There are so many misconceptions about arthritis causing misunderstandings and they are only being spread. People suffering from this disease need true and reliable facts but not conjectures and myths. So, let’s consider 7 most common misconceptions about arthritis.
1. Only older people suffer from arthritis
Truth: Anyone can have arthritis not matter how old he is
This misconception is the most common one as many people think that arthritis is a problem only for the seniors. In fact, this disease may affect any person no matter how old he is whether it’s a child, a teen or a middle-aged individual. Age and sex aren’t important as everybody is at risk. Taking into account the fact that there’re many different types of arthritis having different symptoms, some people are at a higher risk of suffering from the disease than others.
For example, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia occur more often in women, than in men. But there’re more men than women suffering from gout and ankylosing spondylitis. Elderly people are at a higher risk of having osteoarthritis and tear, wear and degenerative types of the disease.
2. Cold and wet climate may cause arthritis
Truth: Climate is neither the cause, nor the part of treatment
Some people believe that cold and wet weather has some impact on those having arthritis and that moving into the region with warm climate can cure the disease. If following this suggestion, people living in hot California and such other regions would never suffer from arthritis. Climate doesn’t play any role in the progression of the disease.
However, warmth can ease pain, for example, when you take a hot bath or shower. Also, people who don’t have arthritis feel better in regions with warm climate.
3. There is a cure for arthritis
Truth: There’s no evidence that arthritis can be cured
There’ve been many studies on methods of treatment and on how to slow down the progression of arthritis but it’s not known whether arthritis can be cured.
Most types of the disease cause chronic symptoms that accompany you for your entire life. Before searching for a cure we need to learn much about arthritis symptoms, medicines, treatment methods and how to live with it and enjoy life.
4. Poor diet causes arthritis
Truth: There’s no evidence that particular products can cause the disease or stop its progression.
It’s obvious that keeping a nutritious and balanced diet and maintaining normal weight improve the general health but it’s not known whether some products can cause, prevent or stop arthritis. Even if the person is allergic to some foods and this allergy exacerbates arthritis symptoms, a direct connection between a product and the disease is not proven.
5. Arthritis provokes only minor pains
Truth: Arthritis can provoke both minor and very severe pains
For many people the disease is associated with little pain that is mild and not severe. Ad videos claiming that several aspirin or other pain relievers can make some arthritis pain go away just mislead people. Due to such ads most individuals don’t even know that complex and severe types of the disease need to be treated more aggressively and living with chronic strong pain is not normal.
Real symptoms of the disease include:
• pain in the joints;
• deformity of the joints;
• motion limitations.
6. If you look OK, you are OK
Truth: If there’re different types of arthritis, there’re symptoms of different severity and duration.
Arthritis unexpectedly may go into flares and remission so it’s difficult to understand why the person feels better or worse one or another day. Such fluctuations may make people think that arthritis is only in their heads. Actually, life of the person suffering from the disease is divided into “good” and “bad” days. Sometimes the patient feels more severe pain than before and sometimes he experiences no symptoms at all.
7. Arthritis is a hopeless condition, there is no way out
Truth: Everyone can lead a high quality life even with arthritis.
Some limitations caused by the disease may make people with arthritis think that they are doomed. The person suffering from it shouldn’t be seen as one of the disabled and totally helpless.