People with rheumatoid arthritis have to live with chronic pain, fatigue, and stiff joints. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t live a happy and healthy life. With a proper plan for treatment and care, rheumatoid arthritis can be managed. Consult thoroughly with your doctor and medical team to come up with the optimal plan for you. This plan may include medication and other forms of treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to preventing joint disabilities and managing pain.
In addition to medical intervention, there are certain things you can do to enhance your life quality. Basically, the road to managing rheumatoid arthritis start from learning about your condition, practicing ways to cope with your symptoms, and taking initiative in managing your condition.
Learning about rheumatoid arthritis
This means learning about your body and how it’s supposed to work. When it doesn’t work as it should, you need to learn what is happening to your body. Also, it’s important to learn about the medical experts who are taking care of you. Learn what their roles are in your treatment plan, what they do for you, and why you need them. You should stay informed of your medications as well. That does not mean you should try to self-prescribe or adjust your prescriptions. Staying informed when it comes to medication means being aware of the usage, precautions, side effects, and interactions so you don’t mess up your drugs. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight or exercising may greatly help to improve flexibility and overall well-being.
Practicing ways to cope with your symptoms
Different people react differently to rheumatoid arthritis. While just the act of writing gives some people cruciating pain, others have no problem doing so. Similarly, some people can still be doing fine with walking and other mobile tasks. Whereas, some just can’t. So, it’s helpful to pay attention to your body and learn what helps you feel better and what feels worse. The key to staying active is learned how to move around with stiffness in certain parts of your body. Various assistive devices such as splints and canes are widely available to help to with that.
Taking initiative in managing your condition
This mean takes the active role in learning how to stay active with your condition. Be ready to work closely with your doctors to take the best care of yourself. Also, it’s advisable to set up a supporting system involving your family and friends to give you a hand when needed. The road to managing rheumatoid arthritis is a long and difficult one. As much as you want, you can’t get through it alone. Your family and friends love you, and they certainly want to help you. So, let them.
Coping with rheumatoid arthritis needs practice, so set realistic goals to practice your coping skills and learn to feel stronger and more comfortable in your state. Try to design a self-care plan and stick with it every single day.
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Review Date: June 5, 2017 | Last Modified: June 6, 2017
Arthritis: Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis. http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/taking-an-active-role-in-the-management-of-your-rheumatoid-arthritis. Accessed May 31, 2017.