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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis - Know Complications Involved!

Dr. Priyanka Kharbanda 92% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine, DNB - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis - Know Complications Involved!

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a commonly occurring arthritis in children under the age of 15. Some common problems that are faced by patients with this disease include stiffness, joint pain, and swelling. While the symptoms might persist for a few months for some patients, for others it might continue for the rest of their lives. Patients might face serious complications such as inflammation of the eye, problems related to growth etc. The treatment of this condition focuses on preventing the bones from getting damaged, pain control and improving the function of the body.

What are some of the common symptoms of juvenile arthritis?

  1. Pain: A child suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis might face extreme pain in the joints. They might limp after a nap or night sleep due to pain or stiff joints.
  2. Swelling: Larger joints such as the knee might swell frequently. The swelling might occur in smaller joints too.
  3. Stiffness: In addition to limping the child might appear rough and clumsy after waking from night sleep or a nap.

Other conditions could include rashes, swollen lymph nodes, frequent fever, headache, etc.

What are the causes of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the immune system of the body attacks its own tissues and cells. It is still unclear as to why it happens, although, researchers believe that the environment and heredity have a role to play. Certain geneticmutations might make a childmore vulnerable and susceptible to microbes that can trigger this condition.

What are the complications involved?
There could be several complications that might arise due to this condition. It is, therefore, wise to keep a close watch on the child. Seeking immediate medical attention can go a long way in mitigating the risk of these complications.

  • Problems related to the eye: Juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis can damage the eye by causing an inflammation known as uveitis. If this condition is not treated, it might result in other conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, blindness etc.
  • Growth problems: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis could result in growth problems. To treat this, a child would require a dose of corticosteroid.

How to diagnose juvenile arthritis?

It is not very easy to diagnose juvenile arthritis. Doctors often prescribe blood tests to get an idea of erythrocyte sedimentation rate, rheumatoid factor, C-reactive protein, anti-nuclear antibody, cyclic citrullinated peptide etc. A doctor might also prescribe imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI etc to detect congenital defects, fractures, tumors etc.

What are the treatment options available?

Some of the medications that are prescribed for this condition include NSAID such as ibuprofen and naproxen, DMARD such as Trexall and Azulfidine, TNF blockers such as Humira and Enbrel, immune suppressants such as Kineret, Rituxin and Orencia. In addition to this doctors would also prescribe corticosteroids and therapies.
 

Hi I am 34 years old male. Whenever I start jogging I develop knee pain and cracking sound from all joints of the body like knee, shoulder etc. The pain generally goes away after 2-3 days of leaving jogging. However cracking sound generally remains for month. Even if I do only outdoor cycling it increases pain in my lower back. My built is athletic and I was active in sports since my childhood. This problem is since 1.5-2 yrs. I had few tests including related to arthritis (HLAB27 PCR) which are normal. Should I take supplements like glucosamine, chondotorin from healthkart or osteoseal and flexibility supplement from organic India. Thanks Pankaj.

Dr. Faiyaz Khan Pt 91% (520 ratings)
MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, Fellowship In Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (FOR) Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Diet
Physiotherapist, Kolkata
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I am 34 years old male. Whenever I start jogging I develop knee pain and cracking sound from all joints of the bod...
You should take Medical Nutrition Therapy course for three months to make your joints and cartilage stronger. Taking random supplements like Glucosamine and Calcium can be harmful and useless at times. Moreover, as per recent research, Glucosamine is not better than Placebo. Rather I would suggest you take Bone Broth daily which can be cooked at home. For further Professional Diet Prescription & Nutraceuticals/Supplements contact me. Good luck!
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Hi, I would like to know that Can gabaneuron tablet we take for arthritis knee pain?

Dr. Vishwas Virmani 89% (22293 ratings)
MPT, BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
Hi, I would like to know that Can gabaneuron tablet we take for arthritis knee pain?
Chiropractic adjustment will help. Contrast Fomentation (Hot and Cold). Avoid Squatting- Avoid sitting Cross legged
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De Quervain s Tenosynovitis!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi

Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Homeopathic Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Psychotherapy Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Surgical Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Other Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
What is De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Causes of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Risk factors of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Complications of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Precautions & Prevention of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis 

Homeopathic Treatment of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some common homeopathic medicines for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis are:

Ruta
Phyto
Rhodo
Rhus Tox
Caust
Silicea 

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

For the treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, needles would be placed on the wrist as well as other areas of the body to stimulate blood and qi flow and relax and nourish the tendons. As the liver is responsible for nourishing the tendons with blood and qi, points on the liver meridian and its paired organ meridian, the gallbladder, would also be needled.

