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  • Arthritis - Key Words in Plain Language - Arthritis Ireland
    Asked Questions Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Home Information Booklets Arthritis Key Words in Plain Language Arthritis Key Words in plain Language print version send to a friend share on facebook Many of the words and phrases used by medical people are special to their work and may feel like another language to us This booklet gives the everyday meaning of some medical words that people use when they talk about the condition Inside we will discuss arthritis and provide a list of words from A to Z These words are often found in patient booklets leaflets and handouts and we hope that defining them in plain English will make a big difference to your understanding of arthritis At the end of this booklet we leave space for new words and phrases you come across and places you can call for more information Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Self Management Courses About Self Management

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/arthritis_key_words_in_plain_language (2016-02-07)
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  • What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? - AS Information from Arthritis Ireland - Arthritis Ireland
    stiffness in several parts of the body for a long time In severe cases Ankylosing Spondylitis can seriously impact on everyday life and lead to disability Over time Ankylosing Spondylitis can cause the spine to become rigid and curved giving the person a bent forward posture This is known as kyphosis It s important to note that not everyone with Ankylosing Spondylitis will develop kyphosis Significant medical advances in recent years mean that new treatments can reduce the pain associated with and symptoms of the condition and help improve the quality of life for people living with Ankylosing Spondylitis How is Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosed When you visit your doctor consultant a detailed history of your symptoms will be taken This will include some questions about the type and pattern of your pain and stiffness Some questions that may be asked include How long have your symptoms lasted for How does the pain and stiffness feel when you wake up in the morning and how long does it take to subside What happens when you engage in physical activity or exercise How does the pain and stiffness respond to non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs NSAIDs Questions about your medical and family history will also be required Are there any special tests that are used to diagnose Ankylosing Spondylitis Your doctor will give you a thorough examination which will include assessing the areas where you are experiencing pain or inflammation determining how much spinal mobility you have and checking to see how far your chest can expand Your doctor may order some routine blood tests that tell us about your general well being and about inflammation in the body She he may order a specific blood test which is called a HLA B27 This is a genetic marker the presence of which

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/ankylosing_spondylitis (2016-02-07)
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  • Caring for a Person With Arthritis - Arthritis Ireland
    Frequently Asked Questions Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Home Information Booklets Caring for a Person With Arthritis Caring for a Person with Arthritis print version send to a friend share on facebook This booklet has been launched to mark a new pioneering programme Caring Hands which has been developed by Arthritis Ireland in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care to help people caring for someone with arthritis learn about the condition understand more about its symptoms and realise how they can support someone with arthritis to live a full and independent life By participating in a free half day workshop carers will learn about arthritis what the pain cycle is and how to break it the importance of exercise and the benefits of relaxation methods They will also receive some practical tips on improving communications between the carer and the person being cared for as well as information on treatments for arthritis and how to identify medical priorities Ultimately and most importantly they will learn about self management and how to provide help and assistance while enabling the person with arthritis maintain as much mobility independence and control over their life as possible In this booklet you will find How can a carer help someone with arthritis Understanding what arthritis means Communicating effectively with the person who has arthritis Offering practical help with the treatment Are they getting the benefits they are entitled to Where can I get support as a carer Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Self Management Courses About Self Management Living

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/caring_for_a_person_with_arthritis (2016-02-07)
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  • Coping With Emotions - Arthritis Ireland
    for a Person With Arthritis Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Ezine Forums Blog Shop Big News Magazine Frequently Asked Questions Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Home Information Booklets Coping With Emotions Coping with Emotions print version send to a friend share on facebook When you have arthritis it is not just the physical symptoms that affect you You will also experience a range of different emotions which may change over time You may feel anger anxiety fear or depression with arthritis Having the same disease as someone else does not mean that you will feel the same either physically or emotionally Just as everyone is different so is their experience of arthritis their symptoms are different and their feelings and emotions are different Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Self Management Courses About Self Management Living Well With Arthritis Living Well With Arthritis Online Breaking the Pain Cycle Get Involved Fundraise Mini Marathon Take

