Symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

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3060903 tn?1398568723 Essential oils cannot cure this condition, but evidence suggests that they can relieve major symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis, especially inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and pain. Read on, to learn which oils most effectively reduce symptoms of RA, how to use them, and which carrier oils to choose. We also discuss the risks associated with using essential oils. What can essential oils do for RA? Eucalyptus essential oil for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
Avatar f tn In the absense of a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (the autoimmune kind), what you're seeing is probably osteoarthritis (the wear and tear kind). Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to osteoarthritic changes, but OA does not mean you have RA. RA and OA are two completely different conditions, but many symptoms of both cross over so it's easy to confuse the two.
Avatar f tn It takes the combination of symptoms, physical evidence and lab work to determine whether or not you have a condition. If your bloodwork is positive for these antibodies, you should be seen by a rheummy. Neuros do not treat autoimmune diseases so I am sure he was just trying to get you to the right specialist.
Avatar f tn You have saved me and my PCP a lot of time, $$ and frustration. Your hypothesis regarding the HS regarding my skin probs is totally in line with all the findings. The funny thing is that I have spent the last 4 months or so on-line looking up dermatological dz photo's to try to identify mine and never even saw HS!! You suggest it, I looked it up and voila! Pictures look quite a bit familiar, esp the scarring ones, although mine occur singularly so far, thank God!
Avatar n tn I thought I had Rheumatoid Arthritis, but the blood test is negative, so they say osteoarthritis and spinal degeneration. I have bad joint pain in both knees, hands and my fingers, neck with herniated discs, bone spurs in feet, carpal tunnel, elbow tendonitis (at least they say that's what it is), you name it. In addition I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol and hypothyroid also. I'm 51, actually will be 52 tomorrow, lol.
1550149 tn?1340004330 This is one of the reasons that vitamin C is helpful for reducing some of the symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other related diseases. Detoxification IS Important Since the major cause of arthritis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and other related diseases is toxins, it is very important to help the body detoxify effectively.
Avatar f tn The rheumatoid factor (RF) test is primarily used to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to distinguish it from other forms of arthritis and other conditions that cause similar symptoms of joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness.
690327 tn?1255358111 Have you considered a Pain Management Clinic? I've heard a lot of good things about them and they may help relieve some of your symptoms... Sorry you have to go through this! D.
Avatar n tn In the meantime I am wondering if these symptoms are indicative of this and what you would suggest I do to releive pain and if there is any over the counter medication that would help?
1550149 tn?1340004330 Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most destructive forms of arthritis. Unlike the more common osteoarthritis, R.A. is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and inflames the joints. It can cause serious damage to large and small joints and to many other organs in your body. I have found that early diagnosis with frequent early follow-up, along with an initially more intensive treatment strategy, is crucial in optimizing the best outcomes in this disease. MEDICATION Q.
Avatar n tn (( I have inflammation and searced google for ANTI INFLAMMATORY DIET and FOODS. Saw that there are a lot of foods that are considered proflammatory. It changed my way of eating. After reading all the foods that are proflammatory that I always thought were good for you, I wished I knew about it so many years ago. You know the saying: "You are what you eat?" Let me know what you find. I could use more choices of foods to eat.
1807309 tn?1316289873 Rheumatoid Arthritis is actually the body attacking certain joints/ligaments. Usually this Arthritis occurs in many areas of the body. Osteo Arthritis tends to effect 1 area of the body.. but the pain of either can be excruciating. There are many treatments available for each type. Your doctor may suggest a drug such as Neurontin, which can significantly reduce nerve pain. I wish you much luck!! People don't realize how debilitating this pain can truly be. Thanks! Hope this helps!
Avatar n tn Yeast overgrowth infection -Cadidiasis-(or other infections) may attack the joints and lead to Arthritis. 5. In a study of 168 confirmed cases of acute infectious arthritis, white blood cell count was found increased in only 40% of the cases! Lab results for infections are not always conclusive. You may draw your own conclusions from the above info and observations. Take care.
Avatar m tn Dear Friend, Well am not suspecting osteoarthritis, but another form of arthritis called as Rheumatoid arthritis.But to be dead sure, we need to do a number of blood examinations-which includes ESR, CRP, CCP, RA FACTOR, besides the routine hemogram. In india, blood tests can be done on request of patient itself, but i don't know if same is allowed\accepted in your country. So get these blood work up done, so that, we can go ahead with the discussion,.
Avatar n tn I also think I have arthritis of the fingers, even though my doctor diagnosed it as carpal tunnel (it comes and goes). My muscles and joints are aching when I move my arms and legs in certain ways, especially at the hips and shoulder. I have no idea what's going on? I have been taking arthritis medications and anti-inflammatories, but they're hit and miss in treating my pain.
