How to Make Your Arthritis Worse

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Registered: 08-16-2001
How to Make Your Arthritis Worse
Tue, 04-09-2013 - 3:44pm

Living with osteoarthritis is a long-term proposition. It’s your job to stay active and keep your joints healthy so that you can do the things you want and need to do, as independently as you can, for as long as you can.

“There’s nothing that I as a physician can do to slow the progression of osteoarthritis,” says Elinor Mody, MD, medical director of the Gretchen S. and Edward A. Fish Center for Women’s Health and co-director of the Center for Skin and Related Musculoskeletal Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.“And in the vast majority of cases, there’s nothing the patient can do that would make the disease getworsefaster.”

So much of the time, you can manage your osteoarthritis on your own. But sometimes, you’ll need the guidance of a doctor or physical therapist to cope with pain, handle obstacles, and make sure you’re steering in the right direction. When should you seek help?

To read more, go to:

Arthritis Central

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 11:00pm

Thanks Molly,

I am dealing with both RA and OA...finally a referral to a Rheumatologist...

My neck has been sore, among other things...:(...

I stayed in today, very bad weather.

Hopefully it will be better tomorrow...

Didn't want to go out.

I am afraid of falling.