Complications and Related Conditions

In addition to causing joint pain, arthritis can affect other parts of the body as well. Learn more about arthritis complications and other conditions that may affect people with arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Go Undetected

by Joseph Gustaitis

Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can mimic other conditions, or the symptoms can flare up, go away and then flare up again in a different body part.

Predictors of Ankylosing Spondylitis

by Joseph Gustaitis

A painful condition called ankylosing spondylitis (AS) affects about 32 out of every 100,000 people in North America. The term itself is a mouthful, but it becomes clearer when you break it down. It combines the Greek words for “crooked” (ankylose) and “vertebra” (spondylos) with the suffix “-itis,” which means inflammation. In other words, it […]

Drinking wine may cause a gout flare

by Cooper B. Wilhelm

A study suggests wine may not only increase the risk of being diagnosed with gout, it may do so more than beer or hard liquor.

The Good News and Bad News on Gout

by Kurt Ullman, RN

Although gout is very painful, it is also easily treated.

The Link Between Obesity & Arthritis

by JoAnn Stevelos, MS MPH

People with obesity have an increased risk of arthritis and arthritis pain. Obesity can increase the risk of being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Male Osteoporosis: Underdiagnosed & Undertreated

by Kurt Ullman

Despite the fact that most discussion of osteoporosis centers on women, studies suggest one out of every 20 men will have osteoporosis during his lifetime. Yet a recent survey from the International Osteoporosis Foundation found 93% of men are not aware of how common osteoporotic fractures are in males. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes […]

Learn to Fight Smart

by Lisa Pevtzow

Even for a mother who is totally healthy, children can be a challenge. They need to be fed and clothed. If they are young enough, their diapers have to be changed; if they are older, they need help with homework. They need to be read to, played with, cared for, and listened to. “Women who […]

Matters of the Heart

by Paul Wynn

First, the bad news: If you have arthritis or inflammatory conditions, you’re at increased risk of experiencing heart disease. This means you have a greater chance of living with high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol and of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Don’t despair, though—there’s good news. With new research and awareness, doctors better […]

Arthritis Basics: Vasculitis

by Kurt Ullman, RN

Vasculitis is inflammation of the blood vessels and can have various symptoms, effects, and treatments, depending on the cause of the inflammation and which blood vessels, specifically, are inflamed. Vasculitis that occurs with no apparent cause is called primary vasculitis. Vasculitis that appears because of another condition is called secondary vasculitis. Secondary vasculitis may result […]

Anemia and Arthritis

by Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFCN

Anemia is the most common blood disorder in America, and many factors put people with arthritis at an increased risk. It is estimated that as many as 60% of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have anemia, as do about half of people with lupus. Anemia is also linked to many of the drugs used to […]

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