Rheumatoid Arthritis: Dealing Day-to-Day

Having to manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA), though at times inconvenient, does not mean that you can't live a fulfilling life. Here are some tips that may help you deal more effectively with RA day in and day out.

1. Be informed about rheumatoid arthritis.

It's helpful to be on top of the latest news and information about your condition. Though there is no cure for RA currently available, research is constantly being conducted to learn more about the disease and how to better manage it.

Learn as much as is available from a variety of reliable sources. Write down any questions that you may have and ask your doctor. If you feel that perhaps you've been misdiagnosed, don't hesitate to get a second opinion. Misdiagnosis of RA is uncommon, but this shouldn't stop you from seeking out as much clarity as possible on the disease and how it affects you.

Being informed about RA also means being aware of what techniques or treatments help you best manage your condition. It may be helpful to talk to other people with RA to get their perspective. This may help you lessen your pain and manage your condition more successfully.

2. Take steps to limit the progression of RA whenever possible.

Obviously, certain susceptibility factors (such as your age or sex) are beyond your control. However, there are other things you can do that may minimize the effects RA, or even keep it from occurring.

Smoking cigarettes has been noted as an initiating factor for RA, meaning it could trigger the beginning of the condition. As a result, this gives you yet another reason to quit smoking cigarettes. Besides, quitting smoking will help you to have more energy, which should aid you in maintaining a healthy exercise regimen to combat the symptoms of RA.

Other lifestyle factors, such as diet and stress levels, may also play important roles in the extent to which you are affected by RA. Studies have linked an unhealthy diet and a high-stress lifestyle with the onset of RA. Again, there are a number of reasons to eat properly and manage your stress levels. The potential ability to prevent the onset or manage the effects of RA is one more.

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