

      The weight gain also exacerbated my already existing arthritis in my knees and lower back plus the pubic catheter gives me a permanent "catheter infection" making surgery on my knees a no can do according to the orthopaedic surgeon.

      The prostate never healed after the initial radiation procedures and the several subsequent procedures that were undertaken to try to fix the damage may have made the problems worse. I have sometimes scary episodes of blood in the catheter. There is also the discomfort of the :diapers" and the at least once every six weeks changing of the catheter.

      End result of all this? I am rated 100% disabled and use a wheel chair. When the cancer was diagnosed I was phsyically able to do most anything within reason for a 60 year old.

      My brother, who is 5 years older than me, had the same treatments performed at Johns Hopkins in Maryland and he is playing golf, walking 18 holes, three or four time a week!

      Life is still good and I am doing my darndest to keep going. I have two new grand kids and a wonderful bunch of caring family and friends that make life worth while. But I have to admit, I never would have dreamed 5 years ago that I would be so excited about having a wheel chair lift mounted on the back of my car!

      My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your dad. I know some of what you are going through and I sincerely hope you both are getting through it. It sounds to me as if your dad and me have two very important things in common - we are both still alive and we both have caring family.

      This was very long and I hope there aren't too many errors.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can i include coconut milk in my diet or food if i have arthritis?
    Will there be any benefit or side effects if i include coconut milk on a meal when i have arthritis? We have this food in our place called "ginataang ulo ng tuna" (Its tuna cooked with coconut milk, it taste good!) and since it has tuna, id be a good source of omega-3 but i was wondering if coconut milk will trigger pain in an arthritis patient.

    • ANSWER:
      check that with www.webmd.com

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use organic apple cider vinegar to lower your blood pressure?
    and does it work? Someone told me 1 tablespoon of it 3 times a day will lower bp naturally without side effects. I am wondering if it is safe and it the acidity might cause side effects, like perhaps arthritis?
    I weight 117 pounds and have never had a weight problem. I have been on a low sodium diet for 20 years and eat diet with not much sugar, fat, or excess calories. No coffee, alcohol, etc. Try to take a walk every day and eat a well balanced diet.

    • ANSWER:
      I was having difficulty with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Subsequently, the Dr placed me on various meds (that resulted in side effects and very little management control for my conditions). I have always been a strong advocate of natural methods to control as many maladies as possible. I agree that seeing a dr and getting a proper diagnosis is essential. I decided to investigate a more natural alternative and as a result I no longer need the medications originally prescribed, nor do I have high blood pressure or high cholesterol any longer. The natural method I have chosen costs pennies per day without side effects.

      Use the following recipe:

      1 Cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
      1 Cup Organic (Indigenous) Honey
      8 Cloves of Organic Garlic (peeled)

      Place all ingredients in a blender and liquify. Place in a glass jar and leave in refrigerator for 5 days. After 5 days shake and add two teaspoons and mix in a cup of orange juice and drink once a day.

      Within a matter of a few weeks go to the dr and get a bp check. You will be surprised. I prefer to use natural ingredients instead of dumping chemicals into my body that will do more harm then something grown or produced from the earth. This concoction is also good for boosting your immune system and helps prevent allergies (indeginious honey). It boosts up your energy levels as well.

      I have been using this remedy for several years and have not had any ill effects. I have not had any colds, flu, or allergies. I have more energy and my bp and cholesterol levels are excellent. It's also important just to use common sense regarding diet, exercise, sleep and stress reduction techniques.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural, less potentially harmful alternative to Metacam?
    Metacam is a product for dogs with muscular/joint problems like arthritis.
    Unfortunately, being a drug produced in some pharmacetical company, there are a long list of undesirable side effects attached to this product.

    I am not into drugs for my self, and I prefer the dog not to be.

    Is there some natural product or food that can help alleviate his occasional arthritic problems? Is it a lifestyle related disease and can it be controlled by altering some variables in his diet. I hear canned dog food may be a problem.

    • ANSWER:
      you are so very wise to want to try and stay away from some of those medications

      here are a couple of articles on arthritis
      http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/joi...

      http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/category/arthritis/

      Lew Olson sells many wonderful products .... salmon oil being one of them but it comes in capsules and my dog will not use them so i prefer liquid oil

      i get my oil from here and dogs love it. I also give him a couple of times a week canned jack mackerel with some ground up vegetables

      http://www.healthhutt.com/product_info.php?products_id=20647925

      http://www.healthhutt.com/product_info.php?products_id=20676834

      one thing i really like about these oils is that they come in aluminum cans. Most oils are packaged in plastic and the oil can break down plastic
      I actually purchased both types of oils and alternate them
      that is just what I do

      my dog does not have arthritis but i still give him this product. there are many products like this
      http://www.outletnutrition.com/765462901363.html

      I give to my dog vitamin C and vitamin E
      I use the Vitamin C powder and measure out what I want to give

      http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/cha...

      http://www.urbancarnivore.com/uc_online/pages.cfm?ID=34

      this is the diet I follow now for my dog
      http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/coo...

      this is Lew Olson website ... B-Naturals.com

      http://b-naturals.com/

      I had a wonderful much loved dog that suffered so with arthritis and it was for me heartbreaking to see her struggle with it and be in pain. I did everything I could for her, wish I had known more than I did. The vets just pretty much give you medication that brings on so many other problems.

      I hope something I sent to you will be of some help

      I wish you much good luck and good health with your poochie

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the positive effects of Siberian Ginseng Extract?
    Have you ever taken it? Does it do what it says? What are the side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Joe,

      I have not taken Siberian Ginseng Extract, however, I have done a course in the subject of herbs.

      The areas that it can help are list below

      Brain Function, one of the most popular uses for Siberian ginseng is to improve memory. It has been used in Chinese medicine for many years for this purpose, among others. There have been multiple studies, which demonstrate improved cognitive function in people who supplemented with Siberian ginseng. Perhaps for this reason, it is one of the supplements currently being considered as a way to help Alzheimer's patients make cognitive improvements

      Immune System, a 2001 study clearly shows that Siberian ginseng extract inhibited the replication of several different viruses under laboratory conditions. The viruses studied were human rhinovirus (HRV), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza A. This evidence strongly suggests that Siberian ginseng may be a way to decrease symptoms from colds and flu. Siberian ginseng has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect, making it useful to some individuals in the treatment of arthritis.

