Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Nearly three million Americans live with rheumatoid arthritis. This year about 200,000 more - many in their 20s, 30s, and 40s - will learn that they have the disease. Most all of them can lead full, satisfying, and highly productive lives. But if you or someone close to you has just been diagnosed, you may feel overwhelmed with questions, fears, and uncertainties. Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis is written with the goal of alleviating fears and providing the coping skills needed to meet the physical and ...
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Nearly three million Americans live with rheumatoid arthritis. This year about 200,000 more - many in their 20s, 30s, and 40s - will learn that they have the disease. Most all of them can lead full, satisfying, and highly productive lives. But if you or someone close to you has just been diagnosed, you may feel overwhelmed with questions, fears, and uncertainties. Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis is written with the goal of alleviating fears and providing the coping skills needed to meet the physical and emotional challenges ahead. The authors - based at the Stanford University School of Medicine - provide clear explanations of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease. They tell arthritis sufferers why medication, joint protection, physical activity, and good nutrition are essential components of care. They describe specific ways - including safe and effective exercises - to cope with pain, stiffness, and fatigue, as well as emotional responses, reactions from friends and family, and changes of lifestyle. In clear, straightforward language, the authors offer practical and usable answers to your questions about rheumatoid arthritis: Why is rheumatoid arthritis so difficult to diagnose? What is inflammation, and how does it affect the joints ? How does the condition start, and how will it progress? Can I get remission with medication? What is joint protection? What exercises should I do and when? Should I change my diet? How can I decrease pain and fatigue? Should I consider surgery or unorthodox treatments? How can I handle guilt, anger or depression? What should I know about health insurance and medicare? Can I remain independent? Do I need vocational rehabilitation?

The joints/course & prognosis/diagnosis/coping strategies/ protecting the joints/exercise/medications/nutrition/etc.

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A Johns Hopkins Health Book likely to join their incontinence monograph and others in attaining spectacular sales to patients and their families. A very common affliction (some three million American sufferers). This book deals with diagnosis, treatment, joint protection, exercise, diet, insurance, rehab. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801845628
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Series: Health Book Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Defining Rheumatoid Arthritis 1
Pt. I Learning about Rheumatoid Arthritis
1 The Joints and Rheumatoid Arthritis 9
2 The Course and Prognosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis 20
3 Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis: Why So Many Tests? 27
4 Outside the Joints: Other Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis 36
Pt. II Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis
5 Coping Strategies 45
6 Coping with Pain and Fatigue 54
7 Coping with Your Emotions - and with Everyone Else's 66
Pt. III Exercise and Rehabilitation
8 Protecting Your Joints 83
9 Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis 94
10 Specific Exercises 102
Pt. IV Medications
11 Medications Past, Present, Future 127
12 Aspirin and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs 132
13 Second-Line Drugs 146
14 Corticosteroids 165
Pt. V Beyond Medications: Other Treatments
15 Nutrition and Rheumatoid Arthritis 173
16 Surgery 178
Pt. VI Practical Matters
17 Disability, Insurance, and Other Financial Matters 185
18 Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Other Issues 193
For More Information: Resources 201
Glossary 205
Bibliography 211
Index 213
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