Life with Pain

Today I won’t be talking about our heart’s pain for a broken heart, for a bad break up or something like that, I’ll be talking about real pain, the one that makes us stay in bed for days, the one that make our life harder every day, the one that doesn’t allow us to climb the stairs every day to work, the rheumatoid arthritis pain.
“Impossible!” that was my first reaction when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. At 13 years old it might seem impossible to have this “old people’s” illness. But as the ad says: “Impossible is nothing”.
My first reaction to the news was denial, after it was to ask for other doctors’ opinions and eventually accept the diagnosis and learn to live with this debilitating sickness. Right now I can proudly say that even thought I still have the rheumatoid arthritis, I’m a survivor. I can live my life like any other person at my age, even better. I play football, climb my 4th floor stairs everyday to class more than once and I can’t even remember when was the last time I had a pain crisis.
Living with this sickness takes a lot of time and creates a sense of responsibility even in early ages. I learned how to take my medications on time, how to make an exercises plan and how to avoid the pain trigger situations. Apart from that, the rest of my life is pretty much like everybody else.
Here I’m going to give a few facts and tips for living with the rheumatoid arthritis pain:
-To live with arthritis means living with chronic pain, fatigue and stiffness.
-Medical treatment plans for arthritis include medication and other physical therapies can help improve life quality.
-Early medical treatment can help avoid disabling joint changes and chronic pain.
-Even when the disease is not active (in remission), you should continue doing all the activities and treatments to have a life complete.
-You should learn as much as possible about the sickness and all the changes your body experiment.
-Ask for other professionals’ advices about treatments and other ways to improve your health, like losing weight or starting a flexibility exercise program.
-Learn to identify your pain triggers and especially your pain relieves methods.
-Learn basic skills to use your body to protect stiff areas. And learn to adopt the right position for sitting and sleeping with your body that won’t trigger a pain crisis.
-If you find it hard to move or if the pain crisis are too frequent, explore the use of splints, canes and other assistive devices that can help you avoid discomfort while staying active.

All this tips and advices should help you improve your life quality while having a disease like rheumatoid arthritis. If you know other techniques or therapies, we’d love to hear about them.
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