6 Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Psoriatic Arthritisby Angina Berryz writter
Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by red patches topped with silver scales on the skin. A psoriatic arthritic is a form of arthritis that affects people with this condition. The major symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include joint stiffness, swelling and pain. It affects any part of the body including the spine and fingertips. The intensity of the condition may range from mild to severe. There is no known cure for this condition, but there are available ways of controlling the symptoms and preventing damage to the joint. Disability may result from this condition if care is not taken.
If you suffer from psoriatic arthritis, you may have been prescribed some anti-inflammatory and pain relievers. While these remedies offer temporal relief, it is important to note that there are some lifestyle changes that you may adopt which will help you with psoriatic arthritis treatment. They include:
1. A Change In Diet
Changing your diet t incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole wheat can help in the inflammation response. Plant-based foods have been shown to be excellent in this according to a study published in the Journal for Vitamin and Nutritional Research. Also, a healthy diet is essential in maintaining the ideal healthy weight. When you are overweight, the condition worsens and takes a toll on you even more. The skin will also respond positively if you eat a healthy diet. Don’t forget to take sufficient amounts of water to keep you hydrated both internally and externally.
I know the pain is immense and exercise is the last thing in your mind. However, important to note is that exercise will help in strengthening muscles and increasing your flexibility. Your general well-being also depends partially on how often you exercise. In the event that the pain is too much, you may exercise in a pool as the water will ensure the joints are not stressed too much. Consult your doctor or physical therapist on this issue. Remember exercise is also a form of weight management and will keep off any excess weight. Spare some few minutes per day for this.
3. Get Enough Sleep
With psoriatic arthritis, you are prone to suffer from fatigue. A good night sleep will make you wake up energized and ready to tackle the next day’s challenges. Create a sleeping routine that you should follow to the heart i.e. have the specific times that you sleep and wake up. If you are experiencing troubled sleep, take a warm bath before retiring to bed. During the day, take some time off and relax. You may listen to your favorite music, read a book or just meditate for some few minutes. In essence, do what you love doing during this time.
4. Incorporate Some Omega-3 Fatty Acids
According to research, fish oils have been shown to reduce joint pains, stiffness and inflammation. Some of the great sources of these oils include herring, salmon, tuna and mackerel. If you are pregnant, fish such as mackerel should be avoided due to their high levels of mercury. Also, available in the stores today are omega-3 fatty acids dietary supplements. If you are looking to take them, consult your doctor on the best available options for you. This also ensures they don’t interfere with your medication.
5. Sooth The Joints And Muscles
Applying some soothing sensation to the joints and muscles will help in making them less stiff and painful. A heating pad helps in loosening up the stiffness. A warm bath will also work in the same way. If the pain is unbearable, a cold pack will help relieve this pain. There are other life hacks that you can use to make your life easier such as using your entire hand to open doors and such like. Ask for help whenever you feel something is straining you too much.
6. Get Yourself A Support System
Surrounding yourself with people who understand exactly what you are going through is an excellent step towards treating this condition. Family members and friends may not understand you unless you involve them in the treatment. Ask them to tag along during your visit to the doctor or help you with the tasks you can’t do anymore. Also, you may get support from people who are going through the same condition.
Psoriatic arthritis treatment involves medication, psychological support and lifestyle changes. Accepting the condition and moving on is also a necessary step towards being able to cope with the condition. Following the above lifestyle changes will help ease the symptoms and make the journey less painful. Above all, ensure you work with your doctor who will helps you every step of the way. A naturopathic doctor is necessary as they will recommend alternative therapies such as homeopathy.
Created on Dec 22nd 2015 23:21. Viewed 449 times.
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