Just was told I have RA I been hurting really bad in even tho I take the meds my body still hurts. I barely have energy.in I've been pushing my body to the max to get things done I need help.
Tip # 1 is to absolutely NOT push yourself to the max. I did the same thing and had horrible consequences. It's a common mistake that many autoimmune sufferers make early in the recognition of their condition.
You should read up on RA from reputable sources so you familiarize yourself with what you should/shouldn't do, things to notice or tell your doctor, etc...
An anti-inflammatory diet is also a super important change to make as inflammation will absolutely keep you in pain. You can read up on the diet yourself or it's very helpful to work with a dietician.
Exercise is still important but you must be super cautious about how you exercise. Water provides a gentle environment and simply walking laps -it's not advisable to swim them due to the repetitive shoulder motion which would likely increase your pain a great deal. There are other exercises, but you must check to ensure any exercise you do is RA compatible.
Feel free to contact me privately if have more questions. I'm a bit further down the autoimmune road than you and even within a particular autoimmune disorder, symptoms can vary drastically. I've spent a great deal of time (essentially all of the last three years) trying to find the best life changes to keep the disorder from making me bedridden. I'm also happy just to be a support buddy - I've got several myself and it takes a lot off your mind if symptoms are acting up and nothing seems to help. Do know there are many different medications for RA so it may just take some time and trial and error before you find what's best for you.
I don't know if your doctor prescribes any ADHD medication- BUt- for me having lupus fog and I also have RA-
I was prescribed Ritalin and it changed my life-
I went from existing to living-
Not sure if it will help,I just wanted to toss this in because I did help me... quite a bit.
Hi Kathy ,
I SO totally agree .
Ritalin changed my life !
It takes away the brain fog and you feel like you are participating in life again. I found it even helped with my pain.
The most important issue you should deal with right from the start...
Are your friends and family.
They NEED to be educated on the disease AND know what their role should be in supporting you.
It's the hardest part of this disease is to have people think you are being lazy or "it's all in your head".
Either pull something off the web or take them to your doctor.
You are going to need all the love and respect you can get !
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