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Readers Respond: How Much Has Arthritis Affected Your Mobility?

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Updated April 02, 2011

Arthritis pain and stiffness can affect your mobility. As joint damage increases, it may become more difficult to walk, climb stairs, get up from a chair -- or even stand for a long period of time.

When this happens, it affects nearly all of your activities -- around the house, at work, and during leisure time. Consequently, maintaining your independence is threatened. There are mobility aids that can help. Canes, wheelchairs, walkers, and electric scooters help you get around.

How much has your mobility been affected? Can you still do housework, shop, and go out? Have you started using mobility aids?

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FIGHT WITH THE ARTHRITIS

TODAY MY AGE IS 59 . WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED ARTHRITIS , I WAS 29 . IT STARTED FROM RIGHT SHOULDER , THEN LOWER BACK, KNEES -- ALL THE JOINTS . GOING UP THE STAIRS OR COMING DOWN WOULD BRING TEARS IN MY EYES . WHEN MY FRIENDS OR RELATIVES WOULD INQUIRE HOW WAS MY PAIN, I WOULD REPLY: WHICH PAIN, I HAVE GOTTEN FULL OF PAIN. OVER TIME I LEARNED THAT THERE IS NO MEDICINE WHICH CAN CURE THE ARTHRITIS PAIN. ORTHO- DOCTORS WOULD SUGGEST SOME EXERCISES WITH SOME PAIN KILLERS OR CALCIUM TABLETS. I DID TWO THINGS. 1) DID NOT TAKE ANY PAIN KILLERS. 2) INCREASED MY ENDURANCE LIMIT TO BEAR PAIN. FROM 2OO4 ONWARDS I STARTED PRANAYAMS , KAPALBATI AND ANULOM- VILOM . IT HAS GIVEN ME NEW LEASE OF LIFE . TODAY I CAN DO THE THINGS EVEN NORMAL PERSON WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO. I HAVE GONE TO PILGRIMAGES: 1) VAISHNO DEVI 2) AMARNATH 3) KAILASH-MANSAROVER, ALL BY WALKING. IN THE MORNING I PLAY VOLLEYBALL DAILY. I HAVE SEPARATED MYSELF FROM PAIN. YOGA ONLY ANSWER.
—Guest ASWANI HARESH

Mobility affected

Can't walk far, can't climb stairs, can't drive, standing for more than a few minutes is hard, housework difficult, need cane many times, use wheelchair at airports, lifting and carrying things is difficult too.
—Guest anita8737

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