Living & Thriving With RA, AS, PsA and SLE
Living with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions can mean coping with stress, fatigue, pain, and more—but it doesn’t mean you can’t live a positive, active and meaningful life. Chances are, that you will have to make some adjustments to your life and you’ll adopt a “new normal.” Many individuals continue to live and thrive—enjoying life while coping with the symptoms of these conditions.
A healthy lifestyle and a proactive approach to your healthcare can mean the difference between living with and thriving. Learn about the role that each of the following play and how you can manage your health and thrive:
- Exercise Exercise—with or without inflammatory arthritis—is critical to maintaining overall health. It can improve sleep, prevent disease, and boost energy and stamina. Experts agree that maintaining a regular exercise program is one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about the role of exercise.
- Nutrition: Nutrition is the cornerstone of healthy living. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine.” Learn the role of nutrition and diet in managing your health and autoimmune disease.
- Managing Pain Chronic pain is the number one symptom of individuals with RA, AS, PsA and SLE, and it can take a physical and emotional toll on your life. If you’re living with one of these conditions managing pain has become a big part of your day-to-day life. Learn how affected individuals have found ways to successfully manage pain.
- Managing Fatigue The inflammatory response associated with autoimmune conditions and arthritis is systemic—meaning it affects the whole body. Fatigue is one of the most common—and frustrating—symptoms. Fatigue is not the same as tiredness. Everyone feels tired now and then, but fatigue is characterized by an overwhelming lack of energy that is not relieved by sleep. Unfortunately, fatigue is part of a vicious cycle—poor sleep and symptom flare can cause fatigue and in turn, fatigue can exacerbate pain and lead to more sleep disturbances.
- Coping With Medications Medication can provide significant benefits in controlling symptoms and preventing damage to the body; however, medication sometimes comes with a price—in the form of side effects. Learn how to cope with the various medications and nuisances associated with treatment.
- Assisted Devices An assistive device is a product or tool designed to assist with tasks and promote independent function. These devices can help make everyday life a little bit easier and help you to maintain your independence. Learn about the countless types of assistive devices and some are even specifically designed for people to help with mobility and grip.
Resources & Support for Rheumatoid Arthritis- list of financial, community and educational resources for RA patients, their families and caregivers.