Gout, The Disease of Kings

I first heard of gout being referred to as the ‘disease of kings’ during my undergraduate pharmacology degree.  What this means is that if you suffer from gout, then there’s a pretty good chance that you are of royal lineage.  Okay, maybe I am only joking about that.  However, the truth is that maybe you’re…

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Dietary Fruit Vs. Vegetables for Preventing Arthritis?

Fruits Vs. Vegetables: Of the vegetables and fruit food group, which component may be more important for your joint health–Vegetables or Fruit? The consumption of both vegetables and fruit are both very important to maintain our overall health. However, in terms of the health of our joints, a recent study suggests that fruit consumption may…

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Steroid Injections for Hip Arthritis?

A recent study published in the journal, Arthritis & Rheumatism, suggests that steroid injections can effectively treat pain from osteoarthritis in the hip (Lambert et al, 2007). Specifically, the study authors found that corticosteroid injections were effective at relieving pain for up to 3 months for patients with osteoarthritis of the hip. I would be…

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Acetaminophen or NSAIDS for Arthritis?

One common question for patients who suffer from the symptoms of arthritis is whether acetaminophen (Tylenol) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen) are better for treating the pain associated with arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common and debilitating condition.  The incidence of osteoarthritis increases as we age.  For the people who suffer…

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Is Tramadol Effective for Treating Osteoarthritis?

Tramadol is an opiod medication that’s used for treating moderate to severe pain. Unlike non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), Tramadol does not cause renal (kidney) problems or produce gastric bleeding. It also has no effect on articular or joint cartilage.  However, Tramadol is a NARCOTIC-LIKE pain reliever, so it should not be used by people who…

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