Archive for December 2012

Arthritis being dismissed – GPs

Arthritis being dismissed – GPs

Thousands of men and women are dismissing chronic pain as part of “getting old”, according to doctors.

They are fighting to raise awareness of arthritis to try to persuade patients to get early help for the condition.

The disease – which affects mainly the joints in the body – can lead to disability and deformity and in some cases can lead to increased risk of heart disease.

The two most common forms of the disease are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which affect the joints.

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Get help now for pain in the joints

Get help now for pain in the joints

People are risking life confined to a wheelchair because they are not getting medical help quickly enough for a chronic joint condition.

An arthritis specialist today urged people not to dismiss aches, pains and swellings in joints but to seek treatment.

Delay can lead to patients becoming disabled and, in some cases, dependent on a wheelchair to get around.

Dr Arumugam Moorthy, a consultant rheumatologist at Leicester’s hospitals, is hoping today’s World Arthritis Day will help raise awareness of the condition.

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Rheumatoid arthritis? I couldn’t believe it. I was only 29

Rheumatoid arthritis? I couldn’t believe it. I was only 29

A mum’s smile and upbeat conversation mask the daily struggle she faces to overcome agonising pain as she looks after two children and go to work. Melanie Johnstone has had two knee replacement operations and is waiting for a new hip, but she knows her battle with pain is set to carry on.

Her life changed overnight 13 years ago when rheumatoid arthritis became part of her life.

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Doctors aim to educate about signs of arthritis

Doctors aim to educate about signs of arthritis

Doctors are joining an international drive to raise awareness of rheumatoid arthritis.

A public event will be held at the clinical education centre at Leicester Royal Infirmary on Monday as part of World Arthritis Day.

Dr Arumugam Moorthy, a consultant rheumatologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said: “Early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is vital to ensure that patients can continue a normal life.

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