This week (8th May – 14th May) is the Arthritis Care Awareness Week.
We received an anonymous letter from a Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferer who wants to share a day in the life and brings Arthritis Care’s awareness. We are not alone with Arthritis. Feel free to share your experience with us on Facebook.
‘Rheumatoid Arthritis is a very complex condition and in my opinion can easily be misunderstood by many, the condition can significantly change your life, it’s a long-term condition that causes pain and swelling to joints, sometimes even stiffness, it can affect any joint and can have numerous flare ups, the earliest you can get a diagnosis the better so that you can have the best quality of life.
Having rheumatoid arthritis can have a hidden side effect on your mental state, you can often receive negative health news which obviously has a huge impact both for your wellbeing and mentality in general.
The main thing I try to do is to keep positive and appreciate all the good things I have in my life, I’m aware that I will have my bad days but also some good, I keep things in perspective, if one day I don’t feel I have the energy or am in too much pain for general daily tasks then I try to limit what I’m capable of doing, listen to your body and gauge every activity wisely, I try to exercise as this is key but only when I’m on a good day and feel up to it.
I make sure a take my regular medication consistently too as this helps to keep the aggressive nature of my condition sedated and slows down the progressive impact that rheumatoid arthritis can have on my body.
Once diagnosed it can be very testing and can take some time to get adjusted to your correct and suitable medications and this can have a big impact to your life. Please be patient and be prepared to try new or different medications as unfortunately there’s not one for all, not every type of medication suits all individuals, this is the main reason why we need improved medications and more research done around the condition with less side effects.
We can make a difference, I believe in research, I believe that if we have more volunteers for a research trial both you and others alike are one step closer to finding a cure for this condition.’
We are not alone with Arthritis. Feel free to share your experience with us on Facebook here