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Living with Arthritis 
 
by Jean Bailey Robor August 11, 2005

Managing Your Arthritis Pain

It’s important to work closely with your health care professional to find out what steps are right for you. Generally, staying active and managing your pain, along with a possible change in diet are good ways of alleviating your discomfort. Your doctor may also suggest you see a physical therapist. If you have severe symptoms, be sure to get plenty of rest. Having a set time to go to bed and rise in the morning will help. Also, during the day, you may need to relax for 15 minutes at a time to keep your pain under control. Be sure to plan your day, pacing your activities so you won’t have too much to do at any one time.

Although rest is important, be sure not to rest too much. A comfortable range of motion each day will help keep your arthritis in check as much as possible. Solicit help with tasks that become too difficult, or delegate some tasks to others. You may find that using special kitchen devices or using canes or walkers will improve your mobility. Your physician may request you eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet consists of a diet low in salt, cholesterol, and saturated fats, and high in fiber and complex carbohydrates.

You’ll want to make sure you get enough vitamin D and calcium as well. Also, if you are overweight, losing weight may help alleviate your symptoms. Most of all, have regular check ups, and follow your doctor’s advice in managing your symptoms.

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