Disease & Conditions

What is Gout?

Simply put, Gout can be likened to a type of arthritis.  Sufferers often experience sudden pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.  Gout commonly occurs in the big toe and is more common in men than women.  Without treatment, sufferers will have to deal with pain.  They may even find that the illness harms their joints and other tissues.

What Causes Gout Outbreaks?

Gout is the result of having too much uric acid in the blood.  Generally speaking, having high levels of uric acid in the blood is usually not a problem.  Most people with lots of uric acid in their blood never experience gout.  But when uric acid levels are too high, the acid may start to form hard crystals in the joints. Read more »

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The definition of arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which causes pain, swelling, redness, and warmth within the joint itself. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition of arthritis that occurs in joints on both sides of the body, such as both knees, both wrists, both hands, etc. This helps to distinguish rhermaoid arthritis from other kinds of arthritis. With rheumatoid arthritis, other parts of the body can be affected as well such as the eyes, skin, blood, heart, or the nerves.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The basic symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are:

  • Stiffness, particularly in the morning or after sitting in one position for long periods
  • Joint swelling and pain
  • Fatigue

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Depression Symptoms

There is a common confusion between clinical depression and feeling depressed.  Yes, there is a difference!  Many of us will feel upset, lonely and depressed at times; this is a common reaction to particular events like loss, daily struggles and/or an injured self-esteem.  However, when these depressive emotions become overwhelming lasting for prolonged periods of time they can prevent you from living a normal, active and functioning life.  It is at this point when you should begin questioning whether or not you have clinical depression and must seek out professional help.

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If left untreated,  depression symptoms or clinical  depression can worsen.  If left unidentified for a long period of time, sometimes years, the symptoms can cause painful emotional distress and in some cases suicide.  In fact, one of every ten people suffering from major depression will commit suicide.  Read more »

Basics of Osteoarthritis

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Arthritis is generally defined as an inflammation of the joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, otherwise referred to as wear and tear arthritis. This happens when the joint cartilage breaks down, and this can happen in any body joint. Joints that bear weight, like at the knees, hips, and spine, often develop this. This condition can also impact the neck, large toe, fingers and thumb. Osteoarthritis, also known as OA, generally will not affect other joints unless they were injured or if the joints were overly stressed.

In normal bones, cartilage is the materials with a rubbery texture that encases the ends. Its primary purpose is to absorb shock and reduce friction in joints. When it is pressed together or compressed, normal cartilage changes shape and absorbs the shock.

When osteoarthritis occurs, the joint cartilage loses its elasticity and stiffens, increasing the risk of damage. As time passes, this cartilage can wear away, thus reducing its capability to absorb shock. As the deterioration of the cartilage progresses, it causes ligaments and tendons to stretch, resulting in pain. If this degeneration continues, the ends of the bones will rub against each other. Read more »

Overview of Lupus

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Lupus is a disease where a person’s own immune systems attacks its own bodily tissues, thinking that it is attacking a foreign disease. This is called an autoimmune disease. Some patients that have lupus only have a minor form of the disease, while others have significant disability which lasts for a lifetime.

People with Asian, African, and Native American decent suffer from lupus three times more than Caucasian people do. Ninety percent of lupus sufferers are female. Lupus usually manifests between the ages of 15 and 45, yet it can also occur on older people.

There are two forms of lupus: Read more »

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