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What sort of diseases can be spread thru sharing a joint.?


considering lots of germs spreading around
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Can you have more than one autoimmune diseases at the same time?


I have been having a real hard time getting diagnosed by my doctors. This is the 4th doctor I see in a year. He said I have fibromaialgia with additional symptoms of Lupus (rash,hair loss ANA positive 80) and sacroilical and neck issues that could indicate Ankyliosing spindolitis. He ws really great and set a bunch of blood tests and MRI to reconfirm the outcome of the x-ray of my sacroiliac joint.I guess we will se once the results come. However I do wonder if it is even possible to have three diseases at the same time. Does anyone know?
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Yes, it is possible. It sounds like you do have Lupus, I know that there are many many doctors out there that think its sooo uncommon for someone to have it, I'm telling you I know it exists! If you have it there are many things that you can do to make life easier on yourself! :)

It is possible for you to hav emore than one at the same time, my mother has Lupus, Diabeties, cardiomyopothy, and did have pulminary hypertension, but that has gotten much better.

There are a lot of support groups especially ont he net for lupus, you should research them.

Best of luck to you! Remember, no matter what the result is, you can over come it, you will be fine, and you will press forward.  (+ info)

one of the most common bones and joint diseases?


Osteoarthritis

"Osteoarthritis affects nearly 27 million people in the United States, accounting for 25% of visits to primary care physicians, and half of all NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) prescriptions. It is estimated that 80% of the population will have radiographic evidence of Osteoarthritis by age 65, although only 60% of those will show symptoms.[6] In the United States, hospitalizations for osteoarthritis soared from about 322,000 in 1993 to 735,000 in 2006.[7]"  (+ info)

Joint Pain at 19 years old...Reasons/Diseases/Ilnesses? Experience appreciated!?


So basically within the past couple weeks I have had major joint pain mostly starting in the back and has now come to the ankles, knees, hips especially and some shoulder pain. I have not gained a lot of weight, pretty positive I am not growing anymore, no known diseases and no eating disorders. I consume a ton of calcium but is arthritis possible? Please no suggestions of a chiropractor I went to one who adjusted me once and then wanted me on a "plan" for a year which cost $4,000 only adding to the suspicions of quackery. Supplement suggestions are encouraged and experience is welcomed as well. Should I see a doctor?
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Do you eat a lot of meat? Consuming too much protein can cause Gout. Gout is basically a form of arthritis that will cause pain in joints. If this is your problem cutting back on your protein intake should alleviate the problem. Are you having any other problems like fatigue, muscle pain, or lack of appetite? If so you could have another problem altogether.  (+ info)

How do you handle joint pain from lyme disease?


I've recently been diagnosed with lyme disease, and it's been pretty brutal. I've been given antibiotics to handle the infection itself, but my insurance won't cover medication to deal with the arthritis that's developed as a symptom. It hurts too much to walk, sit up straight, move my left arm or even turn my neck. Does anyone here have suggestions for dealing with nasty joint pain like this? I'm only 18 and start school soon.
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"We are what we repeatedly do"
Aristotle

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"We are what we repeatedly do"
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Is it posible to to regenerate cartilage in case of degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis by any method?


It is claimed by a Bangalore based radiologist that he can cure osteoarthritis by using a new technology (Rotational Field Quantum Magnetic Resonance (RFQMR) technology) invented by him.

He claims that "this device focuses RFQMR beams on the affected joint. The beams alter the dynamics of the cell to activate and regenerate. This leads to stimulation of cartilage growth in case of degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis. The process of regeneration of tissues enhances mobility and improves the quality of life. The treatment is painless, safe and scientifically proven through successful clinical trials involving more than 500 cases over the span of three years." (See his website http://www.sbfhealthcare.com/index.html for details). Is it correct or is it yet another quackery?
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What Is Cartilage?
from Good Living with Osteoarthritis

The main symptom in osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage, which can lead to pain and limited motion in the joints. You may be wondering what cartilage is, and what purpose it serves. Knowing what cartilage is and what it does can help you better understand osteoarthritis and how to protect your joints.

Cartilage is made mainly of a protein called collagen, which also gives skin its elasticity. Cartilage covers the ends of bones, and provides cushioning to prevent bones from rubbing together during movement and impact. It also offers a slick surface that allows your bones to glide against each other so your joints can move smoothly.

Healthy cartilage is strong and elastic. But when you have osteoarthristis, the cushioning cartilage surface wears away. As cartilage breaks down, bones rub together and joins no longer move as easily and comfortably as they did before. The result is the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis.

Scientists once thought that cartilage, when damaged, could not be repair itself and regenerate like bones and other tissues can. Recent research has indicated that in some cases, however, catilage can repair itself. Researchers are investigating this possiblility, which may provide clues to better osteoarthritis treatments. Currently, experimental techniques to enhance cartilage repair have only been successful following an injury in people who have otherwise healthy cartilage. However, in the future such repair may be possible.  (+ info)

Is degenerative joint disease the same as osteoarthritis?


I've just been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease. I'm only 46 and I've been dealing with this pain for at least 15 years. Is it common for someone as young as me to have severe degenerative joint disease?
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Degenerate joint disease (DJD) and osteoarthritis are the same thing.

DJD is a progressive disease that takes time to occur. While it more commonly occurs in older people, it's not restricted to older people, it can occur in very young people as well. I've treated patients as young as in their 20's for severe DJD.

