Monday, February 18, 2013

What is the medical term for arthritis causing pain in the head, similar to hypertension symptoms?

Q. I usually have pain in my nape up to the head but my blood pressure is just above normal. The doctor ruled out hypertension. Arthritis is suspected somewhere in the spine. Is this possible? Any cure suggestions?

A. Information on arthritis,home remedies and treatment is available at

What is the exactly causes arthritis and what is the definition?
Q. ( i kno google is my friend i want a simpler def. cuz i dont want scientific answers-its for a 7th grade mid term sience pro.

A. Arthritis, like many medical terms, is a simple combination of two greek or latin roots "arthro" meaning joint-related and "itis" meaning inflammation. Arthr-itis: joint inflammation.

As to what causes it, stupid quiestion. Your five minute google search should have at least told you that there are different types of arthritis with different causes. In general though, it's autoimmune disease and wear-and-tear.

fyi, google does not filter it's content to be maximally confusing. All the information I just gave you is available and about equally easy to understand on wikipedia.

What is the difference between arthritis medicines Mobic and Celebrex?
Q. I take 200 mg Celebrex every day for arthritis. My RN friend says she takes Mobic 15 mg and it is the only arthritis medicine her hospital prescribes since it is safer and works better than Celebrex. I want to know why it is safer and what, if any, are the side effects?

A. About celebrex: It is true that it is slightly better for the stomach (GI tract in general) and it does not have the detrimental side effects (increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality) that vioxx and bextra had.
Mobic is a less specific COX-2 inhibitor and has never been shown to be any better than celebrex.
As mobic is not generic it is as expensive as celebrex.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to celebrex, I would recommend Etodolac as it is generic and overall better tolerated than ibuprofen or naprosyn.
From a personal standpoint: my mother tolerated celebrex ok but had severe stomach problems with mobic. As always YMMV.
Disclaimer: I am not a paid consultant for any of these companies and have no direct financial interest in them.

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