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But…if you have an Autoimmune that affects your muscles (Polymyositis or Dermatomyositis) or joints (Rheumatoid Arthritis) then some exercises can do more harm than good. That’s why most of these folks (including myself) will at some point work with a Physical Therapist to create a program that’s tailored to their bodies and needs. Exercise will help keep us limber and functional, but it will NOT cure us or even necessarily slow the progression of the disease.
Vitamins and supplements are great! Quite a few Autoimmunes have been linked to Vitamin D deficiencies. (I take a Doc prescribed 5000 Units of Vitamin D daily.) On the other hand, there are many supplements that interact with our Doc prescribed meds that we need to avoid. (Trust me on this; if we’re doing our job of staying on top of our health, we’re well aware of what’s good for us and what’s not.)
There are so many other things that can accidentally trigger a “Hulk smash!” response that I could write for DAYS about it…(but I won’t. *grin*) So let me just sum-up the biggies like this…If you don’t know what to say, ASK. If you know someone who’s been sick and somehow achieved remission, “ask” if it’s a similar situation instead of “telling” the person what they should do to get to that point.
If you remember reading some great articles on the subject, ASK the person if they’d like you to send them the info instead of just assuming. (Chances are, if it’s out there, they’ve read it anyway.)