How to Live with Rheumatoid Arthritis

managing pain - arthritisPeople with rheumatoid arthritis have to learn to live with a high level of pain that can be almost constant.

It is something that you unfortunately have to learn to live with and whilst a lot of the symptoms can be treated by medication and healthcare professionals, living with rheumatoid arthritis can mean a significant lifestyle change too.

To take control of your life and truly live it, even with rheumatoid arthritis, you can consider the following ideas.

Physical Activity

Movement can be uncomfortable with inflamed joints and a high level of pain but staying stationary is very dangerous if you have rheumatoid arthritis, as you can cause further inflammation and stiffness in your joints. A consistent exercise regime can help to increase flexibility and maintain a valuable level of motion in many joints. Activities such as gentle walks and yoga can help to strengthen joints and reduce some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It is important to speak to a doctor before starting any exercise regime.

A consistent exercise regime can help to increase flexibility and maintain a valuable level of motion in many joints. Activities such as gentle walks and yoga can help to strengthen joints and reduce some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It is important to speak to a doctor before starting any exercise regime.

Diet Change

Diet can play a key role in managing rheumatoid arthritis. There is no specific diet you have to follow but it can help to choose specific foods and avoid others. Previous articles have covered the

Previous articles have covered the best foods to eat for arthritis and for managing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms – it is recommended you opt for foods which are high in antioxidant ingredients which are known to reduce inflammation. You could also take specific supplements, especially turmeric or fish oil which can ease the early morning joint pain that comes with the condition.

Fight Fatigue

High levels of fatigue can worsen your pain levels and so it is important to value your rest, and ensure you make time for it. Constant fatigue can be one of the most unfortunate symptoms of the condition and it can be made even worse if you end up fighting against the pain rather taking the time to rest when you need it. You need to fight fatigue and this involves finding the right balance between your rest and activity periods.

Constant fatigue can be one of the most unfortunate symptoms of the condition and it can be made even worse if you end up fighting against the pain rather taking the time to rest when you need it. You need to fight fatigue and this involves finding the right balance between your rest and activity periods.

Find a Rheumatologist

A specialist rheumatologist is the best person to treat your arthritis. They are extremely knowledgeable in your specific condition and should have information on all the latest treatments, therapies and research. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive disease and being under the care of a rheumatologist makes it easier to map out your care plan over time. Your rheumatologist will be able to determine exactly what stage your condition is that and work out your treatment and care plan from there.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive disease and being under the care of a rheumatologist makes it easier to map out your care plan over time. Your rheumatologist will be able to determine exactly what stage your condition is that and work out your treatment and care plan from there.

If you would like to talk toDr Stephanie Barrett about how she can help with your rheumatoid arthritis – please contact her by clicking here.