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  • What is Fibromyalgia?
    term for fibrous tissue fibro and the Greek terms for muscle myo and pain algia Tender points are particular body locations that are usually somewhat tender for anyone but where people with fibromyalgia feel pain in response to very slight pressure these tender points are used in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia People who have fibromyalgia may also experience aching stiffness and tiredness which can be changeable throughout the day getting worse with activity Poor sleep quality and waking up without feeling refreshed is very common Simple chores or activities may prove difficult to undertake because of muscular fatigue or lack of energy Many people with fibromyalgia can experience emotional distress including anxiety and depression Fibromyalgia Treatments As fibromyalgia is a syndrome it may be difficult to treat Your GP or rheumatologist will be the primary source of this treatment referring you to other health professionals including a psychologist physiotherapist or occupational therapist as needed You will be required to play an active role in controlling your fibromyalgia working together with your health professionals There is no cure but the symptoms may be managed very successfully Your doctor may treat fibromyalgia with a variety of medications developed and approved for other

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  • What Is Osteoarthritis?
    of obesity on osteoarthritis are well documented Carrying extra weight puts pressure on weight bearing joints especially the hips knees and spine It also increases the chances of osteoarthritis worsening once it has developed Joint injury A major injury or operation on a joint may lead to osteoarthritis at that site later in life Normal activity and exercise are good for the joints and do not cause osteoarthritis However very hard repetitive activity may injure joints Exercising too soon after an injury has had time to heal properly may also lead to osteoarthritis in that joint later on It is always best to check with your doctor physiotherapist or nurse when it is safe to exercise after you have sustained an injury Heredity One common form of osteoarthritis nodal osteoarthritis runs strongly in families This particularly affects the hands of middle aged women In other common forms of osteoarthritis heredity plays a small part compared with obesity ageing and joint injury There are some very rare forms of osteoarthritis that start at a young age and run in families and these are linked with single genes that affect collagen an essential component of cartilage The standard explanation for osteoarthritis is that it is a result of wear and tear Studies of people who have led very similar lives show some will have virtually perfect joints while others have quite severe osteoarthritis Therefore it seems there must be an inbuilt susceptibility to or protection against osteoarthritis Other types of joint disease Osteoarthritis is sometimes caused by injury and damage from a different kind of joint disease years before For example people with rheumatoid arthritis can develop osteoarthritis in the joints that were most affected by rheumatoid inflammation What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis The early signs of osteoarthritis are so mild

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  • What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    the second most common form of arthritis Between one and three people in every hundred develop rheumatoid arthritis and it can start at any age Most of these people around three quarters are women Although you are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis in your middle years between 30 and 50 children young adults and older people can also get it Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation In rheumatoid arthritis your immune system attacks your joints and sometimes other parts of your body for no reason The attack can go on for a long time or come and go Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis There is plenty that can be done to help control rheumatoid arthritis and make it more manageable Many different professionals will work together to help you manage your arthritis but they are all aiming for the same goals to reduce inflammation and slow down or even stop any damage to your joints to relieve your symptoms like pain fatigue and stiffness and to help you get on with your life as well as possible In this booklet you will find Introducing rheumatoid arthritis What happens in rheumatoid arthritis what the causes are and what joints are affected How a diagnosis is

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  • Physical Activity & Arthritis
    and staying motivated or if it is the different types of exercise aerobic range of movement and muscle strengthening you wish to learn more about this short guide contains all the latest information on why staying active is an important part of the prescription In this booklet you will find Is there a difference between physical activity and exercise What are the benefits of physical activity and exercise How do

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  • What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?
    the most common symptoms and the other conditions that share them A red scaly skin rash Thickening discoloration and pitting of the nails Stiff painful swollen joints PsA typically affects the ankle knees toes and lower back The joints at the tips of the fingers may also swell confusing it with gout a form of inflammatory arthritis that typically affects only one joint Dactylitis This is a sausage like swelling of the fingers or toes This symptom is one that often helps differentiate PsA from RA in which the swelling is usually confined to a single joint Enthesitis People with PsA often develop tenderness or pain where tendons or ligaments attach to bones This commonly occurs at the heel Achilles tendinitis or the bottom of the foot plantar fasciitis but it can also occur in the elbow tennis elbow Each of these conditions could just as easily result from sports injuries or overuse as from PsA Pain and swelling at the back of the heel Eye inflammation less frequent What is the cause of psoriatic arthritis At present the exact cause is not known Research has shown that a particular combination of genes makes some people more likely to get psoriasis and PsA However having genes that predispose you to PsA does not necessarily mean you will develop this disease Some people think that an event has to occur to trigger it Unfortunately we don t know what that trigger is It could be a viral infection trauma or something else in the environment There may be more than one trigger How does the doctor diagnose psoriatic arthritis There is no single test for psoriatic arthritis but the diagnosis is based on your symptoms and a physical examination It is easier to diagnose if you have psoriasis along with red

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  • Surgery and Arthritis
    the decision This booklet aims to give an overview of what is involved in having surgery for your arthritis It contains information on preparing for surgery and the different types of procedures as well as what to expect from life after surgery In this booklet you will find Surgery and arthritis Why people with arthritis have surgery and what the alternatives are Weighing up the decision The benefits and risks

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  • Understanding Arthritis
    live a better quality of life Being diagnosed with arthritis can raise many concerns and questions In this booklet you will find information about arthritis itself the kinds of treatment that are available ways of coping how to get help and how to develop your own skills to manage the condition In this booklet you will find Introducing arthritis About the condition How arthritis will affect you Explaining pain immobility

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  • When a Child has Arthritis
    will affect your daughter or son as s he grows up You may feel angry or confused wanting to know why your child should have an illness which most people think only happens to adults Whatever you feel you will probably have lots of questions This booklet aims to provide some answers about arthritis in children It describes the different types of arthritis like juvenile rheumatoid arthritis outlines the best

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