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5 Tips for Managing Arthritis

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Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by inflammation of the joints. There are different types of the disease, but their causes typically fall into two main categories. On the one hand, Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis are caused by wear and tear of the joint cartilage and hormones. On the other hand, an autoimmune disease can also cause arthritis.

 

Conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Scleroderma, and Vasculitis are autoimmune diseases that occur when the immune system attacks healthy joint tissue. Being diagnosed with this condition can take a mental and physical toll on anyone. However, with these five tips, you can manage your condition and stay healthy.

1. Consider herbal supplements.

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Several herbal supplements have been known to reduce joint pain, and you can use websites like Rolling Paper to find out what these are. Using natural supplements under the guidance of your doctor could help you manage arthritis. For instance, many people still use and vouch for the effectiveness of marijuana in arthritis pain management. In fact, a 2009 study published in the Journal of Opioid Management found that 65% of medical marijuana users in Canada said they use it for severe conditions. Many people also use CBD products nowadays, as these come in many different forms. For example, CBD muscle balm is especially helpful for those with arthritis as it sends the relief straight to the location of the pain itself.
 

However, note that many of these herbs and supplements aren’t monitored for quality, safety, and purity by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So make sure you buy them from a reliable dispensary or source. In addition, if you choose to use marijuana or cannabis, remember that to read the packaging and discuss dosage and side effects with a medical professional first. Preferably, use a plastic joint tube with a child-resistant lid or pop top. You can search for “joint tubes wholesale” online to access this type of safe pre roll tube.

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2. Talk to a doctor.

If you have joint pain or experience symptoms of rheumatologic conditions, it’s always best to get an accurate diagnosis immediately. You see, when dealing with connective tissue disorders, professional medical advice is key as it ensures that you receive timely treatment and get on a healthy regimen to help minimize the pain and symptoms and slow down the deterioration process.

 

Start by booking an appointment with a rheumatologist, a doctor whose specialty is rheumatology. If you don’t have any rheumatologist in mind, type “top rheumatologist near me” in your search box to get a list of qualified rheumatologists around you.

 

On your first visit, the rheumatologist will carry out a physical exam to search for swollen joints or nodules that may indicate inflammation. Also, you may be expected to go through lab tests like blood work and X-rays to enable your rheumatologist to arrive at a more concise diagnosis and recommend the best treatment for your condition.

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3. Take the correct medications.

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Medications differ depending on the type of arthritis and a host of other factors like age, existing medical conditions, and the disease’s activity level. Therefore, each patient’s treatment differs, but in the end, the goal is to relieve you of the symptoms and improve your joint’s functionality.

 

These medications typically fall into the categories of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Biologics, Disease-modifying Anti-Rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitors. Admittedly, the financial implications of being placed on these drugs can be significant.

 

As someone with a degenerative disease, you’ll most likely have to continue with your prescription for a long time. To ease your medical expense, consider using a discount card from USArx to purchase your prescription medications. Additionally, the USA Rx search tool allows you to view a wide assortment of discounts on drug prices.

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4. Learn self-management skills.

As already mentioned, a diagnosis of arthritis can be overwhelming as it often requires you to deal with a lot of new information. There’s the fear and worry about how this disease will affect your future, leading to a mental health crisis. To cope with these fears, you can join a self-management education workshop to learn self-management skills.

 

Self-management skills refer to learning how to manage the emotional and physical effects of the disease. These skills include staying organized by keeping track of symptoms, pain levels, and medication side effects. It also involves finding ways to cope with the new emotions that this degenerative disease often causes. Some people turn to strategies like relaxation therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help them feel more in control of their health and manage stress.

5. Do light exercises and maintain a healthy weight.

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Another way to manage the disease is by maintaining a healthy weight. You may not know this, but losing a few pounds can significantly improve your joint health by removing pressure from your joints, consequently reducing the swellings and associated with the disease. You can maintain a healthy weight by staying active and sticking to a healthy but realistic diet. Admittedly, if you’re not used to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, this can seem stressful. However, the trick is to start small and not push yourself too hard.

Regarding your diet, don’t try to focus on eliminating certain foods, Instead, channel your energy towards monitoring what you eat. For instance, you can start by taking daily walks, opting for the staircase instead of the lift, and registering for water aerobics classes. You can opt for the Mediterranean-style diet, which is considered the world’s healthiest diet.

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Africa Games Armwrestling: Golden Arms to grab Golden Gold for Ghana, receives boost from NHIS, HD+, KOFATA and others.

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The National Armwrestling team, Golden Arms has set an ambitious target of securing a third of Ghana’s total medal haul at the forthcoming Africa Games scheduled for March 08 to 23,2024.

Coming into the Games for the first time, the Golden Arms are poised and ready to make history again in order to add up to Ghana’s medal haul towards its host and win agenda.

Mr. Charles Osei Asibey, President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) said the team being  in camp since February is unprecedented in their preparation for any major championship thus super ready to deliver at the continental stage on promise.

“We are ready to give the rest of Africa a tough competition as always. We have medals targets for Ghana, my hardworking team has had enough preparations and I am convinced they will show up to put up a good show.”

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Currently in camp at Legon, the Golden Arms have received major boost from the Armwrestling board, development partners National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) through their sports is good health agenda spearheaded by CEO Dr. Oko Boye, SES HD Plus through the Kids Armwrestling future champions program, Kofata Motors, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) through the federations support, Minister and Ministry of Youth & Sports who ensured Armwrestling is well placed, the Local Organizing Committee and friends, all to get the team thrive at the 13th Africa Games in Accra. The various support directed towards training equipment, medics, team preparation, kitting and other logistical needs.

Mr. Osei Asibey urged Ghanaians to rally behind the team as they go in to conquer the rest of Africa on March 15 and  16, 2024 at the Cedi Hall, University of Ghana.

The Ghana National Armwrestling Team, the Golden Arms having dominated the continent for the past yeare, will hunt for Gold and bring Ghana that glory it deserves.

Source www.ghanaarmwrestling.org

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Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis

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In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections. 

This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.

Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.

 In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.

Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.

The Solar Project

This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.

 In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared:  “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”

Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.

she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.

Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.

The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana. 

This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.