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Deanna K. Davenport

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Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, 8 June 2008 [cached]
Deanna Davenport, who is a nurse practitioner at the University of Missouri-Columbia Center for Rheumatic Diseases, knows that this is especially true for those with arthritis. From her own extensive experience with arthritis patients, Davenport has summed up some useful tips you can use for an efficient doctor's visit.
Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, 23 Nov 2005 [cached]
"On a day-to-day basis, the most important thing for patients with fibromyalgia to do is to work at understanding their disease and living with it," says Deanna Davenport, a nurse practitioner who often works with fibromyalgia patients at the University of Missouri-Columbia Center for Rheumatic Diseases.
Studies show that people who understand and accept their disease fare much better than those who don't, Davenport explains. Read books, check out reliable websites and seek out support groups to learn more about fibromyalgia, as well as how others are coping with it.
Pay attention to how you feel. If you are in the middle of a flare, tone down your activities and give yourself some time to rest and recover, Davenport suggests. Stress reduction is crucial because stress can trigger a flare-up and make symptoms worse.Accepting the disease is very important.
"People with fibro are never pain free," Davenport says. "It is up to them to learn how to manage with this pain, to make lifestyle changes to accommodate the fact that there will be times when they can't do everything they did before."
Pain Medication Will Only Do So Much
"Medical management of pain in fibromyalgia has limited value," Davenport says.
Exercise is one activity that targets fibromyalgia on all fronts, Davenport explains. Daily exercise not only improves the overall physical condition, but can also elevate the mood, diminish depression and improve sleep, all of which help to decrease pain."However, exercise is often one of the hardest things to prescribe," Davenport says. "Motion and physical activity are often what makes a person with fibromyalgia hurt more."
The key is to start slowly, even with just 3-5 minutes of an aerobic activity, such as walking, swimming, riding a stationary bike. "If this doesn't make you hurt worse the next day, then you are at the correct level," Davenport says.
The two conditions are considered medical cousins, Davenport says.
Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, 30 Mar 2006 [cached]
"Getting good sleep can be an even bigger issue for people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)," says Deanna Davenport, a nurse practitioner at the University of Missouri-Columbia Center for Rheumatic Diseases. In addition to other sleep disorders, fibromyalgia and CFS can sometimes be associated with sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. Davenport says a sleep study check for obstructive sleep apnea should be considered for those who stop breathing while asleep or for those who's own snoring actually awakens them. "Also, if their legs feel jumpy or they just have to get up and walk because their legs feel twitchy, a sleep valuation is a good idea to look for restless leg syndrome," says Davenport.
Faculty Profiles, 1 June 2009 [cached]
Deanna K. Davenport, F.N.P.-B.C., M.S.N. Nurse Practitioner
Deanna enjoys her work in rheumatology and is happy to see patients with most rheumatic conditions. An attending rheumatologist is always available for consult when you see her.
Deanna's specific clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and the self-management of these conditions.
She also plays a large role in the infusion therapies program for inflammatory arthridities that is run out of the Center for Rheumatic Disease. If your condition requires infusion treatment, Deanna will be helping with your care.
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"Due to lack of physical signs, ..., 21 Mar 2006 [cached]
"Due to lack of physical signs, fibro is not easily recognizable to the general public and is often called an 'invisible disease'," says Deanna Davenport, a nurse practitioner at the University of Missouri-Columbia Center for Rheumatic Diseases, who has extensive experience in helping FM patients.
"It is a very individual response in each patient as to whether they want others to know they have fibro or they don't, but I feel it is crucial for the family to know what's going on," says Davenport, who usually provides teaching materials to each patient to share with their families.
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