Taking control of your arthritis pain
Pain is the chief complaint in 40% of primary care visits. Of these visits, persistent chronic pain is reported in 20% .Pain exists to alert your mind to the fact that something is wrong in the body.One of the secrets of pain control is to close the "pain gate",blocking the pain messages so that pain signals are not received by the brain.This can be achieved through the use of pain-relieving drugs or naturally by stimulating the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals known as endorphins.
What Causes Arthritis Pain? Why Is It So Variable?
The pain of arthritis may come from different sources. These may include inflammation of the synovial membrane (tissue that lines the joints), the tendons, or the ligaments; muscle strain; and fatigue. A combination of these factors contributes to the intensity of the pain.
How to take control of your arthritis pain?
- Pay attention to your body and learn to avoid unnecessary stress on your joints.When you lift something,always bend your knees.when you sit,pay attention to your posture ,keep your abdominals gently contracted,drop your shoulders and place your feet firmly on the floor.When talking on the phone,avoid holding the receiver between your neck and your hesd.If you use the phone a lot,think about getting a hands-free headset
- Take regular breaks.Avoid keeping your body in one position for any length of time,to prevent pain and stiffness.Aim to get up and move around at least every hour.You must shift your weight from one foot to the other.
- Know yourself.Overdoing things can lead to fatigue and flare-ups.However underactivity can lead to boredom,depression and mucles weakness.Learn to listen to your body and plan your day so that you get the amount of activity and rest that suits you. You will be efficient if you break up your day rather than going full pelt all the time.Tune into your body rhythms and plan your day accordingly.Many people feel most alert in the morning.
- Don't be afraid to seek help.No one is going to award you any medals for suffering in silence.If you need help,then ask for it.
Things You Can Do To Manage Arthritis Pain
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Get 8 to 10 hours of sleep at night.
- Keep a daily diary of pain and mood changes to share with your physician.
- Choose a caring physician.
- Join a support group.
- Stay informed about new research on managing arthritis pain.