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Milk & gout, joint pain without inflammation, carpal tunnel

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Q. I read an article saying milk may help lower men's risk for gout. Is this true?
A. Preliminary research suggests it is! Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid levels build up in the bloodstream. And now a study in Arthritis & Rheumatism suggests dairy products can lower levels of the culprit acid. Although the jury is still out on exactly how much dairy you should have each day, it can't hurt to start your morning with a cup of low-fat yogurt or to add an ounce of part-skim mozzarella cheese to your lunchtime sandwich.
'Chris Morris, MD, ACR member and rheumatologist, Arthritis Associates, Kingsport, TN

Q. I have a lot of joint pain in my knees, lower back and elbows. The pain feels as if I have pockets of air trapped in my joints. I went to my doctor to be tested for arthritis and my results came back negative! Is it possible to have constant joint pain without any inflammation?
A. Pain without inflammation or findings of arthritis is typical for patients with fibromyalgia. Labeled as a "central pain syndrome," fibromyalgia is characterized by an abnormality in the way the patient's brain processes pain. Keep track of your pain to pinpoint triggers, then discuss with your doctor.
'Michael Weisman, MD, Director of Rheumatology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Q. I've worked at a desk job for years. Recently, I've noticed numbness in my fingers. Am I getting carpal tunnel?
A. It's possible. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder related to the pressure on nerves in the wrist. People usually notice numbness and tingling in the thumb, as well as the index and middle fingers. The diagnosis is confirmed by measurements of electrical activity of the nerves in the hand and arm. Be sure to speak to your doctor if this is a persistent condition.
'Chris Morris, MD
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