Exploring women’s arthritis issues and needs

AS it Goes – Whither Goes the Weather

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.netI live in fear of the weather forecast for next Tuesday. For that matter, the following Saturday also doesn’t sound very promising. According to on-line forecasts, the weather is going to put arthritis sufferers at high risk of increased aches and pains. Several on-line weather services now provide daily advice about weather conditions for people with health conditions, giving advance notice that will allow them to plan appropriate activities. Amusingly, some on-line services also have indexes with warnings for bad hair days, mood swings, and attentiveness. Continue reading

AS it Goes – Sharing a positive message

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

People who live with chronic pain understand when I say that life often gets in the way of living. They understand that coping on a daily basis with pain sometimes is a full-time profession. We can become so preoccupied with minimizing our various physical challenges that life simply passes us by. Any plans to enjoy the too-short summer are shelved while we minister to limitations imposed by our arthritis and its associated inflammatory conditions. Instead of planning outdoor fun activities, we spend our days looking for ways to be comfortable, or trying to find the balance between moving too much or too little. Continue reading

Team USA’s Shannon Boxx: Life & Soccer with Lupus

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Picture credit: Fame! Soccer Girl https://famegirlsworldcupblog.wordpress.com/page/2/

As we celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Team Arthritis wants to pay tribute to team USA’s midfielder Shannon Boxx, who, living with lupus, is all too familiar with life with arthritis. This year’s World Cup™ marks Boxx’s fourth Women’s World Cup™.

Fun Fact: Midfielders run a distance of 120-yard across the field to play offense and sprints back to play defense, running about 7 miles in a 90-minute game and engaging in close combat to gain possession of the ball. Continue reading

Team Arthritis – Raise your game!

Team Arthritis LogoJoin Team Arthritis and celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has created Team Arthritis to celebrate the athletes in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™. Our goal is to raise awareness of how women living with arthritis can remain active and achieve high performance in their lives.

We encourage women living with arthritis, their friends and family, and members of the public to join Team Arthritis and share their stories. During the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, from June 6-July 5, ACE will share news and stories from the FIFA World Cup™. We will also share the latest information related to sports and injury and pose a series of challenges on Facebook that will stimulate your muscle and mind. Inspired by the World Cup ™, these challenges will be related to safe exercise, injury prevention, and living a balanced lifestyle. Please share your progress with us by posting and sending us pictures and stories of your accomplishments on our social media networks: Continue reading

Exercise to protect against rheumatoid arthritis

Heart Shaped Bike RackResearchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm say that exercise and physical activity may protect against the development of rheumatoid arthritis in women. The researchers studied 30,112 women enrolled in the Swedish Mammography Cohort who responded to a questionnaire in 1997 regarding physical activity. Participants were asked questions that assess daily energy use at home and wok and during leisure time. Researchers calculated the metabolic equivalent score based on duration, intensity and inactivity.

According to the research findings, 201 out of 30,112 women developed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) during the average follow-up time of 7.5 years, totalling 226, 477 person-years. Other findings include:

  • The women who developed RA expended less energy per week;
  • Women who spent more hours performing home or household chore had a 35% decreased risk of developing RA;
  • Women who spent 2 hours or more per week exercising had a 20% decreased; and,
  • Women who were inactive during their leisure time had a 27% increased risk for developing RA.

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AS it Goes – Bridging the Patient-Doctor Divide

The doctor is listeningA checkup appointment at my rheumatologist (doctor who specializes in arthritis) always leads to some interesting discussions. Most of the time I try to “research” a topic beforehand, so that I am armed with the latest background information on whatever are my most pressing concerns at the time. When I launch into my questions (I always have a list written out), I have a better-than-even chance of holding a meaningful conversation with my rheumy. In turn, I get more out of the conversation instead of returning home with questions that even Google cannot answer. Understanding what he is really saying provides me with the sense that I am in control of my ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and not the other way around (AS controlling me?) Continue reading