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Arthritis Myths Debunked

Arthritis Myths Debunked

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Arthritis Consumer Experts, together with Shoppers Drug Mart and Arthritis Research Canada (formerly known as the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada), is debunking common arthritis myths that abound in everyday life. If you or someone you know thought the below myths are the truth, think again. By arming yourself with the answers below, we hope you feel empowered to embrace your arthritis and help others living with the disease.

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AS it Goes – The Debate over NSAIDs

Pain relief (and NSAIDs)

Photo courtesy of David Castillo Dominici | FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The long-term usage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) has always concerned me. Through the years I have taken different types of NSAIDs for varying periods. These NSAIDs even included (for a short time) VIOXX, which was pulled off the shelves in 2004 after studies confirmed that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. For many years I have taken diclofenac, which now researchers also believe carries a high cardiovascular risk, especially for people with a history of heart disease or other risk factors such as diabetes or high cholesterol. Continue reading

AS it Goes – Fall Flares

frozen fall leavesLike many people with arthritis, the change of seasons is a killer. This autumn, in particular, has been most unkind. First, my ankylosing spondylitis flared, and then aches and pains mysteriously appeared in various joints as the weather waxed and waned. Seriously: first a wicked snow storm dumped 10 cm of snow one day with temperatures plunging to negative digits, and then in the span of three days, the temperature soared to 18 °C! Continue reading

Arthritis New Zealand’s ORANGE sets out to inspire

Poster for the playArthritis New Zealand has produced ORANGE, a unique stage work to celebrate and release the artistic voice of young people with arthritis. The play is performed by a group of young and talented people, aged 17 to 24 years, living with arthritis. They will articulate the struggles, alongside the strengths and resilience experienced by young people with arthritis to inspire the fight against arthritis. If you are inspired by this play, talk to your local school or community to create a similar play to raise awareness for arthritis.

In a press release, Arthritis New Zealand CEO, Sandra Kirby said: “ORANGE is a multi-disciplined performance combining and displaying the unique talents of the young actors, dancers, singers and musicians involved, celebrating their abilities. We are incredibly proud of the performers and the work that has gone into bringing ORANGE to life. The audience will be taken on an inspirational and very personal journey throughout the performance. A truly collaborative effort with an emphasis on the challenges, alongside the personal triumphs experienced every day by young people with arthritis.” Continue reading

Caring for your spine: Start early

Woman on ball at officeAccording to the Brain and Spine Team at the Cleveland Clinic, your spine starts to age in your 20s and 30s, and it continues aging as you age. “If you took 100 patients who are 30 years old, about 30 percent will have some form of arthritis in their spine, ” says spine specialist Dr. Kush Goyal.

Dr. Goyal reports that everyone experiences degenerative changes but these are not always serious and may present one and more or no symptoms. Natural degenerative changes can, however, lead to pain in the back and/or legs. Spine specialists identified arthritis as one of the common problems they see in patients. Continue reading

Marilyn Muldoon’s tips on living with Sjögren’s

The ROAR 2014 event saw a couple of great presentations, including a captivating one by Marilyn Muldoon, a patient living with Sjögren’s. Other presentations included:

  • Dr. Marie Westby – Hip and Knee Replacements in Canada: What does quality rehabilitation care look like?
  • Dr. Lynne Feehan – Well in Hand and Feet…Bone health and physical activity in early RA
  • Dr. Catherine Backman – Changing Shoes: The impact of arthritis on self identity and roles
  • Dr. Linda Li – Web, Apps and Wearables: Tools for joint health?
  • Dr. James Dunne – A beginner’s guide to Raynaud’s

The Arthritis Broadcast Network was onsite to capture the day’s best moments. One of our favourite moment from the event was the graphic representation of all the presentations drawn by graphic recorder artist Sam Bradd. Marilyn Muldoon captivated audience with her talk on “A beginner’s guide to Raynaud’s” or as we like to call it, her personal tips on how to live with Sjögren’s. We have enclosed the a raw video of her talk above for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!