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Keeping a Positive Mindset With Psoriatic Arthritis

Health Central reports on how to keep a positive mindset with psoriatic arthritis with tips from Charis F. Meng, MD, rheumatologist at HSS. 

If you’re living with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), you know this autoimmune disease causes issues ranging from back pain to joint tenderness and vision problems. Not to mention skin lesions, which likely came first by way of psoriasis. The condition is similar to rheumatoid arthritis, but without as many resources available to treat and manage it, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. With so many symptoms wreaking havoc on your body, the challenge of managing PsA is major, but there are strategies to help you find the silver lining. 

“In addition to medications, I also review lifestyle strategies with my patients to improve well-being and maintain a positive outlook,” said Dr. Meng. “I tell patients with psoriatic arthritis to stay physically active with some kind of exercise regimen that includes cardio and strength training.” Exercise is a known mood booster, releasing brain chemicals that make you feel good and help you relax. Moreover, “physical activity helps relieve stiffness and improves other conditions that are often associated with PsA,” she explained." 

Read the full article at healthcentral.com.