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  • L4/L5 Lumbar Fusion

    Hi, I had surgery back in Dec. 2016 and all was fine during the first 3 months, then pain started down my leg again, all the way to my left foot. Went back to the Doc. and he gave me a shot, which really did nothing. He left the practice so I went to a Neurosurgeon and he was very surprised to find that I only have one set of hardware on the left side of L4/L5 and not on both ? Has anyone heard of this being the correct way to do this ? I would hate to have this surgery done again but if it needs....
  • 14 days ago

    RA and Dioxin Exposure

    Hi: I am a Vietnam vet with RA. I need to see if there is anyone or any knowledge of RA and the relationship to dioxins (aka Agent Orange). Tk You!! Dennis
  • RA and playing the cello

    I have an adult student who had been playing cello for 50+ years but had to stop a year ago due to the onset of RA. Now when she forms a hand position, her knuckle joints collapse instead of staying rounded, which I believe is due to her not having played all that time. We're working on strengthening the finger muscles, using small stress balls, but her fingers are also at an angle from the base knuckles, which I know is a hallmark of RA, and they need to be at a straight, right angle. My question....
  • 14 days ago

    Tendononitis, Joints, Ligaments, Hair Loss, Vitamin Deficiency

    I could really use some help...badly....I have been going through this for about two years now and I have listed all the symptoms in a relatively accurate chronological order (some began simultaneously to others). I have had many blood tests / vectra test (63 = very high = much inflammation). Docs believe it to be autoimmune, spondyloarthropies , but no idea on which one exactly. I am on humira, but almost all symptoms below are still persisting . symptom left elbow tendinitis (golfer's) severe....
  • 14 days ago

    Fatigue

    I feel silly to complain at all. I have RA and hypothyroidism and may have an RA flare just now and then, but this fatigue I hate. I had a hand and wrist flare for a month, which really wore me out, but now I'm back to normal except for this tiredness. Am I going to just have to suck it up and deal with it?, I cant even get the drive to get out the door to exercise, I dread getting into the shower and doing the whole make-up thing anymore and when I get up in the morning, let the dogs out and....
  • 15 days ago

    Creakey Bones

    I’m 18 years old and recently i’ve been experiencing a creaking feeling every time I turn my neck. I looked it up and found results, such as crepitus. It sounds reasonable, but should it be every time I turn my head? Is it something I should be worried about? It doesn’t hurt, it just kind of feels like rubber moving on rubber.
  • Painful thumbs

    I am 71 and full of arthritis. My hands, especially my thumbs, can get very bad. I've never smoked weed in my life but my daughter brought me a jar of cannibus salve to try and I am now on my 2nd jar. It works wonders relieving pain, thumbs and anywhere you hurt. I highly recommend it. (No, u don't get any other effects from it!
  • 15 days ago

    Long tern Rheumatic arthritis and pain killer addiction.

    My mother is suffering from Rheumatism since last 15 years. She is 51 years old. She has visited many doctors both modern medicines as well as Ayurvedic. Every doctor is giving a different treatment like biting around the bush. Non of the treatments have worked. One doctor prescribed many medicines including Calcium treatments. Another doctors prescribed some steroid injections. She has undergone all treatments and nothing has worked. She is now addicted to pain killer - Voltaflam (Dichlofenac).....
  • 16 days ago

    Thumb

    I have a popping an pain in the first joint an extreme pain in the second joint of my thumb. What could it be an how can I get relief. Writing, an trying to open a jar an unlock my car is almost unbarable. Please help. Thank you.
  • 16 days ago

    Thumb pain

    I had excruciating pain in my thumb too. It got worse and worse, then my thumb came out of the joint and I had to have surgery on my thumb to put thumb back in, Dr used an implant because my RA would go after ligament they normally use. It worked splendidly. The longer you wait the worse the outlook for a full recovery. SusieQue