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arthritis-and-anxiety-linkedAnxiety and Arthritis.

Two bad health conditions, anxiety and arthritis may very well be linked.  A new study has emerged that suggests just that.  About a third of people age 45 and up that suffer from arthritis either struggle with anxiety or are depressed.  And anxiety seems to be more prevalent than even depression.  Those of us who don't have arthritis probably know someone who does.  And we cannot begin to know what it is like to have arthritis.  The new study shows that people with arthritis have double the anxiety than that of depression.  Why is this?  The answer seems to lie in how arthritis is treated.

Anxiety and Depression

  • The study involved over 1500 arthritis sufferers.  Of these people, 31% experienced anxiety, and 18% of those people experienced depression.  In addition, 84% of people that were depressed also were anxious, while 50% of people with anxiety were depressed.  Fifty percent of arthritis sufferers got treatment for their depression this past year.
  • The key to staving off anxiety and depression in arthritics is to engage in a regular exercise routine.  Physical activity should entail about 150 minutes per week and can be broken down into small workouts as the person can tolerate.  Medication and counseling are also highly recommended.
  • Being physically compromised can understandably cause anxiety and depression.  And those of us that do not have arthritis cannot begin to understand.  The worry of not being able to perform the most menial tasks or be in the workforce can be stressful.  Good treatment for arthritis can stave off the anxiety and depression associated with the disease.  And doctors are working hard to manage arthritis so that anxiety is greatly diminished an arthritic people can feel good about their treatment.

Symptoms of Arthritis

  • rthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the joints become inflamed.  When a person develops arthritis, the joints may swell, become stiff and painful.  In addition, the cartilage that surrounds the joints breaks down so there is no protective barrier between the joints.  Arthritis is the most common frequent illness in people in the United States.
  • Different factors cause arthritis.  Such predispositions include heredity, previous injury, metabolic compromises, viral and bacterial infections and a faulty immune system.
  • Arthritis affects muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and cartilage and can present itself in different ways, whether it is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid in nature.  Depending on the person, arthritis can be managed in a variety of ways.
  • Arthritis causes the joints to cease functioning as well as they should and swell.  There may also be warmth on the joint, redness and fever, along with tenderness in the joint.  Swollen lymph nodes may also be present, as well as fatigue and an overall feeling of illness.  The organs may not function at capacity as well.

When we think of arthritis, we think of someone who is farther along in age.  But the truth is, arthritis can affect a person at any age.  If you have any of the above symptoms, talk with your doctor and get tested.  There are many medications and dietary changes that can be implemented to ease the symptoms of arthritis.

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