Rheumatoid Arthritis – a Life without Limits, even with RA

imag2If you are feeling stressed, depressed, angry or anxious, tell to your Rheumatologist. A new study in Arthritis Care & Research shows a link between atherosclerosis – fatty buildup in arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke – and negative moods in people with RA. Your doctor can help you find ways to manage your emotions and help improve your heart health in the process. And don’t overlook the importance of a strong support network: Share feelings with friends and loved ones, and consider joining an RA support group.

Ask the doctor what can hinder the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and you may hear “a patient who downplays her pain.” But with today’s options, there is no need to accept limitations. Here’s how to feel your best!

Regardless of how you feel today, your rheumatologist should know about the pain and stiffness you’ve been feeling at any time since your last appointment. “Mainly, your rheumatologist wants to know if you are doing better or worse than the last time he saw you.” It’s very important for a physician to know about his patients day-to-day functioning. Some RA patients just accept limitations or hide from their physician the kinds of things they are not doing.”

Why it’s important to hit RA hard

“Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation throughout the body. It can affect all your organs, not only the joints,” notes rheumatologist Madelaine Feldman, MD, an associate clinical professor of medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. “Our goal is to find a treatment that can put the disease into remission. or as close to it as possible, in order to prevent pain, inflammation and joint damage. RA can also take its toll mentally, so we want to address issues like depression and anxiety, too.

 

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Beat stiffness and a bad mood with Yoga!

brilliant-yoga-250Yoga helps improve both RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and OA (osteoarthritis), say a new Johns Hopkins University study, which links the age-old practice to better physical and emotional well-being. After two months of regular yoga sessions, arthritis patients reported greater mobility and a 20% drop in pain, resulting in a brighter mood, less stress and more energy. What’s more, their walking speed, balance and strength were improved a benefit still observed nine months later.

Through yoga, you will learn to treat your body well and keep a healthy mindset. It will alleviate your anxiety and help you get in the best shape of your life. Learn more about Yoga  CLICK HERE!

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