Opioid Policy Chief: “You can’t solve the opioid crisis without solving the pain crisis.”

If you have arthritis, chances are your doctor gave you a prescription for an opioid pain medication at some point. Opioids are effective at relieving pain, including post-surgical pain, and for some people who live with chronic pain from arthritis or other conditions, they are one part of managing that condition.

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The Opioid Paradox

Misuse of opioid pain relievers has led to a nationwide epidemic of abuse and overdoses. But for many people with chronic pain from arthritis and other conditions, these drugs play an important role in their treatment. Maybe you know someone who takes an opioidmedication, or maybe you, yourself, do.

Should you stop? How hard is it, and what does the process feel like? And how would you ease your pain without opioids? In the March-April issue of Arthritis Today, we talk to five people who have faced the challenges of tapering or stopping opioids. Read about their experiences and what they learned.

 

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Thanks for the Laughs and the Salute to Telethons, Mrs. Maisel!

Remember when telethons were a big thing? Americans would dial in and be greeted by celebrities like Mary Tyler Moore or Betty White. Before Walk to Cure Arthritis and Jingle Bell Run, telethons were a major lifeline (pun intended) for our organization, so we could impact the course of the disease and support the millions of Americans living with it. Continue reading Thanks for the Laughs and the Salute to Telethons, Mrs. Maisel!

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New Large-scale Study to Make Personalized Medicine a Reality for Kids With JIA

Personalized treatments for children with arthritis will soon be a reality, thanks to a new research study supported by the Arthritis Foundation.

The study, the largest of its kind, is being done by the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), a North American research network that conducts collaborative research to find treatments and a cure for pediatric rheumatic diseases. The Arthritis Foundation has worked closely with CARRA since it was formed in 2002. Together, we’ve aligned our scientific agendas, and the Foundation has committed millions of dollars toward expanding juvenile arthritis research through CARRA.

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An Ancient Disease That Needs More Visibility

 The earliest traces of arthritis date back to prehistoric times, detected in the fossils of dinosaurs. The first signs of arthritis in humans were found in the skeletal remains of Native Americans, going back as far as 4500 BC. Ever since, this insidious disease has fanned out across the world. Some estimates put the number of those affected globally at approximately 350 million. Continue reading An Ancient Disease That Needs More Visibility

Giving Tuesday 2018

On This Day of Global Giving, Help Cure Arthritis

Today is the day – it’s time to join the fight against arthritis by participating in #GivingTuesday! November 27, 2018, is a global day dedicated to giving back and celebrating generosity. When you give to the Arthritis Foundation, you help support our commitment to helping the 54 million Americans with arthritis. Give, so the 300,000 children who struggle with arthritis pain daily can say Yes to childhood. Give, so we can fund research for better treatments and a cure. Give, to help make possible more life-changing tools and resources. Continue reading On This Day of Global Giving, Help Cure Arthritis

No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 3 Years Old

Meet Shannan O’hara-Levi

When Shannan O’hara-Levi was only 7 months old, her mother noticed that she would wake up from naps crying and grabbing at her knees. Mrs. O’hara took her to the doctor, only to be brushed off and told it was just “growing pains” that would eventually go away. Ironically, a few years later at a routine checkup, the pediatrician asked Mrs. O’hara why Shannan wasn’t brought in earlier for her red, swollen knees. That’s when Shannan was finally diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA). Continue reading No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 3 Years Old