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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Mistakes

I came across an article the other day which listed the most common mistakes made by those who suffer from RA and although I have addressed several of them already, it wouldn't hurt to highlight them again. On the contrary; it could hurt if I didn't.

- When you are diagnosed with RA then ensure to see a Rheumatologist, instead of a general practitioner. The first has the expertise and knowledge about all the available treatment options which are for your benefit and can stop the joint-damage that may already have occurred or will occur in the future.

- From experience I know how painful any movement can be, but I also know that pushing through the pain and still staying active will be more helpful then giving in and doing as little as possible. It will increase your pain levels, but take care to do everything slowly, in moderation, and ensure not to overdo it.

Staying active prevents your joints from stiffening up even more and allows you to keep your muscle strength. The latter will get lost during inactivity and hence will take a lot more effort to regain. Try to engage in (warm water) swimming or aerobics and/or ask your Rheumatologist about a suitable exercise plan.

- Don't miss any of your doctor's appointments, lab tests and X-rays. Even when you are doing well, your overall condition, medications and their positive, as well as negative side effects have to be monitored constantly to achieve the best results.

There are a few more things to keep in mind which I will get around to soon. In the mean time, don't get discouraged; there is always hope and comfort in and with God. Don't hesitate to ask Him for what you need. It may not be given in the way or form you had wanted or expected, but He will provide and you can be assured it is always for your best!

Psalm 6:2
Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.


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