Do you feel stiff and achy? Do your joints hurt? If so, there is a good chance you have osteoarthritis or OA, one of the oldest and most common forms of arthritis. Often known as the “wear and tear” kind of arthritis, OA is a chronic condition in which the cartilage that cushions joints breaks down. Contributing factors may include age, obesity , injury, overuse, and genetics.
Why am I focusing on osteoarthritis today? Because tomorrow is World Arthritis Day and this week begins Bone and Joint National Action Week .
So, Lisa, what does this have to do with multiple sclerosis? Nothing directly. However, last week I, an MS patient living with RA, learned that I have early osteoarthritis developing in my knees. Remember that just because we have one disease doesn’t mean that we are exempt from developing another.
For the last few years, I have ignored the stiffness and slight swelling in my knees. ...
Diseases that fall under spondyloarthritis umbrella are ankylosing spondylitis , reactive arthritis (known previously as Reiter's syndrome) psoriatic arthritis and psoriatic spondylitis, and the arthritis or spondylitis associated with the inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease . Still other patients may develop undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. This means they have symptoms or signs of one of the illnesses above, but don't develop the full blown disease. The disease most frequently begins between ages 20 and 40, but may begin before age 10. It affects more males than females. Risk factors include a family history of ankylosing spondylitis and male gender. Symptoms of Spondyloarthris The disease starts with hip or low back pain that comes and goes and is worse at night, in the morning, or after inactivity. Back pain may begin in the sacroiliac joints (between the pelvis and the spine) and involve all or part of the spine. Pain may go aw...
Reader Question: I have osteoporosis and have been taking Fosamax for the past 3 years. I was just reading in the paper this morning that this drug was shown to cause bone fractures. Isn't this medication supposed to protect me from this? Should I stop taking it? What about the other similar drugs in the same class?
I wouldn't blame anyone for starting to worry, if you just read the news headlines. Let me give you some background and perspective on this new controversy.
It seems that that Bisphosphonates, drugs such as Alendronate ( Fosamax ), Residronate ( Actonel ), Ibandronate ( Boniva ) and Zoledronic Acid (Reclast) have been linked to many side effects over the past years. When the drug was released more then 10 years ago, it was implicated as a cause of esophagitis.
More recently, possible side effects include osteonecrosis of the jaw (i.e. bone death), muscle and joint aching (FDA warning), atrial fibrillation , and now this new report on hip fractures.
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