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/coping_with_emotions (2016-02-07)
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  • Coping With Pain - Arthritis Ireland
    arthritis This booklet is for anyone with arthritis who wants to work at controlling their joint pain and arthritis pain It will help you get a better understanding of what pain is and will explain a range of methods for dealing with pain Different types of pain management work for different people everyone is unique Arming yourself with information is the first step along the road to controlling joint pain and arthritis pain and living life with arthritis to the full In this booklet you will find Pain management How pain can affect people with arthritis The pain cycle The pain barrier The importance of focusing away from pain Pain control methods How to use your joints to avoid stress and pain The benefits of self help groups and what self management is The importance of exercise in keeping you healthy and relieving stiffness Specific methods of pain control such as massage relaxation hypnosis counselling complementary therapies and drugs Next steps Where you can find help the role of your healthcare team and pain clinics Tips for your own pain management Pain management resources Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/coping_with_pain (2016-02-07)
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  • Disabilities Entitlements - Arthritis Ireland
    Entitlements print version send to a friend share on facebook There is a wide range of equipment available to help you You can save time and energy by using some simple adaptation or helpful piece of equipment or by asking for help You can find out about the range of equipment available and get more information and advice from In this booklet you will find Qualifying for benefits The main disability related payments Other benefits Caring for a person with a disability Transferring benefits from abroad Health services Community care and other services Transport and travel Housing Income tax and levies Education and training Employment Legal matters Complaints appeals and the role of the Ombudsman Equality for people with disabilities Download full booklet here The Assist Ireland website also provides information on assistive technology and a directory of products available for people with disabilities and older people It operates a support service during standard working hours at 0761 07 9200 or Website www assistireland ie Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/disabilities_entitlements (2016-02-07)
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  • Drugs and Complementary Therapies - Arthritis Ireland
    people will take some kind of arthritis medication to help reduce pain and keep their disease under control An increasing number are also turning to complementary therapies to relieve their pain even further and improve their mobility confidence and overall well being Finding the balance of arthritis medication that works best for you isn t always easy but this booklet is a good starting point Whether you want to know more about your current medication or treatment or whether you want to explore others this short guide will give you the key facts about some of the main drugs and therapies which can benefit people with arthritis In this booklet you will find Drugs Drug groups What types of drugs are available and how do they work Safety checklist Things to remember about taking drugs safely Drugs in detail A guide to some of the most commonly prescribed medicines Complementary therapies What are complementary therapies and why do people use them Safety checklist Key points for reliable and safe treatment Therapies in detail Finding a complementary therapy which might help you Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/drugs_complementary_therapies (2016-02-07)
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  • What Is Gout? - Gout Information from Arthritis Ireland - Arthritis Ireland
    of all the rheumatic conditions Gout is a medical condition that causes sudden and severe episodes of joint pain tenderness warmth and swelling It usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe but can affect other joints such as the knee ankles hands or wrist Gout Symptoms Signs and symptoms of gout are generally acute they come on suddenly without warning A significant proportion of people with gout experience them at night Attacks usually occur in the big toe and any physical contact is painful The symptoms develop over a few hours and the swelling can very often look like an infection and the skin may peel Gout may also occur in the ankles hands wrists knees or feet Many people describe the affected areas as warm hot If several joints are inflamed at once this is called polyarticular gout Urate crystals cause inflammation This is where the joint becomes intensely painful red hot shiny and swollen Urate crystals can also collect under the skin and elsewhere forming small firm white pimples called tophi which are not usually painful Similar attacks can be caused by calcium crystal deposits in joints This type of crystal arthritis termed pseudogout or pyrophosphate arthritis affects the knee and other joints more than the big toe and is linked with osteoarthritis Gout Treatment There are a number of possible treatments for acute attacks of gout including NSAIDs Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs Colchicine Steroids Urate Lowering Therapy ULT This booklet will help you understand more about gout what it is what causes it and the different gout treatments so you can live your best possible life with this condition In this booklet you will find What is gout What causes gout What are the symptoms What to look out for before an

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/gout (2016-02-07)
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