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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Mistakes Part 2

Here are some more mistakes which many RA patients tend to make and it is my suggestion you avoid them at all costs.

- The battle against joint damage caused by RA is in full swing and in case you didn't know it yet; no matter how aggressive your RA is or for how long you have been confronted with it, you are entitled to disease-modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologic response modifiers, or both.

Ask your doctor for these medications, because they will stop any (further) damage, but you have to be diligent in taking them. When you skip your meds, it can result in flare-ups, but what is worse; it allows the disease to progress and cause damage which can not be reversed and repaired.

In case you are not sure whether you took them, or not, it is recommendable to wait until the next time you have to take them and so ensure you are not getting a double dose in your system, because this too can be harmful.

- There is another thing you have to learn to deal with and kick to the curb as soon as it rears its ugly head; depression. It is not helping your case, only hurting it and the quicker you recognize and accept that, the better of you will be.

Support groups, counseling, and in severe cases antidepressants, are all available to back you up and keep your mood up. Don't hesitate to take advantage of especially the first two options. As I always say: learn how to live Rheumatoid Arthritis, instead of it living you!

It is not easy being limited by and having to live with and in pain. However, if you allow it to take away the joy in your life, then the intensity of the pain will increase tenfold. A good disposition and enjoying the things you can do, are the key to coping, managing, and even overcoming RA.

A good start would be counting and rejoycing in your blessings, for God gives them in abundance!

Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.


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