Glad I found this site

Was diagnosed with RA about 8 or 9 years ago. Symptoms started in my ankles, then wrists and fingers. I began practicing Bikram Yoga a few months after that and after the first few weeks ALL MY PAINS WERE GONE. Seriously. I continued my yoga practice for about 2 years and now, 6 years and 3 kids later I’ve been diagnosed with PsA. Note: I continued the yoga up until having my first child in 2011, took maybe a handful of classes after that, but then never resumed my practice. After having my third this last march, my wrist, finger and ankle pains came flooding back. Thinking it was the RA, I met with the Rheumatologist, who after observing my swollen toe asked if I had any dry scalp/dandruff. I’ve had these little bumps (moles I figured) on the back of my head that sometimes got itchy, she asked to see them then said, “This isn’t RA, it’s psoriatic arthritis.” What tipped her off was the swollen toe because apparently, RA does not affect the toes.

It’s only been a couple weeks since this new diagnosis and since then I’ve noticed things getting worse. More pain in the hands, more swollen fingers. I got myself back into yoga…it’s a hot yoga studio but not Bikram, and I sadly have not had the quick results like the first time around. Not sure if some of the poses will cause more harm than good to my wrists/hands.Trying to make some dietary changes and have added daily turmeric golden milk. I want to say these things have helped some, at least with my knees. Hopefully I’ll be able to share about more improvements soon!

I’m so grateful to have found this site. Reading other people’s stories and advice has been invaluable.

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  • CathyD moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi NicE,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. How are you feeling about your diagnosis changing after so many years?

    Your experiences with yoga are interesting – I have just started doing a little myself and it seems to be helping ease up most of my joints, but I do find that my wrists especially are feeling quite achy/tender afterwards. Are you experiencing anything like this? If you have any tips of poses to try I would love to hear!

    Please do keep us updated on your progress with the diet and turmeric – I know we have community members who find making these changes beneficial. Thanks again for sharing, and for being here! <3

  • NicE author
    1 year ago

    I’m wishing it was just the RA…feels like this PsA is worse.

    I’m hoping to get into a Bikram yoga studio again soon- the founder, Bikram Choudory sp?, was recently charged and found guilty of some serious sexual misconduct (yikes!) so it seems like all the Bikram studios are now disappeared or changed names. Although his acts are despicable, the practice he founded has been a life-changer. What I like about this yoga is that it works every muscle, joint and organ of the body. It’s 26 poses, 2 sets of each with pauses in between, in a hot room up to 110, and it’s 90 minutes long. It’s DEFINITELY a great cardio workout! And I never felt (and looked) better than when I was practicing it consistently.

    The yoga I just started (and stopped- was just a 2 week trial membership) was a combination of the flow type of yoga with some of the same poses in the same order as the Bikram practice and also in a hot room. It’s the flow part- going from a plank, to push up, to up then down dog, that was the most difficult for me. My hands and wrists are the worst affected by the PsA and I just wasn’t sure if that part was doing me any good.

    Since the Bikram practice does not have any poses where you put that kind of strain on your hands/wrists…except maybe half-locust but in that one it doesn’t require a bend in the wrist and I recall that one really helping with my wrist/elbow pain back in the day.

    I have a 5yo, 3yo and 6month old now so I haven’t managed to find the time for a 90 minute Bikram(or whatever it might be called now) session…but I’m working on it. I really want to believe that if I could get back to doing this 2-3 times a week, I can get back to symptom free. Fingers’ crossed!

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