Volume 5 - Issue 2

Welcome to the February 2005 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  3. Septic Arthritis
  4. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  5. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center

  1. How Fish Oil Protects Your Heart
    While there are many (unnecessary) pharmacological treatments for the prevention and management of coronary heart disease, both health professionals as well as the public believe simple dietary interventions may prove to be more beneficial.
  2. Lifestyle and Supplements
    We have talked about the bio-availability (absorption) of liquid supplements as opposed to pill or capsule form(s). For those who suffer from arthritis, this discussion centers on the use of liquid glucosamine.
  3. Dangers of Vioxx and Celebrex
    Twenty million people have taken Vioxx since its 1999 launch, and then in October 2004, Merck and Co. announced the drug was being taken off the market after studies showed patients who took it for more than 18 months had double the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Septic Arthritis

By J.R. Rogers I think it is important to understand that there are a great many kinds of arthritis. Some can be more serious than others and it is important to at least be aware of some of the symptoms.

The Onset of Septic Arthritis
Arthritis in general, means that your joints are suffering from inflammation and it can be extremely painful. Depending on how advanced your situation is, most of you can deal with arthritis by using a high-quality liquid glucosamine, exercise, and a good diet. Of course in some cases, that may be an over-simplified explanation.

When cartilage wears away, there is not only irritation but it can get to the point where there is no cartilage left to protect the adjoining bony structures. However, when we are talking about "septic arthritis" it is a bit different.

Typical Symptoms
Septic arthritis means that an infection has settled into a joint and the most common targets are the shoulder, knee, and hip. That is not to say that other joints may not be affected but those are the most common. Also, it strikes quickly.

The difference here is that the attack is from an infection that may have traveled from another part of your body. Usually, it is characterized by intense pain, redness, and even swelling may occur. Additionally, the affected person may have a fever that is correspondingly giving them "chills."

This is an Emergency Situation
If you have these kinds of symptoms, it is critical that you seek treatment immediately. Through the use of antibiotics, it can normally be controlled. If you do not get on top of this quickly, you are running the risk of total joint destruction. In most cases, the use of antibiotics will allow you to recover without loss of use.

This is not a typical situation where you make an appointment to see a doctor and cause even further delays. Get to a hospital where antibiotics can be administered through an intravenous method.

Recovery Time
This is not a situation that is going to resolve itself overnight. It may take a month or more to get septic arthritis under control. Don't be surprised if a doctor recommends that you remain hospitalized for a month or more.

No one wants to be sitting in a hospital. Nonetheless, given the consequences that can follow, you would be smart to do what the doctor says.

Just be aware that these are not the kinds of symptoms that can be ignored and the faster you seek treatment, the better off you will be.

See you next time.

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Healthy Foods in Fighting Arthritis

Chocolate Haystacks
Breaking with the traditional foods and getting into dessert, here is a great dessert that is fun to make and tastes great! You can even get the kids to help out.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 5 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

Combine sugar, baking cocoa, margarine and milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring to mix well. Remove from heat.

Stir in peanut butter and oats. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until cool.

Find this and other recipes at The Arthritis Foundation

Chocolate Haystacks

Serves 36.

Per Serving:
Calories 61; Fat 3 g; Cholesterol < 1 mg; Fiber 1 g; Sodium 28 mg

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This concludes the February Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on March 1st. Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.


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