Back pain is a common complaint. Most often the cause is something like a pulled muscle or overstretched ligament, and it is short-lived. Deterioration of cartilage and disks in the spine can also lead to back problems. For a smaller number of people with back pain, the cause is ankylosing
Doctors have at their disposal a broad array of arthritis medications: some fast-acting and widely used, some that run the risk of dependence. Your prescription will depend on the severity of your condition.
The first tier in the drug pharmacopeia available is called “the first line” of available arthritis medications. They’re
Severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloody stools: These are just three of many manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Although these symptoms can be uncomfortable and disruptive, most people are able to keep their disease in check. In fact, chances are good that you know someone with IBD, but you don’t know
In the vast majority of people with psoriasis, the skin disease precedes the arthritis, but 10 to 15 percent of people will have both skin and joint symptoms. Having the skin disease does not guarantee that you’ll develop psoriatic arthritis; in fact, only 15 percent of people with psoriasis are
Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it is often most noticeable when it affects the hands. While it can be painful and functionally limiting, self-help strategies and medication can help ease the symptoms.
OA or RA? The most common type of arthritis in seniors is osteoarthritis (OA), in
Biologics for RA May Help Prevent Rapid Bone Loss.
Early, aggressive treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), particularly biologic drugs may help prevent progressive bone loss in patients with RA, according to a new review by the international Osteoporosis Foundation’s Chronic Inflammation and Bone Structure Working Group. DMARDs act on the
Q. I have mild pain in my knee because of osteoarthritis (OA). What’s the latest thinking on the glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement’s effectiveness against OA pain?
A. Study results released in 2006 showed that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements gave significant relief to patients with moderate-to-severe OA pain; however, it was not
Whether we are aware of it or not, our skin is engaged in an around-the-clock fight against forces from within and without. Regardless of the direction from which they come, if these conditions, disorders, and diseases prevail, even on a temporary basis, the results can be painful and unsightly. Box
If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you may experience diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, and fatigue—symptoms that can cause significant disruption in your daily life. However, with the right treatment, most IBD patients are able to keep their disease in check.
“The inflammatory bowel diseases are chronic inflammatory conditions
Most heart failure patients need six to seven different prescription medications to remove excess fluid from their body, help their heart squeeze more forcefully, prevent it from overexerting itself, and keep their blood pressure under control. But that’s not all.
About 40 percent of patients with heart failure take medications for