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It is summer time in Missouri, and it is HOT! The temperature is 91, but the heat index is 106 at the moment. You see, we have humidity in Missouri. Lots of green, lush forests and lakes cover the countryside. With all that lush, green vegetation, comes humidity.
I have never been a fan of heat. If I had my way, it would be 85 every day, with a cool, gentle breeze to make the day even more pleasant.
My heat issues were bad enough before my RA diagnosis. Since RA has set up camp in my body, I am even more adverse to extreme heat.
We RA'ers take medications that make it necessary to protect ourselves from the sun. A good sun screen, such as the one Neutrogena makes is a must. My dermatologist recommends Ultra Sheer Dry-touch Sunblock, SPF 70.
I did some online shopping this Spring and I am happy with the products I found there. One of the best things I bought is called Icy-Cools.
My Icy-Cool is a bandanna that comes with a strip of plastic filled w/som...
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Research has shown that corticosteroids injected into the joint work for reducing knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. But how long does the effect last? Osteoarthritis is a chronic problem, so long-term solutions are needed. Just how well do steroid injections work? According to the results of this study: the pain reducing effect lasts about one week. Steroid injections offer short-term pain relief but they aren't advised for more than that. Since we know that almost half of all adults age 80 and older will have osteoarthritis of the knee, finding ways to decrease the painful symptoms is important if these folks are going to stay active and independent. Not only that, but almost one-quarter of the entire U.S. adult population have some symptoms of arthritis. That's a staggering statistic and a significant one given the focus on physical activity and exercise as the best way to stay healthy, avoid weight gain, and manage diseases like osteoarthritis as well as diabetes and high blood pr...
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