Arthritis in General
Arthritis affects one in seven Americans or 40 million adults. It is the most
common and disabling chronic condition affecting Americans. It accounts for
45 million physician visits per year, 4 million hospital admissions, and costs
more than $65 billion. . .or 1% of our nation's gross national product
Joining us today to discuss arthritis in women is rheumatologist Dr. Nayan
Kothari from St. Peters Hospital in NJ.
"Arthritis is common in women mostly because of the hormones, which
probably have an influence on the immune system. The female hormones might
be influencing the immune system and cause arthritis in women".
What symptoms would lead women to think that they might have arthritis?
"The symptoms which one should be concerned about are pain in the joints
and also stiffness in any joints in the body which lasts for more than a few
days or definitely more than a few weeks."
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Created: 12/5/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.