Although rheumatoid arthritis has the possibility to negatively impact your life, it is still possible to remain healthy, active, and lead a normal life. In this episode, Dr. Teitel, a Rheumatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, is here to tell you what you can do to treat your joints, that way you can get back to living an active lifestyle.
Dr. Teitel: You can take steps to help your rheumatoid arthritis. I think exercise is good because people feel more energetic when people do it, and improved mood, and it helps keep the range of motion in your joints. It doesn't effect the disease process, but it helps you feel better, and helps you be more functional. When your joints are hurting, and if your rheumatoid arthritis is active, they feel like they're on fire. I wouldn't recommend pushing it, when you're in pain. If your joints are painful, when inflamed, usually some moist heat will feel good. There are certain foods that have, you know, natural aspirin, deep sea fish, things that have fish oil, so I would not try any magic diets, I would not try just drinking apple juice, that kind of thing; a healthy diet in general is a great idea.
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