Types of Arthritis

Types of Arthritis


There’s also different types of
arthritis there’s rheumatoid arthritis and we hear a lot of gout so let’s
first start with gout and how do you treat gout a lot. So the treatments for
all arthritis really are quite different when you’re talking about just general
arthritis we’re talking about more about pain control gout in itself is
completely different gout is an actual illness that is because you have too
much uric acid in your body so the way we control it is actually by using
agents to decrease the amount of uric acid that people have got is an easy one
actually to diagnose what you might notice on your first gout attack is that
you have pain in your toe and what they actually say is the most easy physical
exam finding to do is you rub a sheet along the toe and if there’s pain just
like barely touching usually it’s gout it’s usually gout kind of affects the
first toe sometimes they can go to the knee as well but gout kind of has a
pattern and it’s different it’s treated differently it’s treated with agents to
lower uric acid. And are there side effects when you take medications
commonly for this? Sure so we see less with gout medications but definitely
for just general arthritis yeah if you’re taking chronic
over-the-counter medications like anti inflammatory medications like advil
Aleve motrin you can cause kidney failure over time if you take too much
Tylenol which a lot of people take a lot of extra strength tylenol you can cause
liver damage so yeah these medications though they help the pain over time they
can also cause health problems as well. Docotr let’s shift gears now to a more
severe arthritis which is rheumatoid arthritis so what exactly it is
what does the patient feels and how do you treat it? The first thing is rheumatoid arthritis you have to be
diagnosed with it and it’s probably under diagnosed because a lot of times
people just start initially with symptoms that maybe they’re having pain
in their joints the most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is that you have
pain in your hands most people have arthritis in their
hands the rheumatoid arthritis is really quite a different degree of arthritis
there’s a lot of chronic problems you can get heart disease from it you can
get lung problems your have just inflammation in the
entire body so the agents we have to use we have to
actually suppress your immune system when you’re at risk for illnesses it’s
it’s a extremely severe condition.

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