Osteoarthritis, characterized by pain and swelling in the joints, is the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. This change can be seen through the use of an X-ray. Blood tests and tests of the synovial fluid in the joint can indicate the onset of osteoarthritis.
Can I take pain medications if I am also taking Coumadin? The following story is fictional but is comprised from encounters with a few different patients I have seen over the years. I have changed details and combined the stories in order to comply with my patients' privacy. I had a patient come in the other day and tell me…