Receiving a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can be devastating. You may feel that you will be doomed to a life of constant misery. But while pain is, unfortunately, a part of having RA, there are many ways you can manage your discomfort while living a full, active life.
Follow Your Doctor’s Advice
This is the most important recommendation we can give you. It will be important that you take all of your medications as directed. Whether you are taking prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs or a mixture of both, you will need to commit to taking them as often as your doctor says.
Walking, water aerobics and yoga are just a few of the things you can do to help keep your weight in check. Not only will this ease pressure on your weight bearing joints (and reduce your pain in the process), it will also be fun.
Make a commitment to living life on your terms – even if you find out you have RA. The better your attitude, the better able you’ll be to handle whatever discomfort you experience. You’ll be surprised how pursuing new hobbies and being with loved ones will take your mind off of your pain.
The professionals with Rheumatology Care of North Houston are ready to put their experience to work in helping you deal with RA. We will be committed to helping you find relief of your symptoms, and will devise a treatment plan to meet your exact needs.