4 posts tagged “Arthritis Awareness Month”

Arthritis by the numbers: 50 million+ Americans live with it

Posted May 5th, 2017 by

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. How many people are living with this condition? 53 million Americans and counting. Various forms of arthritis – including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia – are all on the rise, according to the CDC.

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Let’s look at some other facts and stats about arthritis, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:

  • 67 million – the estimated number of Americans who’ll be living with arthritis by 2030
  • 300,000 – the number of babies, kids and teens living with arthritis or a rheumatic condition today
  • Nearly 1 million – the number of hospitalizations each year due to arthritis
  • 172 million – the combined number of work days people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis miss every year
  • $156 billion – the annual cost of arthritis in terms of lost wages and medical expenses
  • # 1 – arthritis is the nation’s top cause of disability

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Arthritis experts are also concerned that more than half of people with arthritis are also living with heart disease or diabetes, and they typically have worse outcomes because of activity limitations.

Who’s tracking arthritis and related conditions on PatientsLikeMe?

 

Connect with people living with these conditions in the Muscle, Bones and Joints Forum and the Immune, Inflammatory and Infections Forum.

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Arthritis Awareness 101

Posted May 27th, 2015 by

You may have heard that arthritis affects the joints, but did you know that it’s an umbrella term used to describe over 100 medical conditions and diseases (known as rheumatic diseases)?1 Conditions that fall underneath forms of “arthritis” include rheumatoid arthritisgoutlupus, and fibromyalgia. And the symptoms can vary depending on the type of arthritis and the person living with the condition.

May is dedicated to raising awareness for arthritis (along with schizophrenia, lupus, CINDs, ALS…) – the people in the following video shared with the United States Congress what it’s like to live with arthritis:

May is drawing to a close, but it’s not too late to share your story on social media through the #ArthritisAwarenessMonth and #ArthritisMonth hashtags. And if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with any form of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation has put together a collection of resources for everything from pain management to treatment options.

Don’t forget to visit the various arthritis communities on PatientsLikeMe – 7,488 people are sharing about living with rheumatoid arthritis, 4,795 with osteoarthritis and 1,527 with psoriatic arthritis.

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1 https://www.rheumatology.org/about/arthritismonth.asp