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Coping with Rheumatism

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Rheumatoid arthritis

Simply put, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that is characterized by joint inflammation. Currently, there are more than 100 medical conditions referred to as rheumatism. Living with rheumatism can be done. See if the following tips won't work for you.

Information to help you cope with rheumatism

1. Use the larger joints, or use two hands.

Ordinary tasks can be difficult for someone who suffers with rheumatism. Don't attempt to carry large objects or open a heavy door with just one hand. Ease unnecessary strain.

2. Don't sit all day.

Walking can provide a major benefit in symptom relief. This is especially important these days since so many jobs have become sedentary. You should strive to take a break at least every two hours.

3. Improve your posture.

You can improve your posture by walking. Swimming is a great posture improving exercise as well.

4. Don't attempt small tasks without help.

If it hurts to pull zippers or sit down, find devices that will ease your pains. Your doctor should be able to direct you as you to find the right apparatus for your unique needs.

5. Rest.

It's important to get the rest your body needs. This will help reduce fatigue, inflammation, and pain.

6. Exercise.

This would be a good time to stretch. If pain occurs during movement, simply stop and rest. Moderation is the word here. Don't exert yourself.

7. Use arthritic supports or devices if you need to.

There are braces, canes, or splints that will provide temporary relief of your inflammation. Again, seek your doctor's advice and recommendations.

8. Manage your weight.

If you maintain a healthy weight, you will find aches and pains will diminish in intensity.

9. Counseling or therapy.

There is nothing wrong with obtaining counseling or support. You can do this with family, friends, or your doctor. Don't be afraid to trust these people. They truly do want the best for you. If you prefer settings that aren't so close, try online message boards or discussions.

10. Hot or cold applications.

To ease an aching joint or tense muscle, apply heat. These sources can include a hot bath or shower, electric heating pads, heat lamps, or a hot water bottle. Use common sense and caution - do not apply heat and fall asleep.

11. Topical ointments may ease pains.

Beware of the listed contra-indications.

12. Dietary supplements.

Research the products available to provide safe, effective relief from your arthritic symptoms. Make sure the products boasts of no harmful side effects.

You can cope with rheumatism

You have to admit that these suggestions are lifestyle modifications you can live with! You're not limited to these suggestions. Become creative and learn everything you can about rheumatoid arthritis to make life more enjoyable. The more you know, the more you'll be able to enjoy life.

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