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...
Hello, everyone. I am free at last of a rheumatologist who charges big money for a visit and has not helped me at all. He tried two medications and I was allergic to both. I don't have RA...I have EOA. It causes bone erosions similar to the bone erosions seen in RA. It is basically an aggressive, inflammatory osteoarthritis. There aren't a lot of meds that can be used to treat it.
I fired by rheumy because I called him at 8:30 a.m. Of course I had to tt the nurse. I told her I was in a LOT of pain. She left a message on my cell Friday at five saying the rheumy wanted me to stop the Chloroquine and that he wanted me to see my PCP for a re-evaluation before he would perscribe prednisone.
I spent the entire wekkend at a level 9 pain. Not something I want to do again. I called my othropedic surgeon's office early Monday a.m. I immediately was prescribed a Medrol pack and Celebrex 200 mg. My husband picked it up and brought it home to me because I could not ...
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