Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis: The Blog

A blog for and by people living with AS

Press – News – 444 – In 2010, How Should Ankylosing Spondylitis Be Treated?

An article on Medscape.com answers the question of how ankylosing spondylitis should now be treated.

Stephen Paget, MD states in the article, “When I make a diagnosis of AS, I begin an NSAID for pain and inflammation control, recommend lifelong physical therapy, plant a 5 TU PPD, order hepatitis B and C serologies, and begin the process of getting approval for one of the anti-TNF medications in order to control the systemic disorder, improve function, and prevent damage. I usually don’t choose etanercept because it is less effective in preventing and treating uveitis and controlling possible occult or defined inflammatory bowel disease. AS is a systemic, inflammatory disorder that shortens life and profoundly alters function and mobility. This demands the best possible medication: TNF-alpha antagonists.”

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Ginger May Soothe Aching Muscles

Ginger May Soothe Aching Muscles.

 

 

ept. 20, 2010 — Ginger’s soothing properties may not be limited to the stomach. A new study shows that ginger may also be an effective pain reliever for sore muscles.

Ginger has been a favorite remedy of Chinese medicine for centuries and is often used to treat nausea and upset stomach. However, researchers say, it hasn’t been widely studied as a pain reliever until now.

Daily Ginger Supplement for Muscle Pain

The study, published in The Journal of Pain, showed a daily dose of ginger easedmuscle pain caused by exercise-induced muscle injury. In two separate experiments, researchers looked at the effects of two grams of raw or heat-treated ginger in supplement form on muscle pain caused by exercise in 74 healthy adults. The participants performed a variety of exercises designed to induce muscle pain over a period of 11 days while taking ginger supplements or a dummy pill.

“Daily consumption of raw or heat-treated ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury,” write researcher Christopher D. Black, of the department of kinesiology at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, and colleagues.

Raw or Heat-Treated Ginger?

The results showed that raw and heat-treated ginger reduced muscle pain by 25% and 23%, respectively.

Researchers say previous studies in animals have shown that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which might help explain its beneficial effects on muscle pain.

Although some studies have suggested that heat treatment may enhance ginger’s impact on pain, researchers say their findings show heat treatment had little effect on ginger’s effectiveness as a pain reliever.

25 Easy Ways to Improve Your Bone Health | EmpowHER – Women’s Health Online

The 25 steps to healthier bones are grouped into five general categories:

1. Get enough calcium and vitamin D every day

2. Do weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercises

3. Keep healthy lifestyle behaviors (healthy diet, limit smoking and alcohol)

4. Talk to your doctor about bone health

5. Improve your balance and prevent falls

via 25 Easy Ways to Improve Your Bone Health | EmpowHER – Women’s Health Online.

Fish Oils

Fish oil is rich in Omega-3.  These fatty acids are good fats for your body.  The principal fish fats areknown as EPA and DHA.   Both of them have shown great health benefits in a wide range of ways, including the healing of arthritis. However, one thing you must know is that fish fats do not work like painkillers do.  They may help alleviate the pain of arthritis but they do not do it overnight.  It will take some time before their benefits are felt. The oil of the fish works by reducing the inflammation that an arthritic patient is suffering from.  Researches have shown that the body can convert fish fats into resolvin D2—a very powerful anti-inflammatory chemical.  With even little amount of this powerful chemical established in the body, the person may already feel substantial ease in his or her joints.  Omega-3 can definitely aid to you get back on your feet.

via Fish Oils blog.

Press – News – 399 – The majority of patients receiving anti-TNF therapy for AS during routine care demonstrated an improvement in disease activity

A study published in the journal Rheumatology states that patients with “Raised inflammatory markers at the start of [TNF-a Inhibitor] therapy” had greater improvement in regards to disease activity.

Overall, the authors write that, “The majority of patients receiving anti-TNF therapy for AS during routine care demonstrated an improvement in disease activity.”

To read the study abstract click here.

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Press – News – 402 – Experts look at the pros and cons of alternative arthritis therapies

An article published on the WebMD website looks at alternative treatments for arthritis and a physician survey regarding them.

From the article: “Of the 2,146 physicians who responded to the survey, the alternative therapies most recommended were capsaicin, relaxation, biofeedback, meditation, journal writing, yoga, spirituality, tai chi, acupuncture, and glucosamine.”

To read the full article at WebMD click here.

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Press – News – 400 – Autoimmune Disease Clusters

From http://biomolnews.wordpress.com: A new paper in PLoS Genetics today suggests the same genetic variants that increase an individual’s risk for one set of autoimmune diseases may actually make them less susceptible to others.

Based on these findings, the team suggests it may be useful to classify autoimmune diseases according to their shared genetic factors rather than considering them a single group.

To read the full article click here.

via Press – News – 400 – Autoimmune Disease Clusters.