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22 Thursday, April 3, 1997 Pahrump'Valley (;azette Health and Today's Lifestyle Take Control---Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis By Karen Mooney Your body has many answers and certainly more healing instincts than we listen to. When we are struck by a disease that effects our life we need to learn about that disease and take charge of the healing program as much as possible. The studies on Rheumatoid Arthritis have shown there are many options for a person suffering from this debilitating illness. Agility is vital to a healthy life-agility of the mind and body. With RA agility or movement becomes more painful dally. Many RA sufferers (there are up to 3 million Ameri- cans) know the usual treatments - toxic drugs to NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and the side effects that also strip the quality of health and life. Is there any other relief? In two columns we'll tell you about the most effective and positive non drug programs that can decrease your pain and change your life. eTeedt s Cremation ulrect Burial Includes: Removal from Place of death, preparation of Death Certificates and Permit. Cremation, minimum Urn. Full,/Licensed P.O. Box 6000 Suite 96 1161 Loop Rd. #2 Pahrump, Nevada 89041 000000000000000000000000000 Name: Address: ...... City: State: Zip: __ Phone: Free Membership Please rush rne 'ut  your sP ecial information for: [:]Cremation [:]Burial l-'lScattering A few wonderful breakthroughs attack the spiraling com- binations in joint pain. Inflammation increases pressure in the joint capsule; movement becomes unpleasant, intensifying movement further. The joint becomes immobilized by a protective muscle spasm that holds the joint still to avoid pressure. Now we have muscle pain involved. Then muscle atrophy (loss of muscle tissue) quickly develops and limits the range of motion even more! Fibrous connective tissue replaces the normal joint tissues. Tendons often rupture. Immobility follows. The very first step step to helping yourself. You must keep moving!! An exercise program that works the antagonistic (opposing) muscle groups is necessary to balance the pres- sure on the joints. Many exercise programs given to arthritis patients are limited to single groups of muscles. Power exercises are not helpful to RA sufferers. But continual movement is essential even when there is a flare up. Your daily chores and activities (such as combing your hair, dressing, cooking, vacuuming) can be turned into exercises that strengthen and nourish the joints. You'll notice that the little things get easier. The more you introduce gentle, easy movement the more possibilities you introduce to your limited body. While you clean or do daily activities it is important to shift weight and movement to different joints. You'll notice that you tend to overwork and use the same joints to protect the painful ones. This encourages a "frozen" body. When you are tired give yourself permission to rest ! Make a cup of herbal tea, read, listen to music (incidentally, music makes movement easier when :: -iiii): you are doing chores), and think i of your rest time as recovery from exercising and you deserve it. When there is a flare up (joint inflammation) cover the joint with cold wet towels- but keep moving! If a muscle spasm occurs put the cold towels on the joints (inflamed, swollen areas) and warm compresses on the muscle. Move- ment is imperative during flare up: Exercises, through, should then be slow, gentle and within painful limits. Above all, get massages or learn self massage. If many joints are involved you start where there is about 20 percent of normal movement shown that massage is by far the most effective for joints. The center for Self Healing in San Francisco has hat. remarkable results with their entire program treating arthritis and have even shown regeneration of cartilage is possible with proper massage therapies. (Schneider, My Life and Vision) In our next article we will outline other steps that relieve the pain and stress of RA sufferers. Finding new ways to get the movement you need without drugs, reducing pain, and improving flexibility will also make you more aware of your body and its ability to heal. Knowledge is Hope. Karen Mooney is a licensed massage therapist. She did her undergraduate studies in rehabilitation at Penn State University and her graduate studies in humanistic psy- chology at Marywood College in PA. She and her hus- band, Howard, have a medical massage practice at Calvada Sports Complex in Pahrump. Vision Loss from Glaucoma Almost Always Preventable SCO'Iq'SDALE, ARIZ.--Regular exams and early treat- ment are keys to preventing vision loss due to glaucoma, according to the April issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Vision loss from glaucoma may be prevented if you know your risk factors for the disease and how often you should be tested for it. Glaucoma causes blindness in 80,000 of the more than 3 million Americans who have the disease. Risk factors of develop- ing the disease include: Family History--You have about a 20 percent chance of having glaucoma if a parent has it and a 50 percent chance if a sibling has it. Age--The incidence of glaucoma increases with age, but it is not a normal part of aging. Diabetes--If you have diabetes, your risk of glau- coma is three times greater than for people who don't have diabetes. Race--Blacks and Asians are at a higher risk of getting glaucoma than Caucasians. Injuries and Illness--Past injuries to the eyes can trigger glaucoma. And while it's rare, inflammation within the eye associated with conditions such as lupus, Crohn' s disease and rheumatoid arthritis also increase your risk. Regular check-ups before you have symptoms may help diagnose glaucoma early. Often, by the time symptoms appear, permanent damage has already occurred. However, further damage can be prevented. You should be tested every two to four years if: You're between ages 40 and 65. You should be tested every one to two years if: You're age 65 or older. You have a family history of eye disease. You're of Black or Asian ancestry. You have diabetes or a chronic inflammatory disease. You've had previous serious eye injury. You're taking steroids. Treatment for glaucoma is a lifelong process that may include medications, laser treatment or surgery. However, if begun early, it can help save your vision Mayo Clinic Health Letter is a monthly publication that provides useful, reliable and easy-to-understand health infor- mation to help people achieve healthier lives. Call toll-free for subscription information, (800)-333-9037. Obituaries Dorthy Irene Skinner Dorthy Irene Skinner, 70, died March 27, 1997 at her residence in Pahrump. She was born July 24, 1926 in North Hollywood, CA. A 17 year resident of Pahrump coming form California where she was a secretary for the Los Angeles Employee's Union. She was priced in death by her mother, father, sisters, and brothers. She is survived by one brother, Mr. Allen L. Hunt of Pahrump. Services were private, and arranged by the Neptune So- ciety of Nye County. Norma Elizabeth Johnson Norma Elizabeth Johnson, 29, died March 26, 1997 at the Nye Regional Medical Center in Tonopah. She was born April 5, 1967 in Califor- nia and was a one-year resi- dent of Round Mountain, Nevada, coming from Dallas Texas. She was ahomemaker, member of the church of Lat- ter-Day Saints, Smokey Val- ley, Nevada. She is survived by her husband Robert Lawrence Blair Johnson of Round Mountain, son Robert, daugh- ters Jaqualynn and Layla of Round Mountain; Mother and step-father Norma and Aus- tin McCroy of Fontana, Cali- fornia. Services were held Thurs- day, March 27, 1997 at Gunter's Funeral Home, Tonopah Nevada. Graveside Service followed at the For- est Lawn Cemetary, Covina, California. Burial was at For- est Lawn Cemetery Covina, California. Florin J. Hoffman Florin J. Hoffman, 38, died March 24, 1997 at UMC Trauma unit in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born No- vember 11, 1958 in Henderson, Nevada and wa a life long resident of Pahr- ump coming from Henderson, Nevada. He was a construction laborer, served in the Navy. He is survived by his wife Judith Hoffman of Pahrump, NV., Mother Isabell Hoffman, father Victor Hoffman both of Las Vegas, NV. Brothers Glen Hoffman of Ft. Bridger, Wyoming, Calvin Brad Hoffman of Pahrump, NV, and Lyle Hoffman of Las Vegas NV. Private services were held on March 26, 1997 at Chris- tian Church of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada.