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Not recommended for anyone who has more than the very mildest symptoms
on 11 June 2016
I appreciate that everyone's experience of rhematoid arthritis is different I got the impression from reading the book that the author has only very mild symptoms. She admits herself that she experiences very little pain and can go skiing, takes yoga classes and takes long walks. The lack of understanding of the every day experiences of those who experience the illness to moderate or severe level can further be seen in the chapter on adaptions "washing/showering/bathing Equiptment will probably not be needed unless you have problems with your hips and knees or are having a flare-up of your symptoms." This would be about 98% of those of us with RA then. Furthermore she recommends walking as a good excercise for people with rhematoid arthritis. This is against recommendations by experts which are clear that weight bearing excercise can damage joints and should be replaced with non-weight bearing ones.
As someone who has had the condition for over thirty years, I felt the information was largely common sense, some of it inappropriate and some downright ridiculous "if someone can manage stairs safely and without pain it is probably better to manage without an extra banister rail." When would it ever be a disadvantage to not have an extra banister rail? For anyone?
I considered two stars but dropped one because it includes advice on the hugely discrediated farce that is homeopathy.