Is it just a sore back — or is it something else? Back pain is a top medical complaint. It’s also a leading cause of missed work. According to the National Institute of Neurological ...

Beyond Back Pain: 5 Warning Signs of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Life with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can be challenging, but the key is finding support. You may be the one with the condition, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go through management ...

Building Your Ankylosing Spondylitis Healthcare Team

When you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS), it can seem like just another chore to make an appointment and see your rheumatologist. But that’s not always the case. Here are seven reasons why seeing ...

7 Little-Known Reasons You Should See Your Rheumatologist When You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

Life with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can be, well, burdensome to say the least. Learning how to adapt to your progressive disease can take some time and bring about a whole set of dilemmas. But ...

Managing Your Day-to-Day with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Even if you’ve fully prepared yourself for your upcoming ankylosing spondylitis (AS) appointment by making a list of your medications, noticing new symptoms, and even doing your own treatment ...

10 Questions Your Rheumatologist Wants You to Ask About Ankylosing Spondylitis

The first step to staying on top of your ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is making regularly scheduled appointments with your doctor. Of course, that also means actually keeping them and discussing ...

Doctor Discussion Guide: Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis

As with most chronic conditions, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can be difficult to explain to others. This has resulted in a lot of misconceptions about the disease. That’s why we’ve gathered this ...

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Myths and Facts

Sometimes, you may think treating ankylosing spondylitis (AS) seems more trouble than it’s worth. And we understand. But at the same time, forgoing treatment can mean the difference between living ...

This Is What Happens When You Don’t Treat Your Chronic Ankylosing Spondylitis

The normal spine and the effects of aging Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that’s associated with long-term inflammation of the spinal joints, also called vertebrae. The ...

The Progression of Ankylosing Spondylitis

For those with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), massages may provide relief from muscle pain and stiffness. If you’re like most people with AS, you’re probably used to having pain in your lower ...

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Managing Muscle Pain with Massage Therapy

Ankylosing spondylitis: overview If you’ve received a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), you may be wondering what that means. AS is a type of arthritis that usually affects the spine, ...

Other Conditions and Complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis

If you or your doctor thinks you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS), you probably have a lot of questions. What exactly is AS? What will treatment be like? And how do you go about finding a ...

Tips for Finding the Right Ankylosing Spondylitis Specialist

You may think your back pain and spasms are the result of an injury, but it could be ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Here’s what to look for to see if you should get tested. What is ankylosing ...

How Do I Know I Have Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints in America today. In fact, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, roughly 80 percent of adults experience ...

Complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis

To treat hypothyroidism, your doctor will prescribe the synthetic thyroid hormone, levothyroxine. This medicine increases your thyroid hormone levels to relieve symptoms like fatigue, cold ...

Treating Hypothyroidism: What Your Pharmacist May Not Be Telling You

A change of seasons can bring warming temperatures, incoming snowstorms, or falling leaves. If you have a thyroid problem, such as hypothyroidism, the seasonal transition can introduce a whole new ...

Managing Your Hypothyroidism in Every Season

Because of long security lines, flight delays and cancellations, traffic, and big crowds, travel can be stressful under any circumstances. Add a thyroid condition into the mix, and the journey ...

Hypothyroidism Travel Tips

Treating hypothyroidism isn’t a short-term fix. You’ll need to take thyroid hormone over the long term — and possibly for the rest of your life — to replace the hormone your thyroid gland isn’t ...

Meeting and Working with Your Hypothyroidism Team

There’s a good chance you’ll gain weight if you indulge in a few too many comfort foods or stay away from the gym for too long. But if you have hypothyroidism, the numbers on the scale can creep ...

Managing Your Weight with Hypothyroidism

Symptoms like weight gain, cold sensitivity, dry skin, and fatigue might have sent you to your doctor for a diagnosis. Now that you know you have hypothyroidism — an underactive thyroid gland — ...

Doctor Discussion Guide: 15 Questions to Ask About Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism treatment typically starts with taking replacement thyroid hormone, but it doesn’t end there. You also need to watch what you eat. Sticking to a healthy diet can prevent the ...

Your Hypothyroidism Diet Plan: Eat This, Not That

A 2012 study in the Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research found that 2 to 4 percent of childbearing age women have low thyroid hormone levels. This means there are a lot of women who are ...

Hypothyroidism: A Woman’s Guide to Fertility and Pregnancy

Your metabolism, weight, and thyroid have a complicated relationship. Many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism experience weight gain. For some, sudden weight gain is what leads them to go see ...

Hypothyroidism and Weight Management

The thyroid is an important gland, and problems with this gland may be more common than you think: More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop thyroid disease during their lifetime. ...

Hypothyroidism in Children: Knowing the Signs and Symptoms

Stress: A word that seems all too common in today’s society. Not only can chronic stress wreck havoc on your overall health and well-being, but it can affect your thyroid too. Stress and ...

Stress and Your Thyroid: What’s the Connection?

Hypothyroidism is a condition where your thyroid is underactive. The thyroid is what regulates many bodily functions. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can begin slowly and become more severe. Low ...

