Questions and Answers on Arthritis and Gout

Arthritis is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.  There are different types of arthritis, each having a different cause. The most common form is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint or age.  Another type of arthritis is where the body attacks itself (autoimmune diseases).  Examples of this kind are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.  Septic arthritis is caused by an infection of the joint.  Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, which causes inflammation. There is also an uncommon form of gout called pseudogout that is caused by the formation of rhomboid crystals of calcium pyrophosphate.

 

02/19/2010 - Questions and Answers

Hip operation and overweight

I need a hip operation. I am overweight for my height. Should I lose weight? Read more

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12/23/2009 - Questions and Answers

What can be done about osteoarthritis, especially since I also have scoliosis?

Question What can be done about osteoarthritis, especially since I also have scoliosis? Read more

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12/23/2009 - Questions and Answers

What causes osteoarthritis and how can I stay mobile even though my knees are affected?

Question What causes osteoarthritis and how can I stay mobile even though my knees are affected? Read more

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12/23/2009 - Questions and Answers

I am looking for information on viscosupplementation with Hyalgan or Synvisc in treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip.

Question I am looking for information on viscosupplementation with Hyalgan or Synvisc in treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip. Read more

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10/14/2009 - Questions and Answers
Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis (a small muscle located deep within the hip and buttocks region) becomes tight or spasms, and irritates the sciatic nerve. This causes pain and may even result in referred pain in the lower back and thigh. The main difference between Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome is the cause. Sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve from a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. With Piriformis Syndrome, the irritation of the sciatic nerve is due to spasms or tightening of the piriformis muscle, resulting in pain.   Read more

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10/05/2009 - Questions and Answers

Loose screws after hip replacement?

Question My grandmother recently had a hip replacement and is having problems with 'the screws backing out' (that's what the doctor said). She has osteoporosis, and has been on prednisone in the past. Is this a common problem and what are your suggestions? Read more

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09/23/2009 - Questions and Answers

Concern over Dad's memory loss, confusion and mood swings

Question My Dad has trouble remembering, but he doesn't have any problems in everyday living. However, if he falls asleep sitting up, and then wakes up, he is confused and has a mood swing. My husband said this is a sign of hardening of the arteries. Is that true? He doesn't get confused if he falls asleep in bed, just when he sits up. Read more

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06/22/2009 - Questions and Answers

Arthritis and Sexuality

Question I am an arthritis sufferer and cope with most things but my pain is harming my sex life with my husband. Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Rheumatoid arthritis medications

Question I'm a 38-year-old woman, and I've recently been told I've got rheumatoid arthritis. Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Should a person with Gout eat shellfish?

Question Please settle an argument. I love shellfish (lobster, especially) but my wife says it will precipitate an attack of gout (which I've had at three times in the last two years). Read more

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