Tips for Living Healthfully
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease that requires informed decision making, adaptations in activities of daily living, and a strong support system for patients. However, there’s no reason for despair after you’ve been diagnosed. Here are a few tips to help weather the ups and downs of this life-long condition:
- Be a smart patient and learn all you can about rheumatoid arthritis. Remember, knowledge is power and can help prevent unpleasant surprises. Ask lots of questions – of your doctor, your physical therapist, and nutritionist.
- Make your rheumatologist your primary healthcare partner in your treatment and prevention of complications. Talk about ways to preserve or improve function. Make sure you understand your medications and take them as directed.
- Don’t neglect your emotions. This is a distressing time and you’ll need to have a good support system of family and friends. If depression sets in, don’t wait to get help.
- Invest in yourself with diet, exercise and relaxation. You’ll be healthier for it.
Remember, you are in control and can set and reach your own goals. For help with any type of arthritis, call Steven Rosner, M.D., F.A.C.R. at: 201-666-3900.