Arthritis 

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)
A-C

Adult-onset Still’s disease

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Back Pain

Behçet’s Disease

Bursitis

Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Chondromalacia Patella

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS)

D-K

Degenerative Disc Disease

Developmental-Dysplasia of Hip

Ehlers-Danlos 

Familial Mediterranean Fever

Fibromyalgia

Fifth Disease

Giant Cell Arteritis

Gout

Hemochromatosis

Infectious Arthritis

Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JD)

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Juvenile Scleroderma

Kawasaki Disease

L-Q

Lupus

Lupus in Children & Teens

Lyme Disease

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Myositis (inc. Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis)

Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis

Pagets

Palindromic Rheumatism

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases

Pediatric SLE

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Pseudogout

Psoriatic Arthritis

R-S

Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Reactive Arthritis

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Reiter’s Sydrome

Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatism

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Scleroderma

Sjögren’s Disease

Spinal Stenosis

Spondyloarthritis

Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Children & Teens

Systemic Sclerosis

T-Z

Temporal Arteritis

Tendinitis

Vasculitis

Wegener’s Granulomatosis

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:

Symptoms of arthritis are

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • 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

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