Osteoarthritis and smoking

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Avatar f tn Ok.. I'll admit it. The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? I am actively trying to quit for obvious reasons, but I have tried and succeeded before only to go back to it. I just got cleared by the doctor to use the patches. I have also heard that smoking causes spinal problems and will cause a fusion not to heal well. When I first started having this problem, I was told by one jerk doctor that my only problem was that I smoked and if I quit, my back wouldn't hurt. Anyway...
1000946 tn?1253811447 I was just Dx'd with COPD this week and I'm trying really hard to quit smoking, Im on day 2 and I'm having a difficult time. I was just wondering if anyone else on here has Fibro and COPD? I also have TMJ, Osteoarthritis and IBS, but they are taking a backseat for now!
1684282 tn?1505701570 I am becoming somewhat frustrated with the way a lot of my colleagues practice medicine. Disenchanted, angry would be the other words that could be used. We all get ostensibly that same training and all of us are supposedly in it to help our patients. So, how come have I been getting so many letters lately on my addiction forum from desperate people unable to quit taking the tramadol pills that their own kind doctors have so freely prescribed for them?
Avatar n tn I was prescribed Topamax along with an appetite suppressant (Adipex) for weight loss a bit over a year ago and stopped taking them after two and a half months. I did not lose all of the weight I had wanted to, but most of it. I had gained 55 pounds while on Paxil over the course of two and a half years. By taking a combination of the two medicines, I lost 22 pounds the first month, 10 pounds the second month, and 8 pounds the first half of the third month.
Avatar f tn Hello all!!! I'm going to start with a list of my diagnosed health problems and then move on to the more recent issues, just in case they may be related. I have: multiple herniated/bulging discs...
Avatar f tn You see, when I was a kid, and even up until I had my 4th child, I could swim underwater for great distances, do contortions, backflips, lift as much weight as most men, (my husband's Lincoln welder was small business for me to lift), and I always walked long distances every day. Scoliosis and osteoarthritis have gotten the better of me, I'm afraid, and when I quit smoking twice, I gained over 60 unhealthy pounds. Today marks the day that I have lost 50 of those pounds, but I smoke.
476246 tn?1418874514 But come on, you quit the drugs, you quit the booze, you quit the smoking... and you are taking very good care of yourself and your health. You should be proud of yourself and not beat yourself up about a few extra cups of coffee per day. It will come in due time. My body just doesn't like it. It's too harsh. Each time I try, I get the same reaction. So I've learned to stay away from it.
Avatar m tn o Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise. o Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol. o Talk to your healthcare provider about your bone health concerns. o Have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate. Lactose Intolerance and Osteoporosis Calcium is a mineral that is essential for life, yet the majority of Americans do not get adequate calcium on a daily basis.
Avatar f tn You should also rule out other possible causes of essential tremors like Smoking, hyperthyroidism, alcohol withdrawal, too much caffeine and use of certain medications etc.Do keep us posted. Best luck!
Avatar n tn For the last 6 months I have been getting tearing (look like paper cuts) in my vaginal area (1/4 to 1/2 inch long). I get the tears at least once or twice a week and they last from 2-4 days, go away for a few days and then come back. They continue to occur in the same locations; 1. Inside the vaginal lips on the sides almost always in the crease (between the labia minora and majora?) 2. Between the anus and vaginal opening (perineum) 3. Above the clitoris in the "hood" area.
Avatar n tn I have severe end stage COPD, asthma, diabetes II, 2 heart attacks and faulty heart valves as well as generalized osteoarthritis (very painful). I am 60 years old and was diagnosed 9 years ago already as severe stage. I am pretty sure that I had COPD even in 1995 when shortness of breath suddenly made it almost impossible to get out of a smaller swimming pool. In 1995 I would have been 47 years old. I am on oxygen at all times.
921323 tn?1268679412 If we had done the same for cholesterol medications or diabetes medications, or even smoking patches and pills, we’d be paying for it in countless ways. So is there something unique about developing medications for obesity? Obesity is considered by many to be purely a “lifestyle” disease, and some are biased against the obese as a result.
Avatar n tn I have had major depressive disorder as well as, generalized anxiety and attention deficit disorder for the past 4 years. I am 24 yrs old. and in the past few years I have tried a whole bunch of anti-depressants. Zoloft, celexa, lexapro, buspar. None of which really seemed to help me. About 5 months ago my psych decided to try something else. Cymbalta. I have had great results with decreasing my anxiety from taking 40mg a day, but still not much turnaround with the depression.
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Avatar n tn well, i decided to think positively and when the pains came i decided to take my mind off it as well and say and believe' its ok, i'll be fine' . i did that together with drinking alot of water, jogging and stopped smoking and eating better. this was extrememly beneficial guys!!!!!! in due time not even up to a month i didnt even notice any pains. I believe even if u cant do all the things i mentioned then start with the positive thinking( believing dat it will go away) and stop smoking.
Avatar m tn My symptoms seemed to increase when smoking. So I quit and unfortunately the symptoms are just as bad around second hand smoke . I use to be manager at a bar and grill and my ears would ring and in my right ear would have a low end roar like a jet airplane was going by in the distance. I think it had to do with chronic Sinusitus. I was around smoke all the time as well as having clogged sinuses which created a monster problem. So....
