Arthritis

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Lt Col Jerman
If you feel pain and stiffness in your body or have trouble moving around, you might have arthritis. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in the joints. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged.

Maj Spencer
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is often related to aging or to a joint injury. Other types of arthritis can occur when the immune system, which normally protects the body from infection, attacks the body’s own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of this type of arthritis. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a form of the disease that occurs in children.

Lt Col Jerman
Gout is another type of arthritis, and can be very painful. An attack of gout can begin when crystals of uric acid form in the connective tissue or joint spaces. These deposits can lead to swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joint. Gout attacks often follow eating foods like shellfish, liver, dried beans, peas, anchovies, or gravy. Drinking alcohol, being overweight, and certain medications may also make gout worse. In older people, some blood pressure medicines can also increase the chance of a gout attack. The big toe is one of the sites most often affected by gout.