      Energy Level, the Chinese also used Siberian ginseng to help boost energy levels. These days, people use it to improve physical stamina, both during sports and for everyday activities. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Siberian ginseng may also help alleviate some of the energy problems associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

      Dosage and Side Effects, the dosage of Siberian ginseng dependent on your body chemistry and the reason you are supplementing. Many people start out by taking 500 milligrams of the powdered root in capsule form, and may increase the dosage if their body tolerates it. Because Siberian ginseng has energy producing properties, it can cause nervousness and insomnia in some individuals. It should also be taken in the morning, when its energizing effects will be welcome.

      In addition to nervousness and insomnia, possible side effects include high blood pressure, irregular heart rate and headache. For this reason, individuals who begin supplementing with Siberian ginseng should start at low doses. Siberian ginseng, can have an additive effect and should not be taken with that medication.

      Lynn

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis in India or better way to minimise the its effects?
    I am 38 yr old suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, confirm in last year. Now I am taking a treatment. But I hear that it is not curable? according to doctor medicine will be continue up to lifetime & they can only reduce the damage but cannot rectify permanently. Is it true? Secondly what is the side effects of there medicines.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment: This disease can be cured by the following treatment:
      ( 1) Take treatment on all points of both the palms, five minutes on each palm twice a day.
      ( 2 ) Roll the soles on wooden rollers five minutes-twice a day.
      (3 ) Take treatment on all the endocrine glands 2/2 minutes on each point twice a day.
      (4) Drink 2 glasses of gold/silver/copper charged water reduced from 8 glasses of water, lukewarm if possible.
      ( 5 ) Rub nylon brush (big one used for washing clothes) on each sole 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening till the soles get warmer than the head.
      ( 6 ) Take half a teaspoonful of Mahasudarshan powder + half a teaspoonful of turmeric powder with water once in morning and once in evening. Avoid sour things totally from the diet.
      ( 7 ) (a) Make a mixture of
      Calc. Phos 200- ] + Calc. FL -200- I I oz each + Nat. Mur-200- + Fer. Phos-200- J
      and take 4 pills in the morning and 4 pills in the evening for 10 days and then once a week.
      (b) Make a mixture of Calc. Phos-6x,
      Calc. FL-6x or 12 x-, Nat. Mur-6x, Fer. Phos-6x. an oz each take.
      After 10 days take daily 4 pills in the morning + 4 pills in evening for two months.

      ( 8) Take red light on the affected area (not head) for 4 to 5 minutes on each part. Then take blue light for 5 to 6 minutes on each affected part + on head also. Take this light twice daily till the disease is cured.
      In such cases rolling of feet for 5 minutes on wooden roller has been found beneficial.

      PS.If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of cracking you knuckles (And other joints such as toes, shoulder, back)?
    I hear it can give you arthritis and make you knuckles bigger and such. Is this true? I am always cracking my knuckles and toes and I don't want any side effects as I want to be in Law Enforcement.

    Also, if needed, what is the best way to stop? When I think about it and try not to, my fingers like hurt until I DO crack them.

    Thanks In advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I did not begin cracking my knuckles until my early twenties. It was about the same time that I began gaining weight. Like you, if I do not crack my knuckles periodically they begin to hurt (and will crack on their own, quite loudly and quite painfully). I crack them to relieve the pain. I also only move the joints through full extension in a natural direction. In other words, I do not pull my fingers out from my hand, rather I flex my fingers by interlacing both hands and moving my fingers that way.

      This past year I've begun exercising and losing weight. As I've gotten my body into better shape I've noticed that my finger cracking is decreasing, both in frequency and in the pain felt before I crack. Also, my right ankle used to crack on it's own (also loudly and painfully) and it has stopped doing that.

      I have been cracking for 20 years and not only do I not see any signs of knuckle deformation or arthritis, I have very strong knuckles and wrists (I work on computers and have no problems with carpal tunnel).

      BTW, when you go to a physical therapist, chiropractor or massage therapist, you will find they often crack joints.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a herbal treatment for stiff joints/arthritis?
    My 11 year old GSD X is currently on Metacam for his arthritis, but someone was telling me that Metacam can cause some side effects if on it for too long. I am thinking about trying him on something herbal, but ws unsure what to try as there are so many products out there. Is there one that anyone can recommend that I can buy in the UK?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't use glucosamine sulfate for a dog! It's glucosamine chondroitin, but if the vet determined your dog needs Metacam, glucosamine won't help him a bit. His arthritis is much too severe.

      I have a couple of other suggestions, though. When one of my greyhounds was in a lot of pain that nothing was helping, the vet suggested Devil's Claw. She was on 800 mg daily for 1 week, then given 400 mg daily. Her limp disappeared in just over a week.

      The other thing that might help is acupuncture - ask your vet. Also, teach yourself how to do Tellington Touch - its got many, many uses and one of them is to help dogs in pain. Google Tellington Touch - there's DVD's as well as an excellent book available.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of cracking you knuckles (And other joints such as toes, shoulder, back)?
    I hear it can give you arthritis and make you knuckles bigger and such. Is this true? I am always cracking my knuckles and toes and I don't want any side effects as I want to be in Law Enforcement.

    Also, if needed, what is the best way to stop? When I think about it and try not to, my fingers like hurt until I DO crack them.

    Thanks In advance!

    • ANSWER:
      cracing anything makes them grow bad or crooked and abnormally large i would stop

      in fact i did stop

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the long-term effects of a broken collarbone?
    My husband was riding his bicycle in a bicycle lane and was hit by a car. He was thrown hard enough to break his collarbone (on his dominant side), and also his helmet (thank God he was wearing one). It has been a year and he has so far experienced a loss of strength and soreness when he does something strenuous. The doctor mentioned post-traumatic arthritis. Has anyone else experienced long-term side-effects?

