There is more than one type of arthritis and it is important to know what you have before you can begin proper treatment. If you find this fact helpful, then read this article because it contains even more helpful advice in order to help you live comfortably in the face of this painful condition.

Rearrange the furniture in your home. You want to be able to walk a straight line from one room to another. The fewer turns you have to make, the less stress you will place on your weight-bearing joints, especially your hips. You should enlist the help of a friend to move your furniture, of course.

Arthritis can be a strain, both physically and mentally. Make sure you are getting enough help and do not feel isolated because of your illness. Go see the same doctor regularly, talk to your friends and family about your issues, and look for new friends with similar issues if your family is not helping you enough.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis may go into remission for years and may seem to be cured; however, it can come back in full force at any time. For this reason, it is very important for young people with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to continue exercising and following a proper, anti-inflammatory, weight control diet. This will help control pain and symptoms if/when the disease returns.

A food processor can make life with arthritis infinitely, easier and safer. Instead of wielding a knife for chopping, use a food processor to make the task more manageable. A food processor makes many kitchen tasks much easier and arthritic hands and fingers will benefit from the hot, soapy water used to clean the cutting blade, plastic bowl and lid.

Drink a tall glass of juice as a quick pick me up to battle arthritis-related fatigue. Juice is a healthy way to get a boost of sugar into your body, giving you a quick shot of energy that can get you moving again. It's also super, tasty and full of great nutrients like Vitamin C.

Stay away from heating pads if your arthritis is flaring up. All they are going to do is make your symptoms worse. Instead, apply a cold compress to the area where your arthritis is located. You could even wrap a package of frozen peas or another frozen vegetable in a towel and apply to the area.

Be sure to establish a proper balance between exercise and rest in your daily life. When you get plenty of exercise, as well as plenty of rest, you will find your arthritis is less bothersome. Remember that even very fit athletes need to give their bodies time to rest and recuperate between workouts, and so do you.


After being diagnosed with arthritis you should go have your eyes checked. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause complications with your vision and in some cases will lead to blindness. Your eye doctor may suggest using anti-inflammatory eye drops to help decrease symptoms of blurred vision, redness, pain, and light sensitivity.

Protect your joints from further damage when you have arthritis. When carrying items, be aware of which joints are painful. Assistive devices can also be helpful with tasks like opening jars and stepping into the bathtub to prevent sudden stress on painful or inflamed joints. Most assistive devices are simple to use and can prevent significant damage over time.

Arthritis In The Knees

Glucosamine is a supplement that you may want to consider using if you suffer from arthritis. This supplement is made from the shells of lobsters, crabs, and shrimp and contains nutrients that help to ease pain in the joints, especially pain in people that suffer from arthritis in the knees.

In conclusion, you know not only that there is more than one type of arthritis that can develop, but there are different ways to identify and treat it. Hopefully you will find this information useful and that it will allow you to help yourself or other people that are afflicted with this painful disease.

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15 thoughts on “Daily Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. fishineasy™

    I have multiple health problems and a low immune system due to Rheumatoid Arthritis…?
    I live in Louisiana. Outside all the hygiene stuff what else should I do to protect myself? Will I be more likely to catch it if there is a nation wide outbreak and will the medication alone work good enough for me?

    1. baglady

      Get yourself some sunshine, daily, eat foods that are healthy, and take some supplements for “whole body health.”
      Sounds crazy, but you know how it goes, when you think about feeling good, you will feel better.
      Be positive, and not scared of the unknown.
      The Lord’s taken care of you so far, and He will continue to.

  2. Sarah@

    What is the work like for an Assistant Physical Therapist?
    I was wondering what they actually do and what interests you should have to actually like doing this. Thanks

  3. liquidgold

    Can young people (20 something female) take glucosamine to prevent joint pain?
    I know for sure that people who actually suffer from joint pain can be relieved by taking glucosamine. Can young people like me (20 something female) take it as well like a vitamine supplement to prevent joint disease later in life? Please help! Thanks

  4. Justin H

    Is there anything that can be done to prevent arthritis?
    I’m 35 and many morning my hands feel stiff and I have a bit of difficulty doing small things – opening a pill package for one. I don’t have any pain in my hands and I’m usually fine as the day goes on, but I can’t help thinking I’m going to have major problems as I get older.

    Is there anything I can do now to prevent arthritis in the future?

    1. gillianprowe

      I wish their was! I assume you reckon you have Osteoarthritis? What they term wear and tear? If someone had told me at the age of 19 that by 29 I would succumb to Rheumatoid Arthritis, I would have laughed my head off, but I did! You do not state what you do for a living? It could be for example that if you use a power tool that vibrates all day, then that is causing the stiffness in the muscles, rather than the joints. Many people do manual work where they over use their hands on a daily basis and end up building up muscles in their hands, what was once called ‘Shovel Hands’ because they really did not need a shovel to dig a hole, just use their own hands. However, later in life, due to over use, they succumbed to Osteoarthritis. Therefore the only thing you can really do, give the hands rest! So if you use them at work, when you come home, try not to use them at home, no gardening, mowing lawns, DIY that kind of thing.
      I am very protective of my hands, put them in splints at night when I sleep to make sure they get the rest they need. I am hoping that as I age I will not end up with the normal deformed fingers and hands of the RA person and so far so good.
      Best of Luck

  5. hamboner

    What is benificial in sweet potatoes/yams?
    I’ve heard that they are one of the healthiest things you can eat, along with almonds. What makes them so healthy?

