Browsing: Arthritis News

Chances are, you probably know someone who’s had a knee or hip replacement. Each year, more than 750,000 Americans undergo one of those procedures. But how about a knuckle replacement?gt;gt; Yes, it’s possible to have the tiny joints in your fingers replaced with prostheses to ease the pain and suffering associated with arthritis. And although this type of surgery (known as arthroplasty) is still being perfected and is far less common for knuckles than for knees or hips, it can provide rapid relief to people whose hands are ailing.gt;gt;”Patients are happy right off the bat,” says Arnold-Peter Weiss, MD, a…

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I have been in pain for almost 20 years. Over the past couple of decades I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (a disease that causes bladder pain) and a possible case of gt;lupusgt; (an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation). gt;gt;Then, in 2007, after having pain in my back and other joints for almost eight years, I was finally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. gt;gt;I bounced from doctor to doctor with everyone telling me I was too young to have the symptoms I was having. The doctors were resistant to testing me. I even went to one with severe swelling in…

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Steve is a horticulturist of sorts. He raises orchids, Japanese maples, and other plants at his southern Rhode Island home. Tending the plants helps ease his gt;rheumatoid arthritis (RA)gt; pain, he says. But the garden offers more than Zen; he grows one plant—marijuana—specifically to relieve RA pain and discomfort.gt;gt; “If my pain is at a 10, it will take it down to a 6 or 6.5,” he says. “I’m an old-man weight lifter. After I smoke I am able to work my shoulders and arms to keep my joints healthy. It gives me the desire and ability to get through…

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