Once a blogger I know mentioned how easy it would be to write a Rheumatoid Arthritis help blog. “Just write the tips you learned that make it easy to live with RA.” I just said, “Thanks.”
Of course, he did not realize that living with RA is difficult. And that there is not something we can do to make it easy. It’s too exasperating to explain sometimes. That’s why RA’ers are so grateful to find one another – it’s like finding a friend who already knows you.
Rheumatoid Arthritis help wanted
Sometimes we joke about being a professional patient because managing RA is like a part time job. It gets a little easier after a few years when you get used to it. Here are 20 tips I’ve found that I need to know about the management of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I can promise you it won’t make it easy.
There’s something else that’s really important – trying to find a good doctor. Here are 21 things you need to know. But it might not make finding a good RA specialist easy.
Of course, you’ll want to get a peek at all your doctors’ notes before you pass them on to the new RA specialist. It’s best you find out what is in there before the new doctor does. Sometimes, there is surprising news: one friend of mine found some bizarre facts about herself that she would never have known. She’d never heard that she had five children!
When the big day comes, you’ll want to be prepared to meet the new Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist. There are 11 things you might want to bring with you.
When you have RA, help is everywhere
For those who live with RA, help is everywhere. Use the word Rheumatoid Arthritis a couple of times in an email or a Google search, and the ads will begin to pop up like crabgrass with all kinds of tips to live easy with RA. Here’s the dish on which tips in the Arthritis Foundation book are good and which are less… easy.
Speaking of easy RA help, good luck finding the RA diet cure. It’s not here on my Rheumatoid Arthritis diet tips post! That’s for sure.
Life is hard enough with RA. Help for RA sleep problems would be nice. There are so many great suggestions from readers on that RA sleep series; you might fall asleep reading them.
And it will be good that you got some rest. Then, maybe you’ll begin one of those many hard projects which have been piling up due to RA. I have a couple of ideas about how to get started…
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