5 Tips to travel this summer for people with rheumatic diseases

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Vacation for  everyone is relax, for us with our diseases must be only  relax…. is that true?

The truth is  that a vacation has to be spent  at the best, no matter if  we go  to the beach, to the mountain, to visit nice  cities  around the world.

What  do we have to remember:

  • Don’t forget  your medication and  have a certificate that state you have to take them. There are some airlines specially low cost that can give you problems in case you carry biologics treatments. Remember  your medications and all your papers must  travel  with your carry on.
  • If you  book a long trip make  sure you can reach your final destination maybe in more than one step ( i.e. I had to go  from south Italy to Guam I decided to have  a stop over in South Korea so I rested and I visited Seul and follow  my trip) Instead  to travel more than 26 hours  I traveled half.
  • If you travel by plane or by train choose an aisle it will be  easier  for you to stand up and move. You know  you cannot be in the same position for long.
  • Ask  for  assistance at the airport at the train station, where ever you are and you go  is your right they will make your  trip easier and help who is traveling with you do not  get stressed during  the vacation.
  • Make plan before  to enjoy every single day of your free time. ( make sure all the opening and closing time, what to see, where to eat).

Ok then so now  you only need  your ticket and you are ready  to go… Enjoy your summer!

Belly Dancing Can Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain

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Exercise is an important component of any fibromyalgia treatment plan. According to a Brazilian study recently published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, belly dancing can be a good exercise option for people with fibromyalgia.

Study Design and Result

A total of 80 female fibromyalgia patients between the ages of 18 to 65 took part in the study. Half (40) of the women were randomly assigned to a dance group while the other half remained on a waiting list. Those in the dance group participated in a one-hour class twice a week for 16 weeks.

Participants were evaluated for pain, function, quality of life, depression, anxiety and self image at baseline, 16 weeks and 32 weeks by an assessor who did not know whether or not they had participated in the dance classes.

Patients who took part in the belly dance classes showed significant improvement in pain, sleep pattern, functional capacity and self-image from baseline to 32 weeks. The researchers concluded that belly dancing is “a safe, effective therapeutic strategy for women with fibromyalgia.”

L’esercizio fisico è una componente importante di qualsiasi piano di trattamento della fibromialgia .

Secondo uno studio brasiliano ha recentemente pubblicato sulla rivista Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology , danza del ventre può essere una buona opzione di esercizio per le persone con fibromialgia .

Lo studio e  i risultati

Un totale di 80 pazienti con fibromialgia donne di età compresa tra 18 e 65 tra preso parte allo studio .

La metà ( 40 ) delle donne sono state assegnate in modo casuale a un gruppo di danza , mentre l’altra metà è rimasta in lista di attesa .

Quelle del gruppo di danza hanno partecipato a una lezione di un’ora due volte a settimana per 16 settimane .

Le partecipanti sono staite valutate per il dolore , la funzione, la qualità  di vita , la depressione , l’ansia  ,

per 16 settimane e 32 settimane da un consulente tecnico che non sapeva se o non avessero partecipato alle lezioni di danza .

Le pazienti che hanno preso parte alle lezioni di danza del ventre hanno mostrato un miglioramento significativo del dolore , modello di sonno , la capacità funzionale e l’immagine di sé dal basale a 32 settimane.

I ricercatori hanno concluso che la danza del ventre è ” una strategia terapeutica efficace sicura per le donne con fibromialgia . ”

Source:

Baptista AS, et al. Effectiveness of dance in patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized, single-blind, controlled study. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 2012 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print]