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By November 3, 2010 - 8:11am

Hi. I was diagnosed two months ago with RA in both knees. I was not surprised as I have experienced knee pain and cracking noise for years. I have noticed that since being diagnosed, fatigue is getting to be a common occurance. I am physically active. I was a Curves members for over four years and am now a member of Planet Fitness, plus I take two Zumba classes a week. What I would like to ask the group is has anyone experienced what feels like a complete energy drain that seems to come out of nowhere and what techniques or strategies do you find helpful to cope. Currently, my RA is moderate and my primary care physician has advised me to simply take NSAIDs like Advil. Also, I'm wondering if any of you have noticed a mental dimension to this disease. At just about age 50, I am menapausal and I also live with bipolar disorder, which I am proud and grateful to say is very well managed. Anyway, I would appreciate any insights you can share.

By HERWriter Guide December 3, 2010 - 8:27am

Dear Sunflower

Thanks for much for your post. I'm sorry you are dealing with RA (and bipolar disorder on top of it) but glad you are managing well with both, for the most part, especially with your bipolar disorder.

Congrats on keeping your body active, that's an excellent way to keep body AND mind in a healthy state.

RA most certainly has an effect on mood and mental statuses. Most conditions that affect the body do. People with RA do say that they have periods of pain and exhaustion that are far harder on them when not having "flares".
What many say works best for them is rest. Literally, lots of rest. Early nights, sitting down whenever they can, and not moving when they don't have to. This isn't the case when they are not having flares, of course, but it's good during the painful times.

You may want to consider massage, yoga or pilates, time in a hot tub (that's excellent for people with RA), swimming in a warm pool, and acupuncture.

For your diet, include lots of foods thought to have anti-inflammatory agents:

-Omega 3 fatty acids (fish or flax seed)
-Colorful fruits and vegetables like pineapples and apples for fruit, and tomatoes and peppers for veggies (technically they are both also fruits but we'll call them veggies for now!) as well as onions, spinach and kale.
-Whole grains
-Nuts like walnuts.

Additionally, I do hope our readers with RA can give you some pointers and advice.

I hope this information helps, Sunflower!

December 3, 2010 - 8:27am

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