Living with Arthritis

    • Brief

    • Arthritis is a lifelong condition that affects your joints (the place where two bones meet). This condition causes the various joints in your body to swell, become stiff and painful. Arthritis mostly affects joints in the feet, knees, hips, hands, and lower backs and is more common in older and obese people. With the lifestyle changes, you can slow down the progression of this condition and make your day-to-day activities pain-free.

    • More Information about arthritis

    • Arthritis is a very common condition that may be mild in some people and serious in others. The symptoms of arthritis may occur suddenly or develop over a long period. These symptoms include:

      • Pain, especially when moving the joint.
      • Swelling of the joint.
      • Stiffness, which makes it difficult to move the joint.
      • Tenderness of the region of the joint.
      • Redness of the skin surrounding the joint.
    • How to live with arthritis

      • Eat Right: there are many food options to choose from that are not boring and that provide key nutrients that will help with arthritis. These foods include vegetables like ‘ugwu’ and spinach ‘efo’, calcium-rich foods like milk, sardines and fish, and iron-rich foods like beans and liver. Fruits such as oranges also help keep your bones healthy.
      • Exercise often: you might think that this will increase the pain in your joints, but regular exercise does the opposite. It reduces the swelling, stiffness, and pain in the joints. A combination of diet and exercise will help boost your energy, help you to lose weight and improve your overall wellbeing. Discuss the best types of exercise for you with your healthcare provider.
      • Use your medications as prescribed: this helps not only to reduce the symptoms but also slows down the progression of arthritis.
      • Make life easy for you and your joints: lift and carry objects properly and reduce the number of times you carry heavy objects.
      • Accept the diagnosis and find support: a diagnosis like this can weigh heavy on your mind. Find a support group or get someone to talk to. Ask your doctor if there are groups around your area where you can meet other people living with arthritis. Just in case there are none around you, you can find support online. If you are not comfortable with groups, you can see a therapist.
    • Kulawa cares

    • Arthritis can affect many aspects of your life. Follow the care plan given to you by your healthcare provider. With proper care and treatment, you can live a normal life. Make lifestyle changes such as exercising and following a proper diet. Also, stop smoking if you smoke.