Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to relieve arthritis of the arms during the night time?

Q. My mom suffers from severe arthritis from her hands all the way to her elbows, she can't sleep comfortably. Is there a way to relieve these symptoms so that she can get a good nights sleep??
Maybe a heated sleeve??

A. A sling with padding in it possibly.

Is is possible for arthritis to be caused by a injury that caused a bacterial infection?
Q. My husband had a knife barely nip his knee while at work and within hours it caused a really bad bacterial infection and was treated with anitibiotics. He was very healthy until the injury and week after the accident he started to have pain in the are where he was injured and it is slowly spreading throughout his body. He has been consulting with a Specialist however I want to make sure this is not work related.
He has been seeing a Rhemotologist however my concern is that this was caused by the injury as he was very much healthy prior to the injury.

A. yes, it is possible to have arthritis after a joint (knee) infection. it is called septic arthritis where the infection and the inflammatory process that comes along with it destoy the cartilage (arthritis is loss of cartilage).

however, in your husband's case, it would be farily unlikely. the initial knife injury has to be fairly deep, so it would enter the knee joint (not just cutting some superficial tissue). but...if the infection in the superficial tissue got very very bad, it can potentially enter the knee joint and create a septic joint.

a septic joint/knee is very painful and painful to move. and for the most part would require surgical treatment as antibiotics, even IV, just don't get into the joint that well. most doctors, even non orthopedists, should be able to recognize it easily.

i suppose that the infection could have been blood borne and started to seed multiple joints; but again less likely and he would have gotten pretty sick (septic).

therefore...when multiple joints are involved, we get the rheumatologist involved. there is wide spectrum to rheumatological processes and many of them can cause multiple joint pain.

good luck

How bad does my arthritis have to get before I can claim disability?
Q. I have osteoarthritis in my neck, lower back, wrists and ankles. I take prescription anti inflamitories and muscle relaxers in order to go to work. I work 10 hrs a day on my feet constantly moving, stretching and bending. While this movement is good for my arthritis, it can get really painful by the end of the day. I feel like I am up a creek without a paddle most of the time, especially after a 3 day workout. Then I just totally crash. I am tired of waking up with swollen hands, having a crick in my back and limping for a while after sitting down for 30 minutes.

A. yes speak with ur doctor,,,or a good doctor.Every state has different laws in regards to disability..Every lawyer wants u on disability,,thats how the disability lawyers get paid,,and they can streach it out 4 years,,,the longer they streach it the more of the back pay they owe u,,they get...plus the system is sooo screwed,,people get on it that dont need it and then they get jobs under the table,,proving that they can work..
If u need on disability,,find out what doctors works with what lawyers....The two have to have a Very good realationship...request for specialist and leave a good paper trail in regards of ur problem,,,ur state will be looking at the trail more than what u say...u need a good family doctor and several specialist that are willing to work together,,,good luck.

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