Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Living with rheumatoid arthritis is just like changing your lifestyle. It can be controlled and reduced only through long term treatment. Depending on the pain, the amount of joint damaged the stiffness you need to change your lifestyle. Some changes may be really difficult and some may be easily performed. Here are the ways that you can opt for when living with rheumatoid arthritis.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis – Lifestyle Changes
Take a good rest when tired
One of the main symptoms it causes is fatigue. And even the strain that develops while performing certain activities can cause fatigue. The rest you should take all depends on the symptoms you undergo:
- If the symptoms are severe, you should take rest for longer periods. You should give rest to the particular pain causing joint by lying for at least 15 minutes, several bouts a day. There should be a good balance between the activities you perform and the rest you take.
- Plan the day perfectly and indulge your activities in such a way that you won’t feel tired.
Protect the Affected Joints
Certain ways need to be changed in performing activities such that there will be no overuse of the affected joints. Find out various ways for relief.
- Pain and stiffness in the joints can be improved by heat therapy, which includes either:
- Soaking the joints in tubs containing warm wax
- Taking hot water baths or warm showers
- Taking a nap under a warm electric blanket
- Using assistive devices, such as doorknobs or kitchen tools that help to reduce strain
- Using walkers, canes or splints that help in improving joint functioning
Keep on moving and do not stay idle. This helps in maintaining flexibility, muscle strength and a complete health.
- Physical therapy recommended by the physician.
- Exercises – the specific joint problem may need a particular exercise that helps you the most. Swimming is effective with joint problems in the feet, ankles or knees problems. Walking and bicycling are effective when the joint problems are in areas other than feet or legs.
Take a Balanced Diet
Eat a balanced and healthy diet. The diet you intake should be high in complex carbohydrates and fiber (vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains) and low in saturated fats, salt and cholesterol. Fish oil is very good dietary food.
- Intake foods high in vitamin D and calcium as they improve bone strength. It helps against osteoporosis.
- Lose excess weight.
- Arthritis affected people are at high risk for heart diseases. Taking a healthy diet and exercises helps in reducing the risk levels.
These are the ways you can adopt in living with rheumatoid arthritis.