One of the things about arthritis that can make the condition seem worse is the lack of a good night's sleep. A day spent trying to control the arthritis which is then followed by a poor night's rest is a cycle that can be repeated. Many of the things that can be done to cope with arthritis will result in better sleep at night and these things should be discussed with your doctor. Most people will have found it hard to get to sleep at some time or other in their lives. But if you are finding it hard to get to sleep more than once a week or are waking up in the night for no apparent reason then you should talk to your doctor who may diagnose insomnia.
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association AARDA Statement On The FDA Approval Of A New Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Friday, January 8, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ACTEMRA® (tocilizumab), a new biologic response modifier for adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We are pleased with the FDA's approval of this new drug as it offers a promising new option available to those suffering from this debilitating autoimmune disease, especially those who have failed other forms of treatment. Of the more than 80 autoimmune diseases, RA is one of the most common and one of the more difficult autoimmune rheumatic diseases to control. It is a progressive disease that can affect many joints, most commonly the small joints of the hands.
If you suffer from gout, diet plays a very essential role in the treatment. The types of foods you consume will determine the frequency of the attacks. The foods to avoid for gout are those that are high in purine because they can increase the levels of uric acid in the body. Alcohol, especially beer is not recommended for someone who suffers from this disease. People with this disease should limit their consumption of some meats. There are some types of meat that are very high in purine and this can cause an attack. Some of these meats include lamb, pork and beef. Organ meats such as the brain, liver and kidney should also be excluded in the diet.
Researchers in the US who compared the effects on hip, knee and ankle joints of running barefoot versus running in modern running shoes, concluded that running in shoes exerted more stress on these joints compared to running barefoot or even walking in high-heeled shoes. The study was the work of lead author Dr D Casey Kerrigan, of JKM Technologies LLC, in Charlottesville, Virginia and colleagues from the University of Colorado and the University of Virginia, and was published in the December 2009 issue of PM&R: The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation. Knee osteoarthritis (OA) accounts for more disability in the elderly than any other disease, and although running has been shown to benefit health in many ways, including cardiovascular health, it can stress the joints in the leg, such as the hip, knee, and ankle.
Running Shoes May Cause Damage To Knees, Hips And Ankles: Greater Stresses On Joints Than Running Barefoot Or Walking In High-Heeled Shoes Observed
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) accounts for more disability in the elderly than any other disease. Running, although it has proven cardiovascular and other health benefits, can increase stresses on the joints of the leg. In a study published in the December 2009 issue of PM&R: The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation, researchers compared the effects on knee, hip and ankle joint motions of running barefoot versus running in modern running shoes. They concluded that running shoes exerted more stress on these joints compared to running barefoot or walking in high-heeled shoes. Sixty-eight healthy young adult runners (37 women), who run in typical, currently available running shoes, were selected from the general population.
Achy knees and joints caused by arthritis are not reasons to stop exercising. Regular, modest exercise improves joint stability and strengthens muscles, according to the December issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. Exercise also improves mood, sleep, energy levels and day-to-day functioning. Best of all, people with arthritis who exercise regularly report less pain. When a person avoids exercise, joints become less mobile and the surrounding muscles shrink, causing increased fatigue and pain. A physical therapist or personal trainer can tailor exercise programs to health conditions and fitness levels. The key is to choose safe, appropriate activities and to take it slowly at first.