Watch as Nurse Victoria Ruffing teaches us how to inject the biologic Actemra.
Exercise, eating well, and speaking openly with a rheumatologist can help prevent flares and strengthen joints. In our final episode on Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dr. Uzma Haque, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, talks about the dangers of elimination diets and the benefits of stretching and exercise.
The treatment for Scleroderma Associated Myopathy is still largely unknown because there is not enough information about the disease. The Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Division is working to understand more about this kind of Myopathy. In this video, Dr. Julie Paik, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Rheumatology, explains the complicated nature of treating this disease.
Mindfulness meditation is a well-established technique that can reduce stress and lead to improvements in pain, fatigue, sleep difficulties, and overall quality of life. Mindfulness programs come in a variety of forms and can be practiced in a group setting or individually through use of smartphone applications. This could be beneficial for overall stress & mental health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Dana DiRenzo provides a general overview of mindfulness and how it may be useful to you as someone with rheumatic disease.