Tag Archives: Osteoporosis

Stroke, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Aren’t Just Pretty Names

Harrison Medical Center is sponsoring a Life Line Screening at the Silverdale Grange Hall, Saturday, August 29, 2009.

Package of four screenings, Stroke, Vascular Disease & Heart Rhythm $139, Osteoporosis Screening 10. 1-800-635-0475

If you can, avoid these diseases by early detection and if your doctor advises it, get tested.

I have Cellulitis and/or Venous Dermatitis Stasis and when the ulcers form in my lower legs from breaks in the skin, fluid runs down my legs and the slime puddles in my slippers. More importantly, NOTHING I have experienced is more painful. If early detection will help you avoid it, get tested.

More later… Sharon O’Hara

Arthritis Folks Move On

Supervised exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients can show dramatic improvement in their quality of life, according to a recent study presented in Copenhagen at the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism. ScienceDaily reported the announcement, June 23, 2009.

Led by Dr. Miguel Souse of Instituto Portugues de Phematology in Lisbon, Portugal, the three-month study revealed, “”When joints are stiff and painful, proactively taking exercise might seem undesirable for people with RA. However, our study has demonstrated that regular and supervised moderate aerobic workouts and strengthening exercises may be extremely beneficial for both a patient’s physical and mental health, with a corresponding effect on quality of life. The challenge for physicians is to provide suitable motivation and reassurance to their RA patients in order that they initiate and stick with such a programme.”

If regular bone on bone hip joints react the same as RA, it is easy to be reluctant IF the patient is worried the bones will get ground down further.

What do the bone doctors think and who leads such ‘supervised exercise’ here in Kitsap County – anyone?

The percentages of reported improvement are dramatic… such as 55% improvement in the “sit and stand test * 62% patients reported less need for steroid use * 33% improvement in daily physical functioning, such as dressing and walking. * 40% improvement in the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales is significant.

The study patients worked out three times a week for 50 -60 minutes of aerobic and strengthening exercises for three months.

I have many questions to ask at the annual Arthritis Foundation Conference next month – free to the public.

The Free Public Symposium, “Taking control of Arthritis Together” is Thursday, July 23, 2009 from 08:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA.

The program includes a free osteoporosis screening by the Washington Osteoporosis Coalition and includes such notables as:

Basia Belza, PhD. RN – Aljova Endowed Professor in Aging University of Washington School of Nursing.
Julie L Carkin, MD – The Seattle Arthritis Clinic Director, Osteoporosis Services Northwest Hospital
Larry Wienkers, PharmD
Sue Romanick, MD – Rheumatologist, Private Practice
Jane Hoyt Buckner, MD – Associate Member Director, Translational Research Benaroya Research Institute
Diane Sowinski – Patient Advocate, Personal Trainer & Arthritis Veteran
Angelika Burns – Personal Trainer, Will Tree Fitness Wellness Coordinator, Bayview Wellness Center

If anyone is interested in carpooling or needs a ride, let me know.

Pre-Registration is required.
Contact Annie Rehn at (800) 746-1821 ext. 101 or arehn@arthritis.org
Have a great week – more later.– keep moving.… Sharon

Silverdale’s Hot Time In The Old Town Coming!

Silverdale’s event packed Arthritis Walk 2009, is this Saturday, May 7, 2009 at the Silverdale Waterfront Park!

The Washington Osteoporosis Coalition will be there to offer a free bone health screening.

Leashed, well-mannered dogs and families are welcome to the fun-filled eventful day in recognition of the 51,000 Kitsap County citizens living with arthritis.
The Arthritis Foundation’s annual walk honors Shirley Boheme, a 40-year arthritis survivor and ‘go-getter.’ Boheme’s ability to live well with her 40-year rheumatoid arthritis challenge is something I sure want to hear about.

While The Washington Osteoporosis Coalition screens human family members for bone health and osteoporosis, Naturally 4 Paws, is likely to have a nutritious snack for the dog family members.

Anytime Fitness in Silverdale sponsored the weekly pre- Arthritis Walk practice walks and I hope they continue the walking program.
The Acupuncture & Wellness Center offers a complimentary massage and Chinese pulse diagnosis while
Abiding Homecare, Costco and the Bremerton Symphony Association round out the program. (Does anyone know how the Chinese pulse diagnosis differs)

I’ve had arthritis only 2 or 3 years and I can tell you that bone on bone arthritis is nasty stuff, yet I am only one of 51,000 Kitsap citizens living with arthritis and most far worse off than me. Too many of them are children.

Speaking from my experience, the Arthritis Foundation is proactive with super volunteers to assist folks who contact them. One volunteer I spoke with is in a wheelchair. The amazement is that she has lived with the pain of arthritis since childhood, yet there she was, a cheerful, uplifting voice on the phone giving advice and information to folks who call the Foundation. Without exception, every person I have spoken with in the Arthritis Foundation has been informative and helpful.

The festive Community Celebration party begins at 9:00 a.m. – Hat judging begins at 09:35a.m. –followed by a Scavenger Hunt, the Movement Zone, (don’t ask) and Costco offers a Mom’s Day gift to the beat of good Bremerton Symphony music and free food.

COPD & Other Stuff will be there – arthritis is one of the Other Stuff. If you happen to see a young man and woman on a recumbent trike, say hello to my grandson, Uriah, and Christine.

Its not too late. Three ways to register for Saturday’s Kitsap Arthritis Walk are:

1. On line at: www.arthritiswalkkitsap.kintera.org
2. Sign up the day of the walk – 9—10 a.m. at the Silverdale Waterfront Park.
3. Registration forms are available until Friday, May 8 at the Kitsap Arthritis Walk kiosk in the Kitsap Mall.

If anyone wonders how many Arthritis Support groups we have for the 51,000 arthritis folks in Kitsap County…ask me.

Hope to see you Saturday!