Arthritis

Arthritis Research UK has a large amount of information on their website about the condition as well as news about the latest research and medication available. They have exercises and publications which you can order online. CLICK HERE to access it. Also, view the videos below about arthritis. Acupuncture can aid in the relief of arthritic pain - see the acupuncture page of the Arthritis Research UK website for more information: CLICK HERE. Also, read the article from the Arthritis Foundation on treating the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by acupuncture: CLICK HERE. Research has shown that acupuncture can be beneficial for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis - see the research finds.  Also, see the video on arthritis and acupuncture below.

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Exercises for Arthritis Sufferers Video

Acupuncture for Arthritis Video

What is Acupuncture?


If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you should join the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

'By joining NRAS you can ensure our voice becomes louder and awareness of this often misunderstood disease is more widely raised.

Our Members say that being part of NRAS gives them a sense of belonging, making them feel part of a group and not alone in facing the daily challenges of living with RA.

Join NRAS today and get your 'Welcome Pack' including:

    • Our NRAS magazine three times’ a year
    • Monthly updates just for Members
    • A free invite to our annual conference and more'
  • Quoted from the NRAS



Celebrities with 
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lucille Ball

The red-headed comedienne became very ill with an RA-like disease in her late teens, while trying to make her way as a model. Although doctors at the time diagnosed her with RA, some question whether the First Lady of Television truly had the disease. (Blood tests for RA were not available until years later, and Ball never developed joint deformities.)After she recovered from the severe flare-up and leg pain so intense it kept her from walking, Ball moved to Hollywood to launch her film and movie career.

 

Rosalind Russell

Russell enjoyed a long, successful career on stage and screen. But by the late 1960s, serious health problems, including severe RA, forced her to retire from acting. Russell was open about her struggle with the disease and served on a national commission to investigate it. In 1978, two years after Russell’s death from breast cancer at age 69, Congress honored her efforts by founding the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Centre for Arthritis at the University of California at San Francisco.

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The French Impressionist is probably the first well-documented case of RA in history, according to Dr. Hadler. Toward the end of Renoir’s life, he was often unable to paint due to severe bouts of the disease that had forced his hands to contract into claws. But Renoir continued to work, at times tying his paintbrush to his hand so he could keep painting. The artist had malignant RA, meaning the disease had spread beyond the joints to affect the skin, nerves, blood vessels, and even the internal organs; the disease contributed to his death at 78.


Kathleen Turner

The actress learned she had severe RA in her mid-40s in 1993. In her 2008 autobiography, Send Yourself Roses, she described how the illness led her to dependence on alcohol. She says exercise has helped her cope, while medication is keeping it under control. She urges others to get a blood test as early as possible. 


Peter Paul Rubens

The famous seventeenth-century Flemish artist may have had rheumatoid arthritis. Rubens complained of 'gouty rheumatism' which left him bedridden at times, but some experts believe his symptoms were more likely due to RA. Also, the hands of people in the paintings he made in the last 30 years of his life appear to show the characteristic swelling and deformity of progressive RA. Dr Hadler, however, believes this is a stylistic issue, and not a depiction of swollen joints.


Christian Bernard

Famous for performing the first human-to-human heart transplant in 1967, the South African ended his surgical career in 1983 when RA in his hands made it impossible for him to continue operating. Bernard was first diagnosed with RA in 1956. An outspoken critic of apartheid, he said he never wond the Nobel Prize because he was 'a white South African'.