You may have seen television ads for the vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 and wondered whether you should get vaccinated. These vaccines are for people who are at risk of getting infected by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia, commonly called pneumococcus.
My wife takes a drug for osteoporosis. Shes encouraging me to get a bone density test. Im a 72-year-old man. Should I be concerned about osteoporosis? Can hyaluronic acid injections be used for joints other than the knee?
Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis changed dramatically more than 20 years ago with the advent of the disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) methotrexate. Over the past 15 years, new types of DMARDs, called biologics, have continued to revolutionize treatment. Even newer ones are under development.
People with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, have a higher risk of developing flu-related complications. They have two strikes against them. First, inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disease, so the immune system is not functioning properly. Second, inflammatory arthritis is treated with drugs that suppress the immune system.
The cost of prescription drugs in the United States is steadily rising, and some medications are particularly expensive. While many people with chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus or osteoporosis can start treatment with affordable drugs, the price tag can increase dramatically once they need a more sophisticated medication.
Chronic pain from joint or back problems are addressed with conservative treatments first. For back pain, start with heat, massage and exercise. If you have osteoarthritis, its important to keep moving.
Ive been diagnosed with reactive arthritis. Is this a chronic condition or will it go away? Ive been taking Aleve for my knee arthritis for several months. My doctor didnt prescribe it. Should I be concerned about taking it long term?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the bodys immune system attacks healthy tissue, causing inflammation. Anyone with an autoimmune disease is at risk for uveitis, which refers to inflammation in the eye, says ophthalmologist Sumit Sharma, MD, with Cleveland Clinics Cole Eye Institute.
Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the hands and wrists. Medications and nondrug measures, such as physical therapy and joint protection strategies, are the primary treatments. If pain and dysfunction become severe and seriously limit movement, surgery can be considered. There are many possible causes of the symptoms you describe, and you may have more than one problem. For example, you may have arthritis plus the flu. But there are other reasons for joint pain besides arthritis. The fact that you spend a lot of time outdoors raises suspicion that you may have Lyme disease.
When your back or neck aches, you may reach for pain relieving medications. While they can help, experts suggest trying nondrug treatments first. For both short-term and longstanding low back pain, for example, the recently updated guidelines by the American College of Physicians recommend starting with therapies such as heat, massage, exercise and spinal manipulation.
Total hip or knee replacement surgery can be life-changing for many people with severe arthritis, allowing them to return to a high level of function free of pain. But for people with rheumatoid arthritis or another form of inflammatory arthritis (rather than osteoarthritis), there are some added concerns.
If you had chickenpox as a child, and most people born before the vaccine was available in 1995 did, the virus (varicella zoster) is still in your body, waiting to reawaken later in life as shingles. One out of every three adults gets shingles. The rate of getting shingles increases with age, says Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist and infectious disease specialist Leonard Calabrese, DO. And people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are twice as likely to get shingles as the general population.