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Arthritis Health Center

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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Overview

    What is rheumatoid arthritis?Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a relatively common disease of the joints. In rheumatoid arthritis, the membranes or tissues (synovial membranes) lining the joints become inflamed (synovitis). Over time, the inflammation may destroy the joint tissues, leading to disability. Rheumatoid arthritis affects women twice as often as men, and frequently begins between the ages ..

  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you have:Sudden, unexplained swelling and pain in any joint or joints.Joint pain associated with a fever or rash.Pain that is so severe that you cannot use the joint.Call your health professional within the next few days if you have:Mild to moderate joint pain that continues and has not improved for over 6 weeks.Side effects that occur with large doses

  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Treatment Overview

    Rheumatoid arthritis is most often treated with medication, exercise, and lifestyle changes. While treatment may help relieve symptoms and control the disease, there is no cure. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis usually continues throughout your life, but will vary depending on:The stage (active or in remission) and severity of your disease.Your treatment history.The benefits and risk of ...

  4. Trigger Finger

    WebMD describes trigger finger and trigger thumb, what causes it, the symtpoms, and treatment.

  5. Ankylosing Spondylitis - Surgery

    Gout can usually be successfully treated by eliminating causes and taking medications to relieve symptoms. However, if gouty symptoms have occurred off and on without treatment for more than 10 years, uric acid crystals may have accumulated in the joints.

  6. Ankylosing Spondylitis - Cause

    Learn more about gout and what causes it.

  7. Ankylosing Spondylitis - Topic Overview

    Read about gouty arthritis causes (high-purine diet, uric acid), symptoms (pain, swelling, inflammation), diagnosis, and treatment (medication, reducing alcohol intake).

  8. Ankylosing Spondylitis - Treatment Overview

    Read about the goals for gout treatment.

  9. Ankylosing Spondylitis - What Increases Your Risk

    Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). The following risk factors can either cause hyperuricemia or make joints more susceptible to the formation of uric acid crystals: Male sex. Family history of gout. Obesity. Moderate, regul

  10. Ankylosing Spondylitis - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when you should call a doctor about gout.

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