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My name is Cathee and I am currently 35 yrs old. I was diagnosed
with Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 27. My introduction to RA was
rather quick. In fact, I had actually never heard of RA when I went
to see my doctor about a swollen knuckle. My finger had been
swollen for about 2 months and as I was reading through a magazine
I found an article about lyme disease. Since I spent a lot of time
hiking in the woods with my dog, I began to think I might have
contracted lyme disease from a tick. I went to my family physician
and luckily she had an instinct about what was going on with me and
sent me to see a Rheumatologist. The Rheumatologist immediately
ordered blood work and I was officially diagnosed with RA in March
of 1997. I didnt have any other symptoms at the time except
for the one swollen joint until August 1997. Literally overnight, I
became almost bed ridden. It was if I went to sleep as one person
and woke up another.
Since that fateful night, I have battled this crippli...
Generic Name: CAPSAICIN - TOPICAL Pronounced: (kap-SAY-i-sin) Castiva Warming Top Uses
This medication is used to treat minor aches and pains of
the muscles/joints (e.g., arthritis, backache, sprains). It may also be used to
treat nerve pain. Capsaicin works by decreasing a certain natural substance in
your body (substance P) that helps pass pain signals to the
How To Use Castiva Warming Top
Use this medication on the skin only. Follow all
directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the
information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
For the cream, gel, and lotion forms, apply a thin layer
of medication to the affected area and rub in gently and thoroughly. You may
want to use a cotton ball/swab or latex glove to apply the medication to avoid
touching the medication with your hands.
Do not apply the medication in the eyes, mouth, nostrils,
or genitals. If you do get the medication in those areas,...
Human beings are well designed for many things. We have large brains for poetry and quantum mechanics; we are good long distance runners, and of course have these awesome opposable thumbs. Unfortunately, some parts are not designed very well for our 21st century lifestyles. The low back , or lumbar spine, is first on my list for sending back (or forward?) to the engineers. A close second though might be the " knee cap " or patellofemoral joint.
The "knee cap" or patella is an ovoid shaped bone whose main purpose is to act as a fulcrum that big muscle on the front of your thigh, the quadriceps. (I'll wait while you grab your high school physics book). There are plenty of folks who do not have patellae, but because this causes the quad muscle to work inefficiently, few of these folks can run or climb stairs well. The design issue with the patella is that it articulates, or rubs up against, the end of the femur bone (thus the "patellofemoral" joint). For those of us who have pa...
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