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October 5, 2011


If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. This adage is markedly true when you have rheumatoid arthritis.

But what do you do when your joints are screaming, as they do when you are experiencing a flare-up or have joint destruction?  Dependent upon what is going on, every bend, each step, or even a reach can cause excruciating pain.

Do bring up your concerns with your doctor or rheumatologist, who may adjust your medications. You may be referred to a physiotherapist who can advise you on the best exercises for your condition, and help you with that all-important P.C. Thinking (and acting).

Remember that short and sweet do count. (I’m talking exercise! 🙂 ) If a walk around the block is too much for you, modify it – take a walk around the house, or even, in the house. Get creative and sneaky – squeezing exercise in by – yes, squeezing and tightening, loosening and stretching!

Be gentle with yourself. Do your best and accept that some days your best isn’t as good as it was the day before. It is, however, your best for that day.

You may be interested in an article written by Mary Byrne Eigel and reposted on Boomer Highway by  Beth Havey – How Exercise Can Help with Chronic Pain. Both blogs are well worth the visit!

Image courtesy of Horton Group.

September 29, 2011

A Squeeze and a Jab

Not once in thirty-four years has this ever been suggested! A recent visit to the lab had me grinning and shaking my head in a “Why didn’t I think of that?” manner.

For a blood test, you’re asked to make a tight fist so that the lab technician can easily find the vein and draw blood. It can be difficult to make the fist with the swollen or dislocated joints and deformed fingers that is common with rheumatoid arthritis.

Just before doing “the jab”, a very clever lab technician handed me a large specimen bottle to squeeze, while she looked for a suitable vein.  What a difference that chubby little bottle made! It was so much easier to squeeze the bottle, rather than trying to make a tight fist.

Next time you’re going to the lab, be sure to ask for a “chubby”. Do let me know how that went.

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