Aches & Pains Quiz
The term "arthritis" refers to many conditions -- all related to your joints. That makes it hard to tell the types apart. Take this quiz to learn about the differences.
Last Modified: 2014-01-20 | Tags »
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Get inside an arthroscopy and learn what a surgeon does when they repair your damaged cartilage in your joints.
Transcript: Arthroscopy is a procedure used by orthopedic surgeons to look inside a joint and repair any damage....
Arthroscopy is a procedure used by orthopedic surgeons to look inside a joint and repair any damage. For certain joint and tissue problems, such as a torn meniscus, this minimally-invasive operation is preferred by doctors and patients alike because it's LESS painful and easier to recover from than traditional open surgery. Here's what happens during an arthroscopy: You'll be given some type of anesthetic so you don't feel anything during the procedure. You won't need to be knocked out completely, but you WILL get a local or spinal injection to temporarily numb one part of the body. Next, your doctor will make a small incision-barely bigger than the buttonhole on a pair of jeans. The arthoscope, a thin rod with a video camera at the end, is inserted through this hole. This allows the surgeon to see your joint in detail on a nearby screen. If it turns out there is damage, like a tear in cartilage or bone spurs that need to be removed, your doctor can make a few other incisions, insert tools, and do the repairs without ever having to make a large cut. This is usually a one-day procedure. Surgery itself only lasts 30 minutes to two hours. Afterward, you'll spend a few hours in recovery before going home. The incisions usually heal within a few days and your joint should make a full recovery in a few weeks. Depending on your case, your doctor may also recommend pain meds and physical therapy. To find out more about common joint treatments check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-01-02 | Tags »
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Don't let joint pain and stiffness get the better of you. Learn how you can take action against rheumatoid arthritis so you can go to work, see your friends, and enjoy your hobbies.
Last Modified: 2013-09-12 | Tags »
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Living with fibromyalgia is challenging. But you can learn to control your symptoms and avoid painful flares.
Last Modified: 2013-12-17 | Tags »
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Rheumatoid arthritis treatment has changed from painkillers and corticosteroids as the primary treatment to DMARDs and biologics. Learn about the evolution of RA medication.
Transcript: Any health practitioner will be PLEASED to tell you -- rheumatoid arthritis treatment has come a VERY...
Any health practitioner will be PLEASED to tell you -- rheumatoid arthritis treatment has come a VERY long way. A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis USED TO mean a future inevitably packaged with a wheelchair and debilitating pain. TODAY, modern medicine has advanced so much that RA patients may never see a wheelchair. Up until the early 1950s, aspirin and intramuscular gold salts were the only medications available to manage RA. But aspirin simply dulled the pain and gold salts, though effective against joint inflammation, caused severe side effects in up to 30% of people using them. Then along came the wonder-steroid, cortisone, which quickly blocked joint inflammation and seemed to have fewer side effects. But soon enough, long-term use of corticosteroids was found to cause osteoporosis, increased risk of infection, water retention and weight gain. Then in 1988, the Food and Drug Administration approved an alternative- METHOTREXATE. Originally developed to treat certain types of cancer, methotrexate is STILL the most prescribed traditional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug or DMARD. In 1998, DMARDs advanced even further. That's the year the FIRST biologic response modifier, etanercept, was approved for treatment of RA. Other biologics, such as infliximab and adalimumab, QUICKLY followed. These drugs can actually SLOW the progression of RA by targeting specific immune system activities that trigger joint inflammation. So how is RA treated today? Healthcare providers still occasionally prescribe gold salts to those who can't take methotrexate or don't respond to it, but most patients go on a therapy using methotrexate and/or a biologic. People with RA also use anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids for fast relief of painful flares or to relieve pain while waiting for DMARDs to start working. While rheumatoid arthritis is a complicated condition, your prognosis for a good quality of life is MUCH better now, than in the past.More »
Last Modified: 2013-12-16 | Tags »
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Fatigue is common in people with RA. Watch this video to learn how to combat and relieve fatigue.
Transcript: Fatigue is a common RA symptom, affecting up to 98 percent of people with the condition. But just because...
