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Arthritis Screening Quiz
Arthritis screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of arthritis.
Fibromyalgia Screening Quiz
Fibromyalgia screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Screening Quiz
Rheumatoid arthritis screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
13 Important Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis will lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. If you are experiencing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, see a doctor.
Early Arthritis Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
It's not easy to recognize early arthritis symptoms. Initial symptoms are often mistaken for injury.
22 Foods You Shouldn't Eat if You Have Gout
Diet is important if you have gout. Learn which foods to avoid if you have gout.
48 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
48 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 23 years. Photo of joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis.
Lupus Screening Quiz
Lupus screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of lupus.
Arthritis - 10 Things You Need to Know and...
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, it is important to learn all that you can about the disease. These 10 facts will build your understanding.
Sjogren's Syndrome Screening Quiz
Sjogren's syndrome screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome.
10 Signs You May Have Arthritis
Common arthritis signs should not be ignored. Consult with a doctor so that you can get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Ankylosing Spondylitis Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Anklyosing Spondylitis?
The 7 Biggest Myths About Arthritis
There are many misconceptions about arthritis floating around. These 7 arthritis misconceptions are a few of the most common.
5 Foods You Should Eat if You Have Gout
People with gout are advised to avoid purine-rich foods, but what should they eat?
Lyme Disease Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Lyme disease?
Rheumatoid Arthritis Explained With Pictures...
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory type of arthritis which affects the joints and may affect other parts of the body. Photos help explain rheumatoid arthritis.
Gout Screening Quiz
Gout screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of gout.
Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms.
How is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based on multiple criteria, not simply a single test result.
59 year old male with osteoarthritis for 35 years
59 year old male with osteoarthritis for 35 years. Photo of hand osteoarthritis. Page 3.
18 year old female with juvenile rheumatoid...
18 year old female with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for 16 years. Photo of joint swelling and damage from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Page 4.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - 10 Things You Should Know
Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1.3 million Americans and three times as many women as men. There are important facts you should know about it.
The Illustrated Guide to What's Causing Your...
Before we examine possible causes of knee pain, let's take a closer look at a normal knee joint.
How to Prevent Gout Attacks By Focusing On Purine
Watching your diet is part of the solution for reducing gout attacks. Cutting back on purine-rich foods is recommended.
60 year old male with rheumatoid arthritis
60 year old male with rheumatoid arthritis. Patient has had surgery on hand. Page 5.
The 5 Most Important Symptoms of Rheumatoid...
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, disabling, inflammatory type of arthritis. Learn the basics about diagnosis, symptoms, and prevention.
35 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
35 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 10 months. Photo of joint swelling and damage from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 6.
The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome?
Don't Ignore Signs and Symptoms of Gout
Gout symptoms are very painful and are caused by monosodium urate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues.
47 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
47 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years. Photo of joint damage and contractures caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Page 8.
55 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
55 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 28 years. Photo of hand deformity from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 9.
How to Treat Your Gout With Diet and Medication
Gout attacks can be controlled or prevented by dietary changes and the use of certain medications.
22 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
22 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 6 years. Photo of both hands with joint deformity caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Page 11.
Think You Have Arthritis? What Should You Do?
It is tempting to think aches and pains are related to straining or injuring a joint. Symptoms that persist may be related to a chronic condition, such as arthritis.
Psoriatic Arthritis Screening Quiz
Psoriatic arthritis has symptoms which mimic rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or reactive arthritis. Take the screening quiz.
10 Things You Should Know About Tramadol
Tramadol is a popular arthritis pain reliever. It is prescribed to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain.
50 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
50 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 31 years. Photo of joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 14.
How to Prevent Recurring Gout Attacks
Avoiding certain foods can help prevent gout. Certain medications help to control gout symptoms.
Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus - Which Is It?
There are specific symptoms and distinguishing characteristics, as well as overlapping symptoms, between rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
5 Main Drug Classes Used to Treat Arthritis
There are 5 main drug classes used to treat arthritis, including NSAIDs.
44 year old male with rheumatoid arthritis for...
44 year old male with rheumatoid arthritis for 17 years. Photo of hands and joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Page 15.
62 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
62 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for over 25 years. Photo of hand deformity caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Page 16.
Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis - Which...
There are specific symptoms and distinguishing characteristics between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
52 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
52 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 17 years. Photo of joint damage to hands from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 17.
The 10 Most Important Facts About Gout
Gout is an intensely painful type of arthritis. Check out these 10 facts about gout.
Understanding What Causes Knee Pain and How You...