    • ANSWER:
      It always seems to be effects after injury... Sometimes for ever. Sorry

  24. QUESTION:
    How much ginger should you eat to use it for an anti-inflammatory?
    For osteo-arthritis. Need another answer to drugs which cause stomach problems and side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet is really to see a naturopath in person. They will be able to help you determine which herbal supplements would bring your body back into balance. Please check with your local health food store to see if there is a naturopath they could recommend to you. If not, you can go to http://nt3.healthkeepers.net:8080/trinity/search.html. They have graduates listed by state on their web site. I have worked with some of their students and have found them to be quite knowledgeable. Also, my father went to a naturopath and was able to stop his arthritis medications completely, without experiencing pain.

  25. QUESTION:
    Which is the best website where I can get complete information about Glucosamine in UK?
    I am looking for information about dosage , side-effects, types of glucosamine available and thje most effective one for arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a very good site for information on glucosamine. It has information on dosage, forms, types, side-effects and much more.

      The link mentioned below is for dosage and side-effects
      http://www.aboutglucosamine.co.uk/glucosamine-dosage-and-side-effects/35/

  26. QUESTION:
    I have lost faith in my health care provider. How can I explain this to the next doctor?
    I thought I could just tell the next doctor that it is a matter of lack of trust. My present health care provider over medicates, he even prescribed anti-cancer medication (methotrexate) against mild arthritis. I ended in hospital for a week. He still wants me to take that medecine which nearly did me in.

    He gets very annoyed when I mention side effects, and brushes if off. Frankly he scares me but can I say this to the next doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason being is that your Doctor is trained to prescribe medicine and do surgery. Not to take care of you. but to take care of the pharmacuetical companies out there. They are the highest stocks and pay a lot of money out. They want you hooked on drugs, and then you get more symptoms because of the drug they gave you, so they prescribe another drug and then it has its side affects and then they will treat you for that one and so on and so forth. Your health isn't the issue here, it is all about the money they make. the next doc will be the same way more then likely.

  27. QUESTION:
    what is best for my mother, who has arthritis and is currently taking methotrexate?
    so my mother has arthritis, and is taking methotrexate.
    is this the best thing that she can be taking?
    she wants to know if there are any other medications she can take that dont have as many side effects, as she is getting upset stomachs and has vomited a lot since taking it for the first time last week.
    she also says that she cant smell anything, because it makes her nauseous.
    is this normal? will the symptoms go away soon, or are they only affecting her?
    anything will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I take methotraxe and it doesn't make me sick, maybe she should ask the dr. if she can take a lower dosage. I also take a remicade treatment which is a very low dose for me. all medicines have side affects and the doses can be changed to help her not to be sick. I take three methotrexate a week. I have a remicade treatment every 8 weeks. I have come such a long way from where I came from. I no longer have pain, I can run now if I want to. your mom needs to talk to her dr. more and research this matter more. I feel great! Good Luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    Side-effects of weight loss pills: Do they really work?
    So I've seen these commercials about a pill that helps you lose weight(Levitrin, Leviathan, Can't recall the name right now). It is implied in the ad that most of the weight lost is pure fat.

    What I would like to know is if these things really do what they say they do, and if there are any side effects pertaining to age(teen years for example), gender, height, etc.

    Any input is very much appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I understand that you want to turn to over the counter or prescription meds if you really have a problem losing weight. This is not always the best solution. In fact, adding a healthy supplement to your diet might do the trick. Check out this new all natural rainforest food called acai berries.

      Acai berries have far more antioxidants than any other fruit. Even more than blueberries! Besides that, the nutrients in acai berry supplements help many other diseases and maladies, from diabetes to arthritis to blood clotting. It really is a worthwhile supplement to add to your daily nutrition.

      As far as the acai berry assisting with fat loss, acai can be a great weight loss aid. The berry’s natural concoction of essential fatty acids, fiber, phytosterols and amino acids work together to help your body burn fat more efficiently, process food more quickly and shed the unwanted pounds that you’d like to lose.

      The fatty acids and amino acids aid in both muscle development and proper digestion, both of which are essential to fat loss. The fiber helps your body to move food out of your system quicker and also to help you feel full, as do fatty acids. Phytosterols help fortify your digestive tract, moving waste materials out and absorbing nutrients more efficiently.

      I wouldn't say that acai berries are the magic weight loss pill, but I would say that acai could be an important ingredient in your vitamin / supplement / weight loss arsenal.

      What I recommend is to get a free trial of a decent Acai supplement, which you can get at my source link below. Then you should follow some of the other links on that site to find a sensible diet and a moderate exercise plan. Try to eat fewer carbs at night, and fewer calories over all if you think you can't lose weight. Give it a month or two and you should be able to lose 5-10 lbs easy.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are side effects of antidepressants?
    One of my really good friends just told me he was taking antidepresants. I notice that he sometimes doesn't remember stuff. Like for example his school schedule and one day I'll ask him something and the next day he would have forgotten everything. Do you think this has to do with him taking antidepressants? Also what other side effects does it cause?

    • ANSWER:
      Antidepressants include:

      SSRIs
      SNRIs
      Multiple Reuptake Inhibitors
      TCAs
      MAOIs
      And miscellaneous antidepressants
      As a class antidepressants don't just deal with depression alone. Many are approved for use with a variety of other disorders, and the are used off-label for many more, including non-psychiatric applications like MS and arthritis. These are not happy pills, the idea is to keep you from getting depressed, or whatever, not to make you euphoric. If you are getting euphoric for more than a few of days (a few is all right, you deserve a vacation now and then), there could be a problem. Sorry.

