Do you worry about the future?

  When you are diagnosed with arthritis, regardless of the type you have, you begin to have feelings of uncertainty. You also have many questions, many which are unanswerable especially at the time of diagnosis. The important thing that patients look for when it comes to a prognosis is measurable results. However, that is not…

Having a Social Life Despite Chronic Illness

I know that this is an area that a lot of us do not like to discuss. How is maintaining a social life even possible when you are always sick and in pain? Your healthy friends may try to understand and support you, but they still have a social life and that is nearly impossible…

Nutrition Role in Arthritis Management

Do you know the role that nutrition plays in management of arthritis pain and symptoms? This is something the research has looked at for nearly 80 years. Despite information out there pointing to the link between diet and arthritis, there has not really been a specific correlation that is agreed upon within the medical and…

Fibromyalgia Tip: Get the Sleep You Need Despite Fibromyalgia Pain

Because you live with fibromyalgia, you know that deep, restorative sleep is nearly impossible. And because you don’t get the restorative sleep you need, you often wake up more tired than you were before you went to bed. Fibromyalgia pain patients generally do not get to stage 4 (deep sleep) of the sleep cycle, and…

RA Tip: Spring Cleaning and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your calendar is a reminder that spring is here in addition to the warmer weather. With spring in the air and wintertime behind us, many of us want to spring into action. By that I mean, spring cleaning but rheumatoid arthritis flares may prevent you from completing everything you would like done. That is the…

RA Tip: Keep a Positive Outlook

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) may limit the things that we can do. However, it does not have to control our lives. A positive outlook plays an important part in self-management of RA symptoms and overall health. Having a positive outlook involves the following: • Thinking positive thoughts • Having a sense of humor •…