Another awareness post for a member of our group.
Arthritis is something that we have all heard of and a lot of us have experienced it, but it is unique in that it is experienced differently in all people who have it.
Arthritis affects 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 250 children. Those are staggering numbers. 2/3 of people diagnosed with arthritis are under 65 and over half of the population over 65 has it.
Arthritis can strike anyone at any age, in any severity. There are many different forms of arthritis. According to arthritis.org there are over 60 types of arthritis. They are as follows: (taken from arthritis.org)
Adult-onset Still’s disease
Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Developmental-Dysplasia of Hip
Familial Mediterranean Fever
Giant Cell Arteritis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JD)
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
Lupus in Children & Teens
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Myositis (inc. Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis)
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Children & Teens
While I can not post about them all, I will tell you the commonalities of the main types.
Arthritis is pain and inflammation in your bones and joints. Most commonly, this pain is attributed to injury, but there are many different things that may cause arthritis and flare ups. It is the number one cause of missed work, loss of wages, and the number one diagnosed disability. (Source: http://www.arthritis.org)
Symptoms of arthritis are
- Loss of motion
- Loss of range of motion
If you experience any of these please don’t hesitate to seek a medical diagnosis. While arthritis is not curable, it is manageable through medication (either oral or injection), alternative practices (yoga, accupuncture, etc) and exercise. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.
If you know someone who suffers from arthritis please be understanding when this condition limits what they are able to do. Most people want to do so much more than their bodies will allow. The nicest thing you can do is offer support and understanding.
Take care of yourselves ~C