The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has published updated recommendations on the management of fibromyalgia. The detailed recommendations can be found in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized primarily by chronic widespread pain (CWP) in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and a heightened sensitivity to touch resulting in pain that can last for months.
Common signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia include: Continue reading
Since 1984, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards have honoured over 250 award recipients and more than 1,450 nominees. The award honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. There are twelve possible categories for nomination:
- Arts, culture & design
- Business & the professions
- Community champion
- Education, training & development
- Entrepreneurship & innovation
- Health & wellness
- Public service
- Research & the sciences
- Young woman of distinction
- Outstanding workplace
Arthritis Consumer Expert’s very own Cheryl Koehn has been nominated under the health and wellness category. Anyone who has been nominated is described as:
A woman who has an unwavering commitment to delivering, promoting and advocating for healthy lives and communities. She has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver while empowering her community to change or better their lives through improved health and wellness practices. She may be a physician, practitioner, nurse or other woman committed to health and wellness. Continue reading
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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
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
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People who live with chronic pain understand when I say that life often gets in the way of living. They understand that coping on a daily basis with pain sometimes is a full-time profession. We can become so preoccupied with minimizing our various physical challenges that life simply passes us by. Any plans to enjoy the too-short summer are shelved while we minister to limitations imposed by our arthritis and its associated inflammatory conditions. Instead of planning outdoor fun activities, we spend our days looking for ways to be comfortable, or trying to find the balance between moving too much or too little. Continue reading
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As we celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Team Arthritis wants to pay tribute to team USA’s midfielder Shannon Boxx, who, living with lupus, is all too familiar with life with arthritis. This year’s World Cup™ marks Boxx’s fourth Women’s World Cup™.
Fun Fact: Midfielders run a distance of 120-yard across the field to play offense and sprints back to play defense, running about 7 miles in a 90-minute game and engaging in close combat to gain possession of the ball. Continue reading
Join Team Arthritis and celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has created Team Arthritis to celebrate the athletes in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™. Our goal is to raise awareness of how women living with arthritis can remain active and achieve high performance in their lives.
We encourage women living with arthritis, their friends and family, and members of the public to join Team Arthritis and share their stories. During the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, from June 6-July 5, ACE will share news and stories from the FIFA World Cup™. We will also share the latest information related to sports and injury and pose a series of challenges on Facebook that will stimulate your muscle and mind. Inspired by the World Cup ™, these challenges will be related to safe exercise, injury prevention, and living a balanced lifestyle. Please share your progress with us by posting and sending us pictures and stories of your accomplishments on our social media networks: Continue reading
Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm say that exercise and physical activity may protect against the development of rheumatoid arthritis in women. The researchers studied 30,112 women enrolled in the Swedish Mammography Cohort who responded to a questionnaire in 1997 regarding physical activity. Participants were asked questions that assess daily energy use at home and wok and during leisure time. Researchers calculated the metabolic equivalent score based on duration, intensity and inactivity.
According to the research findings, 201 out of 30,112 women developed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) during the average follow-up time of 7.5 years, totalling 226, 477 person-years. Other findings include:
- The women who developed RA expended less energy per week;
- Women who spent more hours performing home or household chore had a 35% decreased risk of developing RA;
- Women who spent 2 hours or more per week exercising had a 20% decreased; and,
- Women who were inactive during their leisure time had a 27% increased risk for developing RA.
A checkup appointment at my rheumatologist (doctor who specializes in arthritis) always leads to some interesting discussions. Most of the time I try to “research” a topic beforehand, so that I am armed with the latest background information on whatever are my most pressing concerns at the time. When I launch into my questions (I always have a list written out), I have a better-than-even chance of holding a meaningful conversation with my rheumy. In turn, I get more out of the conversation instead of returning home with questions that even Google cannot answer. Understanding what he is really saying provides me with the sense that I am in control of my ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and not the other way around (AS controlling me?) Continue reading
Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2015″ – Dr. Diane Lacaille: Rheumatologist care in rheumatoid arthritis
Today’s feature interview – Dr. Diane Lacaille
ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.
Beginning, March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.
Note answers in this interview are provided in French only. A translation will be provided in the next few weeks.
About Dr. Diane Lacaille
Senior Research Scientist, Rheumatology
Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology
MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Professor, Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Diane Lacaille is a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Research Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, in Vancouver. She practices rheumatology at the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre and she has a hospital appointment at Vancouver Hospital Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC). She completed medical school and internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal, and her Rheumatology training and a Master’s in Health Sciences, clinical epidemiology track, at the University of British Columbia.
Her research focuses on two areas: 1) Studying the impact of arthritis on employment and preventing work disability, and 2) Evaluating the quality of health care services received by people with RA, using a population-based cohort of RA for the province of BC.
About rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease with hallmark symptoms of inflammation and resulting pain. It is a disease process (like cancer or diabetes) where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy joints. It is a relatively common disease-approximately 300,000 or 1 in 100 Canadians get it-and is often devastating to a person’s body if not treated properly. The disease process causes swelling and pain in and around joints and can affect the body’s organs, including the eyes, lungs, and heart. Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the hands and feet. Other joints often affected include the elbows, shoulders, neck, jaw, ankles, knees, and hips. When moderate to severe, the disease reduces a person’s life span by as much as a dozen years.