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When I was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis , I really had no idea of the long term affects of this disease . In the beginning, I was overwhelmed with the pain and changes in my body. All I could think about each day was the doctors' visits and the endless amounts of medication . I didn't know anyone else who had RA who I could ask questions. I felt alone and scared. When I read through the message boards on the RA Central website, I feel the frustration of those who have been recently diagnosed . I know the fear of having so many unanswered questions. Now, 10 years into my RA journey, I still have questions but I have a lot more answers! My RA came on fast and furious. I was a pretty healthy person until this disease came along. RA swept me off my feet and I am still running! I'm sure that's how most of you who have been recently diagnosed feel. Well, let me tell you from experience, it's a race worth running right from the start. The sooner ...
After smoking for so many years, why quit smoking now? After all, smoking helps you cope with pain, stress and anxiety. If you quit now, you might gain weight. If you quit now, your pain might actually get worse. Right? These excuses keep you happily chained to your habit. Do you need some good reasons to quit besides saving money and smelling better? If you quit now, you might actually feel better. But "might" is not a strong enough word because you want to know for sure that you will feel better than you do now. Let's see what the research says.
First of all, there is no reason to worry about your pain getting worse if you quit smoking now. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have proven that pain does not actually get worse once you quit . But that same research did not prove that discontinuing the tobacco habit improves pain either. So that's not compelling enough information to motivate you to quit. Let's take a look at some more research.
Spine researchers have loo...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
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