I like to go to Barnes and Nobles on my day off. I have a cup of coffee, sometimes a scone when they are fresh from the oven. I read books. I buy books. I just love the booky smell of the place when I walk in. Today I thought I would take another look at the book
Arthritis For Dummies. I had looked at it when I was newly diagnosed. I thought my perspective would be different. It was. This is a 2nd edition copyright in 2004. It is old by today’s standards. But much of the information is incorrect anyway.
- Treatment relies on rest. That treatment begins with the least aggressive treatment, the most conservative. The National Institute of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Resources, would disagree. “For many years, doctors initially prescribed aspirin or other pain-relieving drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, and waited to prescribe more powerful drugs only if the disease worsened. In recent decades, this approach to treatment has changed as studies have shown that early treatment with more powerful drugs—and the use of drug combinations instead of one medication alone—may be more effective in reducing or preventing joint damage.” The Arthritis Center at Johns Hopkins agrees. “Fortunately in the last few years, a shift in strategy toward earlier institution of disease modifying drugs and the availability of new classes of medications have greatly improved the outcomes that can be expected in most patients. The goal of treatment now aims toward achieving the lowest possible level of disease activity and remission, if possible, minimizing joint damage, and enhancing physical function and quality of life. I could give you more. I hate misinformation as it is dangerous.
- It says that men have a harder time with RA than women do. Really? I have no idea where this flip piece of information comes from. However, both men and women suffer severely from RA.
- RA affects those 30-50. The NIH says “Although the disease often begins in middle age and occurs with increased frequency in older people, children and young adults also develop it.” Hopkins Arthritis Center says “Rheumatoid Arthritis has a worldwide distribution with an estimated prevalence of 1-2%. Prevalence increases with age, approaching 5% in women over age 55. Although rheumatoid arthritis may be present in any age, patients most commonly are affected in the third to the sixth decade.”
I have sited two established authorities. There are many more who say the same thing. The problem with irresponsible, faulty information is that it blocks many from seeing the solid information that is available to all.
My suggestion is to use established authorities as your benchmark for information. Then look around at different points of view. Then you will know what information makes sense.
Sorry I rambled. I was truly shocked by this book.