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Arthritis : a take care of yourself health guide for understanding your arthritis
Fries, James F.
Personal Author:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Reading, Mass. : Perseus Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1100 Lexile.
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RC933 .F75 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In this completely updated edition of Arthritis , Dr. Fries draws on new research to recommend exercises and new pain medications for both arthritis and fibromyalgia. Readers can find the best route to pain relief with easy-to-use decision charts. This thorough guidebook has been recommended by The Arthritis Foundation as a reference for its trainers. Arthritis is a Take Care of Yourself Health Guide(tm) on the model of Take Care of Yourself , America's bestselling medical guide and the only one that studies have shown to reduce doctor visits. With the ongoing debate over health care, more and more readers want to manage their own health and cut costs through medical self-care. These books are the best proven sources of practical information and advice.

Author Notes

James F. Fries , M.D., is Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
How to Use This Bookp. xvi
Part I Understanding Your Arthritisp. 1
Chapter 1 Defeating Arthritisp. 2
Chapter 2 What Kind of Arthritis Do You Have?p. 8
Chapter 3 Synovitis Inflammation of the Joint Membranep. 16
Chapter 4 Attachment Arthritis Inflammation of the Joint Attachmentsp. 34
Chapter 5 Crystal Arthritis Inflammation within the Joint Spacep. 43
Chapter 6 Infections Infection of the Joint Spacep. 51
Chapter 7 Cartilage Degeneration Thinning of the Joint Gristlep. 60
Chapter 8 Muscle Inflammation Inflammation in the Muscle Fibersp. 67
Chapter 9 Local Conditions Injury, Inflammation, and Repairp. 74
Chapter 10 General Conditions Aching and Tender All Overp. 82
Chapter 11 The Connective-Tissue Diseases Not Quite Arthritisp. 89
Chapter 12 Osteoporosis Brittle Bonesp. 95
Part II Managing Your Arthritisp. 103
Chapter 13 Treatment Begins at Homep. 104
Chapter 14 The Drug Scene Medicines to Reduce Pain and Inflammationp. 111
Chapter 15 Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (dmards)p. 140
Chapter 16 Painkillers and Other Approachesp. 156
Chapter 17 What about Surgery?p. 163
Chapter 18 Understanding Those Testsp. 169
Chapter 19 Duck That Quackp. 179
Chapter 20 Saving Money Safelyp. 185
Chapter 21 Preventing Arthritisp. 192
Part III Solving Problems with Arthritisp. 197
Symptom S1 1 Fatigue (Tiredness)p. 200
Symptom S2 2 Morning Stiffnessp. 202
Symptom S3 3 Weight Lossp. 204
Symptom S4 4 Feverp. 206
Symptom S5 5 Depressionp. 208
Symptom S6 6 Overweight (Obesity)p. 210
Symptom S7 7 Pain in the Ball of the Footp. 212
Symptom S8 8 Heel Painp. 214
Symptom S9 9 Ankle Painp. 216
Symptom S10 10 Knee Painp. 218
Symptom S11 11 Hip Painp. 220
Symptom S12 12 Low Back Painp. 222
Symptom S13 13 Neck Painp. 224
Symptom S14 14 Shoulder Painp. 227
Symptom S15 15 Elbow Painp. 230
Symptom S16 16 Wrist Painp. 232
Symptom S17 17 Finger Painp. 234
Symptom S18 18 Pain at Nightp. 236
Symptom S19 19 Pain after Exercisep. 238
Symptom S20 20 Skin Rashp. 240
Symptom S21 21 Nausea or Vomitingp. 242
Symptom S22 22 Ringing in the Earsp. 244
Symptom S23 23 Dizziness or Headachep. 246
Symptom S24 24 Difficulty Getting Dressedp. 248
Symptom S25 25 Problems Using the Toiletp. 250
Symptom S26 26 Problems with Bathing and Hygienep. 252
Symptom S27 27 Turning Handles and Opening Doorsp. 254
Symptom S28 28 Problems Opening Jarsp. 256
Symptom S29 29 Difficulty with Eatingp. 258
Symptom S30 30 Problems with Stairsp. 260
Symptom S31 31 Difficulty Walkingp. 262
Symptom S32 32 Sexual Problemsp. 264
Symptom S33 33 Problems with Employmentp. 267
Part IV Appendixesp. 269
Appendix A Rate Your Arthritisp. 270
Appendix B Information Sourcesp. 274
Indexp. 277