Managing Arthritis With An Allotment Centric Life

In this post I cover an oft-requested topic.  How my allotment centred life has helped me manage Adult Onset Still’s Disease (AOSD) and Fibromyalgia.  AOSD is a very rare auto-inflamatory disease, as a result the information on the web is drawn from a small sample of patients and isn’t very accurate, but this site is a reasonable place to start

My video doesn’t focus too much on the disease and how it’s treated.  Instead it delves into the impact that a range of lifestyle factors can have on managing the disease.  This approach seemed to have worked for me, it might not work for you, in fact it might not have worked for me either – conincidences happen.


In the video I go through the diagram above in some detail.  If you are interested in reading more about my experiences you can check out my blog.  Follow this link for information on the disease and how I dealt with it:

The following are links to my guides on various related topics:
Challenging Chronic Illness
My Simple Guide To Eating Well
My Guide To Living Well
My Strategy For Early Retirement
Guide To Making Progress




Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

4 Responses

  1. Meka says:

    Just watching this in 2021. It is most helpful Steve
    I am currently incorporating juicing carrots purple cabbage and beetroot with green vegetables I add some seaweed as well into my regimen. I have been struggling with exercise cylcling and walking but the allotment keeps me going

  2. Thanks for the feedback Meka, it’s great to hear your progress it’s definitely still helping me. I still need to pace myself, but I live a fairly normal life! : All the best – Steve

  3. Nikki says:

    I’m trying to grow as much as possible this year, hubby was made redundant before the pandemic and I’m CEV so not able to work from home as I’m a domiciliary care worker! I’m struggling as it’s all new to me, I always have your videos playing on the computer when I’m cooking dinner each evening to try and learn everything I need to know!!! I have several auto immune diseases, and other health issues too, so seeing how much you are able to do gives me hope!! Thanks for all the videos, they are appreciated more than you can know!

  4. The videos will certainly help Nikki, but the book provides a much more structured way to learn and includes all of the best videos as well. Sorry to hear about the redundancy and the illness, hopefully gardening will provide the change of pace and other benefits that helped me : All the best – Steve

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