Foundation Research Shows Jump In Arthritis Patients
Posted May 5, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. — A lot of people can relate to arthritis, but new research shows that more 70 million people are living with pain.
There are 100 different types of arthritis. Liz Parry said she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 26 years old.
reported that one out of three adults have arthritis. In 1999, there were 43 million people with arthritis.
"It's just astonishing to us and those people who are affected by arthritis," said Andrea Hill of the Arthritis Foundation. She said staying active helps reduce joint pain.
Parry said that made her start walking in marathons.
"It was a way I felt. I was taking some charge of what was going on with me," she said.
Parry said she has already walked two marathons to raise money for arthritis research.
"We're very excited that we think there can be a cure down the road for arthritis," Hill said..
Parry said she does not want people to get the wrong picture. Arthritis is painful.
"I haven't had a pain-free day in 21 years," she said.
For now, she plans to step up her exercise routine.
"I would like to run more. And that's kind of my plan for the next year. To see if I can get some running out of this body," Parry said.
The Arthritis Foundation sponsored an arthritis walk on Sunday, May 4 to raise awareness and money for research.