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You might be a little concerned to hear snap, crackle and pop in the morning, especially when those noises are not coming from your bowl of Rice Krispies. Instead, those noises might be coming from one, two or three of your joints. Yikes. What do all these gyrations mean? Doctors hear these question all the time but sometimes even we do not know the exact answer and that uncertain seems to make matters worse. So, let me try to clear the air about some of these joint sounds.
A "snap" is classically heard coming from the hip joint - a snapping hip . Usually, this sound represents a tendon snapping across one of the big hip bones. When this motion creates friction and irritation to the soft tissues, that sound can be accompanied by pain. A snapping hip is not a problem unless pain, reduced range of motion or weakness are also presenting as part of the problem. Other joints can also make snapping noises because the interaction between tendons, muscles and bones is not as silent and ...
Excerpted from The Single Gal's Guide to RA
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Sundays for me have always served as relaxing, lazy days when I could sleep in, fix a big breakfast with a hot mug of coffee and hang about, maybe watching a movie or reading a good book.
But now, accompanying that big breakfast are my three daily morning pills: hydroxychloroquine (200mgs), calcium (600mg) and magnesium (250mg- to help with my increasingly frequent migraines). I will also take the hydroxychloroquine again at night, along with another calcium, when I eat dinner.
I've been on the hydroxychloroquine, aka Plaquenil , since November. I think it helps now, but it was pretty slow acting at first. ... I use a drug called eternacept, or Enbrel , and I inject 25mg twice a week. When I first began the shots, I used the more typical 50 mg shot once a week, but I got insane, children-would-run-screaming-from-me-if-they-saw-this reactions at the i...
If Cymbalta (duloxetine) sounds familiar, it may be because it recently received FDA approval for the management of fibromyalgia . Now a new study indicates that taking 60 – 120 mg of duloxetine once daily may also be helpful in reducing chronic low back pain. Duloxetine-treated patients reported a significantly greater reduction in pain scores than placebo-treated patients. Thirty-one percent of duloxetine-treated patients experienced a 50 percent reduction in pain, compared with 19 percent of placebo-treated patients, as measured by an 11-point Likert pain scale. Physicians consider a pain reduction of at least 30 percent as clinically significant. Study Highlights Additional results from the study include:
A significantly greater reduction in pain was recorded in the first week after starting the 60 mg daily dose and continued throughout the 13 weeks of the acute therapy phase of the study.
Superiority to the placebo in most secondary analyses including week...
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