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To date, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis but research into medications to treat it is currently ongoing. Although there isn’t a cure, just like other chronic diseases, it’s best to find ways of reducing RA discomfort and slowing its progression. There are a lot of things that can help manage your symptoms including a healthy diet, stress management, and regular exercise.
Aside from over-the-counter medications, complementary treatments can also help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Here are some easy ways to manage your RA symptoms. It’s also wise to remember to work with your doctor to get a holistic approach specific to you.
Consume More Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Certain anti-inflammatory foods are high in omega-3 fatty acids. So, you should consider adding fatty fish to your diet like mackerel, herring, salmon and tuna. Alternatively, you can also take fish oil supplements. If you aren’t a fan of fish, try eating more nuts such as walnuts and almonds. Adding flax seeds to add to your cereal, yogurt, or baked goods also has benefits.
Exercising regularly helps strengthen muscles and increase joint range of motion. Exercise may also improve sleep quality and fatigue in people. Opt for exercises that don’t stress your joints. For instance, brisk walking, swimming, and water aerobics are usually good low-impact choices. Consult a physical therapist to show you how to practice low-impact exercises on your own.
Apply Heat and Cold Therapy
You can ease the swelling to your inflamed joints by applying an ice pack on it. In fact, coolness can also help to numb pain and relax muscle spasms. But, if you’re experiencing tight, aching muscles, a relaxing warm bath or hot shower will help soothe them. Alternatively, a hot towel or a heating pad can also help relax tense muscles and relieve pain and stiffness.
Acupuncture can help with RA-related pain, just as it does with other types of pain, through the stimulation of endorphin production. It’s important to note that acupuncture shouldn’t be used as the sole treatment for RA, but rather as an additional treatment, along with RA disease-modifying medications. It is an additional tool to fight pain with minimal side effects.
Regular Temperature Monitoring
The same substances that cause inflammation of the joints can also cause a fever. Once the fever rises above 38°C, you should contact your doctor. Consistently monitoring your body temperature in real-time helps identify fevers related to RA.
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