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...
When you have RA, you are at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis . Other aspects of living with this disease may also contribute to the risk: a sedentary lifestyle, taking steroids and being low on vitamin D. If you're taking certain stomach medications to deal with side effects from your RA meds, you can add another risk factor. All of these contribute to lowering your bone density, i.e., how thick or heavily packed with minerals your bones are. The higher your bone density, the stronger your bones are and this makes them less likely to break. Being aware of the state of your bones can help you prevent bone loss or treat any bone loss you may already be experiencing.
DXA stands for Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It uses very low dose x-rays, about 1/10 the radiation you get in a chest x-ray. The US Preventative Services Task Force currently recommends bone density tests or DXA scan for all women over the age of 65. If you are younger and have not yet entered m...
Pain and aches in your bones and joints can range from mild discomfort that goes away by itself to severe aches that require medication. Arthritis can cause bone and joint pain. Cancer spreading (metastasizing) into a bone also causes pain.
Some breast cancer treatments may cause bone or joint pain:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Some pain medications, such as Feldene (chemical name: piroxicam) also can cause bone or joint pain. Bisphosphonates, medicines used to treat osteoporosis, may cause bone or joint pain. Common bisphosphonates are Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium), Actonel (chemical name: risedronate), and Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate).
Managing bone or joint pain
If you have bone or joint pain, talk to your doctor. If your bone p...
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