Cortisone shots are one of the most common treatments that doctors prescribe for tendonitis conditions like tennis elbow and RSIs such as carpal tunnel syndrome. But do they really work? I'll address that question below, but to begin with, what is cortisone anyway? Cortisone is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. It is technically a cortico-steroid (not to be confused with the anabolic steroids that bodybuilders often use), and it is essential to maintain proper function of your body. Aside from certain people who suffer from Addison's Disease, it is naturally produced by every human being, so no one is allergic to it. If you get a cortisone shot, you probably won't be injected with the pure stuff.
Recently, during a conversation with a colleague, I was reminded that arthritis is one of the top chronic ailments that plague Americans. Many have tried Western medicine without finding relief for their pain. As a result, people are turning to holistic medicine for help. This is for good reason as modalities such as Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and supplementation can offer a great deal of help for the debilitating effects of arthritis. Arthritis is a general term that literally means "joint inflammation". Although there are many diseases that result in arthritis, the most common are Osteo-arthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Gout usually occurs when uric acid builds up and crystallizes in your joints and the surrounding tissue. One of the areas where the symptoms are most found is the joint in the big toe. Some of the other joints that are affected by the disease include elbows, knees, wrists, and fingers. Some of the first gout symptoms that most people get are nodules on their ears, elbows and hands. These signs are usually ignored because they are not classic symptoms of the disease. The nodules are not painful and can be used to diagnose the disease. Pain, warmth, tenderness and swelling in the joints are the most common symptoms. This is usually referred to as podagra.
Gout is an illness that is characterized by pain accompanied by redness and tenderness on the joints. The most affected joint is the one at the base of the big toe. This illness is normally caused by the production of too much uric acid in the body. Normally in these cases, the body has difficulties getting rid of this excess uric acid. Gout symptoms are quite easy to detect. These symptoms normally occur very suddenly, often at night. Some of the symptoms include intense joint pain. Although the first joint to be hit by this disease is normally the big toe joints, you may also feel the pain in your feet, knees, ankles, wrists and hands.
If you or a loved one is suffering from gout, the key to dealing with the condition is recognizing symptoms and following through with effective treatment options. Here's a quick how to guide on exactly what to do. Step One: Recognizing Gout Symptoms Millions of people suffer from gout, and unfortunately there are millions more who are suffering in silence. Gout can be particularly frustrating because symptoms aren't consistent; in fact they can be quite intermittent or occasional, especially in early stages. The first step is recognizing your symptoms. Since gout is a form of arthritis, you should understand your joints will be affected.
It is not a rare case when someone has arthritis while at the same time she has candidiasis. This article helps you to know more about candidiasis and chronic arthritis based on real experience from one of my friend, let's just call her Sarah. She sees an environmental medicine doctor who is treating both her candidiasis infection and also her chronic arthritis. Her doctor believes that arthritis (and many other autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma and lupus) is caused by a bacteria called mycoplasma (sometimes it's caused by other bacteria, but mycoplasma is the most common). He's not alone in believing this. A large percentage of naturopathic doctors also believe that arthritis is caused by bacteria and treat their patients with antibiotics.