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I can hear the sound of the spill even before it happens. Why? Because it’s a predictable outcome and it’s an oft-repeated event in our household. The noise I am referring to is the sound of a plastic pill bottle with 250 capsules hitting a tile floor and bouncing…. everywhere. The scattershot is usually followed by a few select curses and my name.
The issue is that I don’t put the childproof caps back on bottles (or any other hard-to-open bottle top, for that matter). The osteoarthritis in my thumbs and other finger joints make it a struggle-and-a-half to twist and line-up the arrows and then press down sufficiently hard while turning in the slim hope that I will actually succeed in freeing a childproof cap. Once I manage to get those dang tops off, I simply leave them off. Sometimes I rest the cover on top of the bottle, which is a deceptive practice because it appears that the top is securely closed (my bad), which leads to unfortunate incidents, such as the spill situ described above. Continue reading
You may think that working a 9-to-5 desk job is tough. Think about doing that while managing your osteoarthritis and/or inflammatory arthritis, which itself is a full-time job on its own. For people living with these diseases, working in an office environment – and sitting for a prolonged period – can create joint stiffness in the spine, hips or knees. Improper posture and technique when using a computer or writing may aggravate pain for people with the disease in their hands. It can also place additional stress on affected joints. Experts suggest we maintain regular movement throughout the workday as sitting too much can weaken the muscles surrounding your joints.
In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Dr. Aileen Davis, a professor in the departments of physical therapy and surgery at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, said: “For people who are spending long days sitting at work, we would recommend that they periodically do some stretches and also that they get up from their desk and move around every hour, hour and a half. I’m not saying that you’ve got to walk a long, long way, but just even the fact that you’re getting up and moving around your office is helpful.” Continue reading
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According to a new study, mental health problems like anxiety and depression may explain why people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the study, anger, anxiety, depressive symptoms, job stress and low social support was linked to increasing risk of hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis for people with RA.
In the study, Dr. Jon T. Giles of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and team compared 195 patients with RA and no history of heart problems to more than 1,000 similar adults without arthritis. Study participants with RA had more depressive symptoms, higher personal (such as caring for a loved one) and health stress, higher job stress and lower relationship stress. These listed psychosocial problems, on top of higher anxiety scores and anger scores, were associated with increased odds of coronary artery calcium. Furthermore, job stress increased the risk of plaque in the carotid artery in the neck, which helps supply blood to the brain. In the comparison group, there was no relation between the aforementioned psychosocial factors and artery calcium. Continue reading
Here’s what we’ve been working on this summer.
Work Plan 2015/2016
ACE has set ambitious goals for its 2015/2016 Work Plan. Our five primary work areas will deliver high impact consumer and public formulary information, programming, advocacy and private payer education across Canada.
ACE has released its first two JointHealth™ shareables, featuring Private Health Insurance in Canada and Subsequent Entry Biologics (SEBs) on jointhealth.org. Continue reading
The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award
Do you know a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work? We encourage you to help us celebrate their contributions by nominating them for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award.
The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award was created in 2014 to recognize one person’s contributions to helping all Canadians living with the disease to be heard in decision-making processes that affect millions. That’s what Ann Qualman and Jim Davies did as early pioneers in arthritis advocacy in Canada. Their tireless and selfless efforts helped millions of Canadians.
I live in fear of the weather forecast for next Tuesday. For that matter, the following Saturday also doesn’t sound very promising. According to on-line forecasts, the weather is going to put arthritis sufferers at high risk of increased aches and pains. Several on-line weather services now provide daily advice about weather conditions for people with health conditions, giving advance notice that will allow them to plan appropriate activities. Amusingly, some on-line services also have indexes with warnings for bad hair days, mood swings, and attentiveness. Continue reading