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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

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 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