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Definitions of Arthritis and Depression

Below are definitions of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis and Depression which can help describe these medical conditions when you and/or your medical professional complete the medical forms in benefit applications.

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Chronic pain
  • Restricted mobility
  • Stiffness
  • Hands – tremors, restricted usage, restricted gripping
  • Numbness in right leg
  • Uses a cane for outdoor mobility
  • Medications: Tramadol & Emtec


  • Low mood
  • Low motivation
  • Restricted memory
  • Poor concentration
  • Easily overwhelmed
  • Severe anxiety
  • Suicidal ideations (suicidal thoughts)
  • Medications: Zopiclone and Effexor
  • Requires ongoing counselling


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