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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Handling A Flare-Up

When you have RA or another form of Arthritis, you know too well the symptoms and pain will come and go. The longer those flare-ups stay away, the better, but eventually they will return and it would be helpful to know beforehand how best to deal with them.

Adjusting your medication on doctor's advice is one thing, but it would take a little while before the drugs may give you some relief. In the mean time, you could try some of the following tips and hints:

- In spite of the pain, try to remain active, but keep the activities light and incorporate more periods of rest. Inactivity and too much rest will stiffen up your joints!

- Ask for and accept help from family and friends. There is no shame in asking for help when it is needed; it will take the weight of your shoulders and joints and help you recuperate quicker.
- Put a hot or cold pack on the inflamed area. See what works best for you; heat or cold. It will relieve both the pain and inflammation.
- Divert your mind and try to relax. Not only will that take the stress of, it will also increase your pain level which makes it easier to handle the flare-up.

You may also want to talk to your doctor and/or therapist for some simple and easy exercises which don't put strain on your joints, but keep them flexible and don't leave you with a limited range of motion after the flare-up.

I sympathize and empathize if you are going through one of these episodes; I know too well how painful it is. May God strengthen and encourage you and bless you with a quick passing of this flare-up and a full recovery!

Psalm 6:9
The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.


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