Doctors have known for years that osteoporosis boosts the risk of bone fractures. The most typical sites of fractures related to osteoporosis are the hip, spine, wrist and ribs, although the disease can affect any bone in the body. In particular, hip fractures are largely due to falls, most of which may be preventable. Both men and women are at risk, but women have two to three times as many hip fractures as men and the rate increases for people 65 and older. Because of the aging U.S. population, the number of hip fractures per year is expected to reach 650,000 by 2050; that’s nearly 1,800 hip fractures a day! How serious are hip fractures? A hip fracture may not sound as severe as a bone that is completely broken, but it is a break in the thighbone just below the hip joint. It is a very serious injury that may cause disability, reduce quality of life and even lead to death in some cases. Many Americans age 45 and over are admitted to hospitals each year with hip fractures and osteoporosi...
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...
"Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow." ~ Mary Anne Radmacher Trying new things is almost standard procedure for people with MS. We have new symptoms that may or may not come and go and new ways to accomplish the same old activities. We see the world in new and different ways and the world sees us in different ways, too. Let's be resolved to improve our lives from the inside and out. Many people make resolutions. The tradition dates back to at least 2000 BC when the new year brought with it resolutions. Of course, then the new year was scheduled in spring and the most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment. Today, the New Year is in winter and the most popular resolutions center on the resolver losing weight and quitting smoking. Both of these are noble resolutions, and when we are successful, we are improved. However, by now — that is, mid February — many, perh...
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