Arthritis can seem like a big scary term. We know that being diagnosed can often feel like a lifelong sentence of pain and discomfort, but it doesn’t have to be. Although arthritis of any kind can be a discouraging diagnosis, there are steps you can take to control pain management, inflammation, and contribute to your own joint health. If you’ve just been diagnosed, you’re probably wondering, “Now what?” How can you move forward and manage your diagnosis? The first thing we recommend is to thoroughly educate yourself about arthritis. There are many easy steps you can take to do this and be on your way to living comfortably with arthritis.
1. Learn about the different forms of arthritis
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, but there are over 100 different types. If you’ve already been diagnosed with arthritis, you know which type you have. In order to better educate yourself on different arthritis forms, we recommend getting the full name of your arthritis and researching it. Using on-line resources as well as health publications is a great way to increase your understand of your arthritis. Be sure to read trusted sites with informative sources such as: arthritis.org, the CDC, and John Hopkins Arthritis Center. Many websites have informational blogs that you can subscribe to to stay up-to-date on the latest news and break-throughs in arthritis treatment. These resources and other books about arthritis are also available at your public library. Learning the specifics about the type of arthritis you’ve been diagnosed with is key, because it will prepare you for what to expect, help you understand what you have been feeling, what you may feel in the future, as well as provide you the appropriate solutions to deal with every day life.
2. Understand the causes of pain
By researching your arthritis type and revealing the underlying causes of your pain, you’ll be more mindful of what causes this pain and why. Some arthritis pain worsens depending on weather, diet, joint injuries, surgeries, and other factors. These factors and your pain levels also depend on which type of arthritis you suffer from. Pain may come in the form of flare-ups, deep achiness, sharp shooting pains, inflammation, or a combination of these. In order to target your pain and learn how to control it, you must first understand the causes of your arthritis pain.
3. Get the facts about medications and other natural therapies
Once you know you have arthritis and you understand what that means to you, you’ll want to design a treatment plan. After consulting with your doctor, your next step should be to gather appropriate information about medications, natural therapies, and surgeries (if needed). There are several ways you can approach arthritis treatment, starting with herbal remedies, over-the-counter pain medication, to natural joint supplements, or joint replacement surgery. We recommend researching each of these topics to stay informed about which could be the best option for you. For example: choosing the proper medication can depend on which medications react with your body, what other ailments you may have, and what is safe for your heart and organs. If you choose to take a more holistic approach and use a joint supplement, you’ll need to know exactly what ingredients are in your joint supplement, what they do, and where they come from.
4. Find practical solutions to make daily life easier
We know your ultimate goal is to live a fulfilling life by staying active, comfortable, and having the ability to complete your daily activities pain-free. By educating yourself on arthritis you will also find practical solutions for your life. There are workout routines geared specifically for people with arthritis, changes you can make to your house so it’s easier to get around, foods you should avoid with arthritis, and certain herbs you may want to incorporate into your diet. Taking each of these easy steps can make your daily life with arthritis easier.
5. Read about the latest arthritis research
As with many scientific topics, arthritis is constantly being studied and new conclusions about the condition are released every day. Staying up-to-date on this research is beneficial to you because it may be immediately applicable to your life. Another great way to support arthritis research is to get involved. Volunteer to be in a research study, or participate in your local arthritis walk or run to help raise money and awareness for this condition. By putting a face with the name arthritis, you can help become an advocate.
Just because you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis doesn’t mean life has to become uncomfortable and complicated. There are easy steps you can take to educate yourself on what to do next andfind the best solutions for your diagnosis. Education is a powerful tool for everyone. The more information you have available, the better you can understand your health issues, and what you are experiencing. Knowledge is power, and we want you to feel empowered with or without arthritis.
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