Coping with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

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Narrator: What helps with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms may be different for each person.

Virginia Wimmer: I had to slow everything down. The super mom thing. You know, you get up and you're making all this stuff, and you go to work and coming back and checking the food and moving things around. And you don't think about yourself all day at all. Then you finally figure out you're exhausted at night. That's kind of how the normal super mom works. Well, you can't do that. Your body will shut you down somewhere if you do that. You have to break those things up into what's really going on and give your body room all day long. You have to give it room in the morning to make sure that you can start it up because a lot of times you can be stiff in the morning. If you try to rush around before those joints get to move around, you can end up with some real pain by the end of the day. So you have to have time. So all those things that people tell you you're supposed to do, you actually have to do them.

April 07, 2015