Surgical Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Surgery involves a procedure in which your doctor inspects the sheath surrounding the involved tendon or tendons, and then opens the sheath to release the pressure and restore free tendon gliding.

Other Treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Apply ice to the affected area
Do strengthening exercises for your thumb and hand musculature
What is De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. These tendons are encased in sheaths, or sleeves, through which the tendons slide.

Symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Swelling near the base of your thumb
Pain when moving the thumb away from the hand
A fluid-filled cyst in the same region as the swelling and pain
Difficulties with activities requiring a firm grip
A “sticking” or “stop-and-go” sensation in your thumb when trying to move it
A squeaking sound as the tendons tries to move back and forth through the inflamed sheaths

Causes of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Chronic overuse of your wrist
Direct injury to your wrist or tendon; scar tissue can restrict movement of the tendons
Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis

Risk factors of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Being female
Age between 30 to 50
Complications of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Severe pain
Less strength and flexibility in your hand
Range of motion may be severely restricted 
Diagnosis of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is diagnosed based on the typical appearance, location of pain, and tenderness of the affected wrist. In a Finkelstein test, you bend your thumb across the palm of your hand and bend your fingers down over your thumb. Then you bend your wrist toward your little finger. If this causes pain on the thumb side of your wrist, the test is considered positive.

Precautions & Prevention of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Avoid excessive movements such as hand and wrist twisting, pinching and forceful gripping

Severe Knee Pain ?

Dr. B V R N Varma 84% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Orthopaedics, Trauma and Orthopedics training, dnb training, fellowship in joint replacement surgery, m.ch(ortho), fellowship in adult hip and knee computer navigated surgery(switzerland)
Orthopedist, Visakhapatnam
Severe Knee Pain ?

If ur suffering from severe knee pain with x ray showing grade 3 arthritis  better to go for knee replacement surgery.

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Joint Pain Due To Arthritis - Ways Acupuncture Can Help!

Dr. Ajay Kumar 87% (103 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Chandigarh
Joint Pain Due To Arthritis - Ways Acupuncture Can Help!

Acupuncture is a Chinese method of treatment which aims at maintaining the energy balance in the body. The procedure involves stimulating the energy channels of the body by using fine steel needles. It enhances the production of endorphins (pain controlling hormones) in the body, therefore less pain.

Signs you are suffering from arthritis

Arthritis is a disorder that is characterized by inflammation and swelling in the joints. The symptoms of arthritis are tenderness in the joints, fatigue, fever and stiffness in the joints that worsen in the morning. Initially, the smaller joints in the body are affected; it then progresses to joints in the elbows, wrists and the knees.

Causes behind it

Arthritis is caused when the immune system starts attacking the membrane surrounding the joints. Inflammation occurs, resulting in destruction of the bone and cartilage. It causes the ligaments and the tendons holding the joint to weaken. The joints then starts to lose their original alignment and shape.

Dietary guidelines you must follow

You need to follow dietary guidelines such as avoiding refined and processed foods as they can contribute to the inflammation of the joints. You also need to steer clear of foods which may trigger a reaction from your immune system. Mild exercises to strengthen the joints may be performed to improve mobility.

Acupuncture and arthritis

The procedure begins with the practitioner applying alcohol to the affected spot and tapping the area with a needle. The disorder determines the number of needles required, the spots of insertion and the depth to which they have to be inserted. The duration for which the needles are kept in the body ranges from a few minutes to an hour. In order to enhance the effect of the needles, they may be heated or energized electrically. You may experience a tingling sensation in case electricity is used.

Acupuncture is a holistic method of treatment that has no side effects. It does not involve chemicals; so it is safe to use. It will not cure the disorder, but can reduce the pain to a large extent. One of the added benefits of this procedure is that no matter, which part of the body is subjected to this process, it does help calm your mind down.

Ayurvedic Treatment For Rheumatism!

Dr. Ankur Singhal 92% (1677 ratings)
Master in Psychology, MD - Ayurveda, Dems, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Ayurvedic Treatment For Rheumatism!

Rheumatism is an auto-immune and chronic disease caused due to the abnormal swelling of the body joints in the knees or the shoulders. The symptoms of rheumatism include intense pain in the morning, mild fever with the pain, swollen joints resulting in immense pain, stiff joints, increased pain in cold climate and extreme tiredness.

Doctors are still doubtful about the exact cause of the disease, but the weakened immune system might damage the joints. This makes obese people, smokers and women most susceptible to this disorder.

According to Ayurveda, rheumatism is caused due to a major imbalance in the ‘Vata or Kapha’ dosha. The Ayurvedic remedies aim for the restoration of the body’s Vata/Kapha balance. Ayurvedic remedies help reduce the ‘ama’, the toxins produced by the body.

