Unfortunately, more and more people are being diagnosed with Arthritis. So, you are not alone. Find support from others. Here are some handy tips others have found helpful in dealing with Arthritis, please read on:
Watch out for co-morbid condition, especially depression. Arthritis and depression can lock you into a feedback loop: you’re tired and in pain, so you can’t do the things you love, which makes you more upset. Being upset then leads to symptom flare-ups. If you think you are depressed, speak with your doctor about a referral to a psychiatrist.
For people who suffer from chronic arthritis, be careful when choosing a pet for your family. Remember, if your arthritis is acting up or even gets worse, it may be hard for you to care for your pet. Instead, you may want to consider getting a pet that is easier to take care, such as a fish.
Find something that you like to do to better manage your arthritis symptoms. When your body undergoes stress, it releases chemicals that can trigger inflammation and increase body pain thus affecting your arthritis. Look for ways to relax such as meditation or yoga. Light, low impact exercise may help reduce stress and also help your pain.
Be careful of what herbal remedies you take for arthritis and be sure you speak with your doctor before taking them. People think that because herbal remedies are natural, that they are healthy for you. This is not always the case. In fact, certain herbal remedies can make your arthritis worse.
Lose weight to help reduce your arthritis symptoms. Losing even a few pounds has been shown to take pressure off of weight bearing joints and reduce the pain that you suffer with arthritis. It can also help reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee and can slow the rate in which your arthritis progresses.
If you are suffering from arthritis, only use pain medication if it is absolutely necessary. Pain killers can be addictive and are only a temporary treatment. Use painkillers only as directed and only under a doctor’s care.
Try acupuncture. While many people believe this method does not really work, studies have shown that using it can actually release pain relieving endorphins. This can work wonders for arthritis sufferers by targeting painful inflammation and swelling points in the joint, and sending these relieving chemicals to the area to trigger immediate relief.
Eat nutritious snacks. Having protein bars, shakes, or fruit can give you the energy your body needs without forcing you to feel like you overate or ruined your health. Choosing healthy snacks will give you the best nutrients to keep your body healthy and strong, which is necessary for anyone with arthritis.
Now, do you have some handy tips in mind to help with Arthritis? Remember, you are not alone. Unfortunately, more and more people are being diagnosed with it. There is also more information available! Get support from others. Share information. Apply the tips above that fit your circumstances. Perhaps relieve is in sight!