What would life be like if you couldn’t easily pick up your toothbrush, or make a cup of coffee, or wash your dishes? What would life be like if these basic actions caused you unimaginable pain and discomfort, sometimes so bad that it was debilitating? Unfortunately, 1.5 million Americans can answer this question.
If you are one of the 1.5 million men and women suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis (or RA for short), you know exactly what life is like dealing with an aching and swelling that takes over your body and hinders you from free movement. Life can be almost unbearable and keeping up with day to day tasks can sometimes not be achieved. That is why it is so vital for anyone suffering from this horrible condition to do the necessary steps to take control of the symptoms.
Keep reading to learn how you can help control your RA symptoms and flare ups…
- Listen to your body. RA is an autoimmune disease that makes the body attack the healthy tissue that surrounds the joints. This causes the joints to become swollen, usually affecting the hands, feet, wrists, and ankles. RA is known to affect other body parts as well. Although it is not completely understood why RA occurs, it is believed that genetics and a person’s environment does have an effect as well as cigarette smoking. So what can a person do? Pay attention to your body. Listen to any signs and symptoms and take action. By discovering RA early and diagnosing it early, you give yourself much more chance of living a less painful life. If ignored, RA can lead to permanent joint issues, bone erosion and finally deformity.
- Do your homework. Hopefully you have discovered RA early on in the disease. If so, immediately start working with your physician to create a personalized, unique health treatment plan that works for your schedule. For example, talk with your physician about including activities that assist the nervous system like yoga and meditation. Also, be open to incorporating holistic healing modalities like acupuncture, cranial sacrial, massage and chiropractic.
- Exercise often! One of the best things that you can do for yourself to reduce the incidence of flare-ups is to work out. Exercising helps the body flush toxins, reduce inflammation, and lubricate joints. Experts feel that by combining medication and regular exercise a person can reduce the incidence of RA significantly.
Kishana Sainte writes on health & lifestyle topics, including rheumatoid arthritis on behalf of MyDocHub.com, a trusted online patient recommendation and medical information website developing condition-specific apps such as its RA Health Flare Tracker iPhone/iPad app.