ANSWER TO QUESTION REGARDING "OVERLAPPING ARTHRITIS"
From a reader: "I have
an overlapping arthritis, based on my last x-rays, I have deterioration in all
of the fingers on my left hand, as well as my knuckles and wrists on both
hands. I also have deterioration in 3 fingers on my right hand. ...
I would like to know
if you could advise me of any arthritis drugs that could maybe slow down the
Answer: Deterioration could mean several things - including joint deformities or joint erosions.
An even more important question deals with whether you have
active joint disease that would respond to even more aggressive therapy. Perhaps the damage is done, so to speak. If that is the case, no drug is going to
reverse the deformities that have developed as a result of the unchecked
inflammation of progressive rheumatoid arthritis.
You mention swelling, but you have no morning
stiffness. Usually, patients with active
The local weather forecast calls for pain increasing over the next five days and tapering off towards the end of the week. Sound familiar? Many people who have arthritis are very familiar this forecast and know that weather effects pain severity. In fact, many people know what the weather is doing just by how a joint feels. Pain, stiffness and swelling can be as accurate at forecasting the weather as a meteorologist. And those who live in certain climates know exactly how painful some climates can be. What do scientists have to say about this weather phenomenon? Are the rumors true? Does joint pain forecast the weather?
Ouch, it's cold outside. Just looking at temperature, one can easily conclude that l ow temperatures increase pain not only in a joint, but everywhere. Knee pain , rheumatoid pain, and osteoarthritis pain all show consistent increases in severity has the mercury plunges. The reason for this phenomenon probably has something to do with nerve conduction slowing in t...
I have been taking Imitrex 2 - 4 per month for about 10 years. I have had joint stiffness commonly after taking it. However, I am a professional martial artist as well as a Nurse Practitioner and after taking Imitrex, my flexibility has decreased by about 50% for a week or so, then I can finally get stretched out again, I take another Imitrex, and then I cannot stretch. Is there any post-marketing information about this? Peggy.
I know of no such information on Imitrex. After all, it is gone from the body in 8 - 10 hours.
Perhaps another triptan might avoid your (rather long) symptoms after Imitrex. There are six other medications in the triptan family-- Maxalt , Zomig , Amerge , Relpax , Axert , and Frova . Each of the triptans binds to different combinations of serotonin receptors, which is why our bodies may respond differently to each of them. It could be worth discussing the ones you haven't tried with your doctor.
Good luck, Jo...
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