A few months back, I took part in the Arthritis Walk in New York City with the NYC Sick Chick Club – a group of young women living with RA and other autoimmune diseases that I met via my blog several years back. The group now consists of a handful of courageous women, but at the start, there were just three: myself, Jodi McKee (you can read an interview I did with Jodi about her Autoimmune Portrait Project here ) and Katherine Zimoulis.
Like me, Katherine’s RA was diagnosed early and has responded well to medicine- in her case, methotrexate, so she was also able to participate in the walk fully. In fact, it went so well and inspired her so much that she’s now training to run the New York City marathon in November to benefit the Arthritis Foundation under the banner of the NYC Sick Chick Club!
For Katherine, running wasn’t exactly a new habit. After graduating from college, she was a regular runner and also hit the gym on a near daily ...
When the pain and disability from arthritis get too much to bear, a person may decide to look for solutions. My husband is one such person who has just decided to do something about the pain which began eight years ago. His right wrist is severely afflicted with a "bone on bone" case of osteoarthritis. Being a right handed man, the pain started to interfere with daily activities like writing, eating and dressing years ago. But he is a very accepting man who decided to just live with it. An occasional anti-inflammatory medication or acetaminophen was all that was needed to keep going. On one occasion, the pain in his wrist was so severe that he could not hold onto a fork and required a steroid injection - but this was far from a regular occurrence. As long as he was careful, he got by just fine.
In the past year, another problem with the wrist started to compound the problem. Numbness started to creep into his thumb and half of the fingers. One day while hunting for pheasants, h...
Alternative Names Pain - wrist Prevention To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome: Adjust your keyboard so that you do not have to bend your wrist upward while typing. Take frequent breaks from activities that require wrist movement. Work with an occupational therapist. To prevent gout attacks: Limit alcohol. Lose weight if you are overweight. Drink plenty of water. Eat lower amounts of liver, anchovies, sardines, and herring. Your doctor may prescribe medication. References Swigart CR. Hand and wrist pain. In: Harris ED, Budd RC, Genovese MC, Firestein GS, Sargent JS, Sledge CB, eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2005:chap 44. Wright PE II. Carpal tunnel, ulnar tunnel, and stenosing tenosynovitis. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbell 's Operative Orthopaedics . 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 73. Mercier LR. The forearm, wrist, and hand. In: Mercier LR, ed. Practical Orthopedics . 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 7.
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