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Ankylosing Spondylitis: Symptoms and Treatment

As a rare type of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) causes stiffness and pain in the spine. Some people also use the term Bechterew disease to describe AS. The condition typically starts in the lower back and can spread upward toward the neck. It can also cause joint damage in other… Read More

Early Signs of Lupus

Lupus is a disease of the autoimmune system that causes widespread inflammation. It also causes a range of other symptoms that can be mild to severe in nature. Pain is a common complaint among lupus patients and can affect any part of the body. According to Medical News Today, most… Read More

Guide to Gout: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

As a sub-type of arthritis, gout can occur when you have high uric acid levels in your blood. The presence of uric acid causes crystallization within the joints, which then causes sudden and severe pain episodes. Gout can also cause redness, swelling, tenderness, and warmth at the affected site. Read More

Guide to Osteoporosis: Signs, Symptoms & Treatments

When you have osteoporosis, it means that you have experienced a reduction in the quality and density of your bones. The definition of the word osteoporosis is porous bone. As the disease progresses and your bones become increasingly fragile and porous, the likelihood of fracturing a bone becomes much… Read More

Rheumatic Diseases: Everything You Need to Know

The term rheumatic disease describes more than 200 unique health conditions that affect more than 50 million people in the United States. Much confusion and misinformation exist about rheumatic disease for this reason. Also known as musculoskeletal disease, all rheumatic diseases share the general features of persistent pain and difficulty… Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Early Signs & Symptoms and Treatments

The primary job of the immune system is to attack foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. When you have the autoimmune disease of rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks your joints instead of protecting them as it normally would. Because of this, the tissue that lines the inside… Read More

What Foods & Drinks to Avoid if You Have Lupus

It surprises some lupus patients to learn that no official diet exists to help reduce and manage symptoms. As with anyone trying to stay as healthy as possible, it is important to consume fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, lean proteins, legumes, whole grain, and plant fats. Rheumatologists also agree that people… Read More

What to Expect at Your First Rheumatologist Appointment

If you or your primary care physician suspects that you could have rheumatoid arthritis, it makes sense for you to receive a referral to a rheumatologist. Some of the most common symptoms of this chronic disorder include: Swollen joints Warm or tender joints Stiffness in the joints Fatigue Fever… Read More