Posted by: ugleepen | July 27, 2012

Top 7 Arthritis Myths and Misconceptions – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series where we are looking at 7 popular misconceptions about arthritis, as compiled and explained by Carol Eustice on about.com.

4. Misconception – Arthritis is caused by a poor diet.

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that specific foods prevent or cause arthritis.

There has been an abundance of speculation about the importance of diet  with regard to arthritis. It is certain that a nutritious, well-balanced diet and ideal weight maintenance improves overall health and wellness for everyone. And there are a few examples where there is a definite diet connection with arthritis such as between high uric acid levels and gouty arthritis.

There is no scientific evidence, however, that specific foods prevent or cause arthritis. Good diet does not prevent arthritis. Unless a person is found to have a particular food allergy which causes their arthritis to flare, there is no proven direct link between a particular food source and arthritis.

5. Misconception – Arthritis consists of only minor aches and pains.

Fact: Arthritis consists of much more than just minor aches and pains.

Television commercials, which claim that a couple of aspirin or another over-the-counter pain reliever take away the minor aches and pains of arthritis, tend to mislead the public.

The truth is that there are many complex forms of arthritis which result in severe and debilitating pain, requiring aggressive forms of treatment.

 6. Misconception  – “You felt fine yesterday….why so tired today?”

Fact: There is variation in the duration and severity of the symptoms of arthritis.

Since arthritis is a disease characterized by periods of flare-ups and remissions, it is often difficult for the family and friends of an arthritic person to comprehend why they feel so much better or so much worse on any particular day. The inconsistency of arthritis can even lead some people to believe the disease is “all in your head”.

Arthritis is characterized by a mix of good days and bad days. Some days the joint pain and fatigue is more exacerbated. A balance between rest and activity may be necessary to best manage living with arthritis.

 7. Misconception – “You have arthritis, you can’t….”

Fact: There is much a person with arthritis CAN do.

The limitations that arthritis imposes on an individual can cause people closest to them to become overprotective. The disease does interfere with some physical ability, but certainly the arthritic person should not be viewed as totally dependent and invalid.

Although a certain amount of help and dependence is likely to be required, it must be remembered that it is best to maintain as much independence as possible for both physical and emotional reasons.

One activity that can be difficult to manage with arthritis is writing. The changes in the joints of the hands and fingers  make grasping a pen difficult and painful. The UGLee Pen is an ergonomic pen that has been specially designed to eliminate that frustration – this pen grips you!

Photo Credit: homestead.com

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