Millions upon millions of people suffer from some type of chronic pain. There are so many different things that can become injured or become inflicted with pain. Some illnesses,t conditions and diseases can be managed and controlled with pain management and medications. Today scientist and medical professionals have studied and researched a majority of the health problems that we can endure, and for many of them they know exactly how to control and what treatment plan to regulate. One of the many conditions that renders a painful, uncomfortable and miserable life is rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Disturbingly, with rheumatoid arthritis, there is no magic pill or cure to make rheumatoid arthritis and its effects fade or languish; this makes RA indomitable to defeat and overcome the condition. Many people even feel as if that's quite impossible, and there is no possible way to relieve and cope with RA.
Nonetheless, there are a few things we can do to help ourselves to better cope with rheumatoid arthritis. As mention earlier, medications are not sufficient enough to subdue one's pain and uneasiness of RA; so we are left to learn how to become an active participant in the treatment of our RA by caring and further researching our physical and emotional health. As with mostly every aspect of life, being positive will carry you a long way, for it's an efficacious tool. The society we live in contributes to what we are exposed to and therefore allows us to automatically focus or dwell on the negative, bad and setbacks of particular life's event. We must try to focus and pay close attention to type of language that flows out of our mouths. When we catch ourselves using or speaking a negative language such as "why me," "awful," "why should I even try there is no point;" to construe a situation, always take a moment to take a step back and rethink your language or thoughts.
Today's society celebrates efficiency and maximum productivity, in any RA case, it is crucial for us to listen to what our body is telling us with the onset of pain. It is never a good idea to "push through," any type of pain just to get a task done; as this might lead to even worse crippling pain and we will end up achieving less in the long run. It's so easy to become excited and overdo it on days that we feel good, but we can't allow ourselves to become trapped. When we allow ourselves to be trapped and go all crazy with tasks and activities that we once were limited to, we will end up paying for it the next day, for our pain and suffering that RA brings to us on a daily basis will now be twice agony. If life does decide to give us a break from the pain and discomfort, just remember to always fixate your activities on a consistent and balanced amount, and letting go of the unreasonable and absurd expectations. Pain will drive a person insane and cause them to do things they may not really want to do, therefore we must not allow the pain control us and make us become isolated. There are plenty of support groups that we can get involved with and it will help in many ways (if we let it). These support groups are people that have or currently going through what we are, they know exactly where we come from and how we feel. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers must not be shy, afraid, embarrassed or hesitant to reach out to someone who understands and cares.
Lastly, if our doctors are not listening and addressing our needs, it's okay to switch doctors as long as we find one that specializes in pain management. Life is and always will be tough and challenging, there will forever be endless obstacles, struggles and afflictions, so when life throws us a curve-ball and makes it unmanageable for us to enjoy "us and life," how are we going to step up and be an advocate for our health?