Arthritis vs. Arthralgia

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If you’re like a lot of people who suffer from fibromyalgia, you may have noticed aching in your joints from time to time. And if you’ve spent time researching the problem, you’ve probably noticed that the words arthritis and arthralgia both seem to come up when it comes to joint pain.

Understanding the difference between these two terms can be confusing, but it also might be important when it comes to getting an idea of what’s causing your symptoms.

So, what exactly is the difference? And why does it matter when you have fibromyalgia?

Arthralgia Vs. Arthritis

Let’s start with the condition that people tend to be more familiar with: arthritis. Arthritis is really a broad term that describes damage to the joints. The most common symptoms are things like:

  • Joint pain.
  • Swelling in the joints.
  • Stiffness (particularly in the morning).

There’s actually no single disease called “arthritis.” Instead, there are over 100 different conditions that can lead to the symptoms of arthritis. If that sounds confusing, don’t worry. We can actually break it down into four broader categories to help.

First, there’s degenerative arthritis. This occurs when the cartilage, a thin disc of tissue that cushions the bones from each other, wears away. As a result, the bones begin to grind against each other. This makes the joints inflamed and leads to pain. The most typical example of degenerative arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common condition among older people, as a lifetime of wear on the joints starts to affect the cartilage. But being overweight or previous injuries can also contribute to the condition.

Second, there’s inflammatory arthritis, a condition where the body’s immune system begins to attack the lining of the joints. Your body naturally produces antibodies that attack and destroy foreign cells like bacteria. But sometimes, these antibodies begin destroying your own cells instead. Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis are both forms of inflammatory arthritis. And while we don’t fully understand what causes these conditions, genetics seem to play a very important role.

Then, there’s infectious arthritis. As you might expect, infectious arthritis is the result of infection. Bacteria, fungus, and viruses can all infiltrate the body and infect the joints, causing them to swell and leading to arthritis.

The final form is metabolic arthritis. Gout is the most well-known example and is caused by the body failing to break down uric acid. The acid then forms crystals in the joints, leading to sharp spikes of pain.

As you can see, arthritis is a complicated condition. Arthralgia, on the surface at least, is more straightforward. Arthralgia is a term that means “joint pain,” and is used to describe the symptom of having pain in your joints.

Arthralgia is a common complaint because there are many different conditions that can cause it. Arthritis, obviously, is one of them. But anything from an injury to infection to disease can cause joint pain.

The distinction between the two conditions might not seem important. But when you have fibromyalgia, understanding when joint pain is caused by arthritis and when it’s caused by another condition can make a big difference in how you get treatment.

Why Is The Difference Important?

People with fibromyalgia are at a higher risk than the general population of developing a number of different forms of arthritis. But people with fibromyalgia also seem to develop joint pain even when they don’t have arthritis.

Essentially, these people are experiencing arthralgia, but not arthritis.

But because arthritis is one of the most obvious causes of joint pain, and because people with fibromyalgia often develop arthritis, it’s usually the first thing that doctors look for. However, arthritis is often hard to diagnose, and sometimes leaves no visible signs of inflammation.

So it’s possible that someone with fibromyalgia could be misdiagnosed with arthritis. And it can be months or even years before doctors realize that they don’t actually have the condition.

That’s why it’s important to know the signs that joint pain is actually being caused by arthritis.

The most obvious sign of arthritis is swelling in the joints. The skin surrounding the joints is often red and inflamed as well. In addition, stiffness that peaks in the morning is a good sign of arthritis. And if you’re suffering from these symptoms, the odds are better that you have the condition than the kind of general joint pain that comes with fibromyalgia.

Ultimately, only a doctor can really diagnosis what’s causing your joint problems. But by being aware of the different symptoms, you can help increase your odds of getting an accurate diagnosis.

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

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#BlogTour “My Name is Nelson” by Dylan Fairchild

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coverTitle: My Name is Nelson

Author: Dylan Fairchild

Genre: Thriller

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office.  Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he’s facing one of the worst national security crises in American history.  And it’s being masterminded out of a sleazy, New Mexico strip joint?  What the hell?

Is this a political thriller?  Or is it science fiction?  A zany comedy?  Perhaps it’s a love story.  Whatever it is, it’s a riveting page-turner with a little sex appeal, and a lot of laughs.  If “Doctor Strangelove” can find the humor in nuclear war, then surely there’s a little bit of laughter lurking in unmanned aviation, as well as some serious, heartfelt moments.

It’s little wonder White House National Security Advisor Chet Addington* said this was, “Pretty much the best novel ever.”**

* Absolutely, positively, not a real person

** He’s been known to be wrong about stuff

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Author BioDylan Fairchild

Dylan Fairchild is the pen name of a Virginia-based indie author.  He usually lurks in a different genre.

“My Name is Nelson” is the author’s first thriller.  It’s a genre-busting blend of humor, action, political-military intrigue, romance, and science fiction.  “The Indie View” awarded it “five-plus” stars and said “in terms of sheer storytelling mastery, it’s one of the best books we’ve seen in a while.”  The book is dedicated to “all the men and women who work so tirelessly to protect our nation.”

