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The Arthritis Foundation helps with a variety of programs that help you understand arthritis pain and arthritis symptoms. For more information on the Arthritis Foundation contact your local office or call 1-800-568-4045. Or write
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Pain of any kind is your body's way of saying something is wrong. You should try to find out what is causing it. Wear and tear of the joints of the body leads to osteoarthritis. Over time, the joints begin to degenerate (degenerative arthritis) from usage. If you suffer from arthritis pain and need arthritis pain relief, you could try eliminating things in your diet to find out if food sensitivity is causing your joints to become inflamed. Arthritis occurs in the joints of the body, when cartilage is damaged and lost and bones undergo abnormal changes. Arthritis pain is the inflammation of the joints in your body, characterized by pain, swelling, stiffness and a restricted range of motion. More than 40 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis). The most crippling form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. The two main forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis arthritis. Both conditions cause pain, stiffness, and, sometimes complete deformation of the joint. Arthritis pain is often caused by an accumulation of toxic buildup in the joints, muscles and fluids. Inflammation of joints is often also caused by toxic buildups in those same areas.

Osteoarthritis usually affects one joint at a time, gradually destroying the cartilage. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects tens of millions of Americans. This disease is found in many different joints in the body, but particularly in the knees, neck, back, hips and fingers. It commonly causes pain, inflammation and decreased range of motion. Osteoarthritis is generally considered to be a relentless and irreversible process of joint destruction. Medical treatment relies upon nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, etc., to treat the symptoms but they do not slow the progression of the disease. In fact, there is evidence that long-term use of NSAID’s can cause further joint damage and accelerate the progression of osteoarthritis by inhibiting synthesis of proteoglycans, a group of proteins that make up the “ground substance” of cartilage. This is what gives the joints their strength and resilienc

Rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis rheumatoid) is not one single disease, but a catch all for over 200 different diseases. Many are curable but your doctor will have you spend a fortune on trying to find out which one it is. Your doctor will take the easy way out and prescribe you pain killers and anti-flammatory drugs for the rest of your life. You will never heal. Don't let yourself be fooled by mind numbing drugs. Rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis rheumatoid), attacks the whole body at once and is accompanied by swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis rheumatoid) is a chronic, multi-systemic disease. The joint deformities are the hallmark of the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis rheumatoid) usually requires lifelong arthritis treatments and sometimes surgery. In advance stages of rheumatoid arthritis the disease can be crippling. Aspirin has been a favorite among doctors as a method of reducing arthritis pain relief but increasing your chances of getting nausea, dyspepsia, anorexia, ulcers and hemorrhage.

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Asthma And Sinus Relief Info

Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the bronchial tubes, the passages that carry oxygen into the lungs and gaseous waste products out. Asthma is the most common chronic illness of childhood, affecting about 10 percent of youngsters. Airborne allergies to pollen, mold, animal dander, and dust mites are often involved in asthma and can enhance the condition. Severe asthma can be an incapacitating illness for many people. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tiny cavities close to your nose and eyes. Colds and allergies can cause swelling inside the cavities, resulting in infections and inflammation. Symptoms are headaches and pressure around the face and eyes, thick mucus, and a persistent cold. Treatment for sinusitis includes antibiotics, decongestants, and steam to loosen mucus.

Other arthritis medications include drugs such as ibuprofen or naprosyn, and only provide temporary relief. Sometimes these drugs can also cause unpleasant side effects and can cause stomach upset or stomach bleeding. Arthritis treatments centers help you deal with controlling stress, which is an important part of any healing process. When an individual experiences stress, the brain sends messages throughout the body and starts the fight response. Then the heart rate increases. Muscles tense up and create physical problems. Using the mind will help to heal the body. Sulfur is necessary for the formation of connective tissue.

Psoriatic arthritis is a common chronic skin inflammation condition that causes episodes of red patches on the body, followed with itching and dry silvery scales on the skin, affecting the musculoskeletal system. There are 78 major joints in the body and psoriatic arthritis can affect any one of them. Psoriasis arthritis seems to be an inherited disorder. The disorder can show up in different ways. It occurs commonly in Caucasians. The arthritis pain is generally mild and involves only a few joints. The cause of psoriatic arthritis are not known. In psoriatic arthritis there is no proven prevention. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are nail abnormalities, skin lesions, joint swelling and joint pain. Psoriasis arthritis can be aggravated by injury or cuts, burns, rashes, insect bites and can be severe in immunosuppressed people such as those with aids, cancer, or chemotherapy. Psoriasis arthritis is not contagious.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (juvenile arthritis) is a chronic inflammatory disease that may cause joint or connective damage. It occurs before age 16. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is thought to belong to the collagen classes. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (juvenile arthritis) is a complicated disease. It may involve other body systems such as the eyes, skin, heart and the lining around the heart, lungs and lining around the lungs. The cause of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is unknown. Girls are affected more than boys. Symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis are joint stiffness, limited range of motion, high fever with chills, low grade fever, slow growth rate, rheumatoid rash, and rheumatoid nodules, chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, eye pain and red eyes.