The Ayurvedic remedies for rheumatoid arthritis also know as amavata are as follows:

  1. Boil a cup of mustard oil with camphor in it until the camphor dissolves well. Apply the lukewarm mixture on the affected areas once a day. This helps revive the blood circulation of the affected portion and subsequently reduces the abnormal swelling of the affected joints.
  2. You can take a few unpeeled slices of potato and soak them in a glass of cold water. Keep it for the night and drink it the next morning on an empty stomach. Do this every day to get rid of the pain.
  3. Include little amounts of ginger, garlic, and turmeric in your regular meals. This will help to reduce the inflammation and stiffness of the affected joints. Ayurvedic scriptures suggest that you should try and reduce the consumption of fish, red meat, curd, spinach and extremely chilled water as they might cause an imbalance in the ‘vata’.
  4. Applying a recommended amount of castor oil on the affected region helps reduce the inflammation and thus, the pain.
  5. A herbal preparation of celery seeds can be consumed daily in order to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Ayurvedic Principle FOr Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis or Amavata:

Apart frpm these Ayurvedic rememdies, virechanakarma, being a Shodhana therapy, can also be used to effectively manage Amavata. Being the most suited therapy for the Sthanika Pitta Dosha, it is very likely to lead to Agnivardhana and evacuation of Ama, which is the main reason behind this disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Causes, Symptoms And Homeopathic Treatment!

Dr. Sanjeev K Kohli 90% (79 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Causes, Symptoms And Homeopathic Treatment!

A chronic systemic disease characterized by inflammatory changes in joints & related structures that result in crippling deformities. Diseases primarily affecting the synovium & adjacent tissues.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks the joints producing an inflammatory synovitis that often progresses to destruction of the articular cartilage and ankylosis of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also produce diffuse inflammation in the lungs, pericardium, pleura, and sclera and also nodular lesions, most common in subcutaneous tissue under the skin. Although the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, autoimmunity plays a pivotal role in its chronicity and progression.

Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  1. Exact cause is not known.
  2. Evidence points to autoimmune etiology.
  3. Genetic predisposition common.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

  1. Tender, warm, swollen joints
  2. Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity
  3. Fatigue, fever and weight loss

Early rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect your smaller joints first — particularly the joints that attach your fingers to your hands and your toes to your feet.

As the disease progresses, symptoms often spread to the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. In most cases, symptoms occur in the same joints on both sides of your body.

About 40 percent of the people who have rheumatoid arthritis also experience signs and symptoms that don't involve the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many non-joint structures, including:

  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Salivary glands
  • Nerve tissue
  • Bone marrow
  • Blood vessels

Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go.Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can cause joints to deform and shift out of place.

Homeopathic Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions.

The Scope of homeopathic treatment in rheumatoid arthritis is very favorable. But the patient needs to understand that the homeopathic system is aiming to clear out the disease from the body and not trying merely to suppress or give temporary relief. Thus it could take a while before one experiences relief. The time for its treatment is dependent on various factors- The chronicity of the disease (the duration since the disease has been in the body), genetic propensity and the extent of damage. Homoeopathy can hit the autoimmunity and starts with a better pain relief and can also help you to get rid of painkiller and if treatment continued systemically then may also help you to get rid of steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs leading to better mobility and better quality of life.

What kind of homeopathic medicines are used in treating rheumatoid arthritis and how safe are they?

Homeopathy works on the principle of ‘like cure like ‘ this in homeopathic terms means that substances which in their raw states produce symptoms similar to the disease have the potential to stimulate the body’s own restorative process for a similar illness when given in an activated dilution.

Homeopathic medicines that are used in treating rheumatoid arthritis are mainly from all plant, mineral kingdom. They are then highly diluted and succused (shaken in a specific way).These activated dilutions then stimulates our body’s own restorative systems to eradicate the disease. When rightly prescribed, they are extremely safe.

I have Spinal Pain (Neck to lower back, joint pain in hand & heel pain from 5 yrs. My age: 21,weight: 58. I take treatment (medicine, physiotherapy )but I get no response. My blood test (HLAB27-negative, vitamin-45 ng/ml, Arthritis profile =Normal, Uric acid-5.5) My MRI report is Normal. My pain increased in winter. What should I do?

Dr. Vishwas Virmani 89% (22293 ratings)
MPT, BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
I have Spinal Pain (Neck to lower back, joint pain in hand & heel pain from 5 yrs. My age: 21,weight: 58.
I take trea...
Chiropractic adjustment will help. Contrast Fomentation (Hot and Cold). Avoid Squatting- Avoid sitting Cross legged
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