Bendor R. Arthritis and I. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131:150-152. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-2-199907200-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(2):150-152.
Dear physician and friend Guy,
You asked that I write a few words about the arthritis that has been my constant companion for 30 years. I demurred, as you know, at the prospect of attempting to convey a satisfactory picture of the disease as I've experienced it. However, because I have received your assurance that any effort I make will be welcome, I shall dare to try.
Arthritis means ever-increasing pain and stiffness with ever-decreasing physical competence, bodily joy, and ease. I am not saying that the pain increases each and every day; it invariably plateaus and then continues on its upward, evil way. A large injection of steroids can bring marked relief for as much as 3 months, but how often may one ask for that impunity? Arthritis means, too, an inexorable diminishing of self-reliance and of the freedom to do and be as I like. Pain is the leitmotif of my life.
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