Like a sagging door that's not properly attached to it's hinges or a sliding panel that's not fully on it's tracks, it can wear out at the edges if not corrected right away. The longer it's not corrected, the more wear occurs. That's what's happening in your case, you need to correct the misalignment in your joint before you completely wear it out. I refer my DJD patients to a specially trained chiropractor who does a thorough examination to see where the problem is and correct it for good. I recommend you give them a try before it's too late and you're forced to have surgery for joint replacement.

http://www.gonsteadseminar.com/referral.aspx
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how do you handle joint pain from lyme disease?


I've recently been diagnosed with lyme disease, and it's been pretty brutal. I've been given antibiotics to handle the infection itself, but my insurance won't cover medication to deal with the arthritis that's developed as a symptom. It hurts too much to walk, sit up straight, move my left arm or even turn my neck. Does anyone here have suggestions for dealing with nasty joint pain like this? I'm only 18 and start school soon.
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I am 24 years old, and I was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease.How quickly does it progress?


I started having extreme pain in my back a few years ago, and I just recently had an MRI and they diagnosed me with degenerative joint disease. How quickly does it progress and what are the treatment options? I am scared and I want to know what to expect short term and long term. I have done some research and it seems like the only treatments are nerve blocker shots and pain pills. Is this something that can be fixed or is it a matter of pain management?
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Osteoarthritis, sometimes called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis, is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage in your joints wears down over time. It can affect any joint in your body, though it most commonly affects joints in your hands, hips, knees and spine. Typically just one joint is affected, but in some cases, several joints are involved .

Osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists. But treatments can relieve pain and help you remain active.

Since this disease has been diagnosed so early & at such a young age in your case, you might check into the underlying causes first. Treating those may help ease some of the pain you are experiencing.

Osteoarthritis usually affects women over 40, but a few other factors can increase your risk:

Bone deformities. Some people are born with malformed joints or defective cartilage, which can increase the risk of osteoarthritis.

Joint injuries. Injuries, such as those that occur when playing sports or from an accident, may increase the risk of osteoarthritis.

Obesity. Carrying more body weight places more stress on your weight-bearing joints, such as your knees. But obesity has also been linked to an increased risk of osteoarthritis in the hands, as well.

Bone and joint diseases that increase the risk of osteoarthritis include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Paget's disease of bone and septic arthritis.
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Treatment options for moderate osteoarthritis :

Continue exercising when possible and resting when you need to. If you're overweight, continue working to lose weight.

Medications that may be useful for moderate arthritis include:

Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can relieve pain, but doesn't reduce inflammation.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve). Stronger versions of these NSAIDs and others are available by prescription.

Tramadol. Tramadol (Ultram) is a centrally acting analgesic that's available by prescription.
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Treatment options for severe osteoarthritis:

If you've tried other treatments but are still experiencing severe pain and disability, you and your doctor can discuss other treatments including:

Stronger painkillers. Prescription pain pills, such as codeine and propoxyphene (Darvon), may provide relief from more severe osteoarthritis pain.

Cortisone shots. Injections of corticosteroid medications may relieve pain in your joint.

Surgery for osteoarthritis is generally reserved for severe osteoarthritis that isn't relieved by other treatments. You may consider surgery if your osteoarthritis makes it very difficult to go about your daily tasks. Surgical treatments include:

Joint replacement. In joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty), your surgeon removes your damaged joint surfaces and replaces them with plastic and metal devices called prostheses. The hip and knee joints are the most commonly replaced joints. But today implants can replace your shoulder, elbow, finger or ankle joints.

Cleaning up the area around the joint (debridement). Your surgeon may recommend removing loose pieces of cartilage and bone from around your joint to relieve your pain.

Surgery to realign bones may also relieve pain. These types of procedures are typically used when joint replacement surgery isn't an option, such as in younger people with osteoarthritis.

Fusing bones. Surgeons also can permanently fuse bones in a joint (arthrodesis) to increase stability and reduce pain. The fused joint can then bear weight without pain, but has no flexibility. Arthrodesis may be an option if you experience severe pain in your joint, but can't undergo joint replacement surgery.
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Two of my relatives have this disease & they have had the most luck with the Cortisone shots in their back. Also taking glucosamine and chondroitin, nutritional supplements, have been very helpful in pain relief. In addition, Tai Chi & yoga are great low impact stretching exercises that can help you with flexibility. Ask your doctor for a physical therapy referral if possible.. A physical therapist can really be helpful in pain relief & in teaching stretching & other related exercises that can greatly benefit you physically.

The Arthritis Foundation offers classes for people with osteoarthritis or chronic pain. Ask your doctor about classes in your area or check with the Arthritis Foundation. These classes teach skills that help you manage your osteoarthritis pain. http://www.arthritis.org/programs.php

Hope this info has been helpful. good luck!

Here are a few helpful sites:
http://www.healthscout.com/ency/416/577/main.html#DefinitionofDegenerativeJointDisease
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020301/841.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osteoarthritis/DS00019/DSECTION=1
http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_medications_used_osteoarthritis_000035_9.htm

Here's an additional link to any clinical trials being held nationwide concerning osteoarthritis:
http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?cond="Osteoarthritis"
Talk with your doctor to see if any current trials would benefit you.  (+ info)

Anyone know of any rare Joint diseases?


School Project...
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Arthyrogryposis Multiplex Congenita
Perthes Disease
Palindromic Rheumatism
Ochronotic Arthropathy

You will find additional information on these conditions if you search them on Google or Yahoo.  (+ info)

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