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Arthritis Medications: Which Drugs Will Your Doctor Prescribe?

Arthritis Medications: Which Drugs Will Your Doctor Prescribe?

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

What Is Gout?

What Is Gout?

Gout, a form of arthritis, occurs when uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints. Uric acid forms when the body metabolizes substances called purines, which are found in a variety of foods. In further answering the question “What is gout?” we should describe the impact food can have.

Gout is

Ask the experts: Arthritis and Women

Q: Why is it that certain types of arthritis predominantly affect women?

A: Arthritis in general affects more women than men: women account for nearly 60 percent of sufferers. It’s likely that physical and hormonal differences factor into the difference. For example, women have less knee cartilage than men, making their knees

Aching Joints? Your Heart May Be Hurting, Too

It’s often painfully clear if you have arthritis. Aching and swollen joints from both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) are constant reminders of the impact these conditions have on your body. Now, research is showing the damaging effects of arthritis go beyond the joints and can actually increase your

Eating to Ease Arthritis Pain

More than 50 million Americans—one in five adults—have arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, making it the Number One cause of disability in this country. The condition is marked by inflammation in one or more of your joints, resulting in joint pain and stiffness. The two most common types of

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Pain Relief

A new year means new resolutions. For arthritis patients—or anyone looking to be smarter about his or her health this year—we asked several Cleveland Clinic experts for their resolution recommendations to overcome pain and increase your function in 2016.
Anchor yourself
You know how it works: Too much stress prevents you from

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Q.My doctor has diagnosed me with psoriatic arthritis. What is it, and how is it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory type of arthritis that can cause joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, nail changes and overall fatigue. Because its symptoms are

Get the Arthritis Facts

It’s easy to understand how one might assume osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have similar causes and treatments, because arthritis is arthritis, right? Yes, they are the two most common types of arthritis. And both conditions share similar characteristics. But that’s where the similarities end: In fact, OA and

Is Osteoarthritis an Inevitable Part of Aging?

As we get older, it may seem like living with increasingly creaky, arthritic joints is inevitable. Of the more than 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is by far the most common and age is a factor. It rarely occurs in young adults and affects more than one-third of Americans over

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