Knee pain is related to various conditions. A thorough examination is necessary to determine the exact cause of knee pain and appropriate treatment.
Understanding Lyme Disease From Early to Late...
Lyme disease guide with in-depth information on the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Lyme disease.
10 Facts You Should Know About Methotrexate
Methotrexate is a DMARD (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug) used to treat certain types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions.
What Causes Your Joint to Feel Warm or Hot?
Warning signs of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, redness, and warmth. What does it mean when you have a warm or hot joint?
Pinning Down the Cause of Your Leg Pain
Arthritis is one of many possible causes of leg pain. It's important to be diagnosed by a doctor when leg pain persists.
Gout Diet Quiz
Gout is one of the forms of arthritis truly affected by diet. Take our quiz and test your knowledge.
How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis symptoms can vary because there are many different types of the disease. The most common symptoms include joint pain, joint stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion.
38 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
38 year old female from Japan with rheumatoid arthritis for 17 years. Photo of joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 19.
What You Should and Should Not Do if You Have...
Learning how to cope with arthritis is essential. Knowing what to do and what not to do must become second nature.
Which Arthritis Drugs Do Doctors Prescribe Most?
Medications are used by most arthritis patients. Learn about the arthritis drugs most commonly prescribed by rheumatologists.
What You Should Know About Joint Effusion
Joint effusion is a symptom of arthritis, defined as an abnormal buildup of joint fluid.
How You Can Apply for a Handicapped Parking...
People with arthritis often wait too long before getting a handicapped parking permit. Here's how to obtain a handicapped parking permit.
What You Should Know About Prednisone
Safe use of prednisone decreases the chance for undesirable side effects.
Anti-inflammatory Diet May Improve Arthritis...
Certain dietary selections may have an anti-inflammatory effect and help decrease arthritis symptoms.
7 year old girl with polyarticular juvenile...
7 year old girl with polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for 6 1/2 years. Photo of joint damage. Page 24.
Everything You Need to Know About ANA Tests
An ANA test is a blood test used to detect the presence of the antinuclear antibody which is associated with several autoimmune diseases.
Do Positive CRP Tests Indicate a Serious...
CRP, C-reactive protein, is a blood test which indicates inflammation and is a marker for some diseases.
How You Can Control Weight Gain From Prednisone
There are several side effects associated with prednisone but weight gain may be the most frustrating. Is there any way to manage weight gain linked to prednisone use?
What You Need to Know About Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect many parts of the body. Lupus can be complex and may be hard to diagnose.
61 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
61 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for over 30 years. Photo of hands with joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 26.
49 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
49 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 6 years. Page 29.
What Is Facet Arthropathy?
Facet arthropathy is caused by facet joints becoming arthritic and painful. Facet arthropathy can be a cause of back pain.
27 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
Photo of right hand. Patient has had rheumatoid arthritis for one year. No surgery. Page 28.
Basic Facts About Lyme Disease
Arthritis and joint pain can occur during late stage Lyme disease. Learn how an infectious disease transmitted by a tick bite can lead to arthritis in some people.
Arthritis Hand Photo Gallery
Arthritis can cause joint deformity. Hand deformity is one of the characteristics associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Look through photos of arthritic hands submitted by our readers.
The Back Pain Quiz
Do you know the basic facts about back pain?: arthritis screening quiz osteoporosis screening juvenile arthritis test your knowledge low back pain
What You Need to Know About CPPD
CPPD (calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease) is a type of arthritis caused by deposits of calcium phosphate crystals in joints. CPPD is also known as pseudogout.
Prednisone Quiz - True or False?
Do you know the important facts associated with prednisone use? Take our true or false prednisone quiz.
How Are Bone Spurs Diagnosed and Treated?
Osteophytes are also commonly known as bone spurs. Osteophytes develop in deteriorating joints damaged by arthritis.
10 Facts You Need to Know About Sjogren's...
Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease which can occur as a primary condition or secondary condition.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Step-by-Step
An explanation of the carpal tunnel and its location.
How to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of...
There are five types of psoriatic arthritis which differ in symptoms and disease course.
The Gout One-Sheet: Your Complete Introduction
Gout, one of the most painful types of arthritis, is associated with hyperuricemia. Learn more about the cause, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of gout.
What Rheumatoid Nodules Mean for Arthritis...
Rheumatoid nodules usually occur in active cases of rheumatoid arthritis. What is the significance of finding a rheumatoid nodule?
What Can Doctors Learn From an Anti-CCP Test?
Anti-CCP is a diagnostic test for rheumatoid arthritis.
