How Seconds Matter to Someone with Arthritis

In the UK, 10 million people suffer from arthritis or roughly 1 in 6 people, with Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis being the most common forms out of more than 100 different types.

Arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation in the joints, leaving the sufferer in pain and can lead to deformities and severe disability. There are a wide range of symptoms including feeling stiff, exhausted, experiencing weight loss and generally feeling unwell.

Although arthritis is very common, many people don’t understand the pain arthritis can cause to those affected as people can’t easily see the effects. Time is precious for everybody, but to those suffering, even simple tasks are made difficult. Tasks that normally take seconds can turn into minutes.

Premier Care in Bathing challenged Nick to carry out his daily duties, wearing a weighted suit that simulates some of the symptoms of arthritis. His experience was compared to his twin brother’s typical day without the simulation. As seen in the video, Nick found that normal daily responsibilities became far more challenging, from things as simple as brushing his teeth, to greater tasks like catching the bus.

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Nick wearing a weighted suit

#SecondsMatter is a campaign to raise awareness for arthritis and its sufferers, to show how for someone with arthritis, daily activities that take seconds can turn into minutes. The video shows how an able-bodied person wearing an arthritis simulation suit struggles with the daily difficulties of the disease that sadly many sufferers must face every day.

According to the National Arthritis Survey, of those who rated their pain between moderate and severe, over half found it difficult to sleep, and over 20% found that they couldn’t play with their grandchildren. Over a third of people over 50 suffer from arthritis related pain. Arthritis Research UK state that almost 70% of people report depression when their pain is at its worst.

Although there is no cure for the disease itself, there is a very active and supportive community, who have loads of ways to make the lives of arthritis sufferers easier. Keeping active, eating healthily, looking after your joints, and adjusting your home are just a few ways to help ease the difficulties of living with arthritis.

World Arthritis Day is on the 12th of October, so let’s spread the word! Whether you have arthritis, have a relative or friend who does or just want to help out show your support by posting the hashtag #SecondsMatter, and donate to Arthritis Care – the UK’s largest charity supporting those with arthritis. What does a second mean to you?

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2nd Sep 2016
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I have rheumatoid arthritis and currently struggling to forget my old life (when I was able to dance and do a lot more). Massive changes now in my life but I appreciate each day. 🙂
4th Mar 2016
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I have arthritis of the neck and it is very hard for me to do the normal things you would do day to day.
I can not look up down or side to side without feeling pain and Dizziness It is so bad some days all I can do is sit down and do nothing.
Arthritis is very disabling and like MS which I also have their is know cure .
All I can do is put hot pack on my neck that eases it, It is also very good if you have a partner that helps you and understands.
16th Aug 2015
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Currently, I've undergone reconstruction of my left knee two weeks ago.
It affects my upper jaw, spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, right knee and left foot.
Ain't life grand? Lol.
14th Aug 2015
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I developed arthritis in my spine first. I just couldn't get my head around how long it took me to do things having been so organised prior to it. Known for being early for everything, and always ahead of myself, I was now late for everything, and so unbelievably slow at everything. I began to think it was the beginning of the end for me. I saw every niggle as some sign of it being my last day on earth. A bit bizarre, I realise this now. It came as such an enormous shock to be disabled, and not in control of my time. How angry I used to be, turning up late for things. Now, people have got used to it,and I am slowly getting to grips with it, and making light of it (sometimes). Have had this condition now for ten years. The advertisement is so accurate with wearing the weighted boots, and being held back always.
14th Aug 2015
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I have had severe osteo-arthritus for well over 10 years I have had both knees one hip and a shoulder replaced all within the last 5 years, people just don't understand how painful it is I have recently been diagnosed with it in my spine, I take tramadol for the pain its a living nightmare I wish I could wake up one morning free of pain, simple tasks hurt like opening a jar or holding the kettle, drying myself, getting dressed all cause pain I hope they find a pain relief remedy sooner rather than later, I try to keep positive but some days its really hard.
13th Aug 2015
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I had a hip replacement at 55. Have recently started on amytriptyline for night pain in my hands which is working! If your doctor won't listen, see a different one. There are people/Medication that can help!
12th Aug 2015
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I am 50 diagnosed with RA at 19. I'm not doing well at all now I'm in a powerchair for the most part. I'm on disability and am having a hard time trying to find an organization to help with installing a walk in tub. Please if you know if someone in Alabama that could help please let me know. I love the website its very helpful...thanks in advance.. Susan Cobb
12th Aug 2015
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I agree with all the comments here. My hands are so annoying when they drop things you think you have a hold of. I have difficulty convincing the doctor or anyone how bad the pain is in my back, hips and legs, how do you get across to others how tiring constant pain is.
14th Aug 2015
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I understand how you feel its so hard to get across how bad the pain is x

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