Next week it’s Arthritis Care Week which runs from 14th – 21st May and I am supporting this cause as there is a lot of arthritis in my family. My mum hasrheumatoid arthritis in her back and hands and has had it for many years. Her mum, my grandmother also suffered really bad with it. My dad has arthritis in his shoulder and my husband has gout which is a form of arthritis, and he will need to be on medication for it for the rest of his life. So as you can see arthritis affects everyone around me.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful chronic progressive disease that is caused by the inflammation of joints. It can be in the wrists, ankles, fingers and feet. It causes deformity and immobility making it life changing for a lot of people. Some days can be worse according to my mum especially on wet weather days.
Osteoarthritis is basically wear and tare on your joints and bones. It causes pain and swelling in joints especially hips, knees and thumb joints.
These are my 7 hints and Tips on Living with Arthritis:
- Try and keep your weight down – This is important to help ease the pain on your joints, especially the hip and knee joints.
- Exercise – This will help to keep your joints moving. A gentle walk each day will give you massive benefits. Try swimming or yoga as well for slow movement exercise.
- Medication – Remember to take your medication that has been prescribed to you by your doctor. These will help reduce the pain and stiffness.
- Anti Inflammatory diet – There are no foods that will cure arthritis but some foods are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and help to strengthen bones. Such as certain types of fish like salmon and mackerel known for omega-3. Cherries are excellent for gout due to their rich anthocyanins.
- Get Plenty of Sleep – Sufferers of arthritis may have trouble sleeping so it’s important to have the right bed for you. There are adjustable beds available to get the best nights sleep. You may find the perfect bed for you at adjustablebeds. There are a selection of beds with special orthopaedic mattresses and also reclining chairs on there for your daytime naps! Studies have suggested that a lack of sleep can worsen your symptoms.
- Protect your joints – Try not to lift or carry heavy objects with your smaller joints like hands and wrists. Use your whole body or your larger joints. Use assisted devices to make your life easier. Open a door with your shoulder not your hand.
- Arrange your house to make your life easier – Move the bedroom downstairs so you don’t have to climb the stairs to bed. Have handrails installed around the bath/shower.