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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 ...
We are almost through ragweed season but some of my patients are wondering what made this year's season so bad. Actually, a certain number of allergy sufferers experience a peak in their nasal symptoms every spring and/or fall season which may be worse than previous years. But the most common mid-season question I encounter is: "Why have my medicines stopped working?"
Research on allergy and asthma patients has yielded some interesting information on the use of prescribed allergy medications and "control" of these disorders.[i] A major factor in the successful management of allergic airway problems is "adherence".
Adherence is a term that expresses the degree to which a patient consistently follows an agreed upon treatment plan under the doctor's supervision.
How often do you forget to take your medication?
Have you recently had to miss or reschedule your follow-up allergy appointment?
Recent allergy research questionnaires and surveys highlig...
If you are struggling with consistently working out, I have an idea for you stop working out and start having fun. Stop wondering how many calories you are burning, stop trying to figure out what muscle group you are working. Forget about doing strength training or cardio and simply start having fun with activities that involve moving your body. Getting in shape is not about how miserable you can make yourself because getting healthy and fit should really be fun.
My friend's Sarah and John are great examples. Sarah lost over 40 pounds after her having her baby just by dancing. She ditched working out at the gym and just spent hours on the dance floor. John loves music and listens to his ipod while riding his bike to work. It takes him 45 minutes each way and he loves it. John has come a long way from his overweight couch potato days his lean body is proof that riding his bike regularly is getting him in great shape. Both Sar...
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