Gout and arthritis

Gout is one of the most common forms of arthritis joint inflammation. It appears as an acute attack often coming during the night. Within 12-24 hours there is severe pain and swelling in the affected joints. The skin over the joint may be red and shiny. Gout usually affects only one or two joints at a time and usually attacks the feet and ankles. The ball of the big toe is the most common area. Without treatment the attack subsides in a week or so and when patients first develop gout there may be intervals of many months or even years between attacks. As time goes by, these tend to become more frequent and more severe and eventually many joints may be involved.

April 16, 2004, 10:49PM

Arthritis sufferers have no local link

Chapter's demise cuts vital resource

Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Medical Writer

In the United States:

  • 9,500 deaths
  • 750,000 hospitalizations
  • 8 million people with limitations
  • 36 million ambulatory care visits
  • 49 million people with self-reported, doctor-diagnosed arthritis
  • $51 billion in medical costs and $86 billion in total costs

In Texas:

  • Adults with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms: 4,571,000
  • Percent of adults with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms: 29.94 percent
  • Total costs: $7 billion

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Calista Stewart, a tai chi teacher from Lake Jackson, believes so highly in the slow and graceful Chinese exercise's ability to ease aches and pains, she decided to teach it to arthritis sufferers.

But when she tried to contact the Houston chapter of the National Arthritis Foundation about promoting such a class, Stewart found, to her surprise, the chapter no longer existed.

The office, it turns out, closed Jan. 1, leaving arthritis sufferers living in the southern half of Texas without a conduit to medical information, support groups and physician referrals.

"This is the fourth-largest city in the country," Stewart said. "And what is out there now for these people? There's a big gaping hole here. What happened?"

What happened is that the local office went broke. Houston volunteers could not raise enough capital from fund-raising efforts to pay half a dozen staff members and operate an office. Plus, they owed more than half a million dollars to the national office.

So, very quietly, board members decided late last year to shutter the local office, which also served San Antonio and Austin.

"The economic downturn hurt us, Enron hurt us, and Sept. 11 hurt us," said Denise Oncken, former chair of the Arthritis Foundation South Texas Chapter. "Arthritis also is not a glamorous disease. It's not like heart disease or AIDS. Generally, people don't die directly from it, and it's more of a quality-of-life issue."

Yet arthritis is one of the most prevalent diseases in Houston, afflicting up to one-third of the population, according to health officials. The disease comes in many forms and can afflict all ages, from osteoarthritis, gout and lupus in adults, to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children.

Some aquatic and other exercise programs remain for arthritis patients, but without a paid person to coordinate them, the classes may eventually end. A lack of staff also means no one is working to address local needs or create and support new programs, such as the one suggested by Stewart, Oncken said. And the national office won't be able to adequately refer patients to local specialists, she said.

In effect, former board members said, people who develop arthritis and seek more information about Houston's resources are left without a safety net.

The closure of the Houston office leaves two main offices in Texas, both in Dallas -- the North Texas and North West Texas offices -- as well as a branch in Waco.

The Houston office's financial troubles began several years ago when cash-strapped offices in San Antonio, Austin and the Rio Grande Valley were folded into the then-Gulf Coast Regional office, bringing with them about $500,000 in debt.

In recent years, that debt has grown, Oncken said, and the Houston office has been unable to balance its budget. Annual fund-raisers, such as a "A Joint Walk" in May, and wine and food tastings failed to attract enough capital. Now, the money raised through mailings in the South Texas region will go to pay the debt.

In the end, said treasurer Robert Boblitt, the South Texas office was funded largely by contributions from the corporations of board members. Boblitt is chief operating officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, the local distributor of Anheuser-Busch beer.

With no endowment and no predictable revenues, it will likely take a large bequest or other windfall to reopen the local arthritis office, he said.

The closure was "absolutely" distressing, said Dennis Bowman, a senior vice president of communication for the national foundation. At least three other chapters of the foundation, which has about 50 affiliates, closed last year because of financial strains.

"The Houston chapter has been doing a great job of providing services, but for whatever reason, their fund raising can't keep up with overhead costs," he said.

The national foundation is studying the situation, but for now, Bowman said, the financial situation dictates having no local presence.

One area the closure won't affect, he said, is research funding. Annually, the foundation gives about $30 million to hundreds of scientists studying cures, Bowman said.

Arthritis Tips

Joint hurting Veggies:

Try to avoid vegetables that contain solanine. It is a compound that can worsen joint pain.

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Arthritis drug might increase cancer risk.

Study finds rise in lymphoma cases for Remicade users. Patients taking Remicade for rheumatoid arthritis suffered a type of cancer, lymphoma, at three times the rate of the general public, manufacturer Centocor warned doctors. Centocor, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, said the lymphoma incidence rate was six times higher among all patients who took the monoclonal antibody in clinical trials. The Malvern, Pa. based company, working with the federal drug regulatory agency, revised its label to reflect the lymphoma risk. According to NDCHealth, Remicade was 28th among top selling drug in 2003, with $1.5 billion in U.S. sales. The label change is the drug's second in six weeks. In late August, Centocor warned that people taking Remicade for rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease can sometimes experience fatal blood and central nervous system disorders. At least 12 people taking Remicade in combination with other drugs died worldwide. The Food and Drug Administrations said at that time that those deaths could not be linked definitively to Remicade use. The company's new warning letter to doctors said patients receiving Remicade suffered higher rates of lymphoma than seen in the general population.

This article was posted in the Houston Chronicle on 10-8-2004.

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