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low grade RA stiffness coping strategies

Post: #1
01-15-2013, 01:06 AM
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low grade RA stiffness coping strategies

I finally had my RA appointment after a few months waking up stiff each morning and having a little stiffness all day. The rheumatologist said that I have low grade RA and presribed Plaquenil. Now that I know what it is I want to find better ways to live with it.

Does anyone have suggestions?




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Post: #2
01-15-2013, 11:56 PM
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RE: low grade RA stiffness coping strategies

Considering that you have an RA diagnosis, this is the least "bad option" so that is fortunate. It is better to be diagnosed at this stage than when it is moderate or severe. When the disease is less severe, there is even a chance of it going into remission.

In addition to your medications, here are some things that you can do:

- do stretches in bed before you get going in the morning

- get yourself a heating pad to apply to those joints

- try cold packs too because some people find that those work better

- if you find that certain joints are acting up, get braces for them

- get some pain relieving ointments

- massages can feel good if you have someone to do them

- avoid overdoing activities that can stress the joints




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Post: #3
01-16-2013, 01:01 PM
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RE: low grade RA stiffness coping strategies

I wanted to emphasize the importance of taking your medications to keep the disease in check. With RA, it is all about slowing the rate of the disease rather that eliminating it. No medication halts or eliminates the disease just yet. I raise this because people with more mild symptoms will often avoid taking medications when they are feeling better. Be consistent in taking the medications.




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Post: #4
01-19-2013, 12:09 AM
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RE: low grade RA stiffness coping strategies

There is no worry about me not taking the medication! My family has a history of RA so I am going to be good. I suspected I had RA when the stiffness was persisting. I was just crossing my fingers that it wasn't severe. For my one aunt, the effect of the disease has been significant. Since I have been diagnosed, I have been asking my two aunts with the disease how they manage best. They mentioned some of the ideas that were listed here but I wanted more information because they are the type to believe that medications are some sort of corporate plot, That is not my belief so I wasn't going to trust what they said entirely.




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Post: #5
01-19-2013, 12:33 PM
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RE: low grade RA stiffness coping strategies

It is always a good idea to get other opinions than from family in any case. I know I have family members who don't know what they don't know but offer opinions anyway.




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