Arthritis

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    Leaky Gut Syndrome can be caused by the treatment for another disease. In rheumatoid arthritis, for example, the drugs used to relieve pain and inflammation can damage the intestinal lining, leading to Leaky Gut Syndrome within two weeks. Leaky Gut Syndrome, in turn, is associated with aggravation of arthritis.
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    Arthritis can affect the body in many ways. It strikes your joints, the space between bones, which are held together by muscles, ligaments and tendons. A smooth substance called cartilage coats your joints and helps them gliding easily over each other. It protects the bone from grinding down. If you have a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis, the cartilage grows damaged. 

    Arthritis most often affects:
    • joints that support weight, like your hips, knees and spine
    • joints that are frequently used throughout the day, such as your fingers, arms and feet
    Arthritis causes long-term inflammation of your joints. Over time, this causes further damage to your cartilage and causing bones to press on each other directly. Considering that each bone has many nerves on its surface, bones rubbing together can lead to excruciating levels of pain.

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    For many individuals, arthritis is a chronic disease that can certainly impact quality of life. It may contribute to feelings of depression. If you are feeling depressed, see your family physician and let him or her know.
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    There are about 100 types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis and gout are two types that commonly affect the feet.

    Although any part of the foot can suffer, toes are most frequently affected. One of the most common ailments is hallux rigidus, which involves the loss of flexibility in the big toe due to osteoarthritis in the metatarsophalangeal joint.
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    There are some things you can do to help slow the progression of arthritis. First, manage your weight as best you can and avoid excessive weight. You should also do a reasonable amount of exercise as your doctor tells you. The muscles support the skeleton, and if the muscles are healthy and toned they will keep the skeleton healthier. That does not mean you should start lifting heavy weights or do things that aren’t reasonable, because that can make your arthritis symptoms worse. What you want to do is keep your muscles healthy and toned through a monitored regimen of exercise. A doctor, physical therapist or professional who is knowledgeable about exercise can suggest some good exercises for your age and ability.
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    Arthritic joints are different from healthy joints in the following ways: They have less lubrication, more synovial inflammation, less cartilage at the ends of the bones, more bone spurs from joint instability, reactive bone marrow cysts and thickening of the bone at the joints since there is a loss of some of the cartilage that normally lies over the bone.
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    A healthy hip joint is a well-defined ball-and-socket joint with a space between the two bones at the point where the head of the femur moves freely inside the acetabulum (the cup-shaped socket in the hip bone) under normal circumstances; in an arthritic hip, the bones of the joint are not clearly defined, and in fact, because the loss of cartilage is extensive, the head of the femur is jams into or grinds against the acetabulum. This leads to a painful joint with limited mobility.
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    Arthritis is a broad term that describes inflammation of the joints. There are many types of arthritis, but if you have lupus, you are more likely to suffer from a type of arthritis similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is symmetric, which means it affects the same locations on either side of the body, and it also usually affects the small joints of your hands, wrists, and feet. But, unlike rheumatoid arthritis, lupus-caused arthritis does not wear away at your bones. Your tendons or ligaments may soften and cause your fingers to curve or turn to one side, but you can treat this condition, called Jaccoud's arthropathy, by manually straightening your fingers.

    About 95 percent of people with lupus experience arthritis or arthralgia, or joint pain.

    Polyarthralgia, which is joint pain that affects five or more joints, and polyarthritis, which is joint inflammation that affects five or more joints, are the most common joint problems associated with lupus.

    In fact, more than half of people with lupus already suffer from these problems patients when they are first diagnosed.

    Lupus arthritis can affect your large joints, such as the knees, shoulders, and elbows, and your small joints, such as the toe and finger joints.

    A variety of medications can help ease lupus-arthritis, including:

    • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like naproxen and ibuprofen
    • Anti-malarial drugs, like Plaquenil
    • Steroids and immunosuppressive medications, like methotrexate

    Your doctor will decide which treatment plan is best for you.

    If you have pain in your groin, and you also take steroid medications, you should let your doctor know immediately, since this pain can indicate a more serious problem called osteonecrosis. Sometimes fluid may accumulate in a joint and may require your doctor to drain it.

    Another common joint problem you may have if you suffer from lupus is morning stiffness. Taking a warm shower in the morning helps loosen your synovial, or joint, fluid, and helps your body limber up for the day.

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    In the United States, arthritis is the most common form of disability. There are several different kinds of arthritic conditions, but the most commonly seen is degenerative arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis represents half of all cases of arthritis and accounts for an estimated 70 million sick days in the workplace each year.

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    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a disease that affects the joints, characterized by joint inflammation. The disease may affect multiple joints with swelling, stiffness, pain, rash or fever. JIA is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system mistakes one's own body for foreign pathogens, leading to the symptoms described above.