Live Yes! with Arthritis

You may have arthritis, but it doesn’t have you!

About the show

Join the conversation with the Arthritis Foundation’s podcast – Live Yes! With Arthritis . Hosted by arthritis patients, Rebecca and Julie, this unique podcast features:

• Discussing and sharing smart solutions to issues people with arthritis deal with every day, tips they believe really work and can help you change your life
• Interviewing experts on topics that matter the most to you and that you care about – everything from eating right, staying fit and helping you focus on the things to help you manage arthritis such as diet/nutrition, mindfulness, the latest treatments, relationships, and much more
• Invite you to learn and laugh together with a community who really gets what you are going through

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  • Episode 14: Arthritis Pain & Surgery

    June 2nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  35 mins 20 secs
    arthritis, arthritis pain, degenerative arthritis, degenerative disc disease, finding a surgeon, hip surgery, inflammatory arthritis, joint replacement, knee surgery, orthopedic surgeon, osteoarthritis, pain, postponed surgery, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spine surgery, surgery, treatment options, wrist surgery

    In your journey of living with arthritis, your pain may get to a point when surgery becomes one of your treatment options to decrease pain, especially for those living with a degenerative form of arthritis like osteoarthritis. Weighing your options can be difficult and cause much anxiety. In this episode of the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alan Beyer, MD, discusses Arthritis Pain and Surgery, providing all the details you need to guide you.
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  • Episode 13: Connecting & Staying Active Virtually

    May 12th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  38 mins 30 secs
    ankylosing spondylitis, anxiety, arthritis, chair yoga, community, connect group, connections, degenerative disc disease, depression, fibromyalgia, lupus, osteoarthritis, pandemic, physical activity, physical distancing, rheumatoid arthritis, social distancing, staying active, support group, virtual connections, virtual physical activity, walking, yoga

    The environment we are living in today with physical distancing can make you feel disconnected from your loved ones and community. It can make the feelings of isolation from living with arthritis even more of a struggle. In this episode, you’ll hear some words of wisdom from two amazing volunteers who live with arthritis and are doing their part to support their arthritis communities. Cindy Senk and Helen King share their tips for staying active and connected – virtually.

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  • Episode 12: The Many Benefits of Walking

    April 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 45 secs
    arthritis, benefits of walking, difficulty walking, exercise for arthritis, joint pain, lupus, managing pain, mental health, osteoarthritis, pain, physical activity, physical health, rheumatoid arthritis, routine, tips for walking, walk with ease, walking

    Staying active is important for managing arthritis, but it can be difficult for some people to do, especially when they’re in a lot of pain. Walking is a good way to ease into adding physical activity to your routine. Dr. Leigh Callahan talks about the many benefits of walking, from managing the pain of arthritis to improving your physical and mental health. She shares strategies for taking the first step by using the Walk With Ease program.

    Visit the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast site to read the blog, get show notes and a full transcript:
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  • Episode 11: Special Edition: Survive & Thrive With Gronk and Matt

    April 17th, 2020  |  43 mins 35 secs
    anxiety, arthritis, arthritis foundation, cbdmedic, celebrity challenges, challenges, coronavirus, covid-19, depression, event, facebook live, gronk, isolation, juvenile arthritis, matt iseman, mental health, rheumatoid arthritis, rob gronkowski, survive, thrive, together

    For people living with arthritis, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis can amplify feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. As we are forced to physically distance from the world around us and stay home, it can be challenging to find a new routine or strategies to stay healthy. In this episode, special guests, three-time football champion Rob Gronkowski (aka “Gronk”) and TV personality Matt Iseman get up close and personal to share what they’re doing to Survive and Thrive: Together in Isolation.

    Visit the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast site to read the blog, get show notes and a full transcript:

  • Episode 10: Arthritis Medical Myth Busters

    April 13th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 36 secs

    There are many misconceptions about arthritis and if you live with it, certainly you’ve heard it all. Whether you have arthritis, gout or psoriatic arthritis, long-time rheumatologist Andrew Laster, MD, debunks some of the most common myths and misconceptions about arthritis to decipher fact from fiction. Tune in to this episode to gain a better understanding of your arthritis to help better manage your symptoms.

