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Friday, May 29, 2015

May Is Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis awareness month occurs in may. If you have arthritis or know someone who does then you know that it is full of pain and can often lead to disability. It is the most common cause of disability in the U.S. There are more individuals that suffer from arthritis than either back problems or heart trouble. For the past 15 years arthritis leads the list of most common disability. While many speak of arthritis as a single infliction the truth is there are over 100 different forms of arthritis. 

Arthritis does not discriminate and affects both men and women of all ages, races, ethnic groups and cultures. In the USA arthritis is the most common cause of disability.  Arthritis limits life in function on a daily basis which leads to absenteeism and frequent visits to the drs. Many individuals who suffer from arthritis may eventually become home bound. Pain, swelling , joint stiffness and constant aching from joints are all symptoms of arthritis. Arthritic pain occurs because of damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements and painful joints and fatigue.

Many suggest that those that suffer from arthritis to be active. Moderate low impact physical activity helps to reduce the pain and improve function. Mood and quality of life for adults with arthritis can be improved by getting out there and enjoying a bit of life and be prepared for what comes their way. Pain, mood fatigue and the ability to move can all be factors of the life of someone who suffers from arthritis knowing that there will be good days and bad days and what to do when help is needed is also important. 

I watched my father suffer from arthritis and the pain that went along with it. His struggle to find the right medication, the days that he would not be able to move easily, the pain where he would simply cry. My father died in middle age and had suffered from arthritis most of his life. I was personally diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and have dealt with it throughout my life Now I watch my sons and daughter suffer from arthritis. My boys both have gout and my daughter has rheumatoid that causes great pain. My hope is one day through awareness that there will be a cure or more help for this painful disability  

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