From the National Post, February 26, 2013 – This is the story of Erinn McQueen, a varsity athlete who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in her third year of university, at the age of 21. Now 34 years old and married with two children, Erinn had her hip replaced in March 2011 and is unable to return to work. She has tried a variety of treatments over the years, “including biologics that can cost tens of thousands of dollars a year.” She is quoted as saying, “I have been on intravenous infusion treatments and the injections I give myself… It was a pretty difficult thing to realize that I likely wouldn’t play again or even just go for a run… I sort of view RA as the opponent, I wake up every day and know that this is my challenge.” Continue reading
A fourth joint exam video is now available to be viewed from the JointHealth™ website.
Winter can be a glorious time of year for some of you, whether you prefer to be outside skiing or inside curled up by the fire with a hot chocolate and a good book. Often, though, people experience health issues brought on by this coldest season of the year.
Problems can include troubles breathing, painful joints, and dry skin. The following article gives a brief look at how to help fix these three common winter conditions: Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe, The Globe and Mail, December 2012.
For people who live with arthritis, winter can be a pain – literally. Joints can be more painful and uncomfortable with the onset of rainy and cold weather. A common condition among those with autoimmune diseases is Raynaud’s phenomenon, which can become more bothersome as temperatures drop. To learn about Raynaud’s, check out this article at EmpowerHer.com: Katie Meakem, EmpowerHER, November 2012 or visit the Spotlight on Raynaud’s Phenomenon at jointhealth.org.
When winter is here, do you think you can feel it in your bones? You might not be crazy. Cold weather, for many who live with arthritis, can stiffen muscles and may also worsen arthritis symptoms. Some studies have demonstrated a worsening of arthritis symptoms with low barometric pressure and high humidity. There are theories that low pressure systems, usually associated with damp or rainy conditions, could cause joints to swell. So remember to “Dress warmly, work out inside, and get enough vitamin D. These are some of the ways you can get arthritis pain relief despite the bone-chilling cold of winter weather.” Madeline Vann, everydayHealth, December 2012 .
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.
She was only 23 years old.
Video: Sasha McHale Essay, NBA.com
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