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Arthritis Action Day set for Tuesday

May 14, 1999

May is National Arthritis Month and one day - Tuesday, May 18 - is Arthritis Foundation's first Arthritis Action Day.

That day, Americans are urged to take action if they have symptoms of arthritis, rather than ignoring the warning signs.

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Pain, stiffness for more than two weeks in or around a joint, sometimes accompanied by swelling, may indicate that you have arthritis, according to the foundation. The pain may be ongoing or can come and go, and your joints may feel stiff and hard to move.

These activities are planned to raise awareness about arthritis:

* Arthritis Action Day - Tuesday, May 18, Frederick Keys Game, 7:05 p.m., Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick, Md. Ticket donations are $5.

* Dial-A-Doctor, during which rheumatologists answer questions about arthritis and related diseases - call 1-800-365-3811 Wednesday, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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* Joint Walk (5-kilometer nature walk or 1-kilometer easy course) - Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m., Halfway Park, Hagerstown.

* Joint Walk (5-kilometer nature walk or 1-kilometer easy course) - Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m., Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick.

* American Physical Therapy Association will operate a toll-free hotline about arthritis Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 1-888-385-2782.

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