As you get used to living with rheumatoid arthritis you may begin to recognise your triggers. Flare-ups often occur due to particular triggers such as illness or stress but this isn’t always the case. There is an unpredictability about the disease which can be frustrating but you can still learn to manage and handle flare-ups in time.
People with rheumatoid arthritis often say they have “good” and “bad” days. Good days are great for getting stuff done but it is hard to know when to stop. Overdoing things on good days can result in flare-ups and additional pain. Pacing yourself is absolutely key to handling rheumatoid arthritis and helps with flare-ups.
Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis
It may seem strange to think of the disease as something you have to manage. However, to remain comfortable, independent and in some cases mobile, you need to consider the condition a manageable part of your life. Flare-ups can be debilitating and if all you need to do is slow down a little, it’s surely worth it?
Knowing when to say know also helps with rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups. Planning your social and work calendars so you can get enough rest is essential to avoid unnecessary pain. Your body needs time to rest and as you recognise this, you’ll be able to enjoy the “good days” more and handle the “bad days” better too.
Painkillers and other prescribed medication is definitely recommended if you’re in pain. Additional therapies like hot and cold compresses can also help with rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups. Keeping a hot water bottle handy is always a good idea.
With a new diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis it can take time to get to know your body properly. You will learn however and with your medical team supporting you, there is no reason you can’t continue with the majority of your favourite activities, remain independent and enjoy life.