1423357 tn?1511089042 I am what I would consider to be, a healthy, active, non-smoking 60 y/o male. I'm a bit overweight, but not excessive, and I don't think I go overboard on foods and drinks that would promote high glucose levels. The only change I've made in the last 5 years (other than aging!) is I'm taking Simvastatin aka. Lopressor. When I question my doctor about this, he immediately dismissed it saying the problem is with my diet.
Avatar f tn This past week I have accidently found a treatment that works. I have osteoarthritis in both knees and was using my tens unit. Lo and behold my rls symptoms didn't appear. This is the third day without them and believe me it is a miracle!!!! I had the symptoms everyday usually from about midday on and now I can't believe I'm not having them. I sure am enjoying it though.
Avatar n tn I have compressed discs with bulging in my neck, chronic bursitis in one sholuder, tendinitis in my elbows and have had bilateral carpel tunnel surgery. I also have osteoarthritis in my hands. I suffer ftom anxiety and minor depression. Lately I have had at least 2 large glasses of wine a night. Is there any way to deal with this. All my other medicsl problems don't bother me as much as the pin point pain.
211940 tn?1267884866 But I smoked for over 20 years too, a pack to a pack and a half a day. Then they noticed nodules in my lungs and liver in 2002 or 2003 I think. Yes I am not smoking now. Was sepses in March of 2007 and they found me to have I forgot what they called it but it was like an ulcerated colitis that could have leaked into my system. I also lost the use of my legs at that time and had to keep strengthening them so as to walk again. But I still can't scooch and just stand up. It's an all out effort.
Avatar n tn Hi all. New to this. I am a 44 year old woman who is physically fit (gym 5 days a week) and eats pretty well. Approx 5 weeks ago I developed veins showing on both hands. They have not gone away and infact they are bulging most times, and I can "feel them". They have increased and I can see some starting to climb up my forearm now. Before this, my veins barely ever showed.
Avatar n tn I have talked to the neurosurgeon who did the surgery and he shrugged his shoulders and said I have no idea and sent me back to my neurologist. He gave me a series of injections in both shoulders and the pain stopped for a couple days but then came right back. Then we tried massage therapy, it helps but only for a short period.Then I have to go back to the massage therapist again and again, my insurance will not pay for that.
Avatar f tn Arrhythmia, gall bladder, sleep apnea, depression, itching, some bowel and bladder issues now and then, an outbreak of migraine one summer 12 years ago and another instance this month, and since late last month my blood pressure's been too high. I've also had some joint pain and swelling issues that I have always assumed is osteoarthritis. I didn't see anyone mention tremor. I guess that's more than half a dozen.
Avatar f tn I realized I needed to quit smoking - tried to quit many times and succeeded once for a few months. I couldn't do anything about the getting older part...:) This is the first time any doctor has listened - my new primary - but am still having problems with the office communicating with me. I went to the diagnostic center to get a copy of my reports because primary doc office kept saying they didn't have them and didn't return my calls.
Avatar m tn but then in february 2007 i started to have a very high pitch noise in my right hear coming and going with a very sore neck, this lasted around two weeks then the high pitch noise is constant now and my neck pain to and getting very severe, i also had lot of back pain, leg pain and sensation of dizziness coming on and off on a daily basic. after many Xray and MRi of the brain i was reassure that it was nothing like a brain tumor or something, i was told it was a muscle inflamation.
Avatar n tn 6, the left ovary palpated as enlarged, and there are colon polyps. My marriage recently dissolved, I am now indigent, and between the cracks in system assistance. I am not eligible for any. I have so many syndromes at my age (female, 55 years) fibromyalgia, migraine pattern, shoulder impingement, as well as osteoarthritis--spine, knees, hips elbows, etc. I was a mess two years ago after a second failed attempt at colonoscopy/polypectomy, and right meniscal repairs.
Avatar n tn Atherosclerosis can occur for many reasons such as smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol The pain from PAD is brought on by exercise, and relieved by rest. The limping that occurs from the leg pain is called claudication. I strongly advise you an evaluation by a physician. Intermittent claudication is a relatively benign and manageable condition, but people with more advanced arterial insufficiency can experience rest pain also.
975514 tn?1325001538 ) I have almost everything up there except Lyme in my family. I suffer from DDD and Osteoarthritis of the spine and nerve damage as well as Fibro. My Thyroid numbers are also slightly off myself.
Avatar n tn I quit drinking, cut bck on smoking and really do not eat much that is high in purines. The symptoms actually started several years ago after I pulled something in my foot. A few days later I woke with such severe pain up the instep in my foot that I could not walk. Took a long time for someone to say it was gout. They pulled fluid but couldn't see under the microscope. Siad it was a problem with the scope. I have never had it in my big toe, always a flare in my insteps or my wrists.
Avatar n tn That doesn't change the fact that smoking is bad for the body and test show the smoke is full of toxins. Some people have the genetics which get rid of these toxins good. Some people can't deal very well with the smoke so they get cancer and die. Dr. Boyd Haley, PHD biochemist at the University of Kentucky explains how everyones body is different and their ability to get rid of the toxins is different. Google his name and he has a nice video which explains alot about what I am saying.