Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis [NOOK Book]

Overview

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which inflammation plays a major role in causing joint problems. Warmth and swelling in the joints, along with significant stiffness and pain, can make daily life difficult. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis also experience fatigue, low-grade fever, loss of appetite, depression, and muscle aches.

In this, the third edition of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tammi L. Shlotzhauer describes new findings about causes and ...

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Overview

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which inflammation plays a major role in causing joint problems. Warmth and swelling in the joints, along with significant stiffness and pain, can make daily life difficult. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis also experience fatigue, low-grade fever, loss of appetite, depression, and muscle aches.

In this, the third edition of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tammi L. Shlotzhauer describes new findings about causes and treatments, including • New research on risk factors and triggers, including pathologic bacteria in the digestive tract, smoking, and exposure to pollutants and chemicals• Lifestyle and diet modifications that can help avoid potential triggers • How stress contributes to inflammation and other symptoms • Information about new biologic disease-modifying drugs • Promising research on biomarkers that may generate a personalized approach to treatment • Remarkable gains in reducing disability, hospitalizations, and surgeries

In addition to explaining the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for people who have rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Shlotzhauer offers practical strategies for coping with the pain, fatigue, and emotional toll of a chronic illness. She provides new information on associated diseases such as osteoporosis, tips for finding safe and reliable information online, and information on how to get an accurate diagnosis.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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)
Examiner.com - Robin Wulffson
An indispensable book for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis and their families... In addition to explaining the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for people who have rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Shlotzhauer offers practical approaches for managing the pain, fatigue, and emotional toll of a chronic illness. She provides new information on associated diseases such as osteoporosis, tips for finding safe and reliable information online, and information on how to get an accurate diagnosis.
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.
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
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.

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.
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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421414287
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2014
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 254,581
  • File size: 5 MB

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.

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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 47
6 Coping with Pain and Fatigue 56
7 Coping with Emotions - Yours and Everyone Else's 68
Pt. III Exercise and Rehabilitation
8 Protecting Your Joints 87
9 Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis 98
10 Specific Exercises 106
Pt. IV Medications
11 Medications Past, Present, Future 131
12 Aspirin, Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs NSAIDs, and COX-2 Inhibitors 136
13 Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs DMARDs 155
14 Biologic Response Modifiers BRMs and a Biologic Medical Device 182
15 Corticosteroids 200
16 Osteoporosis Treatments 206
Pt. V Beyond Medications: Other Treatments
17 Alternative and Complementary Therapies 213
18 Nutrition: Diets, Nutrients, and Food Supplements 224
19 Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis 245
Pt. VI Practical Matters
20 Disability, Insurance, and Other Financial Matters 253
21 Other Issues 262
Closing Thoughts 271
Glossary 273
Bibliography 279
Index 285
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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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