Patient Stories

Coping with arthritis and other rheumatological diseases

Coping or living with pain, fatigue and other problems of arthritis can be difficult for many patients. It is essential for all patients to understand and accept the disease as a companion. One must take help of a rheumatologist to know more about the disease. Various aspects such as causes, aggravating factors and possible complications of the disease as well as treatment plans, expenses and possible adverse effects of the drugs must be clearly understood. There is no harm in going for complementary natural remedies in addition to modern therapy although there hardly any scientific evidence to prove that they can cure these diseases. It is always better to avoid discussions on these diseases with relatives and friends as most of them do not have scientific knowledge about them. Discussing and talking with other people having arthritis can imbibe confidence and help in finding new ways of living with the disease. Support from family and friends is vital in coping with such diseases. A counselor can also be of great help during difficult times. Some patients may even require psychological assessment and cognitive behavioral therapy for better management of the situation. Exercise, Yoga, music and other hobbies do help in coping with the disease.
Most patients can recover almost completely with modern therapy. It is necessary for every such patient to help other patients by sharing their experiences and bringing ray of hope to a miserable life.
arthritis-india is grateful to following patients for sharing their experiences about living with arthritis and other rheumatological conditions:

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