Have Your Arthritis Medications Put You At Risk of Flu? Commonly Used Drugs Reduce Flu Vaccine Response

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Rituximab targets a B cell to treat RA, but does it leave you vulnerable to flu?

If you’re taking medications to manage your rheumatoid arthritis or spondyloarthropathy (SpA), you might not be as protected by the flu vaccine as you think.

New research suggests that rituximab (Rituxan / MabThera) significantly reduces the antibody response to the adjuvanted pandemic H1N1 influenza (pH1N1) vaccine which could leave patients with RA and/or SpA vulnerable to the flu. If either of these conditions is responsible for your spinal stenosis symptoms then it’s probably time to talk to your physician to make sure that you’re not at increased risk of getting the flu this season. Continue reading “Have Your Arthritis Medications Put You At Risk of Flu? Commonly Used Drugs Reduce Flu Vaccine Response” »

A Bacterial Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Could your sandwich be harbouring bacteria that trigger rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of a number of conditions that can cause narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) and considerable back pain and neuropathic pain. The cause of this autoimmune disease is not fully known but researchers have now uncovered a potential bacterial cause of rheumatoid arthritis that could also affect osteoarthritis, another primary factor in many cases of spinal stenosis. Continue reading “A Bacterial Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis” »

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Got Arthritis? Do More Exercise!

cycling neck pain bike fittingWhen every joint hurts it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll feel like heading to the gym but more and more doctors are recommending increased exercise for those with arthritis.

With a recent study suggesting that patients are 20% more likely to exercise if their physician advises them to exercise, is your doc doing you a disservice if they fail to motivate you? Continue reading “Got Arthritis? Do More Exercise!” »

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Spinal Stenosis and Running – A Safe New Year Resolution?

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Is your pain really from spinal stenosis? Could PT help?

Like many, you may have resolved to get fit and start a running regime this new year. However, if you have spinal stenosis or if you have had previous back issues how do you know if it’s safe to run? Are there ways to minimise your risk of injury whilst running with spinal stenosis? Should you just give up on that dream of completing a marathon or ironman? Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis and Running – A Safe New Year Resolution?” »