My grandma was a dedicated mill worker for most of her life, but at the age of 55, she had to retire because her hands hurt so badly. Why? She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). This chronic inflammatory disease causes your immune system to mistakenly attach your joint tissues, which can cause extreme pain, stiffness and inflammation. Her fingers and hands got to the point where some days she just couldn't bare to use them. Only two years ago I was diagnosed with arthritis as well and I was so worried about what that meant for me, especially since I'd seen the pain my grandmother went through.
Thankfully, there is now an expansive resource for those who are searching for answers about RA. I know I had many, many questions once diagnosed and looked high and low for answers. Lifescript.com's Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Center gives information about the diagnosis of RA, treatment recommendations and up-to-date news about the subject, all written by professional health writers, experts and physicians. I have been absolutely amazed by the information I've found on the website and highly recommend it not only for those who have RA, but for others who know someone with RA. This is the best way to equip yourself with answers, ideas and even questions to ask your own doctors.
When I was diagnosed with RA, I thought my life had ended. I have arthritis in my hips, which causes pain through my sides and back. Days without pain were decreasing and hours of sleep were few and far between, too. Pain "attacks" would hit and I felt helpless about what to do, but luckily I have found some great ways to help control the pain and take back my life.
Lifescript.com provides helpful medical information about a variety of medical conditions, but I am, of course, most interested in how to control my arthritis and I found some great tips. For example, diet and exercise can greatly improve health and help manage RA. Exercise has definitely decreased my hip and back pain more than I can explain. Staying active is so important and helps more than anything for me. I started out with physical therapy, gained strength and am in much better shape that I have been in years. I've also learned that what I put into my body directly effects my healthy. That means I have to watch what I eat and I've found that avoiding certain foods also helps with pain.
Interested in learning more about Rheumatoid Arthritis? Here are some other great articles I found:
10 Tips for Pain-Free Outdoor Activities
Top Lifestyle Tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Healthy Cooking with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lifescript’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Center features tips, quizzes, recipes and articles – all by professional health writers, experts and physicians – covering common RA symptoms, foods that compose an anti-inflammatory diet, new RA therapies and more. Please visit the Lifescript Health Center on Rheumatoid Arthritis for more information.
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