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Types of Arthritis

Comparing 3 Common Arthritic Conditions


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  • Good article. Very informative!
  • I have psoriatic arthritis which is not mentioned
  • Update older articles would be helpful.
  • Recent research appears to indicate that diet plays a role for many with autoimmune disease. A couple of books have really helped me address underlying inflammation present in my body. "The Autoimmune Fix" by Dr. Tom O'Bryan and "The Plant Paradox" by Dr. Steven R. Gundry. Food has become my medicine. I've used not pain pills while recovering from a non-traumatic pelvic fracture that was likely caused by the underlying autoimmune damage.

    There is hope!
  • It would be good to include psoriatic arthritis if this article is updated
  • Excellent article. I have arthritic knees and lower back. Your article was very informative and helpful. I use ice packs for twenty minutes on my knees or back at night, so I can get a good nights sleep. It helps!
  • I was in my 20's when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I'm now 58 years old. When I was first diagnosed, I knew something was going on with me. I just didn't know what. I was really concerned. I didn't believe the first Dr. so I kept bouncing from what dr. to the next hoping someone would be able to help me. I made numerous trips to the E/R in the middle of the night, or just going to my dr. during the day if it was during office hours. Nowadays, it seems like people are coming out of the woodwork that have fibro..Exercise is better than a pain pill sometimes, believe me, I know!
  • I deal with Fibromyalgia every day. I think working out and losing weight has helped a lot.
  • HelenLocklear,

    Sorry to hear you have Psoriatic Arthritis. Our conditions assess in the same family. Sadly.
  • Nicole,

    Actually, Ankylosing Spondylitis is more common than Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia combined. Yet three areZERO articles on Sparkpeople and ZERO groups.
  • Didnt have any ideal what was difference between the different types. Have Osteoarthritis. Told both knees need to be replaced. March had bone n foot reshaped, realined, and a plate put in to hold together. Twenty days later had same thing done to a finger. Tell people,"didnt fall, just falling apart!".
  • I recall banging my elbow at work about 7 years ago and being told by my GP who is generally quite good that I now had arthritis in it . Which ended up just bringing out mu Bullheadedness. It obviously couldn't have been arthritis or my saying to myself "screw you (albeit in a less polite form ) worked miracles as it doesn't bother me at all now.
  • I've already had both knees operated on, am having physical therapy for an irritated tendon in my hand, and have fibromyalgia and osteopenia. It's almost impossible to wear without warm-water therapy, i.e., water aerobics in a heated pool. Massage helps and cuddling under a heated blanket. It's really important to keep moving!
  • @HelenLocklear How can you tell the difference?

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