      Most of the commonly prescribed antidepressants act by inhibiting reuptake of one or more neurotransmitters in your brain. Basically that means bits of your brain get to soak in your own juices for longer periods of time and that marinating makes them more tender, and you happier. Really, that's all the so-called chemical imbalance is, improper tenderizing of key bits of your noggin. There's one hypothesis that SSRIs cause you to grow more brain cells. However, the study that backs that hypothesis was done on rats. When I have some proof of that in humans I'll buy it. I don't deny that is what's happening, and you have to start your hypothesis with rats, it's just drugs do different things in rats, too. So I'll wait until they run MRIs on humans comparing before and after images before I jump on the "SSRIs grow new neurons" bandwagon. However, it's as good an explanation as any as to why nothing happens for a month or more in some people, but they work in a matter of days in others.

      A month? That's right, it can take a month, sometimes two months with Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride), before you feel any positive results. Marinating your brain is more complicated than marinating a steak.

      The other thing is picking the right marinade, er, antidepressant based on which neurotransmitter you're a little short on. I'll be covering that in another article. There might be a way of avoiding the guessing game that most doctors use in prescribing antidepressants. Most of what you'll get these days deal with the big three - serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. My wild-ass guess / rule of thumb is that imbalances of one or more of these three are responsible for 80% of the depression issues. It's all just a matter of figuring out exactly the extent of the tweaking and what neurotransmitters you exactly need to tweak.

      There are a few things common to all antidepressants that you need to be aware of. This is all information gleaned from the PI sheets and anecdotal evidence from the users of a wide spectrum of antidepressants.

      Common side effects when starting any psychiatric medication, especially the SSRIs, are headache, nausea, sweating, dry mouth, sleepiness or insomnia, and diarrhea or constipation. Sometimes it's a coin-toss on the last sets, as you might get to alternate. These are generally transitory effects and pass within a couple weeks. These are incorrectly known as anticholinergic, the term actually applies to a class of meds that effects specific neurotransmitters. A few of them actually do hit your acetylcholine receptors heavily enough to be classified as anticholinergic drugs, but most don't, you just get the exact same side effects, so what the hell. It's like calling someone who breaks into a computer a hacker.

      Most antidepressants can take up to a month to work. Sure, you get the side effects right away, but you may not feel the positive benefits for a month. Unless the side effects are really adverse, have some patience. Don't give up, but don't keep upping the dosage either, because that just makes it harder to switch meds if you need to. Stay at a relatively low dosage at first. You should know after a month if something is going to work or not.

      Reuptake poop-out is starting to become common knowledge in the psychiatric community, especially for SSRIs. But any medication that acts as a reuptake inhibitor can work great for weeks, months, even years, then just quit. For most people this is not an issue. If you're taking an SSRI you can just move on to the next one until the poop-out happens again, but if you're taking another class of reuptake inhibitor working on another neurotransmitter, your options are going to be much more limited. While people on SSRIs can rotate them like tires, if norepinephrine or dopamine is the neurotransmitter you need to tweak, you may have to go off-label to some unusual medications. Poop-out also happens with TCAs, but I don't know if the same rotation trick works or not.

      If you do have to switch meds because of either poop-out or adverse effects, or it just wasn't the right neurotransmitter, keep in mind that mileage may vary considerably. Sometimes you won't notice a thing, say if you move between Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) and either Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) and Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride), just as long as the dosages are in line. But with other meds, especially if you're crossing the boundary of neurotransmitters, you'll run into all sorts of fun as your brain adjusts to the switch. If you do change from a med that works on one neurotransmitter to another, it's best to get completely clean of the first med before starting the next, otherwise you'll risk the side effects of a new med on top of the side effects of discontinuing an old med.

      Antidepressants are addictive! Addictive isn't really the right word, you develop an intense physical and psychological dependency without a craving and urge to abuse them (unless you're bipolar, then you may abuse them), but addictive is close enough. Some are more addictive than others. Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride) is the most addictive of the commonly prescribed antidepressants and is the drug everyone hates to have taken if they ever need to stop. The SSRIs as a class are next, with Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) being the most addictive of that bunch. Read about SSRI discontinuation syndrome to learn more. SSRIs are some of the most physically addictive drugs in existence. To suddenly stop taking them is to feel so very much worse than you were feeling before you ever considered taking meds. There's a term, "brain shivers." You'll know it if you ever experience it. Mouse and I have kicked opiates and we have kicked SSRIs cold turkey. We'll take the opiate kick. If you're taking an atypical antipsychotic along with Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride) or an SSRI, the discontinuation is often not nearly as bad, so if you have some Seroquel (quetiapine) on hand for insomnia, you'll want to take some for your SSRI discontinuation. Not everyone experiences SSRI discontinuation syndrome, and for those who do the effects range from mild to extreme. Not all doctors recognize this as an issue, so that sucks even more. Be sure to read the section about how long it takes for a med to clear out of your system and wait that long to taper down to the next stage in your dosage. And, as Paula writes in her article, invest in a pill splitter.

      Extreme caution should be used if bipolar disorder is suspected or diagnosed and antidepressants are being considered. Although any antidepressant can trigger a mania, the odds are better it will happen SSRIs, and less likely to happen with meds that work only on dopamine or norepinephrine. Some doctors think that antidepressants should never be used with bipolar, and I used to go along with that until I spent a month in the bipolar 2 part of the spectrum. There are no blanket statements when it comes to psychiatric medications, everyone has to be evaluated individually. I personally think that if an antidepressant is called for, the test for the right neurotransmitter should be done of course. But if you can't get your doctor to sign off on that, try an NRI first, then a dopamine med like Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride) or Mirapex (pramipexole dihydrochloride), and only if they don't do it do you hit the SSRIs.

      It's not just the use of antidepressants that can cause mania either. If you have to stop taking them, that can cause mania as well. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.

      Care should also be taken if you're epileptic, you must be cautious when mixing antidepressants and epilepsy. Make sure that your neurologist is consulted before you start taking any antidepressant. You may have to increase your intake of anticonvulsants, which, in turn, make you more depressed, and round and round it goes. The dopamine affecting meds are the worst, and that means Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride) above all others. Glaxo makes it appear that the SR version isn't as bad as the immediate release version when it comes to seizures, but there's something about the way the information is worded in the PI sheet for the SR version when compared to the immediate release version. It just reads like they filtered out anyone who had a hint of seizure disorder, or even a family history of seizure disorder, from the clinical trials. I've read quite a few reports of people who have had no known history of seizure disorders describing symptoms of absence seizures, partial onsets and other petit mal events when taking the maximum dosage of Wellbutrin SR.

