Q: I have rheumatoid arthritis, and I take drugs that suppress my immune system. This makes me more susceptible to infections. COVID-19 has made me scared. What can I do to protect myself when I go to the doctor or for an infusion? A: The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the potential dangers […]
The sudden appearance of a painful, warm, swollen joint often signals an attack of gout. The symptoms are also typical of a condition called calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPDD). Because of the similarity, CPDD is commonly called pseudogout. Gout is not the only condition CPDD can mimic. It can also cause symptoms similar to osteoarthritis or […]
Stress fractures occur most commonly in physically active younger people. But middle- and older-age adults get them as well, and possibly for different reasons. Regardless of a person’s age, the earlier a stress fracture is identified and treated the better. A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone. It’s often caused by repetitive force. […]
People who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may not be aware that they face a greater chance of developing heart disease than people without RA. This means that people with RA and their doctors need to be extra vigilant about managing both RA and heart disease risk factors. “Anything you can do to modify factors such […]
When you think of a person with osteoporosis the image that most likely comes to mind is an older woman. But men also get osteoporosis and suffer bone fractures. About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis. Every year, about 2 million of them fracture a bone. Studies show that about one-half of women and one-quarter of […]
We’re pleased to present to you Arthritis Advisor’s brand-new website. On the site, you’ll find advice and information on bone and joint care. Users of the Arthritis Advisor website will learn ways to control the effects of arthritis and remain active and pain-free. Some of Arthritis Advisor’s content is free and available to all. Paid […]
If you have osteoarthritis and you are looking for an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief, consider curcumin.
If you fall onto your shoulder or your arm gets yanked too hard, you can dislocate a shoulder. Its usually painful, and you may notice that your arm is out of place. How a shoulder dislocation is treated and how urgently you need to seek treatment will depend on what happens when the ball pops out of the socket.
Statins are commonly-used drugs to lower cholesterol. Some studies have found that these drugs may also have a positive effect on bones. According to a recent study, the effect may depend on the dose. The study, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (September 2019), examined the relationship between statins and the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Researchers analyzed health data on 353,502 people who took statins, 11,701 of whom were diagnosed with osteoporosis. They were compared with over 7 million people who did not take statins. Overall, those who took statins were more likely than nonusers to have osteoporosis. However, the effect depended on the dose. Those who took a low statin dose of 10 milligrams (mg) a day actually had up to a 60% reduced risk of osteoporosis. Taking 40 mg or more of simvastatin or 20 mg or more of atorvastatin or rosuvastatin increased risk.
For most older adults, Dr. Hashmi recommends starting with acetaminophen (Tylenol). "It is weaker than an NSAID, but you can compensate for that by taking a higher dose," he says. A potential side effect is liver damage, but you can safely take up to 3 grams a day. Tylenol typically comes in pills of 325 or 500 milligrams (mg). "You can take up to two 500-mg pills three times a day without fear it will affect the liver," he says.
Your spine is a column made of a stack of small bones (vertebrae) with the spinal cord running through it. Each vertebra has a cylindrical part (inside is the spinal cord and nerve roots), on the back of which is a bony ring with spiky projections (called the spinous process). The cylinders are stacked on top of one another and separated with shock-absorbing cushions (disks).
When you think about hip pain, osteoarthritis in older adults may be what comes to mind. Osteoarthritis is a common cause of hip pain. But the hip joint is susceptible to many other conditions as well, and they can affect people of all ages.