The daughter of Houston Rockets coach, Keven McHale, died last month from complications of lupus. Alexandra “Sasha” McHale was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease last year. She was recently hospitalized, but her health continued to decline for two weeks until her death.
I knew that blogging about hot tubs would raise a few eyebrows. Many of the photos on-line feature a bikini-clad woman locked in an embrace with a muscular dude and their boozy drinks. Don’t get me wrong: these people look like they are having a whale of a time (wink, wink). So when I informed my friends and family that our new house would feature a hot tub in the backyard, I certainly was on the receiving end of many cheeky comments about my “lifestyle”. Continue reading →
Q. What makes SARDs difficult to diagnose? A: SARDs are difficult to diagnose because they are rare and so most currently practicing physicians did not receive the training to diagnose them. Currently, SARDs are included in medical training so younger doctors are more familiar with SARDs; however, they only see the diseases about once per year, so they do not necessarily have the skills and experience to consider SARDs and make a diagnosis. Furthermore, symptoms vary so much that they are not usually the first to be considered. Continue reading →
Scleroderma affects about 20 people out of 100,000 and occurs in about four times as many women than men. It tends to develop most often between the ages of 45 and 65.
Scleroderma—the word means “hard skin”—causes the body to respond to an attack from its immune system by producing too much collagen. This can happen anywhere on the skin and on joints. There are two main types of the disease: systemic and localized scleroderma. The systemic form is more serious. As it progresses, symptoms and complications may include muscle weakness, digestive system problems, Sjögren’s syndrome, reduced dental health, kidney and lung problems. Continue reading →
Over the next few weeks, Arthritis Consumer Experts will be sharing a series of 5 joint exam videos with you.
Originally created for the ArthritisID PRO app, now you will be able to watch them from the JointHealth™ website.
Though specifically meant for physicians to use in their practice, arthritis consumers can also watch these videos so they know what to expect. Or, if you suspect you have arthritis, you can show the joint exams to your healthcare provider. Encourage your doctor to visit jointhealth.org or download the free app to view the videos.
This very rare systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease (SARD), that mainly affects men, is made up of around 20 different disorders. Examples include: Behcet’s disease, giant cell arteritis, Takayasu’s arteritis (this one usually occurs in young women), Wegener’s granulomatosis, polyarteritis nodosa, and polymyalgia rheumatica. Age of onset depends on the form of vasculitis, though as with most types of arthritis, it can occur at any time. Continue reading →
A recent trip to the rheumatologist got me thinking about the similarities between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). I had been quizzing my rheumatologist about the bump that has magically appeared on the first joint of the index finger on my right hand. My mother has the same bump on the same finger, except that her bump is bigger by about 30 years! Continue reading →
About 90% of those diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome are women. It tends to strike around middle age, usually between the ages of 45 and 55.
In Sjögren’s syndrome, moisture-producing glands are attacked by the body’s immune system, so the most common early symptoms are dry eyes and mouth. Since the dryness can also be due to aging, hormonal disorders, menopause, and certain medications, Sjogren’s syndrome is difficult to diagnose. Continue reading →
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) affects about one in 1000 Canadians, usually striking between the ages of 15 and 45. For every nine women with lupus, one man will have the disease. Tissues affected by lupus can include the skin, joints, muscles, kidneys, lungs, heart, blood vessels, and the brain. Because lupus can affect so many different areas of the body, it often presents very differently among patients, making it difficult to diagnose. Warning signs include: Continue reading →