It's hard to deadlift with arthritic hands
December 26, 2010 9:09 AM Subscribe
Does anyone have experience with autoimmune disorders, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, and exercise?
posted by restless_nomad to health & fitness (21 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Usually, I run, lift weights, and do karate. I really, really want to be able to run and lift again, preferably without triggering another flare or keeping me on more prednisone than I absolutely need. Does anyone have any experience with this? My biggest problem is figuring out what degree of intensity is good and healthy, and what is too much and will cause a backlash. I haven't been able to find any concrete advice online, and my doctor rolls her eyes and says "tai chi and yoga." I'm not yet 30, and not quite willing to drop down to that yet.
Experience, rules of thumb, or resources that say something more concrete than "avoid heavy weight lifting" welcome. I'm in Austin, if that's relevant, and I'm uninsured and unemployed, so seeing specialists will have to wait for the moment. (Although I did see a PT last year, and she was not very helpful in this regard - seemed like most of her experience was with people who had no inclination to be active in the first place.)