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Arthritis & Joint Conditions: Most Popular Articles

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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.
Lupus Screening Quiz
Lupus screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of lupus.
Sjogren's Syndrome Screening Quiz
Sjogren's syndrome screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome.
Ankylosing Spondylitis Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Anklyosing Spondylitis?
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.
Foods Not to Eat if You Have Gout
Diet is important if you have gout. Learn which foods to avoid if you have gout.
Early Arthritis Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
It's not easy to recognize early arthritis symptoms. Initial symptoms are often mistaken for injury.
Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms.
The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome?
Gout Screening Quiz
Gout screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of gout.
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.
Foods You Should Eat if You Have Gout
People with gout are advised to avoid purine-rich foods, but what should they eat?
10 Things You Should Know About Tramadol
Tramadol is a popular arthritis pain reliever. It is prescribed to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain.
What You Should Know About Joint Effusion
Joint effusion is a symptom of arthritis, defined as an abnormal buildup of joint fluid.
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.
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.
Psoriatic Arthritis Screening Quiz
Psoriatic arthritis has symptoms which mimic rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or reactive arthritis. Take the screening quiz.
Signs and Symptoms That Point to Rheumatoid...
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.
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.
Methotrexate Quiz
Methotrexate is an arthritis medication, commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. How much do you know about methotrexate?
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.
What You Should Know About Prednisone
Safe use of prednisone decreases the chance for undesirable side effects.
Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis - Which...
There are specific symptoms and distinguishing characteristics between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Raynaud's Phenomenon Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Raynaud's phenomenon?
Gout Diet Quiz
Gout is one of the forms of arthritis truly affected by diet. Take our quiz and test your knowledge.
How to Prevent Gout Attacks By Reducing Intake...
Watching your diet is part of the solution for reducing gout attacks. Cutting back on purine-rich foods is recommended.
Tips for Treating Your Gout With Diet and...
Gout attacks can be controlled or prevented by dietary changes and the use of certain medications.
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.
Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus - Which Is It?
There are specific symptoms and distinguishing characteristics, as well as overlapping symptoms, between rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
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 Is Facet Arthropathy?
Facet arthropathy is caused by facet joints becoming arthritic and painful. Facet arthropathy can be a cause of back pain.
What Is Tommie Copper Compression Apparel?
Tommie Copper has a famous spokesperson in Montel Williams. What is Tommie Copper? What can the product do for you?
Can Eating Gin-Soaked Raisins Really Help...
Eating gin-soaked raisins is among the most popular folk remedies for arthritis pain.
How to Safely Take a Medrol Dosepack
A Medrol dosepack (dosepak) is a tapering dose of Medrol over a 6-day period.
Predicting the Progression of Your Rheumatoid...
Questions about the prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis typically follow diagnosis. Patients want to know how bad the disease will get, how soon symptoms will worsen, and what their future holds.
Negative Rheumatoid Factor Test Can Delay...
A blood test, known as Rheumatoid Factor, is often ordered when you consult with a rheumatologist for the first time. Primary doctors sometimes order the test
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 rheumatoid arthritis.
Differentiating Rheumatoid Arthritis and...
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common types of arthritis. While about 2.1 million people have rheumatoid arthritis, nearly 10 times as many have osteoarthritis. Learn how to differentiate rheumatoid arthritis from osteoarthritis.
How is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based on multiple criteria, not simply a single test result.
10 Methotrexate Safety Precautions
Methotrexate is a DMARD (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug) used to treat certain types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions.
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.
Is Methotrexate Used to Treat Rheumatoid...
Methotrexate is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and certain other rheumatic conditions. I remember when it was FDA-approved
Scleroderma Screening Quiz
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Can You Die From Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease. It is not generally considered a fatal or terminal disease. Except for one important fact -- rheumatoid arthritis is
Obtaining a Referral to a Rheumatologist Is...
Patients with signs and symptoms of arthritis or rheumatic diseases should be referred to a rheumatologist. You may have to wait for an appointment, but it's necessary.
Life Expectancy Has Significantly Increased for...
When I started writing about arthritis 17 years ago, one of the facts I unearthed had to do with rheumatoid arthritis patients having decreased life expectancy.
What Exactly Is Early Rheumatoid Arthritis?
People experiencing joint pain, swelling, and stiffness are advised to see a doctor as soon as possible. Diagnosing and treating early rheumatoid arthritis offers the best chance to slow disease progression.
