Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis and Stress

Although researchers still don’t fully understand the precise connection, a 2010 review of 16 studies published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy concluded that there is enough evidence to support the belief that stress likely plays a role in triggering RA flares or worsening RA symptoms. This is certainly something I can confirm from personal experience!

Being stressed seems to trigger an endless cycle: stress makes you feel crummy, which generates additional stress, which only makes you feel worse. For this reason, it is especially important that people living with RA have tools for dealing with stress.

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