Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis BY PHARMACY ADVANTAGE RX

Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious autoimmune disease that mistakenly attacks the joints and causes inflammation in the tissues. Symptoms include joint pain, tenderness and stiffness, fatigue, loss of appetite, dry eyes or mouth, and shortness of breath.

If you are one of the 1.5 million people in the United States currently living with rheumatoid arthritis, here are some tips to help you cope:

  • Stay active with stretching, low-impact aerobic exercise like walking, swimming and biking, and light weight-lifting. ¬†Although you may have joint pain and stiffness, exercise can actually help lower your symptoms, improve your mood, and prevent long-term issues.
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish or fish oil supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids. Limit saturated fat, cholesterol and sugars and avoid smoking or excessive alcohol.
  • Minimize mental and physical stress by learning to meditate, practicing yoga or tai chi, joining a support group online or in real-life or visiting with a counselor or therapist.