Rheumatoid arthritis affects cells that line and normally lubricate the joints (synovium). This systemic condition can affect multiple joints all over your body. Your synovium becomes inflamed and erodes, or “eats away” cartilage and bone, stretching soft tissues, causing the joints to be unstable and your fingers or hands to appear deformed. Tendons also can rupture, or tear, with minimal trauma. Rheumatoid arthritis of the hand is most common in the wrist and finger knuckles (metacarpophalangeal and proximal interphalangeal joints).
Wai L. Lee, MD
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Rachel Rohde, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered
Will my hip popping affect my joint and muscles when I'm older?
Aaron Nelson , NASM Expert, Sports Medicine, answeredIf you have chronic popping in the hip joint, you should have it examined by a orthopedist. The presence of pain is also a major indicator to have it examined. If the issue is not addressed, it is possible for athritis to develop as you get older. If the popping is being caused by a tendon snapping across a bone, you could develop issues in which the tendon and muscles weaken and cause chronic pain and inflammation.
Is fibromyalgia a terminal illness?
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered
Fibromyalgia is not considered a terminal illness. However, there is a higher incidence of FM with disorders associated with aging, such as arthritic and autoimmune disorders. Because of this it is possible that FM symptoms may worsen over time. Newer research suggests that there is also a dysautonomia associated with FM for this reasonconditions that co-occur with fibromyalgia can interfere. We know myofascial pain syndrome is also associated with many of the overlapping conditions of FM, when left untreated symptoms do not improve.
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