      Booze. I will cover this more in another article. You know the drill, you shouldn't drink when on meds, but come on. Just because I've given up booze doesn't mean I'm going to get all preachy on you. Basically with the newer antidepressants, booze isn't that big a deal. Except for maybe Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride). You shouldn't drink as much as you used to, nor as often, especially with Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride) and Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride). Details in the article on booze and on the pages for individual meds. But if you're taking only one or two newer antidepressants and you don't have a problem with booze, you can still have a few drinks now and then. Or your glass of wine or bottle of beer, sake or soju with dinner. Cheers! However, if you're mixing in an atypical antipsychotic with an antidepressant, as is getting very popular, you'll have to cut out the booze all together. Alcohol and atypical antipsychotics don't mix.

      Amino acids are powerful things, at least when what is in the capsule is what is promised on the bottle's label. You never know in the US. Many of them convert to neurotransmitters in your brain, which is why they get sold as antidepressants, amongst other things. So you shouldn't mix l-Tryptophan / 5-HTP / Tryptan with SSRIs, multiple reuptake inhibitors or Remeron. Just don't. Unless your doctor tells you to, of course. That's your doctor and not anyone else. Otherwise you're seriously screwing with your serotonin levels and wildly unpredictable results may occur, including the potentially fatal serotonin syndrome. That's right, you could die from the advice some hippie at Ye Olde Vitamin Shoppe gives you about taking 5-HTP along with your Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride). Mixing l-tyrosine and Strattera (atomoxetine HCl) or Edronax (roboxetine) is slightly less risky, but you're still setting yourself up to overdosing on your own neurotransmitter. Unlike serotonin syndrome I can't point you to a handy guide to the symptoms of too much norepinephrine. Another problem is that you may not know how much more in the way of extra neurotransmitters you're going to get. I'll cover them in detail in an article specifically on supplements. As I write above I'm not against them, I take amino acids myself, with the advice and consent of my doctor. I'm just against taking them stupidly. You should either do amino acid therapy, or antidepressant therapy, but not both.

      Not all forms of depression and/or anxiety respond to antidepressants. Dr. Amen uses anticonvulsants, standard antipsychotics and atypical antipsychotics, and even lithium to treat different forms of depression, anxiety and depression & anxiety combinations. Don't be afraid to go off-label!

      I'll also be writing an article about antidepressants and kids, even though this is not a site for kids and meds. For information about kids and meds I direct you to What Meds?. However there is one and only one antidepressant in the US that has approval for pediatric use and that's Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride). For very good reason - its 9.3 day half-life. If the kid misses a day or two in being med compliant, it's not that big a deal with Prozac. With almost any other med, playing hooky with meds for a day or two is really bad news. It's just way more complicated than that, because diagnosing kids is difficult. But if an antidepressant is called for and if serotonin is the right neurotransmitter to mess with, Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride) is the only med to use.

      People are constantly asking me what the equivalents are for different classes of antidepressants. And it literally is an apples and oranges comparison. But since apples and oranges are both types of fruits, there are commonalities. Loren Regier and Brent Jensen of Queen's University School of Medicine, Kingston Ontario have put together a handy Antidepressant Comparison Chart. Of course it applies only for meds available in Canada, eh. But it does cover SSRIs, TCAs, MAOIs, Multiple Reuptake Inhibitors and whatever else they have in the Great White North.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can the side effect of taking a medicine appear after three years of taking it?
    My daughter has juvenile arthritis, and she is taking medicines for it, she complained of having mild dizziness twice or three times a day, the medicine has this for a side effect, can it start after three years of taking it? please help me if you have any info about juvenile arthritis

    • ANSWER:
      Side effects can happen at any time while taking meds.

  31. QUESTION:
    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis about to start INFLIXMAB has anyone had good results?
    Just wondering if this treatment has been successful with other sufferers of this nasty desease.?
    And have you had any side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      My mother has been on Remicade (Inflixmab) for the past three years and credits it with her ability to function despite her progressed RA. (She says she would be bed-bound if not for it). That being said, however, I would question your doctor about trying less drastic drug therapies before starting Remicade as it has a LOT of serious side-effects and possible harmful effects when used long term!

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it beneficial for someone with Rheumatoid arthritis to take glucosamine sulfate?
    I am not taking any drugs or supplements at this time, and am experiencing a flare up with my RA. Would it benefit me to take glucosamine sulfate and how will it help me? Are there any negative effects/side effects from taking it?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      When I experience a flare-up of RA, my doctor usually recommends that I increase my daily dosage of prednisone for a few weeks until the flare subsides. However, as you are not taking any meds (and I have to wonder why this is), increasing prednisone is not an option. I personally feel your best option is to speak with your doctor to schedule an appointment. If you cannot be seen right away, then ask if a Medrol dose pack would be beneficial. I've taken Medrol during severe flares with exceptional results. Medrol does have a tendency to significantly increase blood pressure, so if your doctor prescribes this, please be sure he is aware of any blood pressure isues you may have.

      You asked about glucosamine. I have never known it to be used in the treatment of RA, and my orthopedic surgeon is dead set against it. However, I did find the information you asked for. Here is an excerpt:

      "Glucosamine, most commonly used in the form glucosamine sulfate, is a simple molecule derived from glucose, the principal sugar found in blood. In glucosamine, one oxygen atom in glucose is replaced by a nitrogen atom. The chemical term for this modified form of glucose is amino sugar.

      Glucosamine is produced naturally in the body, where it is a key building block for making cartilage.

      Some but not all studies suggest that glucosamine supplements can relieve pain and improve mobility in osteoarthritis, a disease in which cartilage in joints becomes stiffer and may wear away. Besides possibly relieving symptoms, there is some evidence that glucosamine might actually slow the progression of the disease."

