Saturday 21 July 2012

All about Arthritis

All about arthritis

Over time, many people start to feel pain and stiffness in the body. Sometimes they hurt in their hands, knees or shoulders and they find it hard to move, as their joints may become swollen. These people may have "arthritis."

Arthritis can be caused by inflammation of the tissue lining the joints. Signs of inflammation include redness, heat, pain and swelling. These problems indicate that something is wrong. Joints are where two bones meet, such as the elbow or knee, and with the passage of time, in some types of arthritis, (but not all) these joints can be severely affected.

The term "arthritis" includes all rheumatic diseases in which the process triggers inflammation. If the intensity of inflammation is high and continuous we can find other general alterations to the condition such as fever, tiredness, loss of appetite and weight loss.

If arthritis affects a single joint we talk about monoarthritis.. If the suffering is found in less than four we are facing an oligarthritis and if there are more affected joints we designate it as polyarthritis. In any case the process may be migratory or additive, acute, chronic or intermittent. There are multiple causes that can cause the presence of arthritis for someone, and some of these causes are as follows:-
 A) Some infections such as bacteria and viruses.  These are usually rarer than agents such as fungi or parasites.
 B) Crystals deposited in organs and mainly in joints.
 C) Genetic disorders
 D) autoimmune diseases
 E) other unusual groups of cases of arthritis that occur in relation to cancer or diseases of the endocrine glands (thyroid).

Many people confuse the difference between arthritis and arthrosis. The first is chronic inflammation of multiple joints, large or small, while osteoarthritis is the wearing of the cartilage of one or more joints. Inflammatory joint pain usually takes up the day to day life of the patient, and although it gets worse with exercise and activity, pain can also be there when resting and even peak in intensity at night. Discomfort may be accompanied by fever, tiredness and fatigue. All these symptoms are not observed in arthrosis.

Atrophy in the muscles around the inflamed joint, especially on hands and knees, is also very characteristic in the early appearance of arthritis. Arthrosis, except in the joints of the knuckles and knees, doesn't usually alter the axis of the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly causes deviations and deformations in the joints. Arthrosis may not show symptoms at the start and be detected by radiographic study. These symptoms always correspond to the affected joint. The beginning of arthritis is insidious and instead presents both articular and extra articular symptoms (subcutaneous nodules, anemia and eye, pulmonary, renal or cardiac disorders ). Pain in the large and small joints of the body is the most common symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis. The most frequently injured joints are the wrists, knuckles, finger joints, the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and toes. Inflammation though maintained and controlled, can end up damaging the bones, ligaments and tendons that are around the area, which can lead to progressive deformity of the joints and loss of ability to do some tasks of daily living.

Arthritis Stair Climbing - Are Stairs Good for Arthritis?

For the arthritis sufferer everyday tasks like climbing up and down stairs can be painful and difficult.  It is for this reason that a stairlift is often installed to make a difficult and possibly dangerous climb up a staircase into an easy automated glide to the top instead.
According to the American Arthritis Society in their practical tips series:-
Every stair step puts strain on the knee. If you can use an elevator instead of taking the stairs, always take the elevator, even if you travel just one floor or if it means waiting a few minutes. With osteoarthritis of the knee, avoid stairs whenever possible.
 The main symptoms of arthritis are:
 · In hands it typically involves the small joints of the fingers and swelling of the wrists. Over time and in the absence of adequate treatment, the wrist joint loses mobility. Over the years deformities can occur, especially in more serious cases, such as deviation of the fingers. In some patients this can cause tendon ruptures, causing difficulty to extend or straighten the little finger and sometimes the middle and ring finger.
 · In the elbows: they are frequently affected in rheumatoid arthritis, causing deep pain in bending and straightening it. · On the shoulders: patients often complain of shoulder pain and limitation for activities of daily living such as dressing, washing the back and raising the arms to reach objects.
 · In the hips: it appears in severe forms of the disease, with pain in the groin, leading to difficulty in walking, rising from a chair and of course, up and down stairs.
 · The knees are affected most often and sometimes is the only manifestation of the start of the disease. Chronic inflammation may lead to difficulty in stretching entirely and muscle atrophy of the thigh. There may be a limp or difficulty in walking.
 · Joints of the foot: patients often suffer this pain in that area, and the feeling of stones or crystals, especially in the morning, sometimes even going limp and feeling uncomfortable wearing their shoes. The toes may be deformed in the long run, for example causing a bunion and in advanced stages the deformation of the heel and flat part of the foot may be the outcome.
 · Joints of the cervical spine: the most common symptoms of this dislocation is neck pain just in the back of the head. This pain often affects some patients more so in the morning, improving as the day progresses. This pain can be accompanied by leg weakness and urinary problems which suggests that the luxation may be severe.
 · Signs outside the joints: although the fundamental location of lesions caused by rheumatoid arthritis is in the synovial membrane of joints, sometimes it can alter other structures. Extra-articular manifestations are due to rheumatoid arthritis but affect different parts of the body than the joints.
The stairlifts are suitable for the elderly, since they are more likely to suffer from arthritis and other conditions that alter their movement. There are many diseases that make it difficult for the elderly to use the stairs, thus, an elder would greatly benefit from a stairlift. The elimination of the physical struggles with conventional stairs by using a stairlift can change the life of an elderly person. Castle Comfort Stairlifts offers top brands, competitive prices and fast installs for those seeking help with problems of mobility. We adapt to any particular case. Call us now and ask us for advice on 0800 007 6959 as we will be happy to provide our help.  
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  1. I now understand a lot more about arthritis, thanks to this blog. It's a good job things like stairlifts have been invented to help sufferers get around more easily and with less pain on the stairs.

