Category: A Healthy Slice Of Life

Staying Active on Your Bike Even If You Have a Connective Tissue Health Condition

Do you live to cycle? If so, anything that gets in your way of hitting the trails or open road can feel like a serious setback.  If you have a health condition, such as mixed connective tissue disease, or a similar illness that affects your joints and tissues, it’s important to find ways to cope with the pain and swelling. This starts with finding the right medical care as well as utilizing natural methods to find the right balance to manage your condition. Here are a few health issues you might deal with and how you can work on changing up your lifestyle to get back on your bike and be active once again.

Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis

If your doctor has diagnosed you with either dermatomyositis or polymyositis, you’ve likely been feeling the wrath of troubling symptoms for a while now. These two diseases are related because they both cause extreme inflammation and pain. Polymyositis causes your muscles to become inflamed and the result is painful and tender. Dermatomyositis is inflammation of the skin. This can be equally as uncomfortable and painful. In addition to skin inflammation and irritation, it can also cause:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Changes in weight
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness

These conditions are considered connective tissue diseases and are sometimes caused by an underlying medical problem such as cancer. Because they can affect your muscles and cause pain and weakness, biking and other activities can be hard to perform. Start off with low-impact activities and work … Read more