In this episode, Occupational Therapist Emily Rich shares her experience living with both EDS-Hypermobility Type and POTS. Emily & Cheryl explore what people living with autoimmune forms of arthritis need to know about these conditions.
People living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and related autoimmune forms of arthritis (such as psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis) are at greater risk of developing hypermobility, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).
Emily and Cheryl discuss ways for people living with arthritis and EDS or POTS to manage the day to day of their conditions and cope with the ups and downs and uncertainties that come with fluctuating chronic illnesses. They also discuss the role of occupational therapists in helping people with these conditions improve their self-management abilities and confidence in building a meaningful life despite health challenges.
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