Autoimmune & Rheumatology
Autoimmune Disease & Rheumatology
Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis: These autoimmune diseases occur when your body's own defense system starts to attack itself. Because these are also rheumatic conditions, their symptoms overlap or mimic those of other diseases. People can suffer from exhaustion and pain and not realize they are experiencing an autoimmune disease.
Since these diseases are hard to diagnose and treat, it's important to see a rheumatologist experienced in addressing autoimmune conditions.
Rheumatic Conditions: When the Pain is Real
Joint pain. Muscle weakness. Inflammation. Exhaustion.
If you are in pain, don't assume it's normal, due to activity or age. Many rheumatic issues can start off with mild, vague symptoms, but treatment as early as possible can help prevent worse conditions down the road.
Living with Arthritis
Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions affect the body's joints, soft tissues and connective tissues. This can make exercise and other movement difficult.
Yet exercise like Tai Chi and yoga can not only help joint ache, but aid in stress relief. Since stress can trigger symptom flare-ups, managing stress plays a critical aspect in staying healthy with arthritis.
Find out about lifestyle changes you can make to ease stress and pain: Make an appointment with your rheumatologist.