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Regular and Continuous Movement Prevents Flares

Nan discusses the importance of intentional and frequent movement throughout the day and how it can make a difference in preventing flares & RA pain management.

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  • MrsT
    9 months ago

    I think the thing to remember is that each person’s experience with RA is completely different. Some might be able to be super active every day. Some might not. Eating “such and such” a diet might be a miracle for one person, and do absolutely nothing for someone else.
    I’ve had RA for 47 years and I stayed as active as I could, but the first 30 years I had almost constant daily RA activity.
    So just remember your RA path will never be the same as anyone elses.

  • Diann400
    9 months ago

    4week of Methotrexate no relief in hands
    I look crummy all puffy sleep is not great but somehow I keep hope faith and smiles . I have tried other Ra meds but super sensitive to all . TOOK couple months off Methotrexate due to bilateral Carpal tunnel . Sadly back on. I do not like the way I feel on any med. Help

  • mseelhoff
    9 months ago

    My doctor says I am the poster child of R.A. I begin my day by mucking the horses stall, then walk a quarter mile with wheelbarrow, dump and walk a quarter mile back. After taking the chickens to the chicken tractor, I leash up the dog and walk. See United Healthcare pays me to walk. 3 goals a day. F=frequency 6 different hours 500 steps, I= Intensity, or half hour or 3000 steps power walking and T= tenacity or total of 10,000 steps! I do it 365 days a year and earn $3 a day or just short of $1200 a year! After my intensity walk I check emails, change clothing and ride my horse (jumper). Yes sometimes it’s a pain, but you don’t have a choice. Lose it if you want to sit all day! They say stay active prevents cancer so you bet I am going to do it till I drop. Twisted ankle- no problem= tape it! No excuses! I walk everyday 9-19 miles! Nausea oh well, walk it off. Staying active is the goal and my life!

  • Monica Y. Sengupta moderator
    9 months ago

    Wow @mseelhoff! That is commitment. It seems to be paying off. I also try to walk my dogs twice a day (I walk them separately) just to get my exercise in. As you said, it’s difficult some time but in the long run it will be best for me.

    All the best, Monica

  • Indigo2
    9 months ago

    Yes, “move it or lose it”, keeping the joints moving keeps them from freezing up. The more we can move the better off we are however, do not over do or you will pay the price, be gentle. I have found that water aerobics is very helpful for me, give it a try!

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