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Field reports: Rheumatism

The umbrella term "rheumatism" covers all chronically painful disorders of the musculoskeletal system which are associated with permanent restrictions on movement. These include a total of more than 450 diseases with completely different causes.

According to the latest information of the German Rheumatism League, there are several million people suffering permanently from a rheumatic disease, i.e. they have pain in their muscles, tendons, joints or in the connective tissue.

In general a distinction is made between four main groups. These include: inflammatory rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative joint and spinal column diseases such as arthrosis, soft tissue rheumatism such as fibromyalgia and metabolic disorders with rheumatic conditions such as gout.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus

    Regina, Specialist in General Practice

    For 15 years a female client, 33 years old, had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis particularly in her hands and fingers which she could move only with severe pain. Due to her illness and the resulting restricted capacity to work, she was bullied at work and frequently absent. She was able to practice her profession, which she greatly loved, only to a very limited degree. The overall situation left her desperate and depressed.

    Up to that point, the rheumatoid arthritis had been treated only with traditional strong medications; she had major problems with their side effects. The attending rheumatologists advised against discontinuing the medications. Initially, under medical supervision, the medications such as methotrexate were discontinued and cortisone was reduced to the minimum necessary dosage. The client also received vitamin D and vitamin B12 injections. The result was that the client was neither weakened by the side effects of the medication nor susceptible to infections any longer.

    The very first "Health Coaching" session resulted in considerably relaxation and improved mobility in the client’s fingers, which initially lasted for 2 days. After the 2nd health coaching session, her finger mobility increased significantly so that the client was able to play badminton again after the 3rd health coaching session and the medications were discontinued completely.

    Overall, the client’s psychological state has improved significantly, she has a positive basic attitude towards herself and life in general.

  • Knee pains

    Uta, Alternative Practitioner

    A client complained of knee pains that she had been suffering for the past two years. These appeared two years after moving home and up to now she has been unable to make either rhyme or reason of them. After the first Health Coaching the discomfort was much less, but still returned in certain situations. After two further Health Coaching sessions the client felt better again and the troubles have disappeared.