Mistakes People with Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Make
With all the information available on the internet about various health conditions, of course patients will make mistakes or become misinformed about their condition. Every person is unique, as are their specific needs in regards to their Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), but on the internet, it can sometimes seem like one thing will work for everyone.
There are some things in general that everyone can do to help manage and control their RA. The following is a list of mistakes that people with RA can easily make.
- Not seeing a specialist- primary care provider can help you manage the disease hence it is beneficial to visit them. You can get the individualized care. Every aspect of your health can be taken care of when a rheumatologist works in conjuction with your healthcare provider. Also they can care better for people with RA and also have more in depth knowledge. Also they can educate you about your specific needs and teach you how to take care of yourself.
- Not following the medication plan- it can be a frustrating task to take numerous medications daily. Commonly in people with chronic condition, medication compliance is a common issue. Medications may take long time to work and they cannot cure the disease. Hence some may skip or may not follow the plan. Due to which flare ups may occur. If you have trouble following the medication schedule, then talk to your doctor.
- Weight gain- the symptoms of RA can be alleviated when the pressure on the joints is less. The symptoms in the joints of knees, hips and ankles can become worse if you gain too much weight. Get regular exercise and maintain proper nutrition. Some exercises may help to reduce the pain. Talk to the doctor about them.
- Not having much knowledge about the condition- patients should be well educated about their condition. They should know how which condition can alleviate symptoms and how they can be affected by the symptoms. Often they can educate themselves from the internet. The best thing to do is ask your health care provider or specialist. Self management is the first step. You can too play an active role in the overall development of your life by knowing about your condition and the specific needs.
- Inadequate sleep- for most people 7-8 hours’ sleep is recommended. If you do not get adequate sleep then this will affect your symptoms negatively. According to studies inadequate sleep may increase fatigue, pain and depression. Thirty minutes before you go to bed turn off T.V and mobile phone.
- Inadequate exercise- aggressive work out may cause physical stress on your joints. However, less work out may not strengthen your joints and muscles. Hence pay attention to your body and do the right amount of exercise as per the needs of the body.
- Do not withhold information from your doctor- tell your doctor everything that they need to know, if you want proper individualized care. Sometimes things that are thought to be irrelevant are left out. Inform your doctor about all the medications that you take.
- Not having support- do not feel ashamed to ask for help. Communicate with your friends and family that in which way you want support from them. If you think you need then go for counselling. A great way to meet other people is joining support groups and getting involved in raising awareness. All this will help you cope up with emotions and stress.
- Too much rest- your symptoms may worsen by being too much idle. Slow down when you experience flares and pain. This however does not mean that you completely take rest. Exercising can become more tolerable by yoga, stretching or working out in a warm pool. You can even increase the level of your exercise and include weight lifting and cardio once you feel better.