When's the last time you hit "play" on a Mozart CD? Bach? Brahms? Find out why this stuff is essential for arthritics, as well as a slew of other tips on how to stay pain-free.
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KC Taylor: Fixing lunch is tough for Heidi McIntyre. Heidi McIntyre: Well it’s very painful. My hands are very stiff especially in the morning. KC Taylor: She developed arthritis at 15 years old. Heidi McIntyre: It can be a dull pain; it can be sharp, piercing pain. It’s not always the same. KC Taylor: Her range of motion is down to near zero. Brad Fain: People with arthritis have a reduction of about a third to one-half of their functional capability. KC Taylor: Study show that listening to classical music one hour per day can soothe the pain. Patients claimed the music distracted them from their aching body. You also need to get outside. A new study of 9000 plus rheumatoid arthritis cases found a large portion located in New England; lack of sunshine there may lead to Vitamin D deficiency, which may lead to arthritis. Outside, some drugs can boost your sensitivity to sunlight, so wear SPF 30 or 45 sunscreen when you go outdoors. Heidi McIntyre: That wasn’t bad. KC Taylor: At home, foods reach in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, sardines and tuna may reduce inflammation. Foods like turkey, bacon and liver may trigger pain. Heidi also keeps these grip-friendly lids around the house. Heidi McIntyre: If you can make daily tasks a little bit easier I mean that’s a victory for us all. KC Taylor: Simple tips to help arthritics keep sane. I'm KC Taylor reporting.

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