There are those days when I am able to move. There are those days when I am able to enjoy
life, and stay positive. Then there are
days like today where I question everything, and I don’t how I can handle
another day with this disease.
A whirlwind of emotions
This last month has been a whirlwind of emotions for me, and
that whirlwind of emotions is almost always accompanied by a flare and
depression. This last month has made me
question who I am and if I am strong enough to fight anymore. The truth is that sometimes I have
doubts. I recently started Lexapro, an
antidepressant for my depression, and it has really helped. But all of the issues that I have regarding
rheumatoid arthritis can only be treated if I am ready to work on them. And right now I am sad and tired. I am tired of being sad and tired. I get tired of thinking about how tired I am
of being sad and tired. Should I go on…? It always seem...
Q: I have been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease. I understand this is the same as osteoarthritis . It is primarily in my hips and knees. I am considering going into an upper flat. Is stair climbing beneficial or detrimental to the OA? A: Osteoarthritis is a synonym for degenerative joint disease. People in their 50s and '60s will frequently develop bony nodules over the small joints of the fingers (Heberden's and Bouchard's nodes) which are usually painless, though unsightly. These nodules are frequent markers of osteoarthritis, promising the possibility of joint involvement in other parts of the body. Although nobody knows what constitutes genetic risk factors for the development of osteoarthritis, a large number of people who have undergone trauma to the large weight-bearing joints (football injuries, falls, motor vehicle accidents, surgery) will lose cartilage over time. Cartilage serves as a protective tissue between adjacent long bones, and when lost through...
Do patients with total knee replacements (TKRs) have trouble getting around obstacles? Are they more likely to trip and fall when both knees have been replaced? Researchers from the Motion Analysis Lab at the University of Chicago say "Yes" to both questions. They studied 29 adults with bilateral TKRs and compared them to normal adults. All TKR patients were pain free, able to walk and climb stairs, and rise from a chair. Patients and normal subjects had 20/40 vision or better. A special walkway was used to test everyone's ability to avoid obstacles. A band of light was flashed on the floor, and each person was to step over it. Patients with TKRs were 30 percent less likely to avoid the virtual obstacle. Type of joint implant didn't seem to make any difference on success rates. Researchers also found success rates went down as body weight went up in both groups. The most important factor in avoiding obstacles was the time each person could stand on one leg. The authors conclude that older...
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