Matthew Sholdice has had rheumatoid arthritis since he was three. When the 11-year-old visits the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre to see Dr. Roberta Berard – the only pediatric rheumatologist in southwestern Ontario – he first meets Sue MacQueen of The Arthritis Society.
Osteoarthritis, the world’s most common joint disease, is marked by the ongoing breakdown of cartilage – the tissue that cushions joints and protects bones. Cartilage is actually made mostly of water, moving in and out of cells. Does water hold a clue to how cartilage breaks down and how osteoarthritis develops?
When Lynsey Hachey’s son Kaleb was 15 months old – fresh to the world of walking – he started limping. The boy’s leg was stiff each morning and he wasn’t able to stand.
“There aren’t that many of me,” says Jesse Robertson, 32, reflecting on a full life with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Did a doctor diagnose you with psoriasis? Do you have lesions? Any tender joints? Swollen digits? Morning stiffness? Back pain with tightness?Answers to questions like these help raise the red flag for psoriatic arthritis.
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