Fatigue is a common RA symptom, affecting up to 98 percent of people with the condition. But just because it's common doesn't mean it's EXPECTED. You can be going along just fine and bam! You're knocked off your feet. Well, if you're TIRED of being EXHAUSTED, here are some tips on how to have more get-up-and-go. Number one, EXERCISE. Rheumatoid arthritis triggers a vicious cycle: you're too tired to work out, but the less you move the more muscle mass you lose. Then everyday activities become more strenuous, FURTHER adding to your weariness. Counter this effect by working stretching, strength training and low-impact cardio into your life. Even 10 minutes here and there during your day can add up. Plus, exercise releases endorphins, your body's natural mood-boosting hormone. Now... take a closer look at your diet. A poor diet can leave you feeling sluggish. Opt for nutrient-rich fruits and veggies, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, and healthy proteins like beans and seafood. Instead of eating big meals, which can make you sleepy, try having smaller, more frequent meals and snacks throughout the day. Another bonus, losing even a few pounds lessens stress on your already tender joints. Third, get a good night's rest. People with arthritis are prone to poor sleep, usually due to discomfort. Help yourself by eliminating things that might keep you awake. Cut out caffeine 3 to 4 hours before bed. Also, shut down all electronics and dim the lights as you get close to bedtime. Finally, it's okay to give into your fatigue. Your tiredness might just be your body asking for a break. Allow yourself a 20-minute power nap when you need it-- as long as it's not too close to bedtime; you don't want it to interfere with a full night's rest. For more advice on taking control of your symptoms, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-12-27 | Tags »
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Your food choices may have an impact on your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Find out what Shannan, Irene and Jennifer do to feel better.
Transcript: JENNIFER: In terms of diet modifications, I eat a lot of fish, a lot of vegetables. I kind of stick...
JENNIFER: In terms of diet modifications, I eat a lot of fish, a lot of vegetables. I kind of stick away from red meat which does cause inflammation. SHANNAN: I limit my dairy intake a lot just because I feel better without it. With gluten, I've limited it as well but really, I find with gluten it kind of needs to be all or nothing. I've done a couple of cleanses in the past year which do help. I've noticed that sugar is not good for me. JENNIFER: I really cut out sugar. That's my big diet modification because I know it causes flares. Very big on adding ginger and turmeric and different spices into my food because I know it brings down inflammation. SHANNAN: I've also found juicing so juicing in the morning. Green juices I really enjoy. It makes me feel energetic for me so starting off my day with green juice is something that I absolutely recommend to anybody with RA. JENNIFER: I want to live the best life that I can and I know what key components make that happen in terms of exercise, eating right. SHANNAN: I hope the future looks good. I'm not going to let myself just lay down and take it. I'm going to make sure I continue to stay active; continue to experiment with my diet; make sure that I'm remaining as healthy as I can be. I mean, I owe it to myself, my family, my friends. I'm too young to just let it take its course.More »
Last Modified: 2013-02-21 | Tags »
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Some people are more at risk for lupus than others. Learn about lupus risk factors by watching this video and see if you're someone who is more likely to develop this condition.
Transcript: About 1.5 million Americans have lupus, and each year more than 16,000 new cases are reported. Systemic...
About 1.5 million Americans have lupus, and each year more than 16,000 new cases are reported. Systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, is the most prevalent kind. In lupus, the immune system becomes overactive and ATTACKS healthy tissue all around the body, causing symptoms in the kidney, heart, lungs, skin, nervous system or blood cells. It often flares sometimes at random, sometimes due to a specific trigger. It can also go into remission for varying lengths of time. Some people are more at risk for lupus than others. --More than 90 PERCENT of people with lupus are female. --Although it can occur at ANY age, diagnosis is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 44; indicating that the presence of estrogen may be a factor in causing lupus. --Lupus is also more likely to occur in PEOPLE OF COLOR, including African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and other non-Caucasians. In fact, women of color are 3 times more likely than white women to have lupus. Finally, people whose RELATIVES have lupus are about 5 to 13 percent more likely to get it. Like many other chronic diseases, lupus isn't CURABLE, but it's treatable. With the right drug combinations, a person with lupus can expect to live a long, full life. Take a look at more videos in this series to learn more!More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-05 | Tags »
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