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Used prayer for: Arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia

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For sample adults age 18+ in 2002 who had a healing ritual or sacrament performed for their own health or treatment in the past 12 months (PRARITYR) and had used healing rituals/sacraments to treat a specific health problem or condition (PRATREAT), PRATARTHLF indicates whether the person had used healing rituals/sacraments to treat arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia.

Related Variables

Arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia was one of 74 possible specific conditions that sample adults (but not sample children) could report treating with healing rituals/sacraments.


The other such conditions are:

  • bowel problems and constipation (PRATBOWL, 2002 only)
  • head or chest cold (PRATCOLD, 2002 only)
  • congestive heart failure (PRATCONGHF, 2002 only)
  • coronary heart disease (PRATCORON, 2002 only)
  • other nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome (PRATCTS, 2002 only)
  • benign tumors or cysts (PRATCYST, 2002 only)
  • excessive sleepiness during the day (PRATESLEEPY, 2002 only)
  • fracture, bone or joint injury (PRATFRACT, 2002 only)
  • gynecologic problem (PRATGYN, 2002 only)
  • stomach or intestinal illness (PRATINTEST, 2002 only)
  • irregular heartbeat (PRATIRRH, 2002 only)
  • joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition (PRATJNTPAIN, 2002 only)
  • poor circulation in legs (PRATLCIRC, 2002 only)
  • macular degeneration (PRATMACD, 2002 only)
  • allergy to medication (PRATMALL, 2002 only)
  • missing limbs (fingers, toes or digits), amputee (PRATMLIMB, 2002 only)
  • circulation problems (other than in the legs) (PRATNLCIRC, 2002 only)
  • other developmental problem (PRATODD, 2002 only)
  • other heart condition or disease (PRATOHART, 2002 only)
  • knee problems (not arthritis, not joint injury) (PRATOKNEE, 2002 only)
  • other lung or breathing problem (PRATOLUNG, 2002 only)
  • osteoporosis, tendinitis (PRATOSTEO, 2002 only)
  • Parkinson's disease (PRATPARK, 2002 only)
  • polio (myelitis), paralysis, para/quadriplegia (PRATPOLIO, 2002 only)
  • prostate trouble or impotence (PRATPROST, 2002 only)
  • mental retardation (PRATRET, 2002 only)
  • skin problems--adults (PRATSKINA, 2002 only)
  • varicose veins, hemorrhoids (PRATVEIN, 2002 only)

Sample adults could report treating arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia by 14 of the 16 alternative health modalities, including healing rituals. The omitted alternative treatments are hypnosis and movement techniques, which were included as treatments for specific health problems in the 2007 survey only; however, arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia was not a specific condition recognized in 2007. (See HYPYR and MOVALEXYR for more information about the treatment of specific conditions by hypnosis and movement techniques.) Analysts interested in the treatment of arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia by alternative therapies other than healing rituals/sacraments should see PRARITYR for the full list of alternative medicine treatments, as well as for a summary of other healing ritual-related questions and definitions.


PRATARTHLF is only available for 2002. Survey participants were not asked about using healing rituals/sacraments to treat most specific health conditions in 2007, and arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia was not a condition covered by the CAM supplement in 2007.


  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have had a healing ritual or sacrament performed for their own health or treatment during the past 12 months and have used this healing ritual or sacrament to treat a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2002