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An Australian study has found a little-known and under-appreciated side effect of the painful and debilitating joint condition, arthritis, that affects women in particular.

Analysing longitudinal data from the Household Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, researchers from the University of Sydney found that arthritis was a significant risk factor for poverty.

Women with the condition were more likely to slip below the poverty line than men (18 per cent of sufferers compared to 16 per cent).

Across the world, it’s believed one in eight adults suffer arthritis and the number of people with the condition is expected to rise by 50 per cent in the next two decades.

Numerous studies have shown that, for sufferers of arthritis, participation in the labor force declines, along with incomes. However, little has been known about the effects of arthritis on poverty status, including what is known as multidimensional poverty, which takes into account economic factors other than income.

Using the HILDA study allowed researchers to examine whether arthritis preceded poverty and found there was a link between developing the condition and income going down.

“Given the high prevalence of arthritis, which is expected to increase within the coming decades, arthritis should be seen as a major driver of national poverty rates,” the researchers stated.

This study demonstrates that arthritis is a risk factor that needs addressing.

“Given that multiple interventions have been shown to be effective in keeping people with arthritis in the labor force, more focus should be given to ensuring people with arthritis have access to these interventions,” the researchers concluded.

Has arthritis stopped you from working or doing other things you love? Does it surprise you to know there is a link between poverty and the condition?


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  1. Mine is in my knees and neck, (my dad left it to me lol)
    I’m still working and exercising gently thru it, don’t want to give up as I saw it slow dad down so much.
    We walk every day, as I want to keep moving.
    If it gets bad I have some panadol and put hot packs in.

  2. I have taken Herron Osteoeze for my arthritis for 10 years. It has given me my life back.

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    • Debbie I still take Herron Osteoeze everyday as I have for the past 26 years however as the Arthritis gets worse the tablets become less and less effective until you are forced into surgery.

  3. It’s impacted on my life ( artificial shoulder ) with ongoing neck and shoulder/ back issues. And then consequent earning capacity. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

  4. I’m not surprised about this research, I have been suffering from Arthritis since I was 40, I’m now 66 and I had to Retire when I was 63 because the pain became to much for me to cope, unfortunately Centrelink don’t understand the effects of ARTHRITIS as I was told although I couldn’t walk very well I was not DISABLED enough to get extra help for approximately 6 months even though they had a full Medical report from my doctors. Centrelink made me live on NEWSTART ALLOWANCE which meant I got further behind with my bills so I was forced to pay for them from the little bit of money I had in my Super until they finally gave me the disability pension which although is not great it did help a little. ARTHRITIS is one of those things that really only effects the person who suffers with it because most people if they don’t have it can’t understand why it is so debilitating physically and financially.

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    • Trish I know what you are saying about Centrelink. My sons fiancee has a debilitating illness. I can’t remember the name but she does not produce Collagen. She is in a lot of pain and her joints pop out for no reason. I have witnessed this and it is awful. She is unable to do any sort of serious physical exercise. Even walking is painful. She knows she needs a walking stick but she doesn’t want to get one as she is only 21. Despite having all the doctors reports and consulting with a specialist in London Centrelink refuse to grant her a Invalid Pension. Her medical bills are horrendous and so far her parents have been able to pay them.

    • Debbie it’s about time they showed some compassion to people, the way they talk to you they make you feel like you have done something wrong. Yet it’s the system that is WRONG.

    • I had the same problem with Centrelink Trish, i have Rheumatoid Arthritis , and at 45 they gave me so much trouble i ended up with depression .I am now 67 ,they once said that i dressed to well , to have a problem .. I was penalized for trying to keep some pride in my appearance . I HAD DRS and specialists letters. and yes i finally received disability .. But not before Centrelink put me through hell .

  5. I’ve been suffering for many years, tried lots of things, wake up with pain every morning. The pain eases a bit once I start moving.
    I’m at a loss, just trying now to live with it!

  6. Read Dr Paul Lam’s biography, ‘Born to Be Strong.’ He grew up in China and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis when he was a teenager due to malnutrition. He began learning tai chi and he is fitter than ever. He developed his DVD Tai Chi for Arthritis with the support of the arthritis foundation. It is wonderful. It keeps you mobile and definitely helps with pain levels. Very practical and helpful!

  7. I had to sop work because of arthritis in hands and hips. Have had one hip replacement and will soon need the other replaced. Unfortunately, the government says I should be working for another 2 years (I stopped work 3 years ago) so am not eligible for any pension!!!!

  8. 27 years ago I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and my GP who also has it suggested I get myself a copy of “The Muscle Fitness Book by Francine St George” which I did.

    Yes it is a book on stretching and it is the best $20 I have ever spent.

    I do my daily stretches but, if I have a twinge at any time I can do specific stretches several times for immediate relief.

    Yes one still has to get exercise.

    As for the Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers you have my sympathy. My pain is on occasion bad but generally I can overcome that with 5 minutes of stretching.

  9. I developed arthritis in my mid thirties and am , now, 63. I am still working and, although more moderate than some, it has imposed some adjustments. I have never, though, permitted it to stand in my way.

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