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When Arthritis is a Family Affair

When Arthritis is a Family Affair

Alberta Dillihay’s children began urging her to stop working soon after her 2010 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis. Stress from her job as a public works supervisor in a busy office 45 minutes from her home, combined with finding the right arthritis treatments, could affect her health, they argued. “I was and am glad they were concerned and want to help. But sometimes it’s frustrating because you feel you’re being treated like a kid,” says Dillihay, 63. “You can still do what you need to do.” When a mom has arthritis, the family dynamic often changes. “That means who’s in charge shifts, as ...more
Why You Have Hip Pain

Why You Have Hip Pain

When you have hip pain, you just want it to stop. But hips hurt for a variety of reasons that may require different remedies. Here’s a quick guide that will help you know what you can do at home to feel better and when it’s time to hobble to your doctor. Osteoarthritis WHAT IS IT? Cartilage, the spongy tissue that cushions joints, deteriorates, causing bones to rub against each other. WHERE IS THE PAIN? It is usually in the groin, but you can also feel pain in the buttocks. HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED? The doctor will test your hip’s range of motion; loss of ...more
Don’t Let Stress Get in the Way of Your Vacation

Don’t Let Stress Get in the Way of Your Vacation

Sometimes you’ve just gotta get away and reboot for good mental and emotional health. Even a weekend getaway can help you recover from stressful work. A longer vacation may lead to greater psychological well-being and life satisfaction – if you can detach from your routine, plan your own schedule, do something challenging and relax, according to one study. But vacations can be stressful, and excess stress can worsen chronic pain when you have arthritis. Send vacation stress packing with these tips. Plan Together Ask everyone you’re traveling with to weigh in. Plan the vacation thoroughly to prevent uncertainty and keep too many ...more
Integrative Medicine Approach for Arthritis

Integrative Medicine Approach for Arthritis

Some people with arthritis feel that doctor-patient communication can sometimes seems narrow and impersonal. Integrative medicine aims to be different. “Patients are at the center of integrated medicine; our goal is to partner with them to address the physical, emotional, social, environmental and spiritual factors that affect health,” says internist Adam Perlman, MD, executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, N.C. “This approach is very inclusive. We practice and believe in Western medicine, but we also have an openness to complementary modalities that help address the whole person.” These nontraditional therapies can include almost anything that evidence has shown to be ...more
TAKE CARE: Advocacy Blog Series

TAKE CARE: Advocacy Blog Series

Drug Rebates  We’re excited to continue our advocacy blog series meant to help you take care when it comes to important arthritis health care and coverage issues. If you are just now tuning into this series, check out our previous blog posts on accumulator adjustment programs, pharmacist gag orders, and President Trump’s drug pricing blueprint. This week we dig in to the world of drug rebates, which are often negotiated between pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Read on to learn more about how drug rebates play a role in the drug supply chain and impact access to medications. What are drug ...more
Share Your Story With Us! Together, #LetsGripArthritis

Share Your Story With Us! Together, #LetsGripArthritis

Arthritis is an invisible disease that affects more than 54 million Americans. The pain of arthritis can often keep people from doing the things they truly love, such as hiking or dancing, but it can also rob them of life’s simple pleasures and most basic joys, like picking up your child.   Everyone needs to know that arthritis is THE #1 disability in the United States and countless Americans are waiting for a cure. This Arthritis Awareness Month, we launched the #LetsGripArthritis campaign to put a spotlight on the brutal realities of arthritis so we can get a grip on this debilitating disease once and for all.  To show ...more
5 Joint-Friendly Ways to Take Fantastic Photos

5 Joint-Friendly Ways to Take Fantastic Photos

Taking photos can be a physical challenge for those coping with aches, pains and lack of flexibility that can accompany arthritis. These sneaky tricks – recommended by fine art photographer Wendy Sacks, who has inflammatory arthritis and gout – can make it easier. Learn more about Wendy and see her work!  1. Let the camera do the work. Take the strain off of your neck, arms and fingers by choosing a lightweight, auto-focus camera – so there’s no standing around, endlessly fiddling with the lens for that perfectly crisp shot, Sacks says. Most cameras include a timer so you can even ...more
Arthritis Foundation Donors Like You Fuel Our Mission

Arthritis Foundation Donors Like You Fuel Our Mission

Every day at the Arthritis Foundation, we fight this disease on all fronts – raising awareness, providing life-changing resources, holding community events and offering other local support – all while funding research that shows promise, not only for earlier diagnostics and innovative treatments, but also, ultimately, a cure. Please take a moment to watch the informative video below to see how our mission is driven forward by the generosity of people like you. For more information on Planned Giving, please call our toll-free line at 1-866-528-8687 or email us at ...more
You Said It: PsA Skin Moisturizers

You Said It: PsA Skin Moisturizers

We asked our readers and followers “How do you keep your skin moisturized?” Here are their answers. I use Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion and Eucerin in the jar. I also add oils like Pangea. — Suzanne McCue via Facebook I use Aveeno Eczema Therapy and argan oil after showers. — Claudia R. Hodak, Arundel, Maine I use CeraVe and humidifier with essential oils. — Donna Dixson, Atlanta, Georgia I use Cetaphil and sometimes Bag Balm for really cracked and inflamed spots. — Jodi Lynn Wilson Ruiz, El Paso, Texas For 30 years, I have only used Dove soap or Oil of Olay. In the past ...more
Spring 2018 Childhood Research Grants Announced

Spring 2018 Childhood Research Grants Announced

We recently gave approximately $160,000 toward childhood arthritis research in the form of research grants. The grants are funded through the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA); small grants were given to pediatric rheumatologists and fellows small grant research awards were given to third year fellowship students. Spring Small Grants Three small grants of $25k each were awarded. Congratulations to: Erica Lawson, University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA): The Impact of Pediatric-to-adult Care Transition on Health Care Utilization and Medication Adherence among Youth Sheila Angeles-Han, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, OH): Measuring Vision-related Function and Quality of Life ...more