Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis
How does one deal with rheumatoid arthritis on a daily basis? How do you learn to
deal with the changes that inevitably come with this disease? Where can sufferers
of RA go for information or help on living with rheumatoid arthritis? These issues
face those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis to some degree at every stage of
Many people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis struggle with depression. Depending
on the severity level of their disease it could vary from simply feeling down because
they can no longer open a simple jar lid to the stress of needing help or a wheelchair
just to move from one room to another. The idea of being a burden to a spouse or
friend or another family member often causes depression.
What about those people who live alone and struggle with these changes in their
lives? Where do they go for help or support or just for information? For those with
access to a computer and the internet there are many web sites with information
about arthritis. The internet offers a way for rheumatoid arthritis patients to
access help for themselves whether they live alone or simply want some independence.
Web sites contain information about the disease, the various forms of treatment,
alternative treatments, and where to find rheumatoid arthritis support groups. There
are chat rooms to discuss these issues with others who are also suffering or dealing
with family members with rheumatoid arthritis.
The internet is also a great source of information about assistive devices. Canes
and walkers can be compared for quality and price and forums or other discussion
places can be a source of determining which are favored by people who have tried
them. Other assistive devices such as splints and joint supports especially for
fingers and hands can be evaluated online and are shown complete with pictures.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis requires adjustments. Information and assistive
devices go a long way to helping those with rheumatoid arthritis maintain independence.
This helps maintain self-esteem and combats depression. Support groups either live
or through internet forums and chat rooms help those suffering from this disease
to realize that life can continue on in a "new normal" way.