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Irish Sunday Mirror - - YOUR HEALTH -

ome called Cri de Chat, a hro­mo­so­mal disor­der. means she has trou­ble uni­cat­ing and is given to of hy­per­ac­tiv­ity and someag­gres­sion. had a cri­sis with her a e of years ago when she had kdown. In fact, she had to be sec­tioned un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

It was a very dif­fi­cult time for the whole fam­ily. I felt as if we were liv­ing through a dis­as­ter movie. I ARTHRI­TIS is a con­di­tion caus­ing pain and in­flam­ma­tion in a joint – and peo­ple of all ages are among Ire­land’s suf­fer­ers, to­talling 915,000.

The most com­mon kind is os­teoarthri­tis, which af­fects around 80% of pa­tients – mostly adults over 40.

More typ­i­cal in women and peo­ple with a fam­ily his­tory of arthri­tis, it oc­curs most of­ten in the hands, spine, knees and hips – ini­tially af­fect­ing the smooth car­ti­lage lin­ing of the joint.

Rheuma­toid arthri­tis af­fects mostly women. It oc­curs when the body’s im­mune sys­tem tar­gets af­fected joints.

Symp­toms of arthri­tis de­pend on which kind you have, but can in­clude ten­der, stiff, in­flamed and painful joints and warm, red skin over the af­fected joint.

There is no cure for the con­di­tion but treat­ments for os­teoarthri­tis in­clude painkillers, an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory drugs and steroids.

In se­vere cases surgery to re­place or fuse joints may be rec­om­mended by doc­tors.

For rheuma­toid arthri­tis, painkillers, anti-rheumatic drugs and phys­io­ther­apy can help.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on how to man­age arthri­tis, visit www.arthri­tisire­land. ie.

couldn’t see how there was ever go­ing to be a happy end­ing. But Mum and Dad sur­vived. I sur­vived. And, most im­por­tantly, Frances sur­vived. She’s now in a de­cent, se­cure

home. It proved to me that noth­ing bad lasts for­ever. It was very, very tough at the time but we got through it to­gether.”

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