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What lifestyle changes and treatments can help with both rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia?

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Some lifestyle changes and treatments help with both RA and fibromyalgia:

  • Exercise: Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise two to three times a week. Jogging, biking, and brisk swimming are some good choices.
  • Sleep: Try to go to bed and get up at around the same time each day. Also avoid caffeine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evenings.
  • Physical and occupational therapy: These can boost your strength, flexibility, and stiffness, and give you ways to do daily tasks with less pain.

SOURCES:

Christopher Morris, MD, F.A.C.R., rheumatologist, Arthritis Associates of Kingsport, Tenn.; physician, Southern Medical Association.

Journal of Rheumatology : "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia: A Frequent Unrelated Association Complicating Disease Management."

Mayo Clinic: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

CDC: "Fibromyalgia Fact Sheet."

Mayo Clinic Proceedings : "The Science of Fibromyalgia."

Journal of Pain Research: "Evidence of both systemic inflammation and neuroinflammation in fibromyalgia patients, as assessed by a multiplex protein panel applied to the cerebrospinal fluid and to plasma."

Pain: "The development of fibromyalgia - I: examination of rates and predictors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)."

American College of Rheumatology: "Fibromyalgia."

Arthritis Research & Therapy: "Distinguishing Fibromyalgia From Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus in Clinical Questionnaires."

Revisita Brasileira de Reumatologica: "Rheumatoid arthritis seems to have DMARD treatment decision influenced by fibromyalgia."

FDA: "Living with Fibromyalgia," "Drugs Approved to Manage Pain."

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: "Sleep quality and functional disability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Christopher Morris, MD, F.A.C.R., rheumatologist, Arthritis Associates of Kingsport, Tenn.; physician, Southern Medical Association.

Journal of Rheumatology : "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia: A Frequent Unrelated Association Complicating Disease Management."

Mayo Clinic: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

CDC: "Fibromyalgia Fact Sheet."

Mayo Clinic Proceedings : "The Science of Fibromyalgia."

Journal of Pain Research: "Evidence of both systemic inflammation and neuroinflammation in fibromyalgia patients, as assessed by a multiplex protein panel applied to the cerebrospinal fluid and to plasma."

Pain: "The development of fibromyalgia - I: examination of rates and predictors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)."

American College of Rheumatology: "Fibromyalgia."

Arthritis Research & Therapy: "Distinguishing Fibromyalgia From Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus in Clinical Questionnaires."

Revisita Brasileira de Reumatologica: "Rheumatoid arthritis seems to have DMARD treatment decision influenced by fibromyalgia."

FDA: "Living with Fibromyalgia," "Drugs Approved to Manage Pain."

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: "Sleep quality and functional disability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 24, 2019

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