Avatar f tn I found some information that I have included below that answers a lot of your questions. With rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus (SLE) it can take some time for your ANA to reflect properly. I am in that position myself. I am positive one time and negative the next but am being treated with plaquenil due to likely RA or Lupus. How is it used? The ANA test is ordered to help screen for autoimmune disorders and is most often used as one of the tests to diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Avatar n tn This sometimes makes it difficult to differentiate true RA from HCV patients with positive rheumatoid factor but without RA. HCV-related arthritis is usually non-deforming and there are no bony erosions in the joints. A marker called anti-keratin antibodies has been studied to differentiate true RA from HCV related arthritis. In a recent study, 71 patients who were rheumatoid factor positive were tested for anti-keratin antibodies. Anti-keratin antibodies were detected in 20/33 (60.
Avatar m tn My wife was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She has slowed down considerably. She needs help in and out of motorcars, she does not sit from time to time, when we go out, because she is afraid she will not be able to get up without help. She tries to keep her suffering to herself and I believe she should let friends know her condition and perhaps we can form some kind of support group. She prefers to tell them she has a "knee problem" and that is true cause R.A.
Avatar f tn You can have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and not have Gout and vise versa. If you have either one of those and your Gout clears you will still be left with the pain of arthritis....just not Gouty Arthritis. Ppl with kidney disease are more prone to Gouty Arthritis. If your kidney's are diseased the are unable to remove adequate amounts of uric acid from the body, It can also make you more susceptible to kidney stones.
421882 tn?1203230940 My thumbs are the worst. However, I am much older than you. My sister has rheumatoid arthritis, and my grandmother had it. I am trying to get a diagnosis now, but it is difficult because you can still have the disease, but test negative for it. Also, as I understand, some people have a combination of osteoarthritis (I have in my knees) and rheumatoid.
Avatar m tn It can start by feeling a ache here, but the disease slowly progressively gets worse as we age. There are different types of arthritis, but the common ones are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, and gout. Osteoarthritis is wear and tear on the joints due to the cartilage in between the joints shrinking, sometimes injuries can cause arthritic joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder and affects the internal organs as well as the joints.
Avatar f tn Thank you for the quick response. My mother suffers from arthritis but it is not RA. Is this arthritis hereditary? I will make an appointment and have my hands x-rayed. I have had a doctor inject steroid in the joints on both thumbs and this seems to help for a while but then the pain comes back. It is a dull aching pain and it bothers me alot. Would naproxen help?
Avatar f tn You would need to consult a neurologist to rule of Fibromyalgia and then if required follow up with a Rheumatologist. For Rheumatoid arthritis you would need to go for an X-ray and Rheumatoid factor estimation and follow up for proper diagnosis. Osteoarthritis can also be ruled out with proper clinical examination and X-ray.
1187243 tn?1268400611 Hello, The main symptoms of Fibromyalgia are widespread pain and fatigue. You would have multiple tender areas (muscle and joint pain) perhaps on the back of the neck, shoulders, lower back, forearms and legs. Sleep issues or insomnia are also common. Some people also have overlapping conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, or IBS.
1012558 tn?1250893022 X-rays will clearly indicate if you have Osteoarthritis X-rays combined with symptoms and Rheumatoid factor will diagnose Rheumatoid arthritis. Detailed history is very important to rule out any systemic disease. We would suggest you to visit a neurologist to rule out any neurological disease like fibromyalgia. You need to go to a Rheumatologist to assess your case finally and go ahead with the blood tests and scans for complete diagnosis and proper cure.
Avatar f tn Rheumatoid arthritis would have shown up on blood tests. Both types of arthritis have the same symptoms, but rheumatoid is an autoimmune disorder and can affect internal organs. It appears that you have degenerative changes going on in your body with you already having back problems. This may be a separate issue, but it can also be as a result of you not walking correctly to compensate for the pain in your knee. Go back to see your doctor to refer you for physiotherapy.
Avatar n tn Also, is the Arthritis/Gout caused from the treatment? I am now clear of HepC, but I suffer from Arthritis and am usually in pain.
Avatar f tn My rheumatologist said my R-factor was 66 and it was likely I would develop rheumatoid arthritis and wanted me to start taking anti-depressants, immune suppressants and pain meds. I turned down his diagnosis and decided to go the more natural route. I changed my diet and started taking certain supplements. I went to an endocrinologist and all she found was that I had reactive hypoglycemia and possible hypothyroid.
900459 tn?1304996859 Hi abritt, What kind of arthritis is your doctor talking about? Osteoarthritis (wear and tear) is different from rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune disorder). RA can strike at any age. I've had it since age five. Are you having accompanying symptoms of low-grade fever, fatigue, skin rashes, redness and heat in more than one joint? Or is it only pain and stiffness when you overwork the shoulders (like if you're lifting weights or doing something else that involves shoulders in your work).