Water Exercise

My husband has RA and we are considering purchasing a hot tub for him and have found there are many types – so-called therapy tubs are considerably higher priced. Would the main benefit come from the heated water or is there a benefit derived from the water massage?He has had considerable pain, is being treated by a doctor, but my thought was the hot tub could give him some relief and possibly he could do some water excersize as well. We are completely willing to spend the extra money for the therapy tub if it is indeed beneficial. But then, if this is just sales hype, don’t want to be taken by the desire to do whatever to make him more comfortable.

Value of Aerobic Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I have RA which is reasonably well controlled on sulphasalzine, prednisolone and methotrexate. I walk and swim but have heard that intensive aerobic exercise and gym work using a swiss exercise ball is very beneficial without radiological evidence of joint deterioration.

RA and Pregnancy

As with many RA patients, I experienced almost complete remission with my pregnancies. I have heard that some centers are banking blood during pregnancy to attempt to create this response after delivery. I can not find any articles reporting this and am wondering if you might be able to help. I am currently on Enbrel, Methotrexate, prednisone and have had Prosorba treatment. Pregnancy is the only time I am well.