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"My knee feels stiff when I sit for a long time and it hurts to get up. But, after I walk for a few minutes, the pain eases up."
"My hands are stiff in the morning or after I take a nap during the day. After I have been awake for about twenty minutes, the pain is completely gone."
"My lower back is very tight in the morning and it hurts to get out of the bed. I do a few exercises and my back seems to loosen up."
The above are just a few of the comments I hear on an almost daily basis. In osteoarthritis, joints are commonly sore, stiff, and painful after sleep or after resting them for a while. After getting up, the joints "loosen up" as they move around and are used. In the spine, the small facet joints are a common source of arthritis and back pain. The facet joints work as hinge joints similar to the hinges on a door. In a young, non-arthritic person, the joints glide smoothly over one another. However, as the joints become arthritic, they function more as a rusty hi...
Like many people who want to exercise outdoors during this time of year, I face a conundrum. The weather forecast calls for temperatures to reach well over the century mark later today. That means if I’m going to do any activity, it needs to be earlier. And since some of that activity includes walking my dog, I have to start even earlier since she can easily get overheated. That puts us out for a walk around dawn. However, starting that early puts us into prime time for mosquitos, which tend to be most active during the early morning hours (as well as at dusk). And during this time of year, that puts me and my fellow early morning exercises at risk for contracting West Nile Virus.
And West Nile is really starting to hit the United States this summer. Just doing a Google search, I found that cases have been reported in major urban areas such as Boston and Baltimore, as well as smaller towns such as Loveland, Colorado and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It’s particularly bad in Tex...
Many people with panic disorder or anxiety attacks find mornings to be especially difficult. They may wake up feeling anxious and have a panic attack before they even get out of bed. When each day begins with fear, you may not even want to face the rest of the day. The following are tips for managing early morning anxiety: *Make sure you are being treated for your anxiety. Keep doctor's appointments, consider cognitive behavioral therapy, follow your doctor's advice. *Keep a log of your sleeping habits. Poor sleep can increase symptoms of anxiety. If you are not able to fall asleep and waking up throughout the night can cause you to have increased early morning anxiety. Talk to your doctor about your sleep patterns. *Think positive thoughts when you wake up. Many people will wake up and analyze and evaluate the day ahead. You may wake up worried that you will be anxious, increasing the chances of having an anxiety attack. Keep a list of pleasant activities you will participate in next to ...
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