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  • Did you or someone you know have Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Well i need your help to create a better healthcare community around the illness. Giving away a $250 Amazon gift card.
  • 6 days ago

    Swelling of left foot and ankle area

    About two months ago I was diagnosed with gouty arthritis at the same time I was having a major reaction from the 2nd pneumonia vaccine. Things you hear associated with gout, red meats, shell fish, alcohol are not things I have on a regular basis. My PC gave me a heavy dose of steroids, Colchicine-when the swelling went down I was put on Allopurinol as a maintenance drug. I still have pain on the top of my foot even though the swelling is minimal. What causes the the crystal to form and should I....
  • 6 days ago

    Knee arthritis

    I'm a 64 year old athletic woman, who was diagnosed with stage 4 arthritis in my knee. My left knee has a baker cyst - the knee swells often, and doesn't like any activity, including swimming and yoga! Would like some advice as to what activity works best in order to prevent more deterioration of the bone. Also, proven supplements that can help swelling (besides, turmeric and ginger).
  • 7 days ago

    All bloodtests for RA are normal; is it really RA?

    My CRP, Ab tests, SED rate - all are normal. But I have typical symptoms and the drugs help (some). So worried it is something else (worse). And that I'm on immunossupressants for nothing. Anyone else? My doctor says it's unusual but not impossible.
  • 8 days ago

    Looking for non-surgical options for osteoarthritis of the shoulders

    I'm a 69 year old retired male who is very physically active. I enjoy backpacking, hunting, fishing, playing golf and maintaining my 10 acre property. I've been told by my Orthopedist that I need total replacement of both my shoulders due to severe osteoarthritis. I've been through physical therapy and steroid injections in my shoulders but they no longer help. I'm currently on anti-inflammatory medication which helps a little but I still have a lot of pain whenever I attempt a throwing....
  • 10 days ago

    Swollen Index & Middle Fingers on both hands and swollen 3rd & 4th toe on both feet.

    Pretty much as the title says, swollen fingers and toes. Healthy for the most part. Work out. I've been dealing w/this issue for about a month now. Never had these issues before. The swelling gets bad to where I can't completely make a fist. My throat has also been sore too for atleast a month, but i'm not sure if it's my throat. I can eat and swallow just fine w/o any pain. Only can feel the pain when I yawn and swallow w/nothing in my mouth. I've went to the Emergency Room 3....
  • 15 days ago

    Trigger Thumb

    I woke up one morning while on vacation in Miami , my thumb started making this weird popping sensation. About 2 weeks later it got swallon and it started hurting. I iced it and started wearing a splint, my primary Dr. Referred me to Ortho. When I went to see her she told me what it was and then gave me a steroid injection. The pain before wasn't that bad, but after the injection the pain has been horrible to say the least. What should I do now? Can't stand the pain and the popping. Do you....
  • 18 days ago

    Post-Surgery Aids & where to get them

    Hi-- Looking at all the equipment recommended for post-knee surgery and wondering which ones are really the most useful and worth getting ahead of time. Any recommendations? Also, where can I go to find these that has the best prices / selection? Thanks!
  • 21 days ago

    Can you have Ankylosing Spondylitis symptoms but NOT have AS?

    Hello! And thank you for checking out my post. Two months ago, I awoke with severe lower back pain. Enough to wake me up. Since then I’ve had some degree of back pain which either A) wakes me up around 5am or 6am or B) gives me pain when I get up. Stiffness in the morning. Since this began I’ve noticed these little bubbles on the side of my finger tips. I’ve had this before but they seem a bit more pronounced the last 2 months. Today they’re gone. But my skin looks older where they were. I’m only....
  • Help! Multiple possibly permanent complications from thumb injury

    Hey guys, this could qualify as a short story but I need answers so please bear with me. So, this injury happened on the night of a local Carols event in late November. Most of the younger population of my town go out in groups and get drunk for the Carols, see where the night takes them and whatnot, and naturally I was with them. I definitely didn't get the worst, a mate fell on his own Jack's bottle he threw on the ground and split his hand open quite badly. Later that night, I was at a....