Effects of Hypothyroidism

The standard treatment for hypothyroidism is taking daily thyroid hormone replacement medication. Of course, medicines often come with side effects, and forgetting to take a pill might lead to ...

5 Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism

Were you recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism? If so, you’re likely aware your body’s thyroid gland is underactive. And you’re probably all too familiar with some of the associated symptoms like ...

Hypothyroidism vs. Hyperthyroidism: What’s the Difference?

In hypothyroidism, your thyroid doesn’t produce enough of these hormones. This is also known as an underactive thyroid. There are three types of hypothyroidism: primary, secondary, and ...

What is primary hypothyroidism?

What are thyroid function tests? Thyroid function tests are a series of blood tests used to measure how well your thyroid gland is working. Available tests include the T3, T3RU, T4, and ...

Thyroid Function Tests

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce or make enough of two thyroid hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). The thyroid gland is a small organ at the ...

Your Treatment Options for Hypothyroidism

What is a T3 test? The thyroid gland is located in the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid creates hormones and controls how your body uses energy and your body’s sensitivity to ...

T3 Test

Highlights 1. T4 is a hormone that plays a role in several body functions, including growth and metabolism. 2. There are two kinds of T4 tests: a total T4 test and a free T4 test. 3. A ...

T4 Test

Safe s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g tips Talk with your doctor before starting a new program of back exercise, especially if you have a history of spinal problems or back injury. Then follow these ...

3 Easy Stretches to Prevent Back Pain

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“How are you feeling?” It may be a simple question, one that typically doesn’t generate much of a response. But for those with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), it’s a big question with no one ...

What Psoriatic Arthritis Really Feels Like

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Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic (ongoing) condition, and ongoing treatment is a must to prevent permanent joint damage. Furthermore, the right treatment can also ease the number of ...

Taking Biologics and Regaining Control of Your Psoriatic Arthritis

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With joint pain and inflammation from psoriatic arthritis (PsA), everyday movements can be extremely uncomfortable. In some cases, regular activity can even be unbearable. While it’s tempting to ...

8 Ways to Move Better with Psoriatic Arthritis

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You may have noticed that your psoriasis has flared or is spreading. This development may prompt you to contact your doctor. Knowing what to discuss at your appointment is key. Psoriasis ...

Doctor Discussion Guide: Talking About Your Progressing Psoriasis

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Working while living with psoriasis can create challenges. If you work a typical 9-to-5 job and have psoriasis, you must learn to balance the demands of your job with the needs of your condition. ...

Working a 9-to-5 Job and Managing Your Psoriasis: Tips for Success

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You may be ready to try a new product for your psoriasis. It could be that your skin care regimen needs a lift because your current products aren’t working, seem too expensive, or are difficult to ...

New Pharmacy Finds for Psoriasis

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Living with psoriasis can be a roller coaster ride: Sometimes you may be fighting flares while other times the condition may not have any noticeable symptoms. Knowing how to manage this autoimmune ...

6 Ways to Stay Ahead of Your Psoriasis

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A psoriasis flare can be a challenging experience. You have to manage psoriasis throughout your life, and at times the condition may erupt and cause new skin lesions to appear on your skin along ...

Understanding Your Body When You Have Psoriasis

How easy life would be if there were just one way to control psoriasis and its symptoms. While this may be wishful thinking, it’s comforting to know that numerous treatment and management options ...

How I Stay in Control of My Psoriasis

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The big day is finally here. You’re excited or nervous about what’s ahead and wake up with a psoriasis flare. This could feel like a setback. What do you do? Treating psoriasis the day of an ...

What to Do When You Wake Up with a New Psoriasis Flare: A Step-by-Step Guide

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You might assume that psoriasis only affects your skin. After all, you see it appear on your skin as scales, bumps, and pustules. But psoriasis affects other parts of your body too. Management ...

Why Not Treating Your Psoriasis Goes Beyond Your Skin

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Psoriasis requires treatment on a variety of levels. You may use a combination of emollients, oral or injectable biologic medications, and light therapy to help your symptoms. Additionally, you ...

Need an Instant Psoriasis Remedy? Turn to Your Pantry

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You made it: It’s the end of the day. Time to relax and get ready for some much needed rest. But before your head hits the pillow, there’s a checklist of hygienic and personal things you have to ...

My Nightly Routine with Psoriasis

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Choosing the right type of doctor is essential in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis (PsA). However, the selection process can be tricky because of the nature of the condition itself. PsA starts ...

Treating PsA: Should I Be Seeing a Dermatologist or Rheumatologist?

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Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, is best known for red, scaly skin patches and accompanying joint pain from inflammation. However, due to its underlying causes, PsA can cause a range of other symptoms ...

How Your Energy Levels Are Connected to Psoriatic Arthritis

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Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) stems from the skin condition psoriasis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 30 percent of people with psoriasis eventually develop PsA. The arthritic portion of ...

Understanding PsA: Why Managing Your Pain Isn’t the Same as Managing Your Disease