Medical Therapy — How Is It Used to Treat Arthritis?

14 September 2010

There are many components to a treatment program for arthritis. Some of them include self-help, exercise, joint protection and a positive attitude. Another common treatment is medical therapy. When is this appropriate? What is most often prescribed? What is the function of that specific medicine? There are many different kinds of medicine used. They are […]

The Prednisone Paradox: Are Corticosteroids Worth the Risk?

30 June 2010

Cortisone—corticosteroids, glucocorticoids, Prednisone, etc—is used to treat over a hundred diseases, including—of course—rheumatoid arthritis. Prednisone and its cousins can cause dramatic improvement for those suffering from unmanageable flares and in some short-term cases, may be the only appropriate drug for treatment. Still, as anyone who has taken steroids can attest, this type of relief often […]

It’s the Economy, Stupid–Affording Arthritis

18 June 2010

Let’s face it: rheumatoid arthritis is an expensive hobby. Quarterly or even monthly visits to the rheumatologist, multiple prescriptions, physical therapy…who can afford it? Well, if you have to, you can…

It’s the Economy, Stupid: Resources

02 June 2010

Okay…if medicine is as important as food, what do you do when the choice is between medicine and food? You swallow your pride and ask for help…

Arthritis and the Fine Art of Germ Avoidance. ll

20 May 2010

continued… Sick Anyway Okay, so what if you overcame your needle phobia and got the flu shot, alienated all of the shunned sick people in your life, scrubbed your hands scaly, lived like a well-nourished hermit and you get sick anyway? Hey, it happens. None of us are bulletproof, especially those of us with ignorant […]

Arthritis and the Fine Art of Germ Avoidance. l

05 May 2010

What does one shiftless immune system, one or more cytotoxic/immunosuppressant drugs and the flu season equal? A rather naked vulnerability to illness. Read on for defensive measures you can take during the cold and flu season…

Exercise Spotlight: Pilates and Arthritis

13 April 2010

What do dancers, athletes and movie stars all have in common? They are all devotees of Pilates, a not-so-new range-of-movement (ROM) exercise designed to build strong backs, firm abdominals and increased flexibility, all while giving you the sleek muscles of a dancer. Is Pilates safe for arthritis? Absolutely! So drag out that mat and make […]

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Arthritis Treatment

Medical Therapy — How Is It Used to Treat Arthritis?

Posted on 14 September 2010

There are many components to a treatment program for arthritis. Some of them include self-help, exercise, joint protection and a positive attitude. Another common treatment is medical therapy. When is this appropriate? What is most often prescribed? What is the function of that specific medicine? There are many different kinds of medicine used. They are […]

Defensive Measures

Arthritis and the Fine Art of Germ Avoidance. ll

Posted on 20 May 2010

continued… Sick Anyway Okay, so what if you overcame your needle phobia and got the flu shot, alienated all of the shunned sick people in your life, scrubbed your hands scaly, lived like a well-nourished hermit and you get sick anyway? Hey, it happens. None of us are bulletproof, especially those of us with ignorant […]

Exercises

Alternative Exercises for People With Arthritis

Posted on 30 November 2011

The slogan “No pain, no gain” doesn’t apply here. Alternative exercises are designed to avoid pain and at the same time produce healthy benefits. Each of three disciplines from the ancient East — yoga, tai chi and qi gong — strengthens muscles, improves balance and releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that give you a sense […]

Mental Health

Is There Such Thing as an Arthritis Personality?

Posted on 19 March 2010

Since the early twentieth century, the debate has been on: are people with certain personality traits more likely to contract rheumatoid arthritis or does rheumatoid arthritis induce certain personality traits? The answer may be more complicated than you think… Rheumatoid arthritis is a maddening disease. Despite all of the exciting breakthroughs in the field of […]