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What do we know about arthritis apart from aching joints, not so spritely! As we know there are different types of arthritis and they all have a devastating effect on peoples lives.

There are over 100 different forms of arthritis.The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are:.

There are several diseases where joint pain is primary, and is considered the main feature. Generally when a person has “arthritis” it means that they have one of these diseases, which include:

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Let us look at Rheumatoid arthritis

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling.

In an autoimmune disease, your immune system starts attacking your own healthy tissues. In RA, the immune system targets the lining of the joints, causing inflammation. RA usually affects smaller joints, such as the joints in the hands and feet. However larger joints such as the hips and knees can also be affected.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of RA vary from person to person.

The most common symptoms are:

  • joint pain, swelling, and tenderness to touch
  • stiffness in the joints, especially in the morning
  • symmetrical (the same joints on both sides of the body are affected).

What causes it?

It is not known what causes RA. It is more common in people who smoke and/or have a family history of RA.

How is it diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose RA from your symptoms, a physical examination and various tests. These can include:

  • blood tests for inflammation
  • blood tests for rheumatoid factor. Testing negative for rheumatoid factor does not prove you do not have RA, particularly in the early stages of RA. As many as two out of 10 people with RA will never test positive for rheumatoid factor.
  • x-rays to see if your joints are being damaged by the disease. X-ray changes are rare in the early stages of RA.

It can be difficult, and often takes time, to diagnose RA as the symptoms can be similar to other types of arthritis. If your doctor suspects you have RA you should be referred to a rheumatologist, a doctor who specialises in arthritis.

What will happen to me?

With early diagnose, most people with RA can lead full and active life: However the course of RA varies and no two cases are exactly the same. Many people with RA experience ‘flares’, periods when joints become more inflamed and painful. These can happen with no obvious cause. ‘Flares’ are commonly followed by months or even years when there is little inflammation. RA can cause permanentjoint damage and deformity: A change from the normal shape., especially in the first few years of the disease. The good news is that early diagnosis and treatment is shown to limit this type of joint damage

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Personal recommendations: Products

Do your joints ache more when the weather changes – mine sure does. I feel like a barometer and know when the weather is changing especially temperature drops and rain developing. We are just walking barometers.

Whose knees are aching continually especially after exercise or general activities? Most of us would put our hands up!

I personally use “Pain away”  Arthritis pain relief cream  and & “Pain Away” Sports spray  which can be purchased at  Chemist Warehouse at a very reasonable price. Both products are made in Australia. Their website is phone 1300 007 246

My doctor prescribed “Panadol Osteo” Paracetamol 665 mg which can be obtained over the counter. Please do not take more than the recommended dose. If  your pain is out of control see y0ur GP for a review and follow up. This product  can be purchased at  Chemist Warehouse at a very reasonable price.

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Health Benefits of Krill Oil

Numerous studies have been published demonstrating the benefits of marine based omega-3s for joint, brain and heart health. While the majority of these studies have been conducted using fish oils, the body of evidence continues to grow for krill oil as a clean, safe, quality source of long chain omega-3s

A product I use and does not upset the stomach as some of them do is Nature’s Own – Ultra Krill Oil 1000mg – obtainable from Chemist warehouse at a reasonable price

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Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a joint problem (arthritis) that often occurs with a skin condition called psoriasis.


 Psoriasis is a common skin problem that causes red patches on the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) inflammatory condition. About 1 in 20 people with psoriasis may develop arthritis with the skin condition. In most cases, psoriasis comes before the arthritis.

The cause of psoriatic arthritis is not known. Genes, immune system, and environmental factors may play a role. It is likely that the skin and joint diseases may have similar causes. However, they may not occur together.


The arthritis may be mild and involve only a few joints. The joints at the end of the fingers or toes may be more affected.

In some people the disease may be severe and affect many joints, including the spine. Symptoms in the spine include stiffness, burning, and pain. They most often occur in the lower spine and sacrum.

Most of the time, people with psoriatic arthritis have the skin and nail changes of psoriasis. Often, the skin gets worse at the same time as the arthritis.

Exams and Tests

 During a physical exam, the health care provider will look for:
  • Joint swelling
  • Skin patches (psoriasis) and pitting in the nails
  • Tenderness

Joint x-rays may be done.

There are no specific blood tests for psoriatic arthritis or for psoriasis, but the doctor may test for a gene called HLA-B27


Your provider may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and swelling of the joints.

Worse arthritis will need to be treated with more powerful drugs called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). These include:

  • Leflunomide
  • Methotrexate (which I currently take once a week on the same day)
  • Sulfasalazine

Very painful joints may be injected with steroid medicines.

In rare cases, surgery may be needed to repair or replace damaged joints.

Your provider may suggest a mix of rest and exercise. Physical therapy may help increase joint movement. You may also use heat and cold therapy.

Outlook (Prognosis)

The disease is often mild and affects only a few joints. In some people, very bad psoriatic arthritis may cause deformities in the hands, feet, and spine.
“If your local GP makes this diagnosis a specialist referral is needed to manage the medication and progress of the disease. After I was diagnosed I am now under the care of a rheumatologist.”

After lower limb surgery

After lower limb operations, your weight is not allowed on said limbs due to the healing process and  directions from your surgeon, Chemist Warehouse has Surgipack Aluminium walking sticks or you can hire crutches from your hospital 

” I suggest it is wise to complete the exercises suggested by your physiotherapist and surgeon as this will speed up your recovery and lessen the pain – so we can get back and enjoy life again!”

Elective surgery is not a priority in the public health system and you can wait 2 years or more. If you can manage private health insurance it is well worth the expense. Some financial advisors recommend to take health cover and pay the excess. It is sad to see so many of the elderly struggling on sticks and walking frames due to the pain of arthritis”. As I say to them old Arthur has got you!




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    • Thank you for you comments and we are glad you found the page “Arthritis” helpful. No cure for this painful condition but with good management and help with your doctor’s advice life can still be enjoyed. Warmest wishes Bee, Cannyseniors

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