Q. I take several medications to treat both my osteoarthritis and high cholesterol. Some of the medication directions say to to take the drug first thing in the morning, while others should be taken in the evening or right before going to bed. Does it really make a difference when I take the medications?
Subscribers Only- Once thought of as a “wastebasket diagnosis,” fibromyalgia is now establishing its position among today’s chronic pain disorders as a clearly defined condition. While the symptoms are non-specific, the combination of widespread pain, fatigue and sleep problems, and cognitive complications continuing for at least three months is consistent with the diagnosis.
Subscribers Only- Your ankles play a significant role in your daily life. Although often overlooked due to their size, the fact is that the interworking of the ankle’s bones is critical for your entire lower body’s mechanics. And when arthritis sets in, your movement can come to a standstill.
Subscribers Only- A diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)— a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine— more than 25 years ago has never stopped Mark Marteeny. As a father of three, Marteeny’s days are full with driving an asphalt truck through the hills of Pennsylvania. But, in the summer of 2013 he knew the pain had won.
Subscribers Only- As the most common type of pain experienced by Americans, low-back pain remains in need of a guaranteed treatment. For those with this chronic condition who are constantly immobilized, it’s understandable why the claims of relief offered by nonsurgical spinal decompression offer a glimmer of hope.
A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not as disabling as it was 20 years ago, researchers reported online in Arthritis Care & Research (Dec. 3, 2013). The study found that about half as many people were considered disabled after the first four years of RA treatment in 2011, compared to 1990. The study analyzed data on 1,151 people diagnosed with RA between 1990 and 2011 between the ages of 17 and 86 years old. When assessing patients diagnosed with RA in the 1990s, more than 50 percent had significant disability. In contrast, only 31 percent were disabled four years after diagnosis in 2011. The improvement in rates of disability corresponded with the advent of potent biologic medications for RA, which has been shown to slow or prevent disease progression.
Subscribers Only- It’s never been easier to embark on a gluten-free diet, according to Alicia Woodward, editor of Living Without magazine. “These suggestions will help you make the transition,” says Woodward.
Subscribers Only- It’s a diet touted by athletes and celebrities alike as the key to improving overall health, and research has been giving arthritis sufferers reason to follow their lead as to why going gluten free is advantageous.