How to Safely Take a Medrol Dosepack
A Medrol dosepack (dosepak) is a tapering dose of Medrol over a 6-day period.
Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy
A five-part guide to peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves).
Can Eating Gin-Soaked Raisins Really Help...
Eating gin-soaked raisins is among the most popular folk remedies for arthritis pain.
The 8 Best Things You Can Do for Your Arthritis
Take a positive approach to living with arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Test Your Knowledge
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), one of 100 types of arthritis, is an autoimmune disease. How much do you know about RA? Take the quiz.
Osteoarthritis - Test Your Knowledge
Osteoarthritis is most common in older people. How much do you know about osteoarthritis? Take the quiz.
Arthritis Quiz - Myth or Fact?
Arthritis is a complicated disease. Can you sort out the myths and facts about arthritis? Take our quiz.
Scleroderma Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with scleroderma?: arthritis screening quiz osteoporosis screening juvenile arthritis test your knowledge rheumatoid arthritis
10 Things You Should Know About Voltaren Gel
Voltaren Gel is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication in topical form used, mostly on knees and hands, to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness.
Raynaud's Phenomenon Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Raynaud's phenomenon?
Arthritis - An Overview
There are more than 100 types of arthritis which are associated with joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Certain types of arthritis may have systemic effects.
Here's What You Need to Know About Sjogren's...
Sjogren's syndrome is an arthritis-related condition. Dry eyes, dry mouth, joint pain, and fatigue are primary symptoms.
Basic Facts You Should Know About Sjogren's...
Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system targets moisture-producing glands and causes dryness in the mouth and eyes.
Can Lyme Disease Become a Chronic Condition?
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium classified as a spirochete.
9 Tips to Keep Your Joints Healthy
To maintain or improve joint health, we are advised to keep moving. Go through the steps to see what other actions benefit our joints.
How Arthritis Medications May Cause Kidney...
Kidney problems, a potential side effect of arthritis medications, can be determined by specific blood tests or urine tests.
10 Things You Should Know About Lyrica
Lyrica was approved by the FDA as a treatment for fibromyalgia in 2007. Here are 10 things you should know about Lyrica.
What Is Uric Acid, Anyway?
Uric acid is a waste product normally present in the blood as a result of the breakdown of purines. What happens when uric acid accumulates?
How Arthritis Medications Can Affect Your...
Potassium levels can be affected by certain medications. Potassium levels in the blood can be abnormally high or low due to medication side effects.
Is Naproxen an Effective Arthritis Treatment?
Naproxen, classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is a popular arthritis medication but patients must be aware of potential side effects.
Lyme Disease Photo Gallery
Ticks are known vectors for the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease. The photo gallery shows the ticks, spirochetes, and other aspects of Lyme disease.
10 Facts You Should Know About Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune rheumatic disease. Lupus affects the joints, skin, and other organs of the body. Check out 10 important facts about the disease.
Does Prednisone Tapering Minimize Withdrawal?
Prednisone withdrawal symptoms can occur if steroids are not discontinued gradually. Tapering the dose of prednisone minimizes prednisone withdrawal symptoms.
Arthritis Risk Factor Quiz
There are certain factors associated with an increased risk of developing arthritis. Do you have the risk factors? Take our quiz.
Rheumatoid Factor - What Does It Indicate?
About 80% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis test positive for rheumatoid factor. Read about what rheumatoid factor means.
10 Essential Facts About Plaquenil
Plaquenil is an older disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug used to treat rheumatic and autoimmune conditions.
What Is Degenerative Arthritis?
Degenerative arthritis, also called osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. Which joints are most affected?
Liver Function Tests Monitor Safety of...
Doctors routinely order liver function tests to detect potential problems with certain arthritis medications, such as methotrexate.
Arthritis Treatment Goals and Options
There are many treatment options for arthritis. Medications are considered traditional treatment for arthritis but some patients look for natural alternatives.
10 Diseases That Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Certain medical conditions mimic rheumatoid arthritis. Which conditions must a doctor consider when diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis and how are they ultimately distinguished?
Everything You Need to Know About Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can be a sign of certain diseases and conditions such as Sjogren's syndrome.
Is It Gout or Pseudogout?
How much do you know about gout and pseudogout? Take this quiz.
10 Things You Should Know About Pseudogout
Pseudogout is a type of arthritis that is often mistaken for gout or other arthritic conditions.
Understanding Causes and Solutions for Low Back...
If you have low back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has lower back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation.
8 Ways to Reduce Inflammation from Arthritis
Medications are commonly prescribed as part of a regimen to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, but other solutions are helpful too.
