Living With Arthritis

Living With Arthritis

Living with arthritis, a group of disorders that affect joints, can certainly be a challenging experience. The millions of people who suffer from arthritis experience a variety of symptoms, which can include pain, swelling, stiffness, and a limited range of motion. Some people with arthritis will only deal with mild symptoms that don’t disrupt their lives, while others could experience severe pain on a regular basis and even significant trouble doing things like walking or climbing stairs. Regardless of your level of discomfort, you likely have several questions that you would like answered.

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  1. VoteItUp on July 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Should I See a Doctor?

    Absolutely. Even if you’re self-medicating with herbs or over-the-counter medicines, a doctor can often help you handle the symptoms with prescription or physiotherapy. They will investigate your specific case and possibly take x-rays, or blood tests, to better understand how this is affecting you and what else can be done. Self-educating yourself is a highly encouraged, but it can help to combine that with knowledge from a trained professional.

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  2. VoteItUp on July 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    How Can I Improve the Health of My Joints?

    Medicine may not be enough to ensure your complete comfort, but there are other things that you can do to help relieve the pain and increase your range of motion. Gently stretching the affected areas, assuming it doesn’t cause pain, can be beneficial. Taking a warm bath or shower can similarly ease joint pain. Afterwards, apply an ice pack to the joints that are causing you pain. Lastly, it’s important to rest those parts of your body as often as possible.

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  3. VoteItUp on July 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Should I Exercise?

    Although it does make sense to rest your painful joints, if the pain is chronic and unlikely to subside, you don’t want to always rest them. Your joints were designed to be used, and movement will help loosen them while strengthening the muscles surrounding them. Swelling is usually diminished thanks to regular exercise as well. In fact, exercising your joints as much as you comfortably can is often recommended by doctors. But remember to stop or limit the amount of exercise that you engage in if it causes you pain.

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  4. VoteItUp on July 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    How Does Smoking Affect Arthritis?

    Although many choose to believe smoking doesn’t affect arthritis, smoking can prove very detrimental to the health of your joints. Numerous studies have shown that those who smoke tend to suffer from a more severe form of rheumatoid arthritis than non-smokers do. The reasons behind this aren’t entirely clear, but it’s theorized that smoking is most likely to set off your immune system if you’re genetically predisposed to develop rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking also reduces the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medications used to treat RA.

    This form of arthritis that develops when the immune system begins attacking itself, moving blood into the joints and causing inflammation. This inflammation then wears away and deforms the cartilage, causing irreparable damage. As mentioned above, its causes are still unknown, but scientists believe viruses, bacteria, or environmental factors – like smoke or pollution – could potentially exacerbate this process.

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  5. VoteItUp on July 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    What Can I Do to Feel Better Emotionally?

    The physical pain that often accompanies arthritis can also cause some mental anguish as well. Fortunately, this can be treated in unison with physical inflammation by reducing stressors in your life. As noted above, doing things like taking warm showers or baths can help you achieve a measure of relaxation. Regularly exercising can be similarly therapeutic. Doing yoga and taking advantage of massages can help both physically and mentally. Meditate and engage in mindfulness to experience additional mental benefits.

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