      And another, concerning safety:

      " Glucosamine appears to be a generally safe treatment and has not been associated with significant side effects. A few case reports and animal studies raised concerns that glucosamine might raise blood sugar in people with diabetes, but subsequent studies have tended to lay these concerns to rest. Glucosamine does not appear to affect cholesterol levels either.

      There is one case report of an allergic reaction to a glucosamine/chondroitin product, causing exacerbation of asthma."

      In rheumatoid arthritis:

      "Glucosamine might also be helpful for rheumatoid arthritis, according to a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 51 people. In this study, use of glucosamine at a dose of 1,500 mg daily significantly improved symptoms. It did not, however, alter measures of inflammation as determined through blood tests. "

      http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=e0498803-7f62-4563-8d47-5fe33da65dd4&chunkiid=21745

      Before taking glucosamine or any other supplement, please either research the safety of these products, or speak with your doctor.

      Will glucosamine get you over this flare? Probably not. It's effects are cumulative, meaning that you would not feel relief for several weeks. It is most likely that -- by the time you would notice benefits -- your flare will have run its course.

      For the present, please consider using ice to relieve swelling, moist heat to relieve stiffness, ibuprofen to relieve inflammation, and Tylenol to reduce pain. In all instances, follow label directions carefully. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  33. QUESTION:
    Am I the only one who finds conventional medicines terrifying?
    The commercials for them, are twice as scary.
    Your taking a medicine to aide in the cure of a sickness or disease that gives you 5 other side effects, and some of these side effects are life threatening.
    So why aren't more people researching natural cures, and remedies for sickness?
    There really is a LOT to be said for it.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree. I see commercials every day for asthma or arthritis medicines that "may cause the conditions to become worse" or "increase the risk of asthma related death." Whats the point of taking a medicine that will make your conditions worse! Then there are others where they have to speed up the side effects until they're nearly incomprehensible so they don't go over the 30 second mark. I agree with you, go for the herb remedies...

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you take Glucosmine when you have type 2 diabeties?
    My husband went through Chemo and it left him with arthritis and type 2 diabeties. The Dr. put him on pain pills but they have a lot of scary side effects. this Dr. is not much on natural remedies. Has anyone with type 2 diabeties had experience with Glucosmine?

    • ANSWER:
      Glucosamine is okay for diabetics to take. I've been taking it for years and my blood glucose is fine. Read all about it here:
      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

  35. QUESTION:
    why is cracking your knuckles so bad?
    Whenever I crack my knuckles someone pretty much always tells me I need to stop! I ask why and I think I've heard everything from crooked fingers to arthritis.
    Are there side effects from popping knuckles? If so, what are they?

    • ANSWER:
      It is just an old wives tale that it causes arthritis. It has no link to arthritis at all. But in reality it is associated with damage to ligaments that surround the joint and dislocation of tendons. There may also be a connection with soft tissue injuries

  36. QUESTION:
    How risky a treatment is this for dog's arthritis?
    Our vet recently had us try our 65lb black lab on 5mg Prednisolone once per day w/ 25mg of Tramadol twice per day. He had previously been on Deramaxx. So far, he seems to be doing better than before, but the potential side effects are really keeping me up at night. Given that the dose is relatively low, do I have cause for concern or are the odds of these frightening side effects (muscle weakness, Cushing's disease, etc.) legitimate? I'd rather he walk a little slower than develop some horrible condition!

    • ANSWER:
      5mg per day for a 65lb dog is a very safe and conservative dose of prednisolone. If any side effects do happen to occur at that dosage they should be reversible. Frankly, the potential side effects of Deramaxx are a lot worse. You only need to be concerned when the dog is receiving high doses (50mg plus) for auto-immune conditions.

  37. QUESTION:
    What happens to someone with coeliac that goes off their diet continually?
    I've been diagnosed with coeliac for about 10 years now and I still can't stick to the diet. I get very few side effects (that are noticeable anyway) but I know long term that problems can arise, such as memory loss. I also have type 1 diabetes so it's hard enough to stick to that diet, let alone cut out gluten as well.

    What else can happen to me long term and how long before symptoms start rearing their ugly heads?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I didn't want your question to go unanswered, so here's a short list of complications relating to non-compliance of gluten intolerance: lymphoma, lupus, rhumetoid arthritis, depression, anxiety, anemia, B-12 deficiency, and other immune disorders (type-1 diabetes and Sjorgen's come to mind).

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there any other alternatives for treating rheumatoid arthritis other than prescription medicines?
    is there really a cure or any way to reverse it? is there any supplements that can be taken that would be effective, if so what are they? i've been on many different pain medications before but now i just started taking methotrexate and now also celebrex and i know the long term side effects are not good. so i am looking for different alternatives if there are any..

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors use a variety of approaches to treat rheumatoid arthritis. These are used in different combinations and at different times during the course of the disease and are chosen according to the patient's individual situation. No matter what treatment the doctor and patient choose, however, the goals are the same: to

      Relieve pain
      Reduce inflammation
      Slow down or stop joint damage
      Improve a person's sense of well-being and ability to function
      Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment is specifically aimed at providing pain relief. Conventional medications include analgesics (aspirin or acetaminophen), NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressive agents may be used.

      It is important to discuss these medications with your physician as many of these agents have damaging side effects, especially when used long term as is the case in chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

      More and more arthritis sufferers, particularly those with chronic conditions, are turning to natural and holistic treatments because conventional medicine has failed to produce the desired results. Natural arthritis pain relief can be obtained with treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies that are gentle and mild, yet effective and offer symptomatic relief. Ingredients such as Glucosamine can be used to provide natural arthritis pain relief and to repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility while Boswellia acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

      Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of Devil's Claw in treating joint conditions like osteo-arthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism and small joint disease. Other useful herbs for natural arthritis pain relief like Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) can help to soothe the affected area, in a gentle manner without harsh side effects – helping with the recovery process. Cayenne can also be used in an infused oil to rub into arthritic joints for added relief.