Top 8 Arthritis Cream Products
Arthritis creams can be effective for soothing minor arthritis and muscle pain.
Which Mattress Is Best for People With Arthritis?
A comfortable mattress is extremely important to someone living with chronic arthritis pain.
What You Should Be Aware of Before Taking Tylenol
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a popular painkiller. The maximum allowable dosage must be followed to reduce adverse side effects.
Imaging Studies That Are Used to Help Diagnose...
Imaging studies are used during the process of diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. There are 4 common ones you should be familiar with.
What to Expect During and After a Gout Attack
A gout attack causes sudden and intense joint pain. Most often, a gout attack affects a single joint but it is possible for a few joints to be involved.
What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your...
Blood tests can help diagnose arthritis, monitor treatments, and track disease activity.
Lupus Is a Unique Disease and a Challenge to...
The most common symptoms of lupus disease are skin rashes, extreme fatigue, arthritis, unexplained fevers, and kidney problems. Page 2.
Lupus: What You Should Know About This Complex...
Lupus symptoms can be confusing. Learn more about signs and symptoms of the autoimmune disease which can affect skin, other organs, and joints. Page 2.
How To Keep An Arthritis Journal
Writing in an arthritis journal or diary can help you better cope with your illness. Learn how to keep an arthritis journal.
The 9 Biggest Risk Factors for Gout
It's important to know about gout risk factors because some are modifiable. Learn more about gout risk factors.
Gout - Test Your Knowledge
Gout quiz tests your knowledge of gout.: arthritis screening quiz gout diet diet quiz osteoporosis screening juvenile arthritis
RSD: What You Should Know About This Painful...
RSD affects one of your extremities and is characterized by continuous pain.
Understanding Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries are caused by overuse and repeated motions. The group of conditions primarily affect the soft tissues, including the nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Your Guide to Pain Medication for Dogs
Pain medications for dogs provide relief for joint problems or for pain after surgery. Learn more about pain medications for dogs in our three part guide.
Arthritis - Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about arthritis?
Review: Skechers Go Walk Shoes Rated 5 Stars...
It is unbelievably difficult to find comfortable shoes when you have arthritis. I found them. Skechers Go Walk shoes are amazing. Read my review.
Rituxan: Showing Promise For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rituxan, a drug used to target B-cells, is showing promise as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
Joint Stiffness Is Often Associated With...
Joint stiffness is a common characteristic of arthritis. Other conditions are also associated with joint stiffness, so you should consult your doctor.
Ibuprofen Is a Popular NSAID Used to Treat...
Ibuprofen is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and is commonly used to treat arthritis.
Osteoporosis Risk Factor Quiz
There are certain factors associated with an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Do you have the risk factors? Take our quiz.
How Does RICE Treat Acute Injury to Bones or...
R.I.C.E. is the acronymn for treatment prescribed for acute injury.
10 Things You Should Know Before Taking...
Colchicine is used for the treatment of gout. For safe use of the drug, here are 10 things you should know about colchicine including how it works, potential side effects, and warnings.
Can Arthritis Be Cured?
As soon as someone is diagnosed with arthritis, they want to know if there is a cure. Is there a cure for arthritis?
Learn About These 3 Similar Types of Arthritis
Terminology for inflammatory arthritic conditions is explained. Are polyarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis the same?
Some People Believe WD-40 Can Lubricate...
Using the lubricant WD-40 for arthritis has become both an unproven and potentially harmful folk remedy for pain relief.
Pay Attention to Signs and Symptoms of...
If you are experiencing osteoarthritis symptoms, see a doctor. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis will lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
The Difference Between Anabolic Steroids and...
The term steroids is often misunderstood. There are different types of steroids.
Autoimmune Disease Explained
An autoimmune condition develops when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own healthy body tissue. There are many autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.
Arthritis Medications - Test Your Knowledge
Several arthritis medications have been marketed since 1998. How much do you know about arthritis medications? Take the quiz.
Assessing the Severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with joint pain, stiffness, and swelling of the affected joints. Severe symptoms can lead to decreased joint function and physical limitations.
Gout Risk Factor Quiz
What risk factors increase the chance of developing gout?
What Defines an Arthritis Flare?
Arthritis patients may experience a flare-up of symptoms. An arthritis flare can be very painful and disruptive to usual activities.
Inflammation - Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about inflammation? Take this quiz.
The Effects and Side Effects of Corticosteroids
Corticosteroids are one class of drugs used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis.
What Are the Worst Things About Having Arthritis?
Many arthritis patients are surprised to find out how much the disease impacts their normal life. What are the worst things about arthritis?

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