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  • 9 days ago

    Entresto - Arthritis.

    I had Arthritis in my hips for years; its normally only a seasonal problem; by Apr 1st I don't generally have pain till next winter. And that is mitigated by keeping a heater in my bedroom Recently, My Cardiologist increased my dosage of Entresto to 97/103 I believe; since my Arthritis really seems to have flared up; I'm wondering if its a bloodflow issue to my hips on the new dose; or some other interaction. I do have Heart Failure; and a pretty low EF about 20; so I appreciate the Docs....
  • 10 days ago

    Bluish/purple on the skin over both my arthritis knees

    Hi, Today I noticed that both of my knees have light bluish/purple all over my knees. I have not injured myself so that they would be this way. I recently (2 weeks ago) began a walking program which I do twice weekly. I have not gotten injured through that. The knees were not this way when I showered last night, I literally just noticed it. There is no extra pain
  • 29 days ago

    My Story, Hello & Advice Welcome

    In 2011 I started noticing a soreness in my right shoulder from time to time. Thinking I'd slept on it wrong or bumped it (I'm a somewhat clumsy person, I don't really keep track of all the bumps and bangs I incur. I've always been a klutz). Anywho, shortly after i had a flu like feeling that lasted for almost two weeks. When it came back the next time I went to my primary care and told him of both. His first statement was that they weren't related. The shoulder was a suspected....
  • 29 days ago

    can you explain these radiologists findings

    C4-C5 No significant canal nor foraminal narrowing. Mild left unconvetebral joint spurring evident. C5-C6: Disc height loss desiccation. Broad based dorsal disc osteophyte complex, facet arthropathy. Mild to moderate canal stenosis. Flattening of the cord with partial effacement of the CSF. No significant foraminal stenosis. T1/T2 hypointense material courses down along the C^ vertebral body, favor ossification of the posterior longitundinal ligament. C6-C7 Disc height loss and desiccation. Broad....
  • 1 month ago

    Recurring skin rash I think might be connected to my RA

    Hi everyone! For about a year I have experienced recurring itchy hive like rashes on my arms, hips, back, and thighs. It usually starts out in one spot and slowly then very quickly spreads causing a pink hive like looking rash that can be rather itchy. It last a month or so then clears up on its own only to come back a few months later. I finally broke down and saw the dermatologist because I was worried it could be a side effect of my RA. He did several biopsies but said the results were inconclusive....
  • 1 month ago

    What does osteoarthritis in the knees feel like?

    I’m concerned I’m developing OA in my knees. 1 knee has been hurting intermittently for a year. The other just a few days. The last few days they have really bothered me. It mainly hurts on the inner part of the knee. If I don’t move for awhile they start aching really bad. They feel better when I keep them moving unless I’m doing high resistance excercise. For example I will up the resistance on my bike and ride up and down a hill. When I stand on the bike during this they hurt. Sitting With my....
  • 2 months ago

    Can I still have Arthritis? I’m at my wits end with all of this stress

    Main question at the bottom, sorry I’m a young adult who has experienced at least 2-3 years of pain in my body (mostly the joints). I have been to the doctor several times seeking resolve but to no avail. The pain gets worse with every week and I don’t see an end in sight. I’ve had several tests done. I tested negative for arthritis but my mother still has the notion I have it. Can I still have arthritis but test negative from a blood test? The pain is making it harder to do things I could do in....
  • 2 months ago

    Joint pain in knee and both feet

    I was treated for gout and got no relief, went back to the Dr. and my uric acid had decreased but my pain went away for a few days but came back in a big way. I was sent to orthopedic Dr. and they did ex-rays and saw nothing, followed by MRI with nothing showing on that either. I am a 52 year old male, I have stopped drinking and I am taking medication as prescribed but I can hardly get in and out of bed and after brief respites after rest my mobility is limited. Trying to use crutches but now both....
  • 3 months ago

    RA & Bowel inflammation

    Hello... Does anyone with RA also experience what I call Bowel Attacks? I'm developing more food intolerances too as time goes on. I first noticed reaction to Pork. I'd get a distended stomach and painful cramping followed by urgent watery diarrhea and cramping that both lasts an hour or more until there is nothing to expel. Sometimes it is accompanied by vomiting too. It's absolutely horrible and no GI can really say what's wrong with me except they suggest it is IBS?!? It is too....
  • 3 months ago

    Antibiotics reducing hip pain?

    I was diagnosed with OA almost 2 years ago and have tried just about everything (ice, exercise, weight loss, diclophenac, cannabis balm) short of steroid injections and hip replacement to reduce my hip pain. I walk with a pronounced limp and find myself reaching for objects on which to steady myself while walking. Most days it only hurts when I move my legs, but more and more often there will be times that my legs (mostly the left one) ache from my groin to below the knee even while sitting or lying....