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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 18 March 2004
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Arthritis

Aching joints and creaking bones are typical symptoms of arthritis. Perhaps for this reason, it’s often thought of as an old person’s disease. But it’s a condition that affects all ages. Toddlers suffer from arthritis-induced early morning stiffness. Teenagers may have to wear splints.

Arthritis and age
Whatever your age, living with arthritis is a tricky business. It often helps to have the condition diagnosed, but the label can be difficult to live with.

Many young sufferers say it makes them feel unattractive. Aching joints can make physical contact painful. Friends and relatives may find it hard to sympathise when one day you’re fine, the next you’re unable to get out of bed.

Treatment
Drug therapies have improved dramatically in the last few years. Young people in particular are more likely to make a full recovery. It seems they can tolerate higher doses relative to their body mass.

But finding the right treatment can be a long and uncomfortable process. Getting a diagnosis can be far from straightforward.

There are hundreds of different types of arthritis. Many of the drug treatments have side effects and each individual reacts differently.

Web Chat
On Check Up this week, Barbara Myers invited listeners of all ages to share their experiences of living with arthritis. Consultant rheumatologist, Professor David Isenberg will helped evaluate different treatment options.

Read the Arthritis web chat with Professor Isenberg.

If you have a question, contact us by calling 0870 010 0444 from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on the day of broadcast or by emailing checkup@bbc.co.uk

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