      Remember to obtain all herbal and homeopathic remedies from a reputable source.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/r/rheumatoidarthritis.htm

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the plus and minuses of steriods?
    I "heard" that steriods are actually benificial for the user when used correctly. What are the side effects if used improperly? I know you can buy them online but I also hear that they are illegal too. So whats the deal?

    • ANSWER:
      what kind of steroids are you talking about...?
      anabolic or things like prednisone/prednisolone?

      regular steroids like prednisone for inflammation (arthritis, asthma, tissue swelling...) have side effects like moon facies, buffalo hump, water retention, acne, worsening of joint integrity if injected intraarticular, and so on...

      if you are talking about anabolic...you will see mood swings, testicular atrophy (shrink up), acne, endocrinology nightmares...

      if bought over the internet...you are purchasing a controlled substance and if you do not have the proper documentation...it is a felony to buy it...and you may be in on the sting that the DEA does from time to time to catch people who purchase them on-line
      the other thing is that if you do buy them off the internet and do not get caught and go to jail...how do you know what you are getting is safe? it could be rat poison that looks just like what you thought it was...
      be careful and good luck

  40. QUESTION:
    What can cause a dog to start becoming disoriented?
    My 19 y/o Chihuahua-Beagle mix has had some health issues for a while, an enlarged heart, and arthritis mostly. For almost a year she's been having bouts of wobbling. Mostly just little 1-2 second long shimmies.

    Over the last month, they've become more and more frequent, and more severe. Some even cause her to fall over on her side. When I told my vet they were getting worse, she said it could be possibly be a tumor, but without an MRI or CAT scan there was no way to be for sure. There isn't a vet within a hundred miles of my city that does that stuff.

    Now that the wobbles are getting worse, I've also noticed she is becoming quite disoriented. She became deaf 1.5 years ago, but I can still tell when she isn't quite "here".
    Does anyone know what may be causing that? If her wobbles are from a tumor, could this be another side effect?

    I do not think she is in pain from these things. She is still getting around well and plays fetch with her toys. I'm not going to put her down, just to get it out there. I'm just wondering what might be the cause of these things. Any suggestions or ideas will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    are there any natural treatments or medicines for psoriasis arthritis?
    The medicines I've looked at have so many side effects I'd rather have the pain. Anyone know of any other way to help the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Topical treatments are most effective for treating mild to moderate psoriasis and are aimed at reducing swelling and skin cell turnover, helping the skin to peel, unclogging pores and suppressing the immune system. Phototherapy involves the use of natural ultraviolet light and artificial ultraviolet light – it reduces redness and slows the overproduction of skin cells that causes scaling.

      If psoriasis is severe, medication in the form of an injection or pill is administered – this is called systemic treatment. These treatment options may be combined to achieve the best results. Through constant trail and error, the psoriasis sufferer needs to discover the most effective treatment.

      The use of natural and alternative treatments has become increasingly popular among people suffering with psoriasis. Natural treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies are a safe and effective alternative to use especially when traditional therapy has failed to produce the desired results. Carefully selected ingredients have been chosen to support skin health and promote healthy cell renewal and routine shedding of old skin cells.

      Herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) have a wide of therapeutic benefits which include acting as a cleansing tonic, blood purifier as well as lymphatic cleanser.

      Tissue salts such as Natrium Muriaticum, Kalium Sulphate and Kalium Muriaticum are excellent for maintaining skin health and supporting the natural healing and regenerative processes of the skin.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/p/psoriasis.htm

  42. QUESTION:
    Can marijuana provide the same medical benefits for dogs as it does humans?
    Is it safe to get a dog high? My dog has arthritis due to a combination of hip dysplasia, two busted knees, and a bad spine. He is only 3 and still has the energy of a puppy. So we buy expensive medications to ease his pain. We give our dog pain killers equivalent to a low dose of Vicodin, an anti-inflammatory that may eventually cause liver or kidney problems, and on occasion tranquilizers. Add on the once a month flea/tick and heart worm medications and oh my god this pet takes more pills a day than I take in an entire month! My dog is over 80 lbs. I have read about all the pills I give him and there are some freighting side effects to some of them. My vet has assured me, however, that because he is otherwise a very healthy dog we should not worry about the possibility that he could throw a blood clot, have a seizure, or die. I know a person that blows marijuana smoke in his dog's ears and it seems to calm the dog down, I am also aware of the medicinal purposes of marijuana for humans, but is it safe for a pet and can it relieve joint pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Animals don't do as well with marijuana usually, because they don't understand what is wrong with them (being high) and it causes high levels of stress and anxiety. Marijuana doesn't do much to relieve pain as much as it does take their mind off of it. If he's already on pain killers, I wouldn't worry to much. Unless he's clearly suffering and very uncomfortable all time, taking his quality of life and euthanasia into consideration is your next step. You can also try to up his pain medications or try homeopathic remedies like acupuncture. When I worked at a vet, we offered acupuncture services and many clients swore up and down that it helped tremendously.

      And NEVER blow smoke into your dogs ears! I've seen people do that too and they're complete idiots. If you're going to do it blow it into their face. There is resin in the smoke that can cause a severe ear infection, fungal infection, damage their ear drums or potentially do worse damage. They don't 'inhale' through their ears. Common sense.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anyone receive any bad side effects from taking Methlprednisolone (prescribed steroids)?
    This is often prescribed for bronchitis inflammation, arthritis, etc. But it has serious side effects. I mean scary side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog was on prednisone.
      1.side effect:drinking water-incredible thirst!
      of course,the peeing is inconvenient too.
      2.Loss of hair all over the body
      3.lethargic-the dog was not herself
      4.hunger-always begging or looking for food.
      so, for a human:weight gain is normal when taking prednisone
      i mean a lot of weight gain:30-40lbs?
      5.skin becomes very thin and easy to tear,takes long to heal!
      6.immune suppression:prone to infections-any kind.
      my dog had skin infection then, developed a huge deep abscess full of pus!

  44. QUESTION:
    Does Celebrex increase depression in people taking antidepressants and anxiety medication?
    I recently started taking Celebrex for arthritis and I'm also on antidepressants, thyroid and anxiety medications. I have started being teary eyed and down in the dumps. Just wondered if anyone knows if this could be a side effect of Celebrex.

