10 Essential Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis No Doctor Ever Told Me

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Facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis I learned the hard way

essential facts rheumatoid arthritis blue tootsie popThere are some important facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis that you figure out pretty quickly and other ones, you get eventually. If these are some RA facts of life, then why doesn’t anyone sit you down and give you “the little talk”?

Why doesn’t the Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist tell you the essential facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis? I don’t know. Here are 10 facts I had to figure out on my own. Do you have some to add?




10 essential facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. Protect your RA joints as much as possible from traditional Rheumatoid Arthritis deformities.
  2. Don’t just accept a life of pain. You might need a pain management specialist.
  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis generally progresses or advances over time. You may get worse more than better.
  4. Vitamins C, D, and B-12, Omega-3, iron, and calcium supplements… would be a good idea.
  5. Usage Principle: using RA flaring joints can make them worse. Using non-flaring joints may cause flare.
  6. Lab results can vary over time & might be affected by medications.
  7. You can have a handicapped parking tag if you’ll ask for it.
  8. A really good bed and some great pillows are worth their weight in gold. Soft bamboo pillows or fuzzy plush animals make great arm or neck rests. Quality rest is your best friend.
  9. Do everything you can to protect yourself from cardiovascular disease. It can make people with RA die earlier.
  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis often affects the cricoarytenoid joints in the voice box (larynx).

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