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  1. Lupus and Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome - Topic Overview

    About 1 in 3 people with lupus produce an antibody that attacks certain blood-clotting factors,which can cause the blood to clot easily. 1 A person who has this antibody and has had blood clots is said to have antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. This can lead to mild or severe blood-clotting complications,including: Stroke,transient ischemic attack (TIA),or heart attack. Deep vein ...

  2. Osteoarthritis - Home Treatment

    Learn steps to help relieve the pain caused by osteoarthritis and improve your joint function.

  3. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    Capsaicin (Zostrix),available without a prescription,is a pain reliever that comes in a cream that you apply directly to your skin (topical analgesic). It has been found to relieve joint pain from osteoarthritis in some people when rubbed into the skin over affected joints. 1 To be beneficial,the cream must be applied 3 or 4 times a day,and the effects may not be seen for several weeks. ...

  4. Raynaud's Phenomenon - Topic Overview

    What is Raynaud's phenomenon?Raynaud's (say ray-NOHZ) phenomenon is a problem with blood flow. Your body doesn't send enough blood to your hands and feet, so they feel very cold and numb. In most cases, this lasts for a short time when your body overreacts to cold temperatures. You may also hear this condition called Raynaud's syndrome or Raynaud's disease.For most people, Raynaud's is more of a nuisance than a disability.What causes Raynaud's phenomenon?Often Raynaud's has no known cause. (This is sometimes called primary Raynaud's.)Raynaud's is usually a symptom of another disease, such as lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, or atherosclerosis. It may also be caused by taking certain medicines, using vibrating power tools for several years, smoking, or having frostbite. (This is sometimes called secondary Raynaud's.)Certain things can trigger an attack of symptoms. The most common trigger is exposure to cold. In the cold, it's normal for the body to narrow the small blood

  5. Polymyalgia Rheumatica - Topic Overview

    What is polymyalgia rheumatica?Polymyalgia rheumatica (say pah-lee-my-AL-juh roo-MAT-ih-kuh), or PMR, is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. This causes pain and stiffness, most often in the neck, shoulders, or hips. Some people who have PMR also have giant cell arteritis. This is another inflammatory condition that affects the arteries that carry blood to the head. Giant cell arteritis is more dangerous than PMR, though. It can cause loss of vision, a stroke, or mini-strokes. The same medicines are used to treat PMR and giant cell arteritis.What causes PMR?Experts don't fully understand what causes it. It may be that the immune system is attacking the body's own tissues. Your genes may play a role in this. For example, people whose ancestors came from Scandinavia or Northern Europe are more likely to have this problem.PMR occurs in women more often than in men. It is more common as people get older.What are the symptoms?Symptoms often start suddenly and get worse

  6. Rheumatoid Factor (RF)

    Rheumatoid factor (RF) blood test measures the amount of the RF antibody present in most people with rheumatoid arthritis.

  7. Glucosamine and Chondroitin - Topic Overview

    WebMD examins the uses of glucosamine and chondroitin for relieving joint pain and restoring cartilage. Learn about the uses of glucosamine and chondroitin as well as safety information.

  8. Lupus: Healthy Eating - Topic Overview

    To date,no diet is known to cure,prevent,or relieve lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus,or SLE) symptoms. But poor nutrition makes it harder for your body to battle chronic illness. To make sure that you have a healthful,balanced diet,your doctor may oversee your food intake or refer you to a registered dietitian. Consider the following tips when planning your daily diet: Avoid or cut ...

  9. Stem Cell Transplant for Lupus - Topic Overview

    Stem cell transplantation is the replacement of damaged bone marrow cells with healthy cells,or stem cells. It is generally done after powerful drugs have been used to wipe out the damaged immune system (immunoablation). Stem cells are immature cells that are produced in the bone marrow. They can divide to produce more stem cells or mature into red blood cells,white blood cells,and ...

  10. Nonprescription Medicines for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    Medicines that you can buy without a prescription can be very useful in relieving the pain of mild or moderate osteoarthritis. Try acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) first. Regular use of acetaminophen can provide relief of pain caused by osteoarthritis. Doctors may advise people who take acetaminophen on a regular basis to limit alcohol consumption. Aspirin,ibuprofen,or naproxen ( ...

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