Self Management Skills

Am I ready to return to work?

Going back to work Going back to work after a painful injury or illness can be exciting and scary. Dealing with pain can be a process, and going back to work is often a process as well. While you may be able to do your job again, you can’t expect to jump right in as… Read more »

Knowing when a treatment is “risky”

Imagine this situation. At a healthcare visit you received a prescription for a new medication. You talk with a friend, who says that you should worry about the long-term effects of this medicine. Then you hear of two people who took the medication. It helped one person, but the other person had to stop it… Read more »

Rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain: Where can you find local support groups?

For people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or newly diagnosed with RA, support groups can offer an opportunity to speak with others who experience similar concerns, struggles, and frustrations. Support groups can help reduce negative thoughts and feelings, and also provide useful information.1 But how do you find the right group or even start your own? … Read more »

I’m 28 and feel like I’m 82! Rheumatoid arthritis when you’re young

At 28, you’re young – your whole life is in front of you. You make decisions and forge ahead. And then, like a hammer, it comes; the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  The diagnosis seems to ruin everything. Now, the perfect career is anything but – it’s too challenging with RA. You feel different from everyone else –… Read more »

Bolstering your resiliency

What is resiliency? Think of being resilient as the ability to bounce back in the face of difficulties. For people with chronic pain, it means not letting symptoms interfere with living a full life. Resiliency also may make you feel better; experts have found that people with positive outlooks often experience less pain and stress…. Read more »

The perks and pitfalls of caffeine

Extra-large coffee, black! Grande vanilla latte! Double cappuccino! Cup of tea with two bags! Sound familiar? You might count on caffeine to keep you alert and get you through the day – but have you ever thought about the other ways caffeine might affect you? Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in many foods including… Read more »

Fun ways to be physically active when you have arthritis

Written by: Alicia Potter Reviewed by: Wendy Williams, BSN, MEd, March 2013 Arthritis can sideline your exercise routine. Pain, stiffness, and fatigue can make moving the last thing you want to do. But physical activity is an effective way to help alleviate symptoms. Studies show that it can help people with arthritis to reduce pain… Read more »

Eight ways to improve your sex life with arthritis pain

Are arthritis and sex incompatible? If you suffer from this condition, you may feel that intimacy with your partner isn’t possible or sometimes even desirable. Chronic pain can affect mobility. And fatigue and depression make it hard to get in the mood. Often it’s easier to simply mourn the loss of this part of your… Read more »

Arthritis and nutrition

Good nutrition and a stable diet can be an important part of an overall arthritis treatment plan. However, with more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, it’s impossible to say that one diet fits all. In fact, researchers have found little consistent evidence that certain foods can reduce either the progression of arthritis or its… Read more »

What to consider when thinking about joint replacement surgery

For years, Susan had used a combination of medication, exercise, and occasional steroid injections to reduce her pain from osteoarthritis of the hip and increase her mobility. But over time she found that she was having increased stiffness and difficulty walking. She began to wonder if it was time for surgery. When she talked with… Read more »