May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Led by the Arthritis Foundation, it’s an effort to increase public awareness of all kinds of arthritis and the serious toll they take on American lives personally, socially, and economically. The point is also to raise awareness and funds for research, treatments, and cures.
I say “cures,” plural, because there are more than 100 types of arthritis. One single cure won’t do it. The types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, the most well-known and common; rheumatoid arthritis; gout; psoriatic arthritis; polyarthritis rheumatica; and many, many others. Injury or infection are behind some types of arthritis.
That’s the thing: each type has a different underlying cause, ranging from normal wear and tear with aging to high levels of uric acid in the blood. What they have in common is joint inflammation—arthritis—as a major symptom.
I have rheumatoid “arthritis.” I prefer to call it rheumatoid “disease.” Why?
I explain at RheumatoidArthritis.net.