Acrucial weapon in the fight against arthritis is medication that, in some cases, slows disease progression as well as easing pain, maximizing joint function, and improving quality of life. There is no one-size-fits-all solution—trial and error may be required to find the drug (or drug combination) that works for you.
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illions of Americans suffer on a daily basis from the pain, reduced mobility, and loss of function caused by arthritis. The condition can significantly affect work, leisure, and home life. Chronic pain, a common feature in arthritis, can rob the sufferer of his or her joy and zest for life.
Q. What is psoriatic arthritis, and what makes it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory arthritis; its symptoms mimic other forms of arthritis, so it is often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, changes in nails, such
Recent research shows that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to follow a simple drug therapy program, such as methotrexate (MTX) plus a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi), than follow a “triple-therapy” regimen of MTX, hydroxychloroquine, and sulfasalazine, according to a recent study published in Arthritis Care &
Should Patients With “Low Disease Activity” Rheumatoid Arthritis Stop Using Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitor Drugs?
Tumor necrosis factor inhibitor drugs (TNFi) are biologic agents used worldwide, known to be effective in the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and also such conditions as psoriatic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and ankylosing spondylitis. The drugs can reduce inflammation and stop disease progression.
Osteoarthritis Patients Undertreated, Underdiagnosed.
Despite the number of osteoporosis (OA) drugs available to help prevent fracture, millions of OA patients are underdiagnosed and undertreated, according to a recent study by Sundeep Khosla, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, and Elizabeth Shane, MD, of Columbia University, New York. While there is
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
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who don’t respond well to an anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) drug—which inhibit a cytokine (TNF) involved in the inflammation associated with RA—may have new options, according to research presented at the November 2015 meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.
Until now, there was no evidence to
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
February is American Heart Month, and the battle cry is to prevent heart attacks and strokes nationwide. While those with high blood pressure and elevated LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, levels are the primary targets, it’s now known that patients with inflammatory arthritis—including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA)—should heed