The author can be found on Goodreads.com, and he is happy to reply to any questions, comments, or witty ridicule of his photo.

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“Sweet Masterpiece (Samantha Sweet Mysteries Book 1)” by Connie Shelton

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Sweet Masterpiece: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery (Samantha Sweet Mysteries Book 1)

by Connie Shelton

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Paranormal/Culinary

FREE at time of posting!

When she’s not baking her delectable pastries Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living, and that almost certainly leads to trouble. When she finds an unmarked grave on a property in a remote spot in Taos County, New Mexico, Sam calls in the authorities. A small mural painted inside a closet in the abandoned house provides clues and Sam is caught up in an investigation alongside the good-looking Deputy Beau Cardwell. A fortune in artwork, a bogus will, and a wooden box that seems to give Sam powers she never dreamed she possessed–it all adds up to a dynamic paranormal romantic mystery.

Then, there is all that chocolate! Sam’s real goal in life is to use her elegant baking skills to open her own pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. She’s gaining quite the reputation as a baker with a magical touch, but a few obstacles stand in her way. Her grown daughter shows up on her doorstep–jobless and homeless; her bank account is at an all-time low; and trying to work from the tiny cramped kitchen in her home is becoming impossible.

Somehow, Sam copes and she finds that her dreams might just have a chance of coming true.

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“Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation” by Ann Droyd

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Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation

by Ann Droyd

Genre: Computers & Internet/Parodies

6.49 at time of posting!

 

In a bright buzzing room, in the glow of the moon-and iPhones and Androids and Blackberries too-it is time to say goodnight…

Modern life is abuzz. There are huge LCD WiFi HD TVs and Facebook requests and thumbs tapping texts and new viral clips of cats doing flips. Wouldn’t it be nice to say goodnight to all that? Like the rest of us who cannot resist just a few more scrolls and clicks, you may find yourself ready for bed while still clinging to your electronics long after dark. This book, which is made of paper, is a reminder for the child in all of us to power down at the end of the day. This hilarious parody not only pokes loving fun at the bygone quiet of the original classic, but also at our modern plugged-in lives. It will make you laugh, and it will also help you put yourself and your machines to sleep. Don’t worry, though. Your gadgets will be waiting for you, fully charged, in the morning.

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“To Be Loved: A Novel” by Sean H. Robertson

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To Be Loved (An African-American/Multi-cultural romance suspense thriller novel that will keep you guessing till the end!)

by Sean H. Robinson

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance/African-American

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U.S. Marine Major Cassandra Wilson lives the same boring, mundane routine oriented day, month after month, and its killing her inside almost to the point of depression. Nearly every day she manages a ritzy, upscale riverside restaurant in Detroit, which nightly caters to the rich and famous movers & shakers in Michigan, but she’s always the one fantasizing about being on the other side of the table being served and pampered like her highly valued guests.

One night, charming and handsome state trooper Drake Den is honored by his Captain and friends at her establishment & at first glance, lightening flashes in her darkened, romantically starved heart as she makes her way to Drake’s presence. During their first date, they feel like they know one another and she quickly discovers that Drake is virtually perfect, at least for her, compared to the lonely and unappreciated life she’d been living for so many sad years.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a few minutes after their first dinner, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to think about herself, Cassandra risks her life to save Drake, who’d just risked his life to save hers moments earlier and she becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved.

Will her new life with Drake bring her more harm than good? Will one or both of them tragically die by the hands of hitmen during their European honeymoon? Will Drake’s best friend, the fiery and Italian, Michigan Governor Ashley Feral, pull him into a love triangle that may ultimately destroy Cassandra’s hope for everlasting love?

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#Review “Production Values (A Monkey & Me Novel)” by Liv Bartlet

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4/5 Stars

Production Values gives a peek at the glitz and glamour of celebrity and the manufactured idols the public rushes to worship, but it shines a hard light on the seedy, gritty, behind-the-scenes cutthroat business which makes it all happen.

At the center of this drama, two friends—Beatrice Douglas and Katrine Porter. Bea and Kat. Kat and Bea. Best friends seemingly joined at the heart, only not so much.

It’s Bea who changes her life’s focus to partner with Kat.

It’s Bea who makes it all work, crunching numbers and soothing the suits.

It’s Bea who makes Kat shine because Kat’s the artiste.

Kat is a black hole, consuming everything around her in search of greatness. She has the plan, ideas, and drive to see her vision come true.

She also has an ego the size of a small country.

Kat screwed over everyone, especially Bea. She didn’t need a publicist, she thought more of herself than any dozen people could. But she did it all… for her art.

Meh.

When she hired Ian after Bea vetoed it, I shook my head.

When she took up piano (and had her dad buy her a baby grand) just to best the top contender, I shook my head.

When she fangirled Ian, Ew.

