A complicated name for a troublesome disease.
What is polymyalgia rheumatica? It’s an intense inflammation of the muscles in the body. It’s a problem that can make your life quite difficult, reducing its quality dramatically.
What causes it and how can going to the swimming pool help in alleviating the situation?
THE CAUSES AND THE SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE
The disease usually presents itself for the first time in your 50s and 60s and sadly, for reasons still unknown. It resembles several similar symptoms of many other diseases such as the flu (when first beginning to show its symptoms) or of rheumatoid arthritis (in its advanced stages).
Women are more prone to getting it, affecting twice the amount of women as men. Also, the inhabitants of northern Europe and Scandinavia are especially predisposed to getting the disease (probably due to the low temperatures). Recent studies also show a link between genetic factors and environmental factors (virus infections and bacterial infections).
The disease starts off by the person getting neck pain, shoulder and back pain which slowly makes its way down throughout the whole body, if not treated in time. It will stop the person from accomplishing even the simplest daily tasks like getting out of bed on your own. One will lose weight and not sleep well due to heavy sweating and fever which are common symptoms during the night.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF GETTING IN THE WATER!
Together with the various medicines that will be prescribed to you, it is suggested to keep a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet and above all keeping an active lifestyle.
Is swimming amongst the suggested sports? Absolutely!
Despite needing years to get better from this disease, this sport will help you obtaining bone-renewal, keeping fit, stretching your muscles and keeping your weight stable level.
HOW MUCH AND HOW
The difference between rhomboid arthritis, a disease which has several similar symptoms, polymyalgia rheumatic doesn’t cause pain in the joints but in the muscles themselves. Therefore, get in the pool without overdoing it, especially following an acute period of pain. Below I’ll show you a guideline for exercises that you can do during 3 week period.
You have to be patient. Don’t let it get you down and continue fighting against this extremely troublesome, but curable disease.
Now, there’s nothing better to do than to have a warm shower, a bit of time to relax, waiting for the next article to come out!