Anyone dealing with hypothyroidism AND rheumatoid arthritis? NEED ADVICE!

posted 9 months ago in Fitness
Post # 2
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Hi there Bee, 

One of the things I learned in school is that contrary to popular belief, anything with arthrokinetics, its actually very healthy to perform stability excercsies and perform strength training. With time, and if you don’t excercise, the symptoms can become painful and unmanageable. Excercise helps combat this. I would look into excercsies that are appropriate for your condition to help you manage the pain and prevent total lack of use as you get older. This is what I learned while getting my NASM (National Assoc. of Sports Medicine) fitness professional cert. 

In addition to that, I will tell you my abuelita (grandmother) has it and over the years she has NOT done her job of working out regularly, walking, doing some strength training etc and she is in quite a way. She is in her 80’s but she has been mostly immobile for that last ten years. She is very much with it but has recently started to decline because she took a terrible fall. She has also had to have double knee surgery which was due to lack of excercise and excess weight brought on by prescribed medications/lack of good diet/lack of excercise. 

Obviously, everyone is different. But I strongly encourage you to research how to stay in shape with arthrokinetic disorders like RA to help you manage your condition and ease into a nice long old age. 

Good luck to you!

Post # 4
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

KatzeB :  my grandmother had 3 healthy children if that helps 🙂 

Post # 5
2491 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

KatzeB :  My boss has RA and has had it for many years now. He works out 3-6 times per week (bootcamp, weight training, HIIT, cardio), eats mostly clean (with the occasional cheat meal thrown in), doesn’t drink much alcohol (maybe once per week), and pays close attention to the signs of a flare-up. He also gets massages 1-2 times per month, and takes meds (humira injections) if/when the pain gets bad, which only happens a few times a year now. His main areas are his right arm (shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers) and his back. He’s in his late 40’s and super fit and active; thriving with RA is possible, it just takes a bit of extra work. Definitely talk to a doctor who specializes in this condition. Good luck bee! 

*I’ve worked for my boss for 12 years now and we are also good friends on a personal level.  I promise I’m not weirdly obsessed with or stalking my boss! 

Post # 6
710 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

I don’t have a thyroid disorder, but I was diagnosed with RA 3.5 years ago. My best advice is to find a rheumatologist you like and trust. You will likely see this provider more than any other, so you need to have a good relationship. I’ve also learned how important diet is when you have RA. Sugar causes a lot of inflammation, so I eat a low carb/low sugar diet. I try to focus on whole, real foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. If you haven’t yet learned effective ways to control stress, now is the time. When I am under a lot of stress it manifests itself as pain and inflammation. Managing stress can really help with your levels of pain. Also, exercise is vital. I’m not out running marathons but I walk as much as possible. It has helped with my flexibility and managing stress. 

I do not have children and RA is partly to blame. My ex wife and I tried to have kids for a long time and we weren’t able due to my fertility issues. When my wife and I had been dating a few months, she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I was diagnosed just a few months after our wedding. So, we had planned on adopting but decided to remain childless after I was diagnosed with RA. I just didn’t want to bring a child into our family who would grow up seeing us struggle so much. I never wanted a child to feel like they already had a job, to take care of me. This was our personal choice and I think for us it was the right one. That being said, many people with RA have kids and are able to raise a family without issue. 


Post # 7
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I have both RA and hashimotos. Diagnosed with RA about 8 years ago and hashis 3 years ago (I’m 47) I had 4 children before diagnosis and before any symptoms. 

Have a look at the AIP diet it seems to work well for a lot of people (it’s too strict for me lol) I try to stay gluten and sugar free and that’s been ok. The best exercise when having a flare up especially would be yoga or tai chi try not to do a lot of aerobic exercise as it’s basically telling your immune system to start it’s next attack! They’re also very handy at helping reduce stress which of course can cause a flare up!

rest when you need to and never feel guilty about declining an invite if you’re not feeling up to it. 

Make sure you have a good relationship with your medical professionals and keep them up to date with any changes or issues you have, don’t try and “grin and bear” things. 

Hope that helps a bit 


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