I suffer from lupus as well as the starting of degenerative spine disease. My rheumatologist is wanting me to start physical therapy. I am afraid to do this because the simplest task such as washing dishes,making the bed, and other house hold chores leave me in severe pain. Especially the next day my joints are all swollen and inflamed. Has anyone else been thru physical therapy with lupus and how did it go/help??
Yes, PT can help you in doing your every day tasks. PT can help strengthen. I have RA and one of the WORST things you can do is sit around. Moving is essential to human life, even when it hurts. If you dont use it, you lose it. You will weaken if you dont get up and move so PT can be a big help. If you can, see if they offer aqua therapy. In aqua therapy, you get into a nice warm pool and exercise. It is very gentle on your joints and little impact. The water acts as a resistance. Yoga is also very good for joint pain conditions. You may hurt worse at first but the more you do it, the better it gets. Dont get discouraged and give up. Perhaps if you have a lot of pain in the beginning, your Dr can give you something to help you in the first few weeks until your body becomes a little stronger. My doctor recommends a course of PT every year for his patients.
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