My mother used to knit socks, hats, sweaters, scarves, and other items. She would send these items to relatives or donate to various church sales throughout the year. She enjoyed knitting, which may explain why we never had a cat.
Once I left home I noticed that she wasn’t knitting anymore. I have no idea when this change came about. When I asked her, she stated her fingers were too stiff. I could see the deformity in her fingers as she held her hand up. She had rheumatoid arthritis and it made knitting difficult and painful. I thought this was due to over usage of her joints over the years but it turns out she had arthritis and kept it to herself all the while because she never like going to the Doctors. From an outside perspective it’s easy to criticize but some people just don’t like to cause a fuss, or are scared of what the doctor might tell them. If you think you or a loved one are suffering from arthritis, or indeed the early stages, these are the things you should be looking out for.
Arthritis tends to cause inflammation in the joints and pain is the common symptom. Using the term arthritis covers at least one hundred different diseases. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It tends to be age related, but teens can develop forms of arthritis which is caused by autoimmune disorders.
Obesity is a contributing factor to the symptoms, so lifestyle choices are a factor. Additional weight placed on the joints that are already inflamed will create more inflammation. Keeping to a healthy weight will drastically reduce the chances of become arthritic later on in life.
Exercise will make it worse is a common myth, but the opposite is true. Exercise is a great non-medicinal relief. Exercise strengthens muscles, creates endorphins which relieve pain through the nervous system. Granted, the right types of exercises should be selected and executed. Jogging on cement roads will not relieve pressure. There are also dedicated exercise plans available for arthritis which are designed specifically to help limb movement over time and a definitely worthwhile.
The sooner arthritis is detected; the best time is to act immediately. Joints with persistent join pain should be investigated with a doctor. It is possible to reduce the impact of the pain of arthritis in order to have a quality life.
Seek Professional Advice
Arthritis is not a minor annoyance. Waiting too long to get treatment can result in serious dexterity and mobility issues which can lead people to be disabled. In Canada, in the next 10 years every one in five people will have a form of arthritis. A large percentage of workers contract arthritis and 25 percent will be forced to leave the workforce early due to being disabled.
Getting help sooner is important and on the same level as someone with cancer, diabetes, or heart disease and must be treated just as seriously. Now you know what to look out for make sure you or a loved one doesn’t suffer in silence. Get the pain relief you deserve.
Lee is a skater, blogger and health freak and volunteers for the Arthritic Association, a charity dedicated to helping people manage arthritic pain and proves drug free treatments for arthritis. Please stop by and let us know what you think of our new website.