    • ANSWER:
      There are psychiatric side-effects that can occur with Celebrex (link below, click on the side-effects tab), and also drug interactions mainly due to its action on two important isoenzymes often used in the breakdown/metabolism of medications.

      It might be one to check through with your doctor - for example if the antidepressant you are on is Prozac, then the CYP2D6 inhibition caused by the Celebrex would have implications on the Prozac metabolism, possibly leading to increased levels which in turn could be implicated in your reaction.

  45. QUESTION:
    If I was to take Methotrexate for Rheumatoid Arthritis, what would be the best natural supplement?
    ... to use to help me cope with side effects and be as healthy as possible ? I already know about folic acid. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic remedies for rheumatism/arthritis/gout (Arthritis including gout, arthritis deformans/osteoarthritis and rheumatism).

      Aconite Napellus: Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Napellus 200, 2 hourly.

      Cassia Sophera: Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly.

      Rhus Tox.: Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus Tox. 200 or 1M, 4 hourly.

      Bryonia Alba: Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Caulophyllum: Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly.

      Medorrhinum: When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses).

      Tuberculinum K.: When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum K. 1M fortnightly (3 Doses).

      Colchicum: Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly.

      Calcarea Carb.: When Rhus Tox. ceases to work and pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb. 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses).

      Antim Crud.: Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud. 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Drosera: Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses).

      Causticum: Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly.

      Natrum Sulph.: Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gouty pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph. 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Kalmia Lat.: Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat. 30X or 200, 6 hourly.

      Pulsatilla: Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Arnica Montana: Pain, violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly.

      Ledum Pal.: Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal. 200, 4 hourly.

      Guaiacum: Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly.

      Ammonium Phos.: Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos. 6X or 30, 4 hourly.

      Acid Benzoic: Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly.

      Lycopodium: When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly.

      Rhododendron: Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses).

      ** Urtica Urens (head remedy): Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water.

      Picric Acid: Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly.

      Abrotanum: Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses).

      Chamomilla: Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses).

      Agaricus Mus.: Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus. 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Capsicum: In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Platina: Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses).

      Phytolacca: Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Sepia: Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Ruta Grav.: Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav. 200, 6 hourly.

      China Off.: Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off. 6X or 30, 3 hourly.

      Staphysagria: Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Berberis Vulgaris; Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops.

      Stellaria; Stiff

  46. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me any good experiences of methotrexate?
    I am soon going to start methotrxate (injections) for psoriatic arthritis but everything I read on the internet says how awful this drug is. Is there anyone out there who takes it and has no horrible side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      My MIL has taken it for years for Rheumatoid arthritis. She hasn't had any negative side effects from it. She has her blood drawn regularly to check her levels and they are always fine.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the safest effective joint care product for dogs?
    My vet recommended Glycoflex II. Any reviews would be helpful on this and any other products that are SAFE! No side effects, etc. Any shopping tips?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not familiar with the Glycoflex II product, but I can say that Dasequin (available only through veterinarians) is an excellent product that can produce results comparable to Rimadyl or Deramaxx in dogs where arthritis isn't extremely severe.

  48. QUESTION:
    Anyone experience side effects while taking Methotrexate?
    My 2 year old daughter is fixing to start Methotrexate for her Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and I wanted to know if anyone taking it has had actual side effects and how quickly they started. I know the possible side effects, but want to know what experience other people have had on this medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      please don't go on other peoples reactions,your daughter is very young and must need this steroid to stop inflammation so take each day as it comes

  49. QUESTION:
    Does paternal exposure to methotrexate cause any danger to the baby?
    My wife and I are wanting to try to have children. I am taking methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis and have been taking it for over two years. My dose is 20mg once a week. Is there any risk if we were to conceive? I have searched all over the internet and read about studies (there don't seem to be much research on this subject.) All I have found so far is a possible negative effect on fertility. My rheumatolgist wants me to get off methotrexate and on sulfasalazine. According to him I should be off of methotrexate for three months before trying to conceive. Sulfasalazine doesn't control my RA symptoms though. I have been on it before and it has bad side effects with me such as extreme light sensitivity.

    I mainly want to know if the child will be in serious risk. The mother wouldn't be on methotraxate, just me.
    Thank you for any information!

    • ANSWER:
      The main thing I'd make sure of is that your wife isn't pouring your pills for you or handling them at all, since there would be risk to regularly expose her to the residue on the pills. Keep them well labeled and separate from her vitamins/medications to be positive that a mistake doesn't happen, since they can cause miscarriage and birth defects if accidentally taken by a woman who has conceived.

      There is no indication that methotrexate use by the father will add any risks to a future pregnancy, however this has not been extensively studied so no one is 100% sure. To err on the safe side, some doctors would recommend that you stop use of methotrexate three months before beginning trying to conceive. But as there is no definitive known risk, every doctor's opinion on this will likely be a bit different. They may try to find a balance by weighing the pros and cons for you, just as they do with women who are trying to conceive while on different prescriptions such as antidepressants. They may say that if it's the only pill controlling your arthritis well, then keep doing what you're doing since there is no known risk and you would be suffering otherwise. Bottom line, this would be a judgement call for you to make now that you know the situation.

      Here's a quote from the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (an organization that deals with factors that increase risk of miscarriage and birth defects): "There are no reports suggesting that men who use methotrexate at the time of conception are more likely to father a baby with a birth defect."

      I've linked the article below if you want to read it. Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had any side effects to CellCept for arthritis? Is it Safe?
    I have been prescribed CellCept and I want to get some feedback on any serious complications or minor side effects. Anyone can relate?

    • ANSWER:
      You're best to find a forum for Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis. People on those forums will have used this medication, where as most people on this site have probably never heard of CellCept. Try- www.thelupussite.com or www.dailystrength.org

      I'm not on this medication for my arthritis so I'm sorry I can't help you but there's a lot of information here - http://lupus.about.com/od/diagnosisandtreatments/p/CellCept.htm

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