Arthritis support

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Support groups are made up of people who meet and share common experiences and problems related to their disease or condition.

The various forms of arthritis are a common rallying point for support groups.

Support groups offer an opportunity for people with arthritis to share common experiences and offer suggestions to other people with the same set of problems. Many support groups also provide newsletters and other forms of information to help educate people who have arthritis. Family members can also learn a lot about the diseases if they choose to participate.

Being part of a group also helps with self-esteem and provides a sense of stability.

Major arthritis support groups may be listed online or in the Yellow pages under "social service agencies". Rheumatologists may also be able to provide support in the way of patient education materials. Another resource are pharmaceutical companies who provide educational materials. Obviously, these materials are sometimes designed to paint their product in the best possible light. Nonetheless, much of the information is excellent and can be used as a talking point for support groups.

The state Arthritis Foundation chapter may be able to provide information about the closest support group. Another resource to check out is the Arthritis Branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIAMS).

Be careful if you join a forum or support group on the internet. Don't release too much personal information. Follow the forum rules. Don't try to "run the show." Many people who join these groups are looking for support and information and are easily intimidated.

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