    Visit the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast site to read the host blogs, get show notes and a full transcript:

  • Episode 9: Wellness in Challenging Times

    April 6th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  43 mins 52 secs
    anxiety, arthritis, chronic illness, connect, coping, depression, juvenile arthritis, lupus, mental health, research, rheumatic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, social worker, support group, therapy, transitions, wellness in challenging times

    When you live with a chronic illness like arthritis, you’ve had to endure many different losses. So how do you cope with it all? Collectively, the world around us is going through the loss of what we used to know and the fear of the unknown. This journey is one those with arthritis experience daily. Social worker, researcher, Arthritis Warrior and Arthritis Advocate Courtney Wells shares her personal journey — and helps identify the important steps to take to ensure we’re mentally and emotionally well during these challenging times.

    Visit the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast site to get show notes: Read Courtney's blog with more information and suggestions for books and other podcasts here:

  • Episode 8: Stay Home Ergonomically

    March 31st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 19 secs
    adapting work space, arthritis, ease of use, ergonomics, home schooling, joint protection, juvenile arthritis, laptop, occupational therapy, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, stay home, working from home

    It’s a whole new world out there right now, always changing and adding more stress to our lives, not to mention possibly increased stress on our joints. Between working and educating from home, as well as managing it all, what can you do to prevent pain and inflammation of your joints? Ergonomics specialist and occupational therapist Nikki Weiner has suggestions to help you work from home ergonomically —while keeping your joint health in mind.

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  • Episode 7: Coronavirus & Arthritis

    March 14th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 56 secs
    arthritis, autoimmune disease, biologics, coronavirus, covid-19, high risk, immunosuppressed, increased risk for infection, infections, lupus, methotrexate, osteoarthritis, prednisone, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

    The public health crisis surrounding the coronavirus – COVID-19 – has everyone concerned and anxious, especially those living with a chronic condition like arthritis. This special edition episode (recorded March 12, 2020) features Dr. Michael George, a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who studies infections in patients with autoimmune disease. He helps answer questions for people living with arthritis, especially those who are immune suppressed or have an autoimmune condition, based on what is known today.

    Visit the Live Yes! With Arthritis podcast site to read the host blogs and get show notes:

  • Episode 6: Reframing Pain

    March 3rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 57 secs
    ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain, living with chronic pain, managing pain, osteoarthritis, pain, pain psychologist, pain rehab, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

    Living with arthritis can mean living with chronic pain for so many. What’s the best way to cope with pain? On this episode, Dr. Wesley Gilliam, PhD, LP, director of Mayo Clinic’s Pain Rehabilitation Center, discusses the brain-pain connection and offers suggestions for managing pain.

  • Episode 5: Relationships

    February 18th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 39 secs
    arthritis, care, health, love, relationships, self-worth

    Psychotherapist Katie Willard Virant talks to Rebecca and Julie about the importance of recognizing and asserting your own self-worth, which can help you navigate relationships with others, who may also be affected by your arthritis. She also discusses how to talk to children when one parent gets sick and the family dynamic changes.

  • Episode 4: Physical Activity

    January 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  22 mins 23 secs
    exercise, physical activity

    Exercise and arthritis? Learn healthy, safe strategies to increase your fitness and wellness.

  • Episode 3: Trendy Diets

    January 6th, 2020  |  27 mins
    cleanse, detox, diet, fasting, keto, paleo

    On this episode, we’re talking about trendy diets and whether they are helpful or harmful for people with arthritis. Nutrition expert and registered dietitian Dr. Lona Sandon will help us separate fact from fiction about the Paleo and Keto diets, intermittent fasting and things to think about in detoxes and cleanses.

  • Episode 2: Mindfulness

    December 9th, 2019  |  27 mins 24 secs
    arthritis, fitness, health, meditation, mindfulness, nutrition, pain, podcast, preview, wellness

    On this episode, we’re talking about the link between stress and arthritis symptoms, like pain, sleep and fatigue, and how mindfulness can help. Get tips on getting started from special guests, Nicole Riley, MD, an integrative pain management doctor and mindfulness expert, and Meryl Arnett, a meditation and yoga teacher.

  • Episode 1: CBD

    November 17th, 2019  |  25 mins 37 secs
    arthritis, cannabis, cbd, chronic, diet, exercise, fatique, fitness, health, illness, nutrition, pain

    On this episode, we’re talking about CBD for arthritis symptom relief, with special guest Dr. Kevin Boehnke from the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan. Is it worth the hype, time and money?

  • Episode 0: NEW - Live Yes! with Arthritis podcast - trailer

    November 6th, 2019  |  1 min 21 secs
    arthritis, cbd, diet, fatigue, fitness, health, nutrition, pain, podcast, preview, sleep, wellness

    A preview of the Arthritis Foundation's upcoming Live Yes! with Arthritis Podcast