- Avoid “miracle cures and drugs”; these are expensive quackery.
- Take only those medications prescribed by your doctor.
- Do not “double up” on medications even if your pain increases unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- Be alert for gastric problems that may be caused by your medications such as: nausea, vomiting, burning sensation, or pain in the stomach, indigestion, blood in vomit or stool.
- Avoid weight gain. Weight increases strain on weight-bearing joints.
- Maintain good posture so as to avoid additional strain on joints and muscles.
- Exercise regularly. If you don’t use it, you lose it!
- Avoid lifting and pushing. If you need to move an object, pull it towards you.
- Avoid fatigue. Rest at least twice a day.
- Simplify activities.
- Pace yourself and avoid rushing when performing strenuous activities.
Arthritis comes in many forms: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis, etc. As people age, a lot of them tend to develop arthritis in one or more areas of their bodies. Below are some general guidelines to help you manage your arthritis.