  2. Having seen what arthritis can do to a sufferer, it's great to know what is on offer to help those afflicted. My grandparents both had arthritis and other complaints, and in the days when all bathrooms were upstairs it would have been a godsend to be able to get to the bathroom without the agony of dragging themselves up the stairs and down again. These days it's good to know that if a person can't get around too well, there are options to make life bearable.

  3. Our stairlift blogs we hope help a lot of people - but this arthritis one has received an amazing response already, from people seeking help from different types of arthritic conditions.

  4. My mum has arthritis and wouldn't be without her marvellous riser recliner chair from Castle Comfort to help her get up and down after a long day at the bowling green.

  5. Arthritis sufferers are often indeed silent sufferers because there is no cure - there are so many of us notg wanting to moan. Anyway, these diseases are ofen dismissed as a sign of old age. All we can do is 'put up and shut up' and maybe buy such things as special chairs, beds and stairlifts to make life a bit easier.

  6. Hello!
    I´m 56 and two years ago I started to feel that something was wrong with my body. I felt a weariness that caught my attention because it was in the mornings when after I woke up, (allegedly having rested all night) and I had trouble to get catch up to work. Throughout the morning it was disappearing and could have a good day, but on reaching the end of the day and finished my workday I came back to be exhausted. I retired early to rest, thinking it was lack of sleep or simply exhaustion from overwork but the next morning was worse. One day I began to feel a severe pain in my knee and I and was taking analgesics for some days thinking it was an injury of youth that I was having an impact at this age.
    After a while I had a strong pain in one foot that left me limp up to collapse and had my first attack that left me in bed unable to wake up with unbearable pains. My wife told me that "I looked at you and it seemed you were giving birth".
    The doctor came to me and the diagnosis was rheumatoid arthritis. I started a treatment and I felt better but every so often I have a pain fit and the disease is manifesting in the whole body, knees, ankles, shoulders hands and feet.
    It's hard to assume this disease because I’m a young man and have always been strong. Nowadays I'm feeling gradually like I my daily life is limited. I have a beautiful family who love me very much and I'm afraid to be in the future a burden to my family. Usually people see me well and do not think this is so complicated. I try to take care of myself and not take so many muscle relaxants but hot baths and stretching exercises maintain the balance between physical activity and rest.

    Thanks for listening to me and I send best wishes to all the people who have this problem.

  7. Thank you for taking the trouble to write to us ELT.
    Never has a Castle comfort blog post caused so much serious reaction so quickly. Many clearly suffer in silence with this terrible disease of arthritis and whilst the world prays for cures to cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's etc etc the arthritic problems that so much of the world's population suffers cannot be forgotten.

  8. A lady from Aberdeen, read our blog on arthritis. We do not know if she has, or will ever need a stairlift but in view of the fact she went to the trouble of sending us this lovely poem - means we will probably install one for her (one many years into the future) - free of charge.

    Scottish Poetry from Aberdeen in Scotland

    Here is poem which preaches the practical benefit of positive thinking as we grow old! The poem was written by an Aberdonian, Charlotte (Lottie) Sinclair, who had a deep knowledge of the Doric and Buchan dialects and loved writing poems. She would often compose verses for her friends and family and had some poems published in the local press. Lottie passed away in 2010 at the age of 97.

    "There is nothing the matter with me
    I'm as healthy as can be.
    I have ARTHRITIS in both my knees
    And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze,
    My pulse is weak and my blood is thin,
    But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.
    Arch supports I have for my feet,
    Or I wouldn't be able to go on the street.
    Sleep is denied me night after night,
    But every morning I find I'm all right,
    My memory is failing, my head's in a spin
    But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.
    The moral is this - as my tale I unfold,
    That for you and me who are growing old,
    It's better to say, "I'm fine" with a grin,
    Than to let folks know the shape we're in.
    How do I know that my youth is all spent?
    Well my 'get up and go' has got up and went.
    But I don't really mind when I think with a grin,
    Of all the grand places 'my get up' has been.
    Old age is golden, I've heard it said,
    But sometimes I wonder as I get into bed,
    With my ears in the drawer, my teeth in the cup,
    My eyes on the table until I wake up.
    Ere sleep overtakes me, I think to myself
    Is there anything else I could lay on the shelf?
    When I was young, my slippers were red;
    I could kick my heels right over my head.
    When I got older, my slippers were blue;
    But still I could dance the whole night through.
    But now I am old, my slippers are black;
    I walk to the store and puff my way back.
    I get up each day and dust off my wits,
    And pick up the paper and read the 'obits'.
    If my name is still missing, I know I'm not dead -
    So I have a good breakfast and go back to bed.

  9. Arthritic pain can be the worst there is. It is so constant. A stairlift is a useful tool for any severe sufferers but it merely transfers the pain from one floor to another.

  10. Thanks for commenting. I realise that a stairlift won't cure arthritis but what it will do is make the journey up and down stairs a lot more easy to bear as our customers tell us that climbing a staircase with arthritic hands and knees is a lot of hard work and quite dangerous.
    To manage your pain there are a number of natural remedies you may have already tried but I have heard the best of which according to research contain boswellia serrata. I hope this helps.

  11. Arthritis sufferers certainly invest more funds on stairlifts than alcohol - interesting stats here from the this study -


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