My one shining moment for her was when she moved on with Phillip. But, she manages to screw that up and him over.

I cannot find any empathy for Kat for anything she went through. It was all of her making.

I do not doubt she cared for Bea, but Kat cared for herself more, and never deserved the love and loyalty Bea provided.

Bea shares blames for allowing herself to be treated as second-best for far too long.

Kat always called them partners, but when she wanted her way, Bea was an also-ran.

In chapter fifteen when Bea admits she’s around only to do Kat’s dirty work, I cheered, ready for the big break, which I got in chapter eighteen. Bea was fantastic, and Kat was her usual over-blown self.

Despite Kat’s betrayal Bea is still the only one who can right her world. And she does with ruthless guile and ease. Like Matthias, I like that side of her.

And still, Kat doesn’t deserve such a friend.

The ending was a bit too wide for me. Kat was happy, (whatever) but I needed to KNOW Bea was going to have everything she wanted. There could be a future with Edward Wolverton, but don’t count Matthias Perrini out!

Production Values is a well-written, intense look at friendship and what it truly means to be a friend… and make sacrifices. Beatrice Douglas understands that. Katrine Porter? Maybe one day. Readers who enjoy literary fiction, pop culture, and the ever-changing world of the entertainment industry will get a kick out of Production Values.

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cover“Mornings like this I can understand the appeal of killer high heels. How they click with command down the sidewalk: Get out of my way, I’m in charge and I’ve got the footwear to prove it.”

At the age of 28, Kat Porter has become the it-girl of British TV Production. Gut, gumption, and artistry have carried her through a dozen impossible scenarios to arrive at her first run as Executive Producer, and now all three muses point to Ian Graham’s star power as the key to Los Angeles and golden statues.

But disaster looms as Ian twists Kat into a chameleon fit for success. Ian’s young daughter is thrown into the spotlight and Kat must face the consequences of her neverending quest for acclaim.

Production Values takes a biting but fun look at Hollywood—from the way we interpret female ambition to the influence of the paparazzi on how TV shows and stars fail or succeed.

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Author Bio Liv Bartlet

Liv Bartlet is the pseudonym for writing partners Becca McCulloch and Sarah McKnight, who have been building worlds and telling stories together for more than a decade. They’ve logged hours of behind-the-scenes movie and TV footage and challenged each other in a friendly Oscar guessing game every year this millennium. Lifelong Anglophiles, their Monkey & Me world sprang to vivid life on a trip to London that included divine pastries, sublime art, and a spectacular pratfall in the British Museum.

Becca is a professor, a scientist, and a secret romantic who insisted their first order of business in London was a meandering five-mile walk to see Big Ben. She lives with her husband, children, and an ever-expanding roster of pets in Logan, Utah.

Sarah is an Army brat, an Excel geek, and has a lot of opinions on the differences between science fiction and fantasy. She lives with her cat, Sir Jack—who is featured prominently on Liv’s Instagram —just outside Salt Lake City.

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#BlogTour “Production Values (A Monkey & Me Novel)” by Liv Bartlet

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cover“Mornings like this I can understand the appeal of killer high heels. How they click with command down the sidewalk: Get out of my way, I’m in charge and I’ve got the footwear to prove it.”

At the age of 28, Kat Porter has become the it-girl of British TV Production. Gut, gumption, and artistry have carried her through a dozen impossible scenarios to arrive at her first run as Executive Producer, and now all three muses point to Ian Graham’s star power as the key to Los Angeles and golden statues.

But disaster looms as Ian twists Kat into a chameleon fit for success. Ian’s young daughter is thrown into the spotlight and Kat must face the consequences of her neverending quest for acclaim.

Production Values takes a biting but fun look at Hollywood—from the way we interpret female ambition to the influence of the paparazzi on how TV shows and stars fail or succeed.

Purchase Links

Amazon US    |     Amazon UK

 

Author Bio Liv Bartlet

Liv Bartlet is the pseudonym for writing partners Becca McCulloch and Sarah McKnight, who have been building worlds and telling stories together for more than a decade. They’ve logged hours of behind-the-scenes movie and TV footage and challenged each other in a friendly Oscar guessing game every year this millennium. Lifelong Anglophiles, their Monkey & Me world sprang to vivid life on a trip to London that included divine pastries, sublime art, and a spectacular pratfall in the British Museum.

Becca is a professor, a scientist, and a secret romantic who insisted their first order of business in London was a meandering five-mile walk to see Big Ben. She lives with her husband, children, and an ever-expanding roster of pets in Logan, Utah.

Sarah is an Army brat, an Excel geek, and has a lot of opinions on the differences between science fiction and fantasy. She lives with her cat, Sir Jack—who is featured prominently on Liv’s Instagram —just outside Salt Lake City.

Social Media Links

|    Website    |    Twitter    |    Facebook    |    Instagram    |

 

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Win Production Values & Off Script e-books & $25 or equivalent Amazon Gift Card (Open Internationally)

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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