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Posted by Linda on September 03, 2000 at 09:34:17:

In Reply to: athritis? posted by Gav on September 03, 2000 at 06:24:56:

: hello,could anyone help me, I am 40year old male with a heavy job, recently my right arm has become very stiff to the point I cannot straighten it out, it is at its worst on a mornining,am I doing the right thing by useing an icepack 3times A day and if so howlong should I apply the ice for, and would light wieghts help, I do not want drugs,
: Gav

:Hi Gav. You really need to go to a doctor to see what it is. It could be tendonitis, rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, a cracked bone, or bursitis. If it is bursitis, you need anti-inflammatories, such as aspirin. The doctor could prescribe something that you only take once a day. Usually with RA, you would have trouble with both elbows or some other joint on the opposite side and you might feel somewhat ill.

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