Living with arthritis can be very hard and uncomfortable. As there is yet no cure for the disease, the diagnosis might feel like a life sentence for many people. However, while there is no cure for arthritis, there has been much research on ways to deal with the pain and the discomfort of its symptoms. A good, nutritious diet, a consultation with your doctor or pharmacist, a few adjustments to your home and changes in your lifestyle can really make a difference in the way you live with it. Have a look at our guide below for some useful arthritis tips and advice:
Diet and exercise
A balanced, nutritious diet and light exercise are the first steps towards effectively dealing with arthritis. People struggling with excess weight often find arthritis all the more challenging, losing weight, therefore, is a great way to alleviate the pain of the condition.
Nutrients intake is particularly important for those suffering from the symptoms of arthritis so try to avoid processed foods and nourish your body withfruit, vegetables, fish (and fish oil), nuts and beans.
Consultation with your doctor or pharmacist
Dealing with this condition often means taking arthritis medication is a necessity as opposed to a choice. While the medications available on the market do not cure arthritis, they can help alleviate the pain and discomfort of the disease, leading to greater independence and quality of life.
Making changes to your home can really make a difference to your quality of life. Very small changes, such as switching from a doorknob to a door handle and installing a stairlift, will help with your independence and pain management.
Many people struggling with arthritis keep working for many reasons starting from wanting better financial stability to being embarrassed about early retirement. However, depending on the extent of your arthritis you might need to stop working and ask the state for help. Other lifestyle changes include getting regular exercise and avoiding stress as much as possible.
If you are struggling with arthritis, know that you are not alone. Contact us for more information about how we can help you deal with your symptoms.