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Monday, March 13, 2006

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Although this info may not be of much use, I see it as a clear warning. Many more will/might be affected in the future with some type of Arthritis that might turn their lives, and that of their loved ones, upside down.

"While often referred to as if it were a single disease, arthritis is actually an umbrella term used for a group of more than 100 medical conditions that collectively affect nearly 70 million adults and 300,000 children in America alone.

While the most common form of arthritis - osteoarthritis (OA) - is most prevalent in people over 60, arthritis in its various forms can start as early as infancy. Some forms affect people in their young-adult years as they are beginning careers and families and still others start during the peak career and child-rearing years.

The common thread among these 100-plus conditions is that they all affect the musculoskeletal system and specifically the joints - where two or more bones meet. Arthritis-related joint problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of the bones, enabling them to glide against one another) and surrounding structures. Such damage can lead to joint weakness, instability and visible deformities that, depending on the location of joint involvement, can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer keyboard, cutting your food or brushing your teeth.

For many people with arthritis, however, joint involvement is not the extent of the problem. Many forms of arthritis are classified as systemic, meaning they can affect the whole body. In these diseases, arthritis can cause damage to virtually any bodily organ or system, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels and skin. Arthritis-related conditions primarily affect the muscles and the bones.

Together, arthritis and related conditions are a major cause of disability in the United States, costing the U.S. economy more than $124 billion per year in medical care and indirect expenses such as lost wages and production - and costing millions of individuals their health, their physical abilities and, in many cases, their independence. And unless something changes, the picture is going to get worse. As the population ages, the number of people with arthritis is growing."
Source: Arthritis Foundation.

May God bless everyone affected, their loved ones, the researchers and everyone else diligently trying to find a cure, according to His will.

1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

12 Comments:

Blogger Patti said...

HI Corry,
My husband has arthritis. He has gouty arthritis and I am not sure of the other kind. But we found out that his psorrasis (sp?) is connected to it. He also has diabetes. But from what I read, I should really be saying he has a metabolic disorder-because everything is so intertwined.

I admire how you cope with your arthritis and stay so positive.

March 13, 2006 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Karyn (T) said...

Dearest Corry,
I'm sorry for the pain you suffer, and so encouraged by your faith and joy in spite of it.
I posted a Biblical question on Spiritside, if you find the time would you read it and email me your thoughts? I really would love your feed back.
You are becoming such a mentor to me, and that is such an answer to prayer!
Much love in Him!

March 13, 2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Patti:

I am sorry to hear about your husband and I will remember you both in my prayers.

I was surprised to find out how many diseases were a result or consequence of and even connected to arthritis.

I thought I share this with you, it may benefit your husband:-)

2. First New Drug for Gout in More Than 40 Years – Febuxostat, a “next-generation” nonpurine selective xanthine oxidase inhibitor, was shown to be more effective at lowering serum uric acid levels compared to allopurinol, the current standard of treatment for gout. Gout is caused by the formation of uric acid crystals in joints, leading to acute and chronic pain and inflammation and, over time, joint damage. Like allupurinol, febuxostat is designed to prevent uric acid deposits from forming, but because it is metabolized by the liver rather than the kidney, it may be preferable for gout patients with reduced kidney function (The New England Journal of Medicine, December 8, 2005).

In the Year Ahead: If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, febuxostat would be the first new medication in more than 40 years for the 2.1 million Americans with gout and an alternative for patients who cannot tolerate or fail to respond to current medications. Studies of the long-term effects of febuxostat are underway, and in the next year or two, clinical data will become available on whether the reduction in uric acid levels in the blood will be associated with fewer attacks of gout.


The reason why I am so positive is because of the love, hope and faith that is in, with and from God! All can be used as a testimony to His glory, even RA:-)
God bless you both, Patti.

God's Grace.

March 13, 2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Karyn:

I am grateful God made our paths cross and even more thankful when God uses me to be of any help.
The faith you have held on to in all that has happened in your life is an example and encouragement to me. May God bless you richly!

God's Grace.

March 13, 2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Yes, may God bless you richly too, Corry :)

March 13, 2006 4:58 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey:

Aww, thanks and may God bless you richly as well, lieve zus:-)

God's Grace.

March 13, 2006 5:23 PM  
Blogger Pia said...

i was also diagnosed with arthritis at an early age. i didn't really take the time to try to understand what it's all about but now, this has given me a better insight. thanks for sharing. God bless you! =) luv yah!

March 13, 2006 8:59 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Pia:

I am grateful to have been of some help:-)

It's so good to see you back!

love you too, girl!

God's Grace.

March 13, 2006 9:11 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

Corry,
Thanks for the information on the new drug. I had read a small blurp in a magazine. But your info is much more detailed. Trials in your life can either bring you down or draw you closer to the Lord. As I look at the world and all the trials people have, I am grateful that I just what I have. God is good and will never let us down.
May I put a link to your site on my blog. I just learned how to do links.

March 14, 2006 7:46 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Patti:

There is a lot of info on the arthritis foundation-site that might be helpful to you and your husband (link is in my side-bar). If you like and have the time I suggest you check it out sometime. I will try to keep you updated though:-)

We can mope and grouch in self-pity or count our blessings and glorify God. That choice is entirely ours. The last is simple, but not easy:-) But God gives what's needed, when it's needed. We have to be willing to accept it though:-)

I would be honored to have a link up on your site:-)

God's Grace.

March 14, 2006 8:06 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

WOW!

You're so pretty and beautiful, Corry!
Yeah! You look so sweet too :)

March 17, 2006 3:02 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey:

Aaawwwww, thanks!! (blush):-)

God's Grace.

March 17, 2006 6:28 AM  

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