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Living With a Rheumatic Disease

Living With a Rheumatic Disease

Living with a rheumatic disease does not necessarily mean living a limited lifestyle. With proper management, a rheumatic disease often does not have to hinder your daily activities.

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Exercise and rheumatic diseases

Exercise, when done correctly, can help reduce rheumatic disease symptoms, including the following:

Exercise is often times an integral part of a person's overall treatment plan for arthritis or other rheumatic diseases. In addition, exercise may help with weight reduction and increase your sense of well-being. There are three main types of exercises that may be beneficial for persons with rheumatic diseases, including the following:

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Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Diet and weight management and rheumatic diseases

Although studies are underway to examine the effects of diet on rheumatic disease, researchers do not fully understand the role of diet in rheumatic disease. However, the Arthritis Foundation recommends the following dietary guidelines for people with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases:

The following is a list of certain food associations and specific rheumatic diseases:

Psychosocial management of rheumatic diseases

Living with chronic pain and fatigue may leave a person feeling depressed and less able to cope with the pain. A cycle of pain, depression, and stress may keep a person from living his or her life to the fullest. Managing pain in a positive manner and taking charge can help break such a cycle. Part of proper pain management involves getting plenty of rest to preserve energy, including the following:

Consult your doctor for more information about healthy living with a rheumatic disease.

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