Ankylosing spondylitis, or AS, is a form of arthritis primarily affecting the spine, but other joints can be involved. It causes inflammation of spinal joints, and can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. Ankylosing spondylitis is known for its involvement of sacroiliac joints during disease progression. Find out more about the condition here.
When it comes to living well with arthritis, one of the most important things you can do is learn about your condition. You need to know what type of arthritis you have, how it affects your body, and what treatments and self-management techniques can help you feel better. This information will help you get started.
Back pain is a distressing feeling caused by intense or damaging stimuli creating lower pain in the lumbar, middle pain in the thoracic, upper pain in the cervical, or lower pain with sciatica in the coccyx or tailbone. Back pain can cause nerve and muscular problems and arthritis. Learn more about back pain here.
Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa, a sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between tissues, which decreases friction, rubbing, and irritation. The condition is mostly caused by repetitive, minor impact on the area, or from a sudden more serious injury. You can find out more about bursitis here.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of the hand caused by pressure on the major nerve, passing over the carpal bones, along the flexor tendons of the hand. Caused by repetitive movements, or by fluid retention, it is characterized by numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand. Find out more about carpal tunnel syndrome here.
Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. Fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity; it doesn’t improve with rest. Signs and symptoms include fatigue, memory loss, fever, aching, and depression. Learn more about chronic fatigue syndrome here.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation of the digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI), tract. The inflammation is commonly found at the end of the small intestine, where it joins the beginning of the colon, though Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the GI tract. Learn more about Crohn’s disease here.
Diverticulitis is inflammation of pouches called diverticulum, especially in the colon, causing pain and disturbance of bowel function. Symptoms may last from a few hours to a few weeks or more, and include nausea, diarrhea, bloating, fever and chills, and belly pain. Learn more about diverticulitis here.
Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus. Learn more on endometriosis here.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas throughout the body. Additional symptoms can include headaches, numbness, and sensitivity. Learn more about fibromyalgia here.
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, typically from a bacterial or viral infection, causing vomiting and diarrhea. Commonly referred to as stomach flu, symptoms can include stomach pain, cramping, fever, nausea, and headache. Learn more about gastroenteritis here
Gout is a disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet; deposition of chalkstones; and episodes of acute pain. Find more information on gout here.
Headaches are pain in the head or neck. They can occur in the form of migraines; tension-type headaches; and cluster headaches. Learn more about headaches here.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition affecting the large intestine and involving recurrent abdominal pain, excess gas, mucus in stool, and diarrhea or constipation. It is often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection. Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome here.
Juvenile arthritis is a condition in which there is inflammation of the synovium, tissue that lines the inside of joints, in children aged 16 and younger. It is broken into five categories: systemic arthritis, oligoarthritis, polyarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and enthesitis-related arthritis. Learn more about juvenile arthritis here.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease broken into two categories: discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and aystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). DLE mainly affects skin exposed to sunlight, and SLE affects skin and other vital organs, causing rashes and scars if untreated. YLearn more about lupus here.
Migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision. Warning symptoms, such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling on one side of the face or in the arm or leg, may occur prior or with the headache. Learn more about migraine here.
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) can vary greatly, from problems with standing to blurred vision and dizziness. Learn about the many symptoms and the four types of the disease.
Neuropathy is a disease or dysfunction of one of more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness. It is known as peripheral neuropathy when multiple nerves are affected. Learn more about neuropathy here.
The most common chronic condition of the joints, osteoarthritis is a degeneration of joint cartilage and underlying bone, most common from middle age onward. Affecting 27 million Americans, it can cause pain and stiffness in any joint as cartilage breaks down, especially the hip, knee, and thumb. Learn more about osteoarthritis here.
The goal of osteoporosis treatment is to prevent fracture. Many treatments for osteoporosis are the same as the strategies recommended for prevention. Learn more about osteoporosis here.
From ulcerative colitis to psoriasis to TMJ to rare diseases, learn about a variety of pain conditions here.
Psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune disease affecting the skin and joints, can cause joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. The inflammation from the condition can affect the entire body and may lead to permanent joint and tissue damage if not treated early and aggressively. Find out more about psoriatic arthritis here.
Raynaud’s disease is a condition characterized by spasm of the arteries in the extremities, especially the fingers. Typically brought on by constant cold, vibration, or stress, it can lead to pallor, pain, numbness, and potentially gangrene. Learn more about Raynaud’s disease here.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive autoimmune disease causing inflammation in synovium tissue of joints, resulting in painful deformity and immobility, in fingers, wrists, feet, and ankles. It can lead to loss of cartilage, allowing joints to become loose, unstable, painful, and lose their mobility. Learn more about rheumatoid arthritis here.
Sciatica is caused by compression of spinal nerve roots, called the sciatic nerve, and results in pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg. Learn more about sciatica here.
Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are painful sores in the stomach lining, and are a type of peptic ulcer disease. They occur when the thick layer of mucus protecting the stomach from digestive juices is reduced, allowing digestive acids to eat away tissues. Find out more on stomach ulcers here.
Tendonitis, or tendinitis, is the inflammation of a tendon, commonly caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area; also from infection or rheumatic disease. Tendonitis can be caused by abnormalities in the body, stress from other conditions, or overuse after an activity. Find out more about tendonitis here.
Vasculitis is the inflammation of blood vessels causing them to become weak, stretch and increase in size, or become narrow to the point of closing entirely. Some forms can affect one particular area like brain, skin, or eye, while others may affect many organ systems at the same time. Learn more about vasculitis here.