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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Arthritis and Rheumatism
A well-written and comprehensive book that will be a valuable resource for patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are highly motivated to learn more about their disease. I will recommend it with enthusiasm to my patients.

— James R. O'Dell, M.D.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Ami N Mody, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This is a detailed guide for patients and families with rheumatoid arthritis describing, in simple language, what it is, its various manifestations, and what therapeutic interventions are available to treat them. The book is unique in its systematic and in-depth approach to every question. The first edition was published in 1993 and much has changed since then, especially in the field of therapeutic options, making this update quite necessary.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to formulate a well-written, readable, comprehensive guide for patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, and for those who care about them and for them. One of the most important needs of persons living with rheumatoid arthritis is education. Informed patients and family members will be better able to deal with the disease and achieve better outcomes if they are educated about the disease, its potential complications, and its treatment. These are worthy objectives and this type of book is really needed.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and for those who care for them or care about them, an appropriate audience. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The book covers in a systematic fashion and in some detail various rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms and therapeutic options to treat them and includes such information as exercises that can be done at home, radiographic changes in the joints, etc. The best aspect of the book is that the language is straightforward, but the complexity of the disease is not downplayed. Excellent illustrations explain various exercises. Tables are used with great effect to convey information. It is interesting to note that questions such as the role of vitamins, spas, etc., that are frequently posed by patients but are generally not a part of routine rheumatology textbooks are included here.
Assessment: Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex disease that requires constant vigilance and significant compliance on the part of the patient and caregiver for optimal response to various therapeutic interventions. This book could prove to be invaluable in the care of the rheumatoid arthritis patients by providing a bridge between the available information and its application.
C. Garrison Fathman
This will be an extremely valuable text for every rheumatologist's office and will likely become a household companion of many patients.
David F. Giansiracusa
This comprehensive and insightful book explains not only the physical features of rheumatoid arthritis but also its psychological, emotional, and functional effects.
Booknews
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)
Science News
Painful and prevalent, rheumatoid arthritis afflicts more than three million people in the United States alone. This guide makes coping with and understanding the disease easier by outlining its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. The book also suggests exercises and gives advice on dealing with the pain and change in lifestyle arthritis causes.
Arthritis and Rheumatism - James R. O'Dell
A well-written and comprehensive book that will be a valuable resource for patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are highly motivated to learn more about their disease. I will recommend it with enthusiasm to my patients.
Arthur I. Grayzel
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis will answer many questions patients and their families haven't thought to ask and provide information they need to know.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801871474
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 358,830
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Tammi L. Shlotzhauer, M.D., is a practicing rheumatologist at Rheumatology Associates of Rochester and associate medical director at Rochester Clinical Research, where she directs clinical research trials involving arthritis.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:

Foreword, by Carol Ziminski, M.D.

Introduction: Defining Rheumatoid Arthritis

Part I. Learning about Rheumatoid Arthritis 1. The Joints and Rheumatoid Arthritis

2. The Course and Prognosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

3. Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis: Why So Many Tests?

4. Outside the Joints: Other Symtoms of Rheumatoid ArthritisPart II. Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis 5. Coping Strategies

6. Coping with Pain and Fatigue

7. Coping with Emotions—Yours and Everyone Else'sPart III. Exercise and Rehabilitation 8. Protecting Your Joints

Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis

10. Specific ExercisesPart IV. Medications 11. Medications Past, Present, Future

12. Aspirin, Nonsteriodal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS), and COX-2 Inhibitors

13. Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)

14. Biologic Response Modifiers (BRMs) and Biologic Medical Device

15. Corticosteroids

16. OsteoporosisPart V. Beyond Medications: Other Treatments 17. Alternative and Complemetary Therapies

18. Nutrition: Diets, Nutrients, and Food Supplements

19. Surgery for Rheumatoid ArthritisPart VI. Practical Matters 20. Disability, Insurance, and Other Financial Matters

21. Other Issues

Closing Thoughts

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "A PATIENTS BEST FRIEND"

    When I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I knew nothing, didn't know what to expect and/or what path I should take in the way of treatment. This book answered all my questions. I was very scared and was put at ease. As of this writing, I am going to my first Rheumatologist appointment on Monday with a good outlook on my future. Definetely the book to add to your library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    Excellent Book for New Sufferers

    Being just diagnosed with RA I had a million questions that needed to be answered. This book is filled with information that helped me begin to understand what was happening to me and to get my life back in order. It is definitely a "must have" if you have or know someone that has RA.

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