Rheumatoid Factor - Understanding the Test...
If your doctor suspects that you may have rheumatoid arthritis, the rheumatoid factor blood test is typically among the first diagnostic tests ordered. Your
Picking the Best Pen for You
Picking a comfortable pen makes writing an arthritis-friendly task.
10 Gout Facts You Should Know
Gout is an intensely painful type of arthritis. Check out these 10 facts about gout.
RSD: What You Should Know About This Painful...
RSD affects one of your extremities and is characterized by continuous pain.
Lyme Disease Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Lyme disease?
How Gout Treatment Helps Prevent Recurring Gout...
Avoiding certain foods can help prevent gout. Certain medications help to control gout symptoms.
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.
Prednisone Quiz - True or False?
Do you know the important facts associated with prednisone use? Take our true or false prednisone quiz.
Know Your Options When Choosing an Arthritis Drug
Arthritis drugs include NSAIDs, DMARDs, biologics, and corticosteroids. Learn more about the various types of arthritis drugs.
How Are Bone Spurs Diagnosed and Treated?
Osteophytes are also commonly known as bone spurs. Osteophytes develop in deteriorating joints damaged by arthritis.
What Can Doctors Learn From an Anti-CCP Test?
Anti-CCP is a diagnostic test for rheumatoid arthritis.
10 Essential Facts About Plaquenil
Plaquenil is an older disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug used to treat rheumatic and autoimmune conditions.
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.
8 Ways to Reduce Inflammation and Help Control...
Medications are commonly prescribed as part of a regimen to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.
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.
The Back Pain Quiz
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Gout - Test Your Knowledge
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Liver Function Tests Monitor Safety of...
Doctors routinely order liver function tests to detect potential problems with certain arthritis medications, such as methotrexate.
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 You Need to Know About Lupus
Based on your lupus symptoms, your doctor will plan a course of treatment that will help manage the disease.
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.
Understanding Rheumatoid Nodules and How They...
Rheumatoid nodules usually occur in active cases of rheumatoid arthritis. What is the significance of finding a rheumatoid nodule?
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.
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.
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.
What Is Degenerative Arthritis?
Degenerative arthritis, also called osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. Which joints are most affected?
Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy
A five-part guide to peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves).
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.
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.
Your Complete Introduction to Gout
Gout, one of the most painful types of arthritis, is associated with hyperuricemia. Learn more about the cause, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of gout.
The Effects and Side Effects of Corticosteroids
Corticosteroids are one class of drugs used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis.
Arthritis - Test Your Knowledge
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Is It Gout or Pseudogout?
How much do you know about gout and pseudogout? Take this quiz.
How to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of...
There are five types of psoriatic arthritis which differ in symptoms and disease course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 8 Arthritis Cream Products
Arthritis creams can be effective for soothing minor arthritis and muscle pain.
Lupus - Test Your Knowledge
Lupus is difficult to diagnose initially. How much do you know about lupus? Take the quiz.
What Do the Abbreviations on Your Prescription...
Prescription abbreviations can be hard to understand. What do the commonly used prescription abbreviations mean?
Osteoarthritis - Test Your Knowledge
Osteoarthritis is most common in older people. How much do you know about osteoarthritis? Take the quiz.
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.
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.
Rheumatoid Factor - What Does It Indicate?
About 80% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis test positive for rheumatoid factor. The other 20% are classified as seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.
What Is Allowable as Medical Expenses on Your...
What legally is and isn't tax deductible can often be confusing, especially when dealing with medical expenses for items that can be bought either over-the-counter or nonprescription.
How Much Do You Know About Your Pain Reliever?
Analgesic medications are commonly referred to as painkillers. There are basically two kinds of analgesics: non-narcotics and narcotics.
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.
What Is a Sedimentation Rate Test?
A sedimentation rate is a blood test which detects nonspecific inflammation. It is often ordered when a doctor suspects arthritis.
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.
What to Expect From Your First Visit With a...
A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in arthritis and related diseases.
Arthritis Quiz - Myth or Fact?
Arthritis is a complicated disease. Can you sort out the myths and facts about arthritis? Take our quiz.
The Difference Between Anabolic Steroids and...
The term steroids is often misunderstood. There are different types of steroids.
The Pain Quiz - Acute vs. Chronic Pain
Do you know the basic facts about pain, including the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Inflammation - Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about inflammation? Take this quiz.
How Does RICE Treat Acute Injury to Bones or...
R.I.C.E. is the acronymn for treatment prescribed for acute injury.
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.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica: From Diagnosis to...
Polymyalgia rheumatica is typically associated with aching and stiffness of the shoulders and hips. It is sometimes confused with rheumatoid arthritis.
Scleroderma - Test Your Knowledge
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The 8 Best Things You Can Do for Your Arthritis
Take a positive approach to living with arthritis.
Fibromyalgia - Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about fibromyalgia? Take this quiz.
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.
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.
How Cytokines Play Significant Role in...
Cytokines are proteins that serve as messengers between cells. Cytokines regulate various inflammatory responses, some of which are involved in rheumatoid arthritis.
10 Things You Should Know About Pseudogout
Pseudogout is a type of arthritis that is often mistaken for gout or other arthritic conditions.
Do You Use Joint Protection Techniques?...
Do you follow the principles of joint protection to preserve your joints?
How Is Synovitis Diagnosed and Treated?
Synovitis refers to inflammation in the lining of a joint.
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.
Pay Attention to Signs and Symptoms of...
Fibromyalgia symptoms include widespread pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Fibromyalgia symptoms can overlap with other musculoskeletal conditions.
Juvenile Arthritis Screening Quiz
Does your child have symptoms associated with Juvenile Arthritis?
Which Arthritis Drugs Do Doctors Prescribe Most?
Medications are used by most arthritis patients. Learn about the arthritis drugs most commonly prescribed by rheumatologists.
Which Mattress Is Best for People With Arthritis?
A comfortable mattress is extremely important to someone living with chronic arthritis pain.
Assessing Shoulder Problems
Typically, a person with a torn rotator cuff feels pain over the deltoid muscle at the top and outer side of the shoulder, especially when the arm is raised or extended out from the side of the body. Page 4.
What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your...
Blood tests can help diagnose arthritis, monitor treatments, and track disease activity.
Pay Attention to Warning Signs of Arthritis
Arthritis signs should not be ignored. Consult with a doctor so that you can get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
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.
Learn About These 3 Similar Types of Arthritis
Terminology for inflammatory arthritic conditions is explained. Are polyarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis the same?
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.
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.
Basic Facts You Should Know About Rheumatoid...
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, disabling, inflammatory type of arthritis.
Why Your Rheumatologist May Order Blood Tests
Rheumatologists typically order blood tests to help diagnose arthritis and monitor the effectiveness of arthritis treatment.
Degenerative Disc Disease Can Affect Any Level...
Degenerative disc disease is caused by deterioration of the vertebral discs of the spine.
Why Do Arthritis Patients Get Mouth Sores?
Mouth sores are not uncommon in arthritis patients. We examine the reasons for mouth sores and treatments.
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.
What You Should Know About Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis is primarily characterized by chronic inflammation of the spine and sacroiliac joints. Ankylosing spondylitis is also a systemic rheumatic disease.
What You Need to Know About Inflammatory...
Inflammatory arthritis not only affects the joints, there can be systemic effects.
Brief Explanation of the Role of Uric Acid in...
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?
"Only Old People Get Arthritis" and 6 Other...
There are many misconceptions about arthritis. Here are some of the most common misconceptions.
The Gold Standard Treatment for Rheumatoid...
Methotrexate is considered the standard treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used in conjunction with newer biologic drugs.
CRP and Sedrate: What's the Difference?
CRP (C-reactive protein) and ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) are commonly ordered blood tests for arthritis. What do the tests indicate?
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.
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.
Is Yoga a Beneficial Approach to Arthritis?
Yoga, which initially was a spiritual practice originating in India, may offer health benefits to people living with arthritis or other chronic diseases.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability With...
How does a person suffering from arthritis qualify for Social Security disability benefits? The evaluation process used by Social Security Administration is explained.
Joint Replacement Screening Quiz - When Is It...
When is it the right time to have joint replacement surgery?
An Anti-Inflammatory Diet May Improve Arthritis...
Certain dietary selections may have an anti-inflammatory effect and help decrease arthritis symptoms.
Basic Facts You Should Know About Psoriatic...
As its name suggests, psoriatic arthritis is associated with psoriasis and arthritis.
Pain Relief Quiz
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How Inflammation Can Be Protective or Harmful...
Inflammation, the natural defense mechanism of the body to protect against foreign invaders or injury, can become chronic in certain diseases, such as arthritis.
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.
What Is Rheumatoid Lung Disease?
Lung abnormalities are not uncommon in rheumatoid arthritis.
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