Many people with arthritis continue their normal lives with little difficulty. There may need to be some adaptations and modifications in the workplace and home, but usually it is possible to continue as normal. After diagnosis getting out and about and back to “normal” can be daunting but it’s important to try and maintain your independence and life, the way you want it to be. Keep these tips in mind for making sure you still get out and about and enjoy life.
1. Recognise and Accept Change
Your joints may need more attention now. If you are experiencing pain in your joints, move around and stretch them. A simple stretch can be enough to alleviate many moderate pains and then you can continue as before. Recognising the mild signs of joint pain and acting can allow you to avoid the pain becoming more severe
2. Walk when you Can
Don’t stop being mobile. Many people feel a diagnosis of arthritis means they need to sit down and stop moving around at all. The opposite is true. Walk as much as you can and keep your joints active. Monitoring your pain levels is essential of course, but if you can walk without difficulty, embrace it and continue to do so as before.
3. Pace Yourself
One of the most difficult changes arthritis patients have to consider is learning to pace themselves. Knowing your limits is key to avoiding extensive and severe pain. It can be hard to accept that you can no longer do everything you used to, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy things at a slower and easier pace, suitable to your condition.
4. Don’t Give Up
Some people find it hard not to simply give up on their social activities and even work after a diagnosis, especially if the pain is severe. However, in many cases there is absolutely no need. Working with your medical team and healthcare professionals, a pain management plan can be put together. Most people with arthritis still drive, work and continue as before with support of painkillers and other therapies.
The right treatment and care plan can be key to remaining as active as possible. Under the care of a professional rheumatologist patients can get the best treatment and support. To discuss your condition and treatment options with Dr Barrett, you can contact her secretary today.