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Arthritis Pain – Does Sitting Around Make Your Arthritis Worse?

Posted Aug 21 2009 12:39pm

Many arthritis sufferers have problems with the concept that sitting around doing nothing is unhealthy and makes their arthritis pain worse. After all, for most moving around hurts.
Balancing activity and rest is not easy and many suffering from arthritis pain fall into a sedentary lifestyle because of this pain. It is really a vicious circle, as pain promotes inactivity and this increases the pain.

Author of "Arthritis Without Pain - The Miracle Of TNF Blockers" Dr. Zashin is clinical professor at University of Texas South western Medical School as well as being an attending physician at Presbyterian Hospitals of Dallas and Plano. His book is useful if you are considering or already on a biologic drug.

The book offers vital information about one of the most up to date classes of arthritis drugs, TNF blockers and allows you to fully understand how these are different from other arthritis medications.

Dr Zashin, MD, a rheumatologist explains that a sedentary lifestyle can help arthritis sufferers feel better temporarily, but this short term relief can lead to excessive weight gain and further pain in weight bearing joints such as the hips and knees, in the long term. Depression is also a common ailment with the inactive and this is associated with fatigue and more pain.

On the other hand exercise and remaining active improves mood, sleep and weight loss. It is not easy to exercise when you have been taking it too easy, so you should always start slowly and build up to a level that suits you.

Dr Zashin recommends
Joining a health club or group exercise program sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation
Walk a dog to motivate you
Exercise with a partner to motivate you

See more books about arthritis pain and medications

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