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Living with Arthritis
It’s midway through the workday, and you can’t get comfortable. No matter how you position your hands, the pain creeps slowly up your fingers and into your wrists. Eventually the pain moves up and into your elbows because you stayed in the same position too long. You finally fidget around, rotating your wrists and popping your fingers, bringing yourself about 7 minutes of pain relief. Unfortunately, your fingers wind up working against you as you try to resume your work.
All you know is your arthritis is unbearable and you want a normal, functional life. Trust us – you’re not alone.
Living with arthritis can be extremely painful for sufferers with no coping techniques. When you allow arthritis to run rampant, you prevent yourself from leading an active, healthy lifestyle. In spite of arthritis, you don’t need to give in to your pain. Arthritis has the ability to lower your quality of life – especially when left untreated.
Everyone deserves to know his or her options towards a happier, pain free life. There are practical techniques for dealing with arthritis pain that you can safely do all on your own. There are also many different options available for managing your arthritis pain with the help of a professional. Nevertheless, living peacefully with arthritis starts with a solid understanding about both the condition and the source of your pain.
Understanding Your Condition
According to the Arthritis Foundation, roughly 350 million individuals suffer from arthritis worldwide. About 50 million of those people live in the United States. On top of that, there are more than 100 different forms of arthritis. The term arthritis is a generalized way of categorizing all the different variations of joint pain.
Swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion are more examples of the types of joint symptoms typically associated with arthritis. Symptoms come and go, and they have varying intensity levels. In terms of living with arthritis, Premier Pain Centers is sharing advice based on chronic conditions as opposed to acute. Chronic refers to dealing with arthritis for years up to a lifetime, whereas acute arthritis never lasts longer than six months.
To decipher whether your arthritis is temporary or long term, you have to visit a specialist who can perform a physical exam, specific blood tests, and imaging scans to determine your arthritis type. Otherwise, you’ll only turn your coping techniques into a guessing game. Every arthritis type causes pain in different ways. The top five forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout.
Managing Your Arthritis
After being diagnosed with a specific arthritis condition, you can finally use techniques to manage your condition. Hence, you will finally be able to improve your quality of life. Remember, treating your arthritis as soon as possible is always best. The first thing you should do is figure out your treatment options with the help of a qualified doctor. Afterwards, you can also implement your own self-management techniques.
Instead of giving in to symptoms like pain, seek medical treatment from a rheumatologist. Your doctor can begin treating arthritis symptoms with disease-modifying prescriptions. Arthritis medication and over-the-counter drugs as prescribed by your doctor can help dramatically reduce inflammation and pain. To boost the beneficial effects of medication, you should also push yourself to exercise and eat healthy. Sometime the best medicine is maintaining a positive attitude about living with arthritis. Your mental outlook is extremely powerful.
Unbelievably, lifestyle factors like watching your weight, dieting, staying active, and keeping a positive attitude each work together to help you manage your arthritis pain.
Other treatment options for arthritis include surgical intervention or holistic health care, which often includes natural remedies. When joint pain from arthritis is still crippling, then surgery might be your best option. Every case is different. Techniques for dealing with arthritis pain on your own are being organized, fighting fatigue, improving sleep, pacing yourself, resting when you need a break, and taking better care of your body. No one can take care of you better than you can, but we can help you develop a treatment plan.
Request an appointment with Premier Pain Centers today to begin having your arthritis pain addressed and appropriately treated.