  6. Holly's Pistol Design

    research paper: interview questions on rheumatoid arthritis?
    I have to do a research paper in medical terminology and I decided I would write about my mom’s rheumatoid arthritis. In the research paper I am supposed to pretend that I am a reporter discussing a disease. I wanted to interview my mother about it, but what would be some good questions to ask her about it?

    1. Memere RN/BA

      Since I’m a victim of rheumatoid arthritis, I can answer this. The first question you should ask is how old she was when it was first diagnosed.
      How has it spread and where has it spread to
      What areas of her body are affected most. Spine, hands knees?
      Do anti-inflammatory medications work or relieve her pain.
      Are there some days that are worse than others?
      Does weather affect her arthritis.
      Is there a family history, like her mother or grandmother because this is a hereditary disease.
      How has this affected her daily living?
      Are her fingers deformed. IE knuckles will enlarge and swell, Thumbs get it the worse. From those questions, others will arise. You can ask them in the order you feel best suits your mother’s condition.
      Hope this helps

  7. Markm

    How much apple cider vinegar is safe to take every day?
    I take up to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar on a daily basis.

    Is that too much? I’ve read that it can cause osteoporosis and lower potassium levels.

    Supposedly, it is supposed to help treat acid reflux. I have been taking a minimum of 1 tablespoon every day before my first meal and I’m not sure if it’s helping any.

    1. kridgeway3

      Once you have become an Registered Nurse, you typically take further certification (continuing education) courses in “School Nursing”, since it is a specialty. It is not just an easy, “piece of cake” / “deal with scraped knees” type of job, no matter what level of school you work with.

      Having some Pediatric Nursing experience in a hospital is a MAJOR plus on your way to becoming a school nurse: these days, School Nurses need to be able to deal with children of all ages who breathe with the help of a ventilator; live in a wheelchair; who have brittle Type 1 diabetes (and might have an insulin pump) or other major chronic diseases (such as asthma, allergies, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, leukemia, AIDS, obesity, heart disease, or quadriplegia); and who need daily medications of all sorts — as well as deal with the everyday emergencies that come up (broken bones, sprained ankles, bloody noses).

      In middle school and high school, school nurses deal with sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, pregnancy, and often also help with teaching classes on health. In other schools, you might teach classes on good nutritional or exercise habits, or about social topics such as bullying or how to treat someone with a handicap.

      The school nurse is available to the staff of the school, too — so she or he has a very busy day. Finally, there are volumes of paperwork to be correctly filled out and submitted.

      In addition, funding for school nurses is so short that many nurses have to cover more than one school. In some places, the ratio of school nurse to students is over 1:1000. It is better in other places. You may have to travel between schools, or be at school A on 2 days a week, and school B on the other days. Often, you are required to supervise and train the “Health Aides” who are in the school in your absence. There is a shortage of school nurses, but in some places the lack of funding makes it difficult to find a job.

      But the “pros” of this position are many: typically, you have the same school year hours as the teachers (the week before school starts and the week after it finishes are usually work weeks). You get to know and love the kids and the staff the longer you are there. You can have a lasting influence on the health of impressionable children (AND their families!) by your compassionate, understanding, cheerful care.

      Being very patient, un-flappable, flexible, tolerant, and having a very good sense of humor really helps.

  8. Shipmaster Liam

    What is the best way to supplement with Vitamin D?
    There’s hardly any sun where I live all winter, and I’m really trying to be healthier in general, including my diet. I’m taking a daily multivitamin+mineral, which provides 100% of DV for vitamin D, but I’m sure not all of that gets absorbed. I’m interested in adding some other sources of vitamin d. What is the best way to do it, in terms of best absorption, cheapest, and easiest? Absorption is most important though, if the others must be sacrificed. Thanks in advance.

  9. V

    Are you someone who really took control of your health after your diagnoses?
    Did you go on a strick diet & start alot of exercising. I have been taking things slowly, probably too slowing but I thought that would be better than drastic changes. What has your experience been with making big changes. I thought this would go to the diabetes area but it really doesn’t matter but that is what I was diagnosed with any advice from what ever your experience is, is welcome.

    1. gillianprowe

      Diagnosis can have several affects. Mine was denial to start with, then anger, followed by denial and anger, then frustration, back to denial and so on. I was told at 29 that I had tested positive for the Rheumatoid Factor so have Arthritis? I only saw my Physician due to a red hot swollen toe! However, when I ended up in Hospital, having lost three stone in weight, unable to walk, I kinda realized this might be true! It meant giving up all the things I loved, namely sport: tennis, badminton, squash and later my career. However rather than sink into depression about all the things I gave up, I decided to concentrate on what I could still do! I never walked found walking rather boring, until I got a dog and now walk three miles three times a week. I looked at my diet, my lifestyle and began to realize that if I wake up in the morning, it is a bonus. If I can get out of bed without help, double bonus. If I make the cloakroom on my own, triple bonus and so on. Reason because their have been times where I have been reliant on others for the most basic chores in daily life, that we all take for granted and it was not a nice experience! So now everyday I live as if it my last day, do not waste time, get on with what I want to do, walk the dog, spent time on the beach, read books, things that I never had time for, now I can really enjoy. So yes by changing my lifestyle, changing my outlook, well I am still here, still mobile and still enjoying life. However, I never take ‘anything’ for granted and that is the difference! Best of Luck

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