5 Ways to Manage Arthritis During the Summer Months

Arthritis can be be painful any time of the year — especially during the summer. Many believe that arthritis symptoms tend to be more aggressive in the winter months but this isn’t necessarily true. Arthritis can be painful any time of the year. Summer weather can increase swelling and inflammation and the high temperatures can…

Chronic Illness: Five Solutions So You Aren’t Overwhelmed

Don’t ignore your chronic illness I know first-hand how overwhelming life with chronic illness can be. It is a struggle just to get out of bed every morning. You live with the understanding that there are just some things you can no longer do. Too many look of us at the future with uncertainty and…

9 Ways To Prevent Arthritis Flare-Ups

It’s difficult to predict when a flare-up may occur, but you may be able to reduce them if you know your triggers. One of the most difficult things I have come across as I manage my arthritis symptoms is predicting the possibility of flare-ups. While I can’t always keep them from occurring, I have learned…

Three Ways to Develop Resilience to Chronic Illness Stressors

Find greater happiness despite the challenges of living with a chronic health condition. People who live with chronic illness deal with a number of stressors. Illnesses such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus, among others, require physical changes, lifestyle modifications, and new treatments. Emotional pain, sadness, anger and fear are common in people who live with…

Getting Quality Sleep despite Arthritis Pain

Patients living with arthritis pain often find themselves struggling with insomnia and other sleep difficulties. In fact, 23% of Americans with arthritis have reported a link between sleep loss and arthritis pain, this according to a study out of the National Institutes for Health.[1] Interestingly, there are very few studies about the link between the…

Arthritis Tip: Keep a journal to help with pain management

Living with arthritis means you live with pain and it is often daily. Arthritis is degenerative which means it will get worse over time. Because it will get worse, learning to manage the pain and learning to cope are essential to your management of the disease. Further, it is important to take control and to…

Do You Know the Benefits of Yoga for Arthritis Patients?

There was a time when doctors told people with arthritis not to exercise. They figured if something hurts, you are better off moving it. However, that belief has change in recent years because new research has shown that inactivity is the worst thing for a person with arthritis. If you are sedentary, you will get…

Arthritis Tip: Stay Active to Ease Arthritis Pain

Staying active is one of the most important things you can do to ease arthritis pain. In fact, research has shown that exercise, physical therapy and lifestyle changes can help to keep people with arthritis active, reduce pain, and slow the progress of arthritis.  A recent study found that 90% of osteoarthritis patients were not…