The Crazy Suburban Mom: Arthritis Foundation Screening for RA, New York area

Monday, April 4, 2011

Arthritis Foundation Screening for RA, New York area

 I was contacted recently by Arthritis Foundation and asked  to spread awareness about Rheumatoid Arthritis and help facilitate early diagnosis and treatment.

As a parent, we often put our children’s health above our own. But we must not forget to take care of ourselves, too. Did you know that approximately 1.3 million people in the United States are living with Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

RA is a chronic disease that can lead to long-term damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability; however early treatment can stop joint damage.

Studies have shown that early aggressive treatment of RA can limit joint damage, which in turn limits loss of movement, decreased ability to work, higher medical costs and potential surgery. In fact, early diagnosis and treatment can help stop joint damage.

If you:

  • Have pain or swelling in 3 or more joints
  • Have stiffness in 3 or more joints
  • Feel pain in the wrists, fingers or toes
  • And have had this problem for less than 12 months

Then you might benefit from a screening to determine if you have RA.

Because Rheumatoid Arthritis is a serious disease, early diagnosis and treatment are critical to enable those affected to continue living productive lifestyles. Advancements in research and drug development, joint protection techniques and self-management techniques have made it possible for more people with RA to live healthier and more fulfilling lives."

For even more information, tips and resources, visit the Arthritis Foundation  and check out this special video Public Service Announcement here  with a toll free phone number for New York area readers.


Lynette 4/5/11, 10:14 AM  

wow I am one of 1.3 million people? and i though i was original. dang it
Yes I have RA and have for 12 years now. hurts mostly in my neck/shoulders, lower back, knees and wrist. Have been on mobic for 10 years now and it does help. Otherwise I feel lucky to not have any other major problems yet with my RA. I know, in time, in time.

MoonDoggie 4/5/11, 2:04 PM  

My friend was diagnosed with RA a couple of years ago. Her mother has had it for years. My husband's mother is also disabled with it and he is seeing a specialist about his joint problems. Definitely

She tries not to moan about it which means people usually don't realise just how much pain she is in.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 4/5/11, 4:50 PM  

Lynette, I had no idea about that. Wow. We've written back and forth for a while now... so. Wow.

MoonDoggie - That is true about pain. Pain